Jake & Kiva started building their 20-foot long tiny house in 2014 and they’ve been living in it full-time with their cat and dog for 4 years now! They came up with some brilliant solutions and designs to maximize the small space and make it as functional as possible, including a transforming home office, hidden charging stations, central vac, a space-saving table, paw-wiping cat stairs, a computer-programmed LED lighting system, a swinging towel rack, 3D printed hardware, and a ton more! Step into the Tiny Nest with us to meet the clever couple and learn about their DIY home that cost just $36K CAD to build!
When you first walk into the house, there’s a 2-level coat closet and a functional storage area for things you need when coming in and out of the house (keys, dog towels, water bottles, etc.). The kitchen itself has loads of counter space, it has an induction cooktop and a toaster oven, stacked bar fridges (one of which is actually a freezer!), food storage below the counter, and open shelving for dishes above.
The bathroom creates a hallway with the shower on the left, and a toilet and sink on the right.
The living room has a large l-shaped sectional sofa for lounging, and a transforming home office and entertainment system for gaming and watching movies. There’s loads of storage space under the couch and in the full length shelving unit.
The sliding ladder is tucked away behind the fridge but it can be pulled out and extended to access the king-sized loft that has a massive bed, a closet, shelving, and a cat house!
The Tiny Nest is designed to be on the grid for electricity, there’s propane for heat and hot water, a well for water, and a self-built composting toilet.
Living in a self-built house has allowed Jake and Kiva to quit their jobs and start their own tiny house business, as well as working odd jobs on their own terms, like contract electrical work and horse care. We’re so glad we had the chance to meet them and tour their home, and we hope you’ll follow along on their adventures!
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Mat & Danielle
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Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives
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Additional footage of Jack the pup and photos of the build provided by Jake and Kiva
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