As those who have done it know, building a home is probably one of the most romantic -- or stressful -- things a couple can do together. But it helps if that home is no bigger than a couple hundred square feet, and if one has some know-how or relevant skills before undertaking such a big project.
That's the situation that Carissa, an interior designer, and boyfriend Noel, who has a background in construction, found themselves in when creating their first home together, a 260-square-foot, surfer-themed modern tiny home that uses some reclaimed materials -- and lots of translucent polycarbonate material -- to good effect. Watch their in-depth tour:Based out of California, the couple designed their tiny home on wheels over a period of a few months, building the structure gradually in the backyard of Noel's parents. They got some help from friends and family for the DIY build, which features a lot of thoughtful details.
Inside, the main living area encompasses a sitting area with a custom-made sofa with a bamboo base, plus some upholstered storage ottomans that double as a table surface.
The kitchen has a custom-made island that can fit a all-in-one washer, with a pull-out counter for bigger dinner parties. The backsplash is made from recycled glass tile, and the counters from bamboo-based Plyboo. One part of the kitchen wall uses Stikwood wall coverings, a thin adhesive panelling that is made from reclaimed wood. The couple installed a stove for boats that runs on propane. Carissa mentions that for her, a small dishwasher, tucked in a drawer, was one of the things she wanted to add, after several years of washing dishes by hand in their old apartment (and energy-efficient dishwashers can arguably be a better choice than handwashing, incidentally).
The floating stairs leading up to the sleeping loft are suspended with cables, and is sturdier than it looks. Upstairs, there are two cross-ventilating windows and a skylight. The clothes closet is here too, hidden behind a polycarbonate partition. Carissa says that they tried copper piping for the rod, but had to switch out for galvanized metal when it bent (copper piping is a recurring element throughout the house).
The bathroom is quite large compared to the typical tiny that might only have a shower; the couple here has splurged on a bathtub and tiled a niche and around a window. Copper piping was used for the shower rod, and porthole windows add an eccentric touch.
Tiny homes come are as diverse as their owners and builders, and here we've got a modern space that accommodates Carissa and Noel's passions for surfing and travel, a self-built home that's done quite well. See more over on Instagram and YouTube.