Project Description



Project Type: Personal

Construction Type: Residential

Work Performed: Design & Build

Year Designed: 2016

Material Type: Wood

Project Location: Moorhead, MN

Project Size: 340 SF

Project Description

The Tiny House on Wheels project can be considered Riley Design Builds first design build. Designed in senior year of high school to be used to reduce the cost of rent per month in upcoming college years while providing a unique space to call home. An alternative to apartment living and the opportunity to move the entire house in the future once school is complete.

My first design build project. Designed senior year of high school with zero design experience the dream became a reality when I decided to build it freshman year of college. Walls were framed in a shop during the winter and loaded on the trailer to be moved to a location closer to campus for completion.

From the start it was crucial that the tiny house project needed to be built on a solid foundation. I chose a custom Tiny House Basics 30’ long 18,000 lb. triple axel bumper-pull trailer to provide more than enough support. It needed to be moveable since it was to serve as a main home throughout college. Maximizing interior space was key and the trailer, outfitted with drop axles, sits only 22” from the ground to top of frame.

The house interior is a completely custom self-built layout with a carefully thought through floor plan. A kitchen with full size appliances that is designed to be functional with multiple people. A futon paired with a 55” 4K TV, sound bar, and a subwoofer provides a personal theater feel nestling itself into the center of the house. The living space acts as a central entertainment hub that allows for a break between kitchen and bathroom. In the bathroom a good-sized shower, a tucked away stall for the toilet, and an all in one washer dryer combo unit. Custom designed and built stairs double as cabinetry leading to the sleeping loft that is large enough to fit a king size bed. The house features a flat roof towards the front designed to host a roof deck that could be added in the future while the remainder of the roof is a low sloping shed roof covered with standing seam metal roofing.