The 2012 Design Challenge

On the 8th of January 2012, the Tiny House Blog (a great resource for all things related to tiny houses, but if you managed to find our little ‘underground’ tiny house website then you’re probably well aware of the Tiny House Blog) featured a post which issued both tiny house designers and builders the challenge of producing homes that are more accessible to those for whom it may not be so feasible to climb up a ladder to the sleeping loft. You can view the article here.


At Humble Homes we’ve made our first attempt at addressing this issue – we’ve produced a tiny houses that contain a staircase! To date we’re not aware of any other tiny house that contains a staircase, although if you are aware of one do send us a link to it! If others do exist they are few and far in-between.

Our ‘Staircase House’ (it’s a temporary name)  is approximately 20′ in length by 8′-4″ in width. If built onto a  2′ high trailer this home will have an approximate height of 13′-5″, making it suitable for the majority of roads in North America, as well as the UK and Europe. This home features premium aluminium windows (although you can use less expensive alternatives), feather edge siding, exposed loft joists, two skylight windows, and a number of other cool features like storage in and under the stairs and a Belfast Sink (a nod to our home city in Ireland). You can view images of the ‘Staircase House’ below. We hope you like it!


Over the next few months we’d also like to produce plans which feature small bedrooms on the first floor of a tiny house – it can be tricky but we’ll come up with something. Plans for the ‘Staircase House’ should be available for purchase in about 2 weeks time.

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.