Nashville 185 sq. ft. tiny home is a modern guesthouse

Jennifer & Adam Smith
© Jennifer & Adam Smith

Having seen country styled dwellings, remodelled shotguns and gypsy caravans, we know that tiny homes are a diverse bunch. Looking colourful and modern with its wood and blue metal cladding, this recently completed tiny home is currently parked in the backyard of Nashville, Tennessee couple Jennifer and Adam Smith.

The 185-square-foot house, which is located between Skyline and Opryland in the cultural hub of East Nashville, was designed and built by Donovan Miller, a friend of the Smiths. It took Miller around 550 hours over six months to complete, while working his regular, full-time job. The home uses a restored trailer, and the windows were sourced from the local Habitat Restore. Jennifer tells us that they built this small home as a way to generate extra income (they are renting it out on AirBnB), but plan to live in it in the future.

Jennifer & Adam Smith© Jennifer & Adam Smith

A set of double doors opens into the sitting area, which has a nice, high ceiling. To the right, are the stairs leading to the 8' by 6' sleeping loft; there is storage integrated into the stairs. There's a surface beside the built-in sofa to sit and work, or eat.

Jennifer & Adam Smith© Jennifer & Adam Smith
Jennifer & Adam Smith© Jennifer & Adam Smith
Jennifer & Adam Smith© Jennifer & Adam Smith
Jennifer & Adam Smith© Jennifer & Adam Smith

At the rear of the tiny home is the kitchen and bathroom. Recycled pine wood from an old desk was used for the shelving in the kitchen. Electric and water are provided by the city hookup, but heat is from propane, and a Eccotemp water heater. The flooring was locally made from a sustainable brand, Tarkett.

Jennifer & Adam Smith© Jennifer & Adam Smith
Jennifer & Adam Smith© Jennifer & Adam Smith
Jennifer & Adam Smith© Jennifer & Adam Smith
Jennifer & Adam Smith© Jennifer & Adam Smith
Jennifer & Adam Smith© Jennifer & Adam Smith

The bathroom has a shower and a composting Seperett toilet. In all, the total cost of materials was about $100 per square foot.

There was an open house recently, to generate more local interest in tiny homes. According to Miller, it is technically for sale, but the Smiths are currently hosting guests in their tiny home for the time being. For more info, check out AirBnb.

Tags: Less Is More | Living With Less | Small Spaces | Tennessee

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