Both an integral part of the landscape and inherently out of place, my home, made of four grey shipping containers, sits nestled between trees like the great boulders, glacial erratics, deposited all over north america during the last ice age.
At 655 square feet, this is on the small size for a one-bedroom apartment in the greater Seattle area (where it is located). This is more than enough space for a full kitchen, living room, bedroom, and half bath. The advantage of this space over equivalent apartments is that, instead of noisy neighbors, there is five acres of surrounding forest.
I designed this space to exactly fit my needs and priorities from a wide, airy, sun-lit living room with an open kitchen to a combination bathroom/laundry/closet built for minimalist functionality.
Despite having a footprint of 16' by 24', the first floor feels large and open due to the opposing apertures. Two floor-to-ceiling windows face the the stairs - at the top of which is another floor-to-ceiling window. The double and single doors face each-other across the living room. The entire central wall of the two combined 24' shipping containers is removed except for two small chunks next to the refrigerator and at the end of the kitchen counter.
The kitchen has a sink, range, full sized refrigerator, and even a dishwasher - a commodity that is rarely found in tiny house designs.
The area under the stairs makes a perfect living space for young wizards, or alternately vital storage space - always at a premium in small living quarters.
Where the bottom floor was rectangular, the upper floor is L-shaped, consisting of another 24' container and a 10' container. This leaves a natural upper deck area that leads into the bedroom through french doors. The queen bed is tucked into the end of the container and can be lofted for even more storage space.
The 10' container serves as bathroom, closet, and laundry with a toilet, sink, shower, ample closet space, and both a washer and a dryer. These spaces are strictly utilitarian - I don't value a long soak or large wardrobe, so the focus of this home is on the living space on the ground floor.