In 2014, Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses was approached by HGTV to film the process for this unique tiny home build. Clients Derek and Mary agreed, and the producers loved the design's unique premise: The home had to be light enough to be towed by a half-ton Ford, it needed to be warm enough to sustain a cold climate, and it needed some special considerations for the couple's dog, Buddy.
The resulting design looks like a traditional tiny home, but it's built to withstand harsh Nebraska winters. Rocky Mountain used SIPs (or structural insulated panels) to create the home instead of traditional stick framing. Known for their thermal insulation, SIPs are extremely strong and durable, though less forgiving to work with.
Built on a custom-fabricated 18-foot trailer, natural cedar siding and a durable metal roof was installed atop the SIP frame. Large windows were incorporated on all four sides of the home. After they settled into their Nebraska location, the homeowners added a spacious deck.
A miniature wood stove is small but mighty to heat the home, which also has a propane heater for nights when the homeowners don't want to feed the fire. It was important to the homeowner to have enough room for a store-bought sofa with enough wall space to mount a 40-inch TV across the way. The resulting entertainment space, a cozy nook next to the stove, met those needs.
The homeowners required a staircase their dog could use instead of a ladder leading up to the loft. Custom stairs feature lots of storage and cubby holes, as well as a doggy den for Buddy under the first step. Built-in shelving is included behind the winding staircase to use every inch.
Stainless steel countertops are sleek and durable in the kitchen atop the counter and an extra prep storage island. The home features a full-size fridge so the homeowners can cook as they are used to. Wall-mounted cabinets and shelving offer ample storage for kitchen products and serving items.
Matching stainless steel tops an additional bureau for added prep and serving space and storage. Exposed beam ceilings give the first floor a rustic cabin look, complemented by a bucolic lamp with wooden base.
The sleeping loft features mid-height ceilings for plenty of space to sit up. Built-in storage offers room to store shoes and snowboarding equipment. The wood paneling was kept natural for a cozy cabin look. Watch the couple's home reveal on HGTV.