When deciding on her dream house, Vancouver resident Isabella Legosi Mori didn't want huge, sprawling spaces; she wanted something just the right size for her. And that meant — you guessed it — a tiny house. She worked with tiny house builder Camera Buildings to create the tiny house of her dreams, which she named Thousand Crow.
Welcome to Thousand Crow!
The tiny house was created by Camera Buildings, with personalized design elements by Mori herself. The house is glass, and the outside panels can be swung away from the structure to clean them.
The house itself might not look like much from the outside, but it's hiding an adorable home on the inside with all necessary amenities.
Inside, there's one big room for the living space and kitchen, as well as a bathroom off to the back. The light streaming in makes it seem much more open.
The living space is raised, which helps the place seem less boxy and separates the space without creating restrictive divisions. The raised area, called the mezzanine, seems like a separate room, even though it's all one space.
There's storage under the floor...
...And inside the stairs leading up to the mezzanine. (We really like the octopus, too.)
The kitchen has a double sink so that Mori can use one for dishes and one for brushing her teeth.
There's more storage above the kitchen.
While some tiny houses opt for full appliances, Mori found that a toaster oven and portable induction burner were fine for her needs. They stay in the cabinets under the counter when not in use, which frees up space.
Ditto for the half-sized fridge.
The kitchen has plenty of storage for dishes and, of course, a thematic statue. (And how cute is that teapot?)
Unlike a lot of tiny homes that feature the bed on a loft, Thousand Crow has a pull-out queen-sized mattress that's stored under the mezzanine level during the day. Mori decided that the low headroom of a loft bed and the reduced ceiling height on the lower level made her uncomfortable, so she came up with this solution.
Living with two cats posed a unique challenge as well, particularly when it came to the litter box. Mori used a computer fan to suck the air (and the smell) through a vent, which sends it outside. It's operated with a switch.
The bathroom has a shower stall and a toilet facing each other. By using the sink in the kitchen instead of installing another in the bathroom, Mori could maximize the space.
Kitty feels very at home in Thousand Crow!
In the summer time Mori likes to open up the windows to let in the sun and watch the birds outside.
It gets nice and bright in Thousand Crow when she lets the natural light in.
Open windows, birds to see!
"I see you baby, shakin' that branch, shakin' that branch..."
Out front is a patio container garden extravaganza!
She grows oregano, lemongrass, rosemary and sage.
And as if that wasn't enough, she even has delicious strawberries growing.
Everything about this tiny house is adorable, including the Clematis "Pink Champagne" flowers out front.
But even thought Thousand Crow looks adorable now, it didn't always. Here are a few photos from the construction phase.
No drywall in ol' Thousand Crow. Lightweight plywood sheathing does the job. And wires! Wires everywhere!
It being such a small place, the wiring had to be on point.
These are the kitchen base cabinets. Mori didn't go for any upper cabinets; as she read online about designing for tiny houses stressed the importance of trying to keep cabinets either above your head or below your waist; you literally don't want them all up in your face. Really helps to make the space expand rather than contract.
Since Thousand Crow is on wheels, it can be taken anywhere. For now, though, Mori is living in an R.V. park and enjoying her little home. She says it's a great alternative to the financial burden that can come with a traditional home, as well as to the physical upkeep of a larger house. The new systems — like the composting toilet and tankless propane water heater — took some getting used to, but she says it's totally worth it.
You can see the journey to making Thousand Crow a reality on Mori's blog, which is full of even more great pictures and stories.