After nearly two decades of building custom studios, Seattle-based Modern Shed founder Ryan Smith finally embarked on an idea he’d been tinkering with for years—a beautiful, off-grid dwelling that packs a surprising amount of functionality in a small and portable package.
Dubbed The Dwelling on Wheels—or The DW for short—the 220-square-foot tiny house features a classic gable form that makes the structure look at home almost anywhere it's placed.
"The DW doesn’t attempt to fit an entire house into a small footprint," says Smith. "Instead, the project works with the unique opportunities that building small affords, conquering the challenge to create a space that feels right-sized.
"As a result, the DW can do a lot—it’s great for enjoying nature short-term, for off-grid living, or as a second, remote home. Adjusting the floor plan even a little makes it a great home office that can move with people as their priorities move. I also think it’s a great ADU for someone looking to move closer to home, providing a way to have family close by."
Each DW is custom-built to order with a customizable interior configuration that can feature a traditional living and bedroom space, a home office layout with two open workspaces, or a live/work combination.
In the standard home layout, the DW sleeps up to three with a built-in bunk bed setup. Custom built-ins offer plenty of storage and are constructed with the same pre-finished, birch-faced plywood that lines the walls and ceilings for a cohesive look.
Ply Gem painted skywall windows also help draw the eye upward and outward to highlight the tall ceilings and give the home a sense of spaciousness.
"We wanted to erode the feeling of the walls as much as possible," says Smith. "This prompted the window at the end of the hallway that helps the line of sight continue outside, eroding the corner and opening up the structure front to back. Pulling the windows all the way up to the ceiling helps lift and lighten the structure as well."
The DW is now available for order with a starting price of $129,000. Modern Shed’s lead time is generally 4 to 10 months.
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