Little Lou – A Tiny House Built with Salvaged Materials from Vermont

After spending many years shifting between apartments and other rented accommodation, Chrissy Lou of Burlington, Vermont, came to realize she desired a more stable base to call home.


This, coupled with the recognition that she didn’t want or need most of her belongings, lead Chrissy to investigate tiny houses as a possible solution.

Little Lou - Christine Bellmyer - Burlington Vermont - Exterior - Humble Homes


Things came to a head in the spring of 2014, when Chrissy bit the bullet and made plans to build her own tiny home. The result is this blue and brown shed-roof house, dubbed Little Lou. It was built over a period of 6 months with the help of friends and family.

Little Lou - Christine Bellmyer - Burlington Vermont - Kitchen - Humble Homes


Many of the materials and features used in creating Little Lou were salvaged from other projects, like the corrugated metal sheeting and the large metal tub found in the bathroom. The house contains around 200-square-feet of living space and includes a bedroom in the loft.

Little Lou - Christine Bellmyer - Burlington Vermont - Living Room - Humble Homes

Access to the loft is provided by a spiral staircase. They’re a rarity among tiny houses and I don’t think I’ve seen one created in this fashion before, which is a shame because it looks to be quite a compact unit. Although, they haven’t made use of the underside for storage, and there doesn’t appear to be any sort of handrail.

Little Lou - Christine Bellmyer - Burlington Vermont - Bathroom - Humble Homes

The center portion of the Little Lou is taken up by the kitchen. A living room, with enough space for a sectional sofa, can be found under the home’s loft. The opposite end of the house is occupied by the bathroom, which is finished a in variety of salvaged items that give it an industrial vibe.

Little Lou - Christine Bellmyer - Burlington Vermont - Bedroom - Humble Homes

To provide a little more head room in the loft, a dormer was included. It also creates extra space for windows, of which there are no less than four. Chrissy described the build process as “simultaneously the shortest and longest 6 months of my life”.

For more tiny houses check out the beautifully finished Urban Craftsman by Handcrafted Movement. Or, this tiny house for one, called the Diogene Cabin. See all tiny houses.

Photos: Little Lou Tiny House

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Glad to see there’s egress from the loft…I see a scary number of tiny houses with none at all from upstairs.