Called Keva Tiny House, this charming hand-built home can be found among the woodlands of Salt Spring Island along Canada’s West Coast. The house embraces the chocolate box cottage aesthetic with a rustic feel and wood details found throughout.
The house was designed and partly built by its owner Recca Grim, a yoga instructor. Grim received help on the build from her friend Rudy Hexter, a carpenter, and his apprentice.
Keva Tiny House is 22 feet long and contains an area of 168 square feet (15.6 square meters) along with an additional 64 square foot for the loft (5.9 square meters). The front of the home features a porch that’s been put together from a series of 8′-by-8′ pallets. The porch also sports a plexiglass roof that allows plenty of natural light to reach the home.
The interior is plush with earthy, organic tones and finishes. The living area contains a cast-iron wood stove that keeps the home toasty in the colder months. Large wood-framed windows have been installed throughout, providing picturesque viewpoints of the forest and ample lighting.
The kitchen counter is made from rough-sawn timber. On one side the counter top doubles as a workspace/study desk with one end jutting out to create a breakfast bar. A simple sink, two-burner cook top and under-counter refrigerator form the bulk of the kitchen appliances. Storage has been etched out of the partition wall between the kitchen and the bathroom – another space-saving solution.
The bathroom contains a cool tub/shower setup and water is heated from an on demand system. Outside, a 5-gallon tank is used to collect greywater that’s used for gardening. There’s actually no toilet set within the house as Grim prefers using an outhouse. It’s not going to be to everyone’s liking, but this is a very personal home.
One end of the home features a shed roof to provide plenty of space in the loft bedroom. At 15 feet tall the height is slightly more than the maximum allowable trailer height for US roads (13.5 feet), but it’s designed to BC regulations. Overall, it took 6 months to build the house, and cost $38,500 USD (£29,500).