The Turtle Tiny House
Designed for those that need just a little more space, the Turtle tiny house contains flexible living areas to meet the demands of modern life – it features a first floor study that can be transformed into a bedroom.
The Turtle house is a tiny house designed for accessibility and storage. At 230 square feet this is a not-so-tiny tiny house, which is suited to those who need just a little bit more space. This home is the result of a collaborative effort between Humble Homes and Karen Batchelor of Living Large with Less. Together we set out to create a tiny house that would be more fitting for an older person.
The entrance to the living area is flanked by two floor-to-ceiling closets which can be used for the storage of larger house hold items, as well as smaller personal belongings like books. The living room is naturally lit and ventilated by four windows (five if you include the door) and has space enough for two cosy armchairs, a fold-away table, and a stainless steel fireplace.
The bedroom/study contains a folding Murphy bed with two sliding windows to provide more than adequate lighting. The bedroom also has two large floor-to-ceiling closets for all your clothing/storage needs. The ceiling has been left open, exposing the loft joists and helping to give the space some warmth and character.
This tiny house features a functional kitchen with lots of storage, appliances, and features such as a large Belfast ceramic sink, 10 Cu Ft fridge-freezer, 2-burner induction hob, a counter-top smart oven and a combo washer/dryer. The kitchen also has extensive storage with numerous wall and the floor cabinets.
The bathroom is accessed through a bi-fold door at the end of the kitchen. At a width of 3 feet, the bathroom has enough space for a toilet (be it a standard, compost, or incinerating toilet), and a 3-square-foot shower. There is also space to install a small sink if it’s required.
The loft can be used as an extra sleeping space or for storage. It can be accessed by a set of ladders which are integrated into the loft joists. The loft has a large skylight window to provide natural daylighting and a means of egress. At the opposite end of the home you will find a storage area over the bathroom which can be used to house plumbing equipment or other items.
This tiny house can be built on a 7′ x 24′ utility trailer.
For more information about our plans check out our Tiny House Plans – What’s Included? page.
|Footprint||7′-8″ x 24′||House Height||11′-2″|
|Living Area||7′ x 6′-2″||Kitchen||7′ x 7′-6″|
|Bathroom||3′ x 7′||Ceiling Height – Bedroom||7′|
|Loft Height||2′-7″||Bedroom||7′ x 7′-3″|
|Width @ Eaves||8′-4″||Total Area||230 sq ft|
Good To Know
WALLS & ROOF
All our tiny houses are built using advanced stick-frame construction techniques. A variety of different types of insulation can be installed, from sheep’s wool to expanded polystyrene. We also recommend the use of internal vapour barriers.
How you clad your tiny house is up to you, but we recommend sustainably harvested timber that’s been approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Other cladding options include lightweight steel panels, and vinyl siding.
DOORS & WINDOWS
Our tiny houses are designed , and to meet the needs of many. That’s why we specify windows from Jeld Wen, an international company that specialises in the construction of quality doors and windows for a wide range of budgets.
HEATING & VENTILATION
There are many options for heating a tiny house. Some which have been installed in our tiny houses include the Morso 1440 wood burning stove, the Newport P-9000 stainless steel fireplace, and the Envi wall-panel heater.
Plumbing systems for a tiny house can be as complicated or simply as needed. Black and grey water tanks can be installed to create an RV-like system, while others prefer composting toilets to minimise their environmental impact.
A tiny house can be hooked up to the main grid, or you can decide to go off-grid and use solar panels to provide for your electrical needs. Some of our tiny house plans include PV-system schematics to help you along your way.
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
Our tiny houses are designed with standard-sized components in mind to minimise the amount of work, and cost to create your dream tiny home. All the main components (like the kitchen stove and sink) are specified in the plans.
We typically specify a painted drywall finish for the interior of our homes, but there’s nothing to stop you from installing timber cladding (a popular finish among tiny houses) or even tiles in your kitchen or bathroom.
Tiny House Benefits
Downloadable plans not for you? You can purchase a set of printed plans below – delivery is free! For more information about printed plans check out our Printed Tiny House Plans page.
Full Plans $324
What Client’s Say
“A tiny house design that’s perfect for people who want an alternative to sleeping in a loft. Love your creativity and how great you are to work with!”Karen Batchelor, Livinglargewithless.com
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