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Project Chelsea’s Tiny House

If you follow me on Instagram (and you totally should ;), you know that I’ve recently started a new design project. And, in the spirit of the new year, I wanted to share the progress, not just the before and after. You know, the real life “in-between”.

The Before Tour

Tiny house design

Tiny House Design

Tiny House Design

Chelsea (my client/long lost friend from high school) recently bought a tiny house in Charleston! While it is definitely tiny at (8′ x 20′), the house itself actually has a surprising amount of storage with a lot of cabinets on either side and a bathroom that rivals the size of a Manhattan apartment. Kidding. Kinda. But, seriously, the bathroom boasts a full shower, a cool metal tub and plenty of room for hanging clothes as well as shelving.

The previous owners used it as a mountain getaway and it’s in great shape, but, needs some updating for full time living. Fun fact: She eventually wants to rent it as an AirBnB–which gave us license to make it extra amazing!

The layout is exactly how it looks above: walk in to bed/couch on the right and an empty space on the left which has since been filled (mostly) in with a stove and smaller refrigerator. Continuing on the left, is the “kitchen” (i.e. cabinets and a sink). To the right, are is more storage and counter space.

The Plan

Tiny House Design

The house actually has a ton of really beautiful wood, but, the walls are that fake trailer paneling (not even being negative, pretty sure that’s what they use, I would know, I lived in one). Anyway, they use that kind of paneling to minimize cracking during moving. Makes sense. But, we decided that the paneling with seams needs to go.

We also decided to keep the beautiful wood–it’s too pretty to touch. You can see the breakdown above; for the walls on either (long) side, we are going with good ole’ shiplap painted pure white. The cabinets will be pained all one color (SW Gray Matter) with oil rubbed bronze hardware. We found the MOST AMAZING cement tile (see below) for the kitchen backsplash. The convertible couch has since been removed and replaced with just a mattress that will be a “day bed.” Chelsea also, amazingly, was able to relocate the storage that you see in the picture on the left, so, that huge shelf is gone. There will also be wallpaper on both the front and back walls (so the wall behind the shower and the wall where the front door is).

The Design Board

Tiny House Design

We are in the process of ordering all of the materials for install and I could not be more excited to see the finished product! I will most certainly write a post to show it off once it is done!

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