Toybox Home – A Stylish Tiny House on Wheels For $48,000

This modern tiny house has been created by Frank Henderson and Paul Schultz. Located in Lake Forest, Illinois, the house has been dubbed the Toybox Home and contains just 140 square feet. The home’s interior features some clever space-saving design, as well as a few eco-friendly elements.


Tiny House - Toybox Tiny House - Frank Henderson and Paul Schultz - Illinois - Exterior - Humble Homes

The first aspect of this house that makes it stand out from all the other tiny houses is it’s form – it’s a step away from the cutesy, cottage-like tiny houses that the tiny house movement is saturated with. The exterior is finished in a mix of wood siding, colorful corrugated sheeting, and a roof that wraps around one of the gable ends.


Tiny House - Toybox Tiny House - Frank Henderson and Paul Schultz - Illinois - Living Area - Humble Homes

In terms of energy efficiency, the house includes a grey water recycling system, radiant floor heating, an energy-efficient thermoplastic roof plane, LED lighting, and Blown in Blanket (BIB) insulation. There are two levels in the home – a first floor multifunctional living space with a separate bathroom, and a loft for sleeping.


Tiny House - Toybox Tiny House - Frank Henderson and Paul Schultz - Illinois - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The theme of thick black lines on the exterior continues to the interior, where they loosely divide up the space. The first floor contains a living area and kitchen. The living area makes use of a smart little system that allows you to rearrange the furniture pieces (that also double as storage units) to create a living room with a coffee table, a bed, or a variety of sofas.

Tiny House - Toybox Tiny House - Frank Henderson and Paul Schultz - Illinois - Bathroom and Living Area - Humble Homes

The kitchen is simple and functional. It contains a stainless steel counter with a portable induction hob, small sink, under-counter refrigerator and freezer, toaster oven (or microwave) and storage cabinets. I think my favorite aspect of the kitchen is the backlit herb and spice rack that hovers over the counter. There’s also a hidden pantry built into the bathroom partition wall.

Tiny House - Toybox Tiny House - Frank Henderson and Paul Schultz - Illinois - Loft - Humble Homes

The bathroom features a walk-in shower with a clever marine facet that doubles as the shower head. A ladder leads up to the sleeping loft that’s capable of accommodating a king size bed. All in all, the Toybox Home is a real work of whimsy and minimalism. It’s also up for sale and could be yours for $48,000.

For more tiny houses check out Hope Island Cottages, which features a tiny house on wheels with a sauna. Or, this tiny house in Haringey, England, by Satish Jassal Architects. See all tiny houses.

Via Inhabitat
Photos: Toybox Tiny Home

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. THIS IS CREATIVE AND LIVEABLE. however, no loft living for those over 50 or with worn knees.

  2. I like parts but same problems with other tiny humble houses – no glass door from top to bottom, I have a safety issue especially with wild animals and people. No where to hide. Don’t like the grey furniture. Have a chair with cushions for seat and back. For bathroom, possibly a walk-in tub or if using a shower, have railing and have the area where a bath chair can be used with the hose to take a bath. Question that I do have is, are there electric outlets in the bathroom sink area. Don’t want to get fried if using electric items. Maybe have a shower area adjacent to the sink area and built up so the water does not run into the bath floor and the person can step out and not slip and fall.