Tiny Luxury: 9 Things You Gain When You Go Tiny
The Tiny Luxury crew from left to right: Brianna Francis, Jason Francis, Michelle Spiess, Tyson Spiess, Hannah Francis, Zach Francis.
By: Chelsea Faulkner
Photos by: Bodega Pictures
Living tiny doesn’t mean you have to rough it. See how innovative tiny home designers Tyson and Michelle Spiess pack luxurious amenities into custom compact tiny houses measuring 250 square feet or less.
Tyson and Michelle Spiess, husband and wife tiny home design duo and hosts of HGTV’s Tiny Luxury, pride themselves on building fully-functional tiny houses filled with all the comforts of a standard home. With the help of Michelle’s two brothers and their wives, the team crafts custom compact tiny homes using only the highest quality materials and furnishings. Their mantra: downsize, don’t downgrade. Check out some of the luxurious amenities this innovative team packs into each of their gorgeous tiny houses and you might just get inspired to go tiny, too!
1. A DREAM KITCHEN
Because a kitchen in a tiny house is less than half the size of a standard kitchen, splurging on high-end materials is a non-issue. Marble countertops, custom cabinetry and handmade tile backsplashes are all affordable when you only need a few feet of each. In this gorgeous modern space, clients requested butcher block countertops, stainless steel appliances and a sleek stainless steel tile backsplash.
2. AND SPEAKING OF KITCHENS…
Really cool features like this hidden dishwasher and combined washer and dryer are totally feasible and affordable options. Although it doesn’t look like it, this dishwasher can hold up to 7 place settings and 4 large pots and pans.
3. LOTS OF NATURAL LIGHT
Due to heating and cooling costs, picture windows or skylights often aren’t budget-friendly options in a standard home. But in a tiny home, large windows not only aid in air circulation, but make the space feel larger and more open. So you can lay back, watch the stars and sleep soundly knowing you won’t have to pay an electricity bill.
4. A SPA-LIKE BATHROOM
Who doesn’t dream of relaxing in a warm bath at the end of the day? This luxurious tiny bathroom features a full-sized galvanized soaking tub, a relaxing station, spa shower, vessel sink and high-end industrial vanity lights.
5. REAL WOOD ACCENTS
Because a tiny home is built to hit the road, choosing durable, top-of-the-line materials like real hardwood floors, trim and beams is a must. “With less square footage, you need materials that will hold up to constant use,” says Tyson. This luxury tiny home features knotty alder pine trim and beams, red oak hardwood floors and a handcrafted oak staircase.
6. AN ULTRA-COZY BEDROOM
Although you may not enjoy a lot of head space in a tiny house master bedroom, its lofted design and deluge of bright windows offer a quiet, cozy sleeping experience unrivaled by a typical bedroom.
7. CUSTOM FURNITURE
Because you’ll likely need only one or two pieces, ordering handmade, custom furniture like this sleek brown leather sofa is a luxury you can definitely afford.
8. HIGH-END LIGHT FIXTURES
Filling a standard-sized home with these chic, handmade industrial light fixtures would cost thousands of dollars. But because a tiny home requires only a handful, these statement pieces can be integrated into your design at a fraction of the cost.
9. AND THE MOST LUXURIOUS AMENITY?
As one client put it, “Living in a tiny home is freedom. Freedom from rent, freedom from stuff and the freedom to get up and go.”