New Frontier Tiny Homes
For tiny-house designer David Latimer, one of the biggest challenges was fitting all of the luxury details into such a compact home–but it all worked out in the end.
“The Escher model is my most collaborative project to date. The owners had a baby on the way, so I advised two separate, private rooms. Anytime you build a brand-new custom design, there are numerous unforeseen challenges. My homes are extremely intricate, and the details take a lot of time to execute. Every inch counts, and we had several inch-size problems. The master bed was an incredibly tight fit and quite heavy. We built it in the shop, then installed it. It didn’t fit by 1⁄4 in. We had to remove the door trim, then put it back on. The shoji-paper doors needed to fit into a tight space, and shoji paper is a delicate material. Installing them took forever, in large part because of the line of wall paint that I carried from the kitchen across the doors. It was painstaking to get them lined up. Also, it was my first time installing porcelain countertops—definitely a learning curve there, especially with a Wolf cooktop.”
- Designer – David Latimer, newfrontiertinyhomes.com
- Photos – StudioBuell Photography, courtesy of David Latimer
Originally featured in the 2019 Downsize special issue of Fine Homebuilding Magazine
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|Tiny House Basics
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| A Tiny House Inspires a New Occupation
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|The Tiny Project
Tiny house designer Alek Lisefski used smart construction methods, including advanced framing and a rain-screen exterior cladding, to build a home that will be as durable as it is energy efficient.
|Tiny House, Giant Journey
Jenna Spesard built this rustic little home to cut her expenses and leave more time and money for traveling the world.