Tiny Luxury: 9 Things You Gain When You Go Tiny
Living tiny doesn't mean you have to rough it. See how innovative tiny home designers Tyson and Michelle Spiess pack luxurious amenities into custom compact houses measuring 250 square feet or less.
The Tiny Luxury crew from left to right: Brianna Francis, Jason Francis, Michelle Spiess, Tyson Spiess, Hannah Francis, Zach Francis.
Tyson and Michelle Spiess, husband and wife tiny home design duo and hosts of HGTV's Tiny Luxury, pride themselves on building fully-functional tiny houses filled with all the comforts of a standard home. With the help of Michelle's two brothers and their wives, the team crafts custom compact homes using only the highest quality materials and furnishings. Their mantra: downsize, don't downgrade. Check out some of the luxurious amenities this innovative team packs into each of their gorgeous tiny houses and you might just get inspired to go tiny, too!
A Dream Kitchen
Modern Industrial Kitchen From HGTV's Tiny Luxury
As seen on season 1 of Tiny Luxury , this tiny home kitchen features butcher block countertops, high gloss cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a sleek stainless steel backsplash. As an added bonus a spice rack folds down into a dining table with added storage for kitchen appliances.
Because a tiny house kitchen is less than half the size of a standard kitchen, splurging on high-end materials is a non-issue. Marble countertops, custom cabinetry and handmade tile backsplashes are all affordable when you only need a few feet of each. In this gorgeous modern space, clients requested butcher block countertops, stainless steel appliances and a sleek stainless steel tile backsplash.
And Speaking of Kitchens...
Really cool features like this hidden dishwasher and combined washer and dryer are totally feasible and affordable options. Although it doesn't look like it, this dishwasher can hold up to 7 place settings and 4 large pots and pans.
Lots of Natural Light
Due to heating and cooling costs, picture windows or skylights often aren't budget-friendly options in a standard home. But in a tiny home, large windows not only aid in air circulation, but make the space feel larger and more open. So you can lay back, watch the stars and sleep soundly knowing you won't have to pay an electricity bill.
A Spa-Like Bathroom
Who doesn't dream of relaxing in a warm bath at the end of the day? This luxurious tiny bathroom features a full-sized galvanized soaking tub, a relaxing station, spa shower, vessel sink and high-end industrial vanity lights.
Real Wood Accents
Cozy Kitchen and Guest Loft From Tiny Luxury
As seen on season 1 of Tiny Luxury , this gorgeous tiny home kitchen is filled with top-of-the-line amenities such as black granite countertops, a 4-burner gas range, full-sized stainless steel refrigerator and red oak hardwood floors. A cozy guest loft is situated just above a full bath hidden from view by a handmade wood sliding door.
Because a tiny home is built to hit the road, choosing durable, top-of-the-line materials like real hardwood floors, trim and beams is a must. "With less square footage, you need materials that will hold up to constant use," says Tyson. This luxury tiny home features knotty alder pine trim and beams, red oak hardwood floors and a handcrafted oak staircase.
An Ultra-Cozy Bedroom
Bright and Spacious Master Bedroom From Tiny Luxury
As seen on season 1 of Tiny Luxury , this master bedroom loft features a vaulted ceiling, king size bed and 46" of head room. Three windows and a large skylight brighten the 56-square-foot space and give it a luxurious, spacious feel.
Although you may not enjoy a lot of head space in a tiny house master bedroom, its lofted design and deluge of bright windows offer a quiet, cozy sleeping experience unrivaled by a typical bedroom.
Multi-Purpose Living Room From HGTV''s Tiny Luxury
As seen on season 1 of Tiny Luxury , a custom-built leather sofa in this cozy living room is the perfect place for a family of five to relax and watch a movie. The space also features hardwood floors, industrial sconce light fixtures and a sliding wall that expands to reveal a bedroom.
Because you'll likely need only one or two pieces, ordering handmade, custom furniture like this sleek brown leather sofa is a luxury you can definitely afford.
High-End Light Fixtures
Filling a standard-sized home with these chic, handmade industrial light fixtures would cost thousands of dollars. But because a tiny home requires only a handful, these statement pieces can be integrated into your design at a fraction of the cost.
And the Most Luxurious Amenity?
High-End Cedar Tiny Home From Tiny Luxury
As seen on season 1 of Tiny Luxury , this high-end tiny home measures 33 feet long by 8.5 feet wide and is packed with luxurious features. The sleek modern exterior features clear cedar siding, tinted minimalist windows, an alternating shed roof and an accordion window wall that leads to a cozy outdoor seating area.
As one client put it, "Living in a tiny home is freedom. Freedom from rent, freedom from stuff and the freedom to get up and go."
Small House Movement
The small house movement started roughly a decade ago, but the economic crisis rapidly accelerated its growth as people began to re-evaluate their lifestyles, craving the simplicity that comes with scaling down. At a fraction of the average house price (some a mere $20,000), these structures eliminate the hassle and potential pitfalls of a mortgage. Plus, they force their occupants to pare down their belongings to the essentials and devise innovative solutions to make the most of every inch.
Just because a home is Lilliputian doesn't mean it has to be devoid of character. There may not be much room for frills on the inside, but the outside can have all of the flourishes that highlight a more traditional home, such as a gable, dormers, turned posts and railings or a decorative roof.
Carefully Chosen Furnishings
Those who inhabit tiny houses don't have the luxury of expansive sofas, clusters of chairs and nests of tables, so what they do have needs to count. Tucked into a bright, sunlit nook, this chair can act as a solo reading retreat, a spot for guests to sit, a perch for doing office work on the computer and much more.
Because interior square footage is so limited, outdoor spaces become an integral part of a tiny home's living area. Patios, gardens and other alfresco spots help to expand the amount of usable space. In this beachfront house, a wall of sliding doors opens directly to the sand, lending the illusion of ample room.
Mirrors, aluminum, stainless steel and other shiny elements help to bounce light around, which makes a tiny home feel bigger. Diamond-plate walls amplify the light streaming in from the window in this compact shower, preventing it from feeling cramped (even if it means giving up a bit of privacy).