A California Couple Customize Their Tiny Home With Multi-Layered Interiors

By Michele Koh Morollo
After working with a couple to design their custom trailer, New Frontier Tiny Homes decide to officially name the new model after the owners' daughter.

When their baby daughter Escher arrived last year, Bela Fishbeyn and her husband Spencer Wright decided it was time to buy their first home. They opted for a 300-square-foot dwelling by New Frontier Tiny Homes, which they have set up in the glorious hills of Boulder Creek, California.

"The home is just so easy to live in and we do it with a toddler," says Fishbeyn.

"The home is just so easy to live in and we do it with a toddler," says Fishbeyn.

Fishbeyn, who is the editor for The American Journal of Bioethics at Stanford University, spent months searching for the right tiny home designer and builder, but was having a hard time finding one that stood out from the pack. 

Fishbeyn and Wright love that their home is set in a natural landscape with an incredible mountain view.  

Fishbeyn and Wright love that their home is set in a natural landscape with an incredible mountain view.  

"We didn’t want to build another studio on wheels. We wanted a house that featured everything—and more—than you’d find in a regular sized home. We thought that since we’d only be paying for 300 square feet, we should make the best of that minimal floor space," explains Fishbeyn.

"As soon as we saw New Frontier’s Alpha model by David Latimer, we knew he was the perfect builder for us. We immediately sent him an email, and pestered him constantly until we were finally able to enter into contract in December of 2016." 

A glance at the kitchen and living area. The leather bench and Oaxacan lumbar pillow are from The Citizenry.  

A glance at the kitchen and living area. The leather bench and Oaxacan lumbar pillow are from The Citizenry.  

Although the couple commissioned an adapted version of the Alpha model, they ended up getting a full-custom design, which Latimer has since included in his portfolio as a new model named Escher, named after Wright and Fishbeyn’s daughter.

The hand-forged, carbon-steel pans are from Blanc Creatives.

The hand-forged, carbon-steel pans are from Blanc Creatives.

Fisbeyn is so satisfied with her family’s new way of life that she’s made it a mission to see tiny homes find a wider audience. "So far, there have been too many barriers of entry for most people to dip into tiny homes. We’re currently working on a model to change that, and distribute tiny homes to a much wider market," she says.