At just 160 square feet, the somewhat clumsily named Tiny Project Tiny House in Sebastopol, Calif., manages to avoid all the pitfalls that generally tend to trip up well meaning micro homes—think unusable kitchens, cramped sleeping quarters, lack of communal hang out space, and the dreaded "sink and toilet in the shower"—in favor of an airy, open cabin that actually feels, well, livable. Built atop an eight-foot by 20-foot flatbed trailer, the expertly crafted residence has a metal roof and siding made from alternating cedar and steel, all of which was "sustainably sourced" to "minimize construction impact."
The mastermind behind the well-stocked hut is designer and builder Alek Lisefski, who started The Tiny Project, a blog that documents his minimalist way of life, in an attempt to "live a simpler, more conscious, debt-free life, and in doing so helping to set and example and educate the community about alternative, affordable, more sustainable ways of living." He, his girlfriend, and his dog all bunk up together in this close quarters, and communally live "in a simpler, more organized and efficient way" to great success. They've also, it seems, really mastered the art of clutter containment. Read on, this way.