Homeowner Briar Hale enlisted Jeff Hobbs of Room to Move to build a home that’s as eco-friendly as it is stylish. Along with plenty of off-the-grid technologies, the space features hardwood floors and sophisticated trim work. To maximize the minimal space, ex-boat builder Hobbs filled the home with smart storage solutions and convertible funriture. Since moving into her new home, Hale has turned the pint-sized space into her own magical spot—perfect for private getaways and intimate gatherings.
The house is built of structural insulated panels (SIPs) and features a 600-watt solar panel system, which can generates enough electricity to run a load of laundry in a washing machine. There’s also a rooftop rainwater collection system.
Inside, the narrow kitchen feels more spacious thanks to large windows and a long countertop. We love how Hobbs opted for circular cut-outs in the wooden cabinetry instead of traditional pulls and knobs—it keeps the kitchen sleek and minimal. Built-in shelves store dishes and spices, while a corner shelving unit displays tchotchkes.
For the living room, Hale decked out the space with a vintage coffee table, while Hobbs built a purple sectional that can convert into a daybed for extra guests. Once again, large windows make the space feel airy and bright.
This tiny wood stove in the living room heats the home in chillier months. The wooden staircase, which features a clever drawer on one of the landings, leads to the loft bedroom.
What’s the number one design tip we’ve learned so far? That windows are a tiny house’s not-so secret weapon! Not only do these windows make the tight quarters feel roomier, they help ventilate the space and regulate the temperature. Bonus: When Hale lies in bed at night, she can stargaze out of the skylight window.
Since the interiors are too small for a proper dining table, Hale has placed one on the wrap-around deck. Surrounded by beautiful mature trees, this house looks like pure paradise.