"Our goal in designing The Point was simplicity," says designer Rachel Pitman, who co-founded Modern Tiny Living with architect Bruce Faris. "We wanted to create a budget-friendly, twenty-foot house that would feel spacious."
For Pitman, creating a tiny house marked by simplicity and a feeling of spaciousness meant connecting the home to the outdoors. "We wanted to bring in a lot of natural elements," says the designer, who chose a warm, medium-brown tone for the exterior. "It has a modern, cabin-in-the-woods feel," she says. "We used LP Smart Siding, which is one of my favorite products to work with due to its low maintenance, durability, and the beauty of its texture."
On the interior, Pitman employed poplar tongue-and-groove siding with a light, natural stain that enhances the character and the variation of the wood grain. The vinyl plank flooring she selected has a similar natural finish. "Vinyl plank flooring is such a great option for tiny houses because it’s scratch-resistant and waterproof," she says. "This allows us to use it throughout the entire house and know that it’s going to be the best product long term for our homeowners." To punctuate the poplar siding and the vinyl flooring, Pitman painted the door and the cabinetry in the kitchen and the living area shades of green that reference nature.
For however beautiful The Point’s finishes are, the design for the living room is the tiny home’s most interesting feature. The area is comprised of a raised platform with a U-shape, built-in sofa that folds out and converts to a bed. "Our architect Bruce Faris created this cozy nook that’s the highlight of the house," Pitman says. Shelving units bookend the sofa and double as side tables for the area.
The tiny home offers plenty of storage, too. "The living area’s raised platform opens up to reveal storage underneath and the base of the couch contains drawers for added storage," Pitman says. "There’s also storage in the built-in staircase and the kitchen has drop down ceiling cabinets for storing spices and small cooking items." The designer also included a built-in storage box on the rear exterior of the tiny home for outdoor storage needs.
"I think overall we’re just really proud of being able to build a twenty-foot house that offers as much storage as The Point does, while bringing in beautiful design elements and keeping an open feel," Pitman says.
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