SMALLEST TINY HOUSE with All the Comforts of Home – Full Tour



Take a tour of this adorable tiny house with us. It’s built on a short 16 foot trailer but it still feels surprisingly spacious inside with a huge galley kitchen on the main floor and a queen sized bed upstairs in the loft.

Martin Bisson from Lumbec ( built this tiny home, La Nautique (The Nautical in English), as his company’s first tiny house prototype. They came up with some really interesting design ideas to maximize space in the house without making it feel cramped or crowded.

The team added extra square footage by building out onto the triangular space at the front of the trailer. The living room/dining room area is built in this “bonus” space, and feels bigger than it is because there’s no overhead storage or loft above it. There are electrical hookups below the seats in the living room so that solar panels could be connected easily.

In the center of the tiny house there’s a surprisingly spacious galley kitchen with tons of counter space, and ample storage beneath the countertops. There is an instant hot water heater that heats water for both the kitchen sink and the shower but there’s no water tank in this house, so it would need to be hooked up to city water.

In the kitchen, just above the countertop, there’s also a small Dickinson Marine heater.

At the back of the home there’s a bathroom with a pocket door and this is the one room where the team ran into some design problems. Since they wanted the tiny house to be livable in all 4 seasons, they had to keep all of the plumbing and the grey water tank inside the insulated building envelope to prevent pipes and the tank from freezing in the winter. You’ll see that the shower is a step up off the floor and that there isn’t actually enough space to stand up in it yet (it is a prototype after all!). What they’re going to do to remedy this is raise the ceiling by just over a foot, directly above the shower, and they’ll use the raised surface this creates in the loft as a bedside table.

Last but not least there is a Japanese inspired step ladder with built-in hand holds that brings you up into a loft that has space for a queen-sized bed. Lumbec installed a sliding window in the bedroom that is wide enough to fit the mattress through so that when it’s time to replace the mattress, you can fit the mattress through the window.

Overall Mat and I were impressed with how spacious this tiny house felt even though it was on such a small trailer. We also loved all of the different types of wood used in the house – it gave it a warm lived-in feel that we liked.

If you’re interested in learning more about Lumbec and their tiny homes, check out their website here:

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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41 Replies to “SMALLEST TINY HOUSE with All the Comforts of Home – Full Tour”

  1. Aayeeeatpork

    Love it!!! And just like everyone is saying, this is one of the best I’ve seen! Putting this is favorites. I think the couch being at that angle makes it feel more cozy. I’d want a thicker cushioned couch tho.

  2. sami ajre

    I was thinking about the same SHOWER idea
    i mean to have the grey water tank just under your feet
    how is it woking now ?? (if you ever pass by )

  3. MickeyCreole

    Wouldn’t it been more logical to have a mirror in the bathroom it self? I would’ve created a mirror/window shutter where a mirror would slide across the the window for privacy from the outside world, especially as it’s ridiculous to have a clear glass window in the bathroom, but I guess the Canadian French are exactly like their French cousins of France, like exposing themselves to innocent bystanders without any shame!

  4. Kate Wizer

    I'm enjoying all the ideas I get from the tiny house tours. When I finish my pigeon-hole, tiny cobb cabin, I will have incorporated a lot of great ideas.

  5. Leviathan Chi.

    How much can a house like this weigh? with a ford ranger 3.0 can I drag it? I want to make one that looks like this!

  6. Tari Akpodiete

    i really like the idea of the living room over the triangle of the trailer. definitely making maximum use of trailer space. and i really liked the attention paid to issues with colder climates. people in warmer places won't notice, but it'll make all the difference for us who live where it can get very cold.

  7. kelli moore

    Love the design. Only thing I would personally want different would be the couch to be turned into a bed. But that's just personal preference. Great job!

  8. David Cagle

    Confused, thought you were showing a small tiny house, remember that a traditional 2 bedroom house is only 250 square feet (before the ridiculous oversize push of the 1980's). 100 Square foot tiny houses have more space and creature comforts than your monster, and mine is three 50 square foot modules, one of which equals what you are showing (the other two are just for added privacy and convenience, can live in the main module with more comfort than your giant house).

  9. Joe Ramos

    Is this some kind of trend; where the people who show these tiny houses are dressed like they just got up from a bad nights sleep? Disheveled, tacky-T'shirt all stretched out, uncombed hair, tacky. I like this teeney-weenie house but so many parts of it is particle board, velcro, and again the kitchen is taking up too much space, a micro-kitchen can be designed and still have just enough counter space to cook for a group of people if done correctly and prepped right. Trial and error ? No, this is not a selling point. This is business 101 people. Why would you build another tiny house/Gypsy style when have not gotten this one correct to begin with? The idea of the Japanese stairs has no purpose, it does not add to the over all space saving devices and does not add to the design flow of the tiny house. Matter as a fact there is no design flow to the house. Work on that ~ DO RESEARCH ! Get it right. Have the tiny houses tested, ie: lived in, make the adjustments needed until it is just right AND than put it on the market. C'mon get it right. There is so much potential here. G'ter done !!! BTW, a hole in the shower ceiling that is the night stand upstairs ? Are you kidding with that horribly bad and tacky idea. C'mon people !

  10. Hyunju Song

    Hmm, not sure if there's already a comment, but I don't think I saw a fridge there.. I think I'd reduce some kitchen space for a tiny bigger shower, and some for a mini-washing machine! (so inconvenient to have to take laundry to a laundromat), but I loooove everything else about it! 😍

  11. Ryan Pembrook

    How tall is it? I know they have to be under 13'6" but since it's only 16' is it shorter to compensate for that? I'm thinking about building a 14' long tiny house right now do you think I can go 13'6" high?

  12. Odee Dillon

    Might consider adding storm shutters for at least the forward facing windows, to deflect road debris from cracking them. Great build, and thanks for sharing with us.

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