This Family Home Is Two Tiny Houses Connected by A Sunroom

Posted by on June 10, 2019 in Economy, Loans and Frugal Living with 0 Comments

When one tiny home isn't quite enough, how about adding another?

There’s some real magic in the idea of a courtyard house; a house in which the main rooms surround a secret open space. Of course for anyone living tiny, there wouldn’t be enough house to enclose a courtyard – but The Ohana might be the next best thing.

Designed by architect Brian Crabb of VIVA Collectiv, The Ohana is two tiny homes, each on a 24 x 8 trailer, with a spacious sunroom in between. With each side comprising 176 square feet of usable space, and the sunroom adding another 247 square feet, the total comes in at just a hair under 600 square feet of usable space. While a bit larger than the standard tiny home, it’s a wonderfully novel way to live big while still on the small side. It’s also a very reasonable way for a family of four, for which the home was designed, to cohabitate while living in a small footprint.

The inspiration came the way of The Aloha State, Crabb explains to TreeHugger:

“The home was designed for a young family of 4 originally from Hawaii, but living outside of Portland, OR. Living in the Pacific Northwest, they found they really missed the tropical climate and all it affords, so their request was to create a home where they could enjoy the ‘outdoors’ year-round. The sunroom was designed as a communal space for the family to enjoy together, while the parent's and children's bedrooms are located in separate trailers. This separation allows for some semblance of privacy while still enjoying the fruits of going tiny.”

The right trailer holds the living room, and also contains two bedrooms, one on top of the other, for the kids. This makes a lot of sense; the kids have the living space to branch out into, kind of like their own little suite. There is storage under the stairs, and windows all around to let the light in.

Ohana living room

© Craig Williams / VIVA Collectiv

The left trailer is home to a charming and romantic master bedroom. With the kids on the other side of the sunroom, there's definitely a lot more privacy for the adults than the usual “family in a tiny home” situation. That said, the plans show a trundle bed tucked beneath the queen; perfect for nightmare-shaken kids or morning cuddling.

The ohana

© Craig Williams / VIVA Collectiv 

The left trailer also houses the kitchen, which has a refrigerator, a small stove, a washer/dryer, and ample counter and cupboard space.

The ohana

© Craig Williams / VIVA Collectiv 

The bathroom is off the hallway between the kitchen and master bedroom. The extra space of the double tiny house allows for a bathtub – and look at that lovely tile work. You can also see in the hallway a glimpse of the sunroom.


© Craig Williams / VIVA Collectiv 


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