Isabella Mori of Vancouver, BC recently moved into her brand new tiny home. The move was spurned by the rising rents in Vancouver. Builder John McFarlane of Camera Buildings did a great job designing and constructing this home. All told, the home cost around US$31,000 to build. It’s great how its boxy shape enabled the designer to make the most of the available space.

Isabelle’s new tiny home measures 186 square feet. It features an elongated layout with a full galley kitchen on one side. The other longer side of the home is covered with slated windows that let in plenty of light and make the home appear that much more spacious. The tiny home actually has two levels. The lower level houses the kitchen, entry way and closet. Next is the mezzanine level, which contains an office space, a second closet, as well as a 6-foot by 27-inch bathroom with shower and composting toilet. The owner has two cats, so the litter box is also located in this space, and the smells are vented out using the computer fan.





Overall, the home is also packed with transformer furniture, and almost every piece does more than just one thing. The best of these has to be the pull-out bed, which is located in the mezzanine level. It solves the problem of a low ceiling in the lofted bedroom area of most tiny homes very well, and makes it possible to forgo a gabled roof in the design. Additional storage is also built into the steps leading up to the mezzanine level.




Traditional Japanese building techniques and aesthetic played a large part in the inspiration of this design and Isabella also filled it with many Japanese knick-knacks. She’s calling it the “Thousand Crow” house. The home is also mounted on wheels, and she currently has it parked in an RV park, though she can of course take it to anywhere in the world on a whim.