Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses created this one-of-a-kind home for a young woman in the Air Force who could be relocated at any given moment. When she does, Tandy will go with her. Named for a quote in a Sherwood Anderson novel, Tandy is an eclectic 24-foot home with a lot of unique features.
To cut costs while supporting a lower carbon footprint, Rocky Mountain enlisted a lot of reclaimed materials to build Tandy. The siding is created almost entirely from reclaimed corrugated metal and barnwood, coupled with new windows and cedar fascia boards. The oak front door was sourced from a local salvage yard.
Inside cabinets are mixed and matched, and scraps of barnwood and plywood take center stage as storage cubbies, stair boxes and trim. To the left of the entry, an inverted loft creates a custom doggy den underneath. Window trim and floor boards painted in contrasting colors complete the arts and crafts aesthetic.
Old wrought iron railings serve as reclaimed shelf brackets to hold up the ample wall storage and kitty cubbies. Repurposed materials allowed the homeowner to splurge on some small luxuries, such as the sleek ceiling fan over the kitchen. Lots of windows keep the space open and airy, despite its small size.
More high-end extras are found in the kitchen, which features oak butcher block countertops and a large farmhouse apron-front sink. Sleek appliances include an over-the-range microwave, convection oven and full-size refrigerator. A butcher-block inset slides over the sink when not in use to create extra prep space. Above the kitchen is the master sleeping area, accessible via the custom storage staircase.
The bathroom features an antique Bates and Bates dimpled brass sink and concrete countertop. Across from the vanity and toilet sits a tub and a shower. Brightly painted window frames extend the home's colorful aesthetic.
The "doggy den" can be closed with a barrel bolt, but it can easily be removed if the homeowner ends up with a different use for the space. Rocky Mountain installed the window custom to the dogs' eye level, so they can keep a lookout while mom is away.
Above, the loft is accessed via a ship's ladder. Here, a pull-out sofa allows the space to serve as a combined den and guest's sleeping area. Built-in storage cubbies work well for stashing household items.
An outdoor shower is an added luxury in warmer months. Reclaimed barnwood creates a rustic backdrop, surrounded by reclaimed corrugated metal siding. Even with these luxuries, Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses was able to create the custom home for less than $70,000.