Next up on Matt’s Favourite Features of Tiny: the stairs!
The stairs are a central part of the overall design of Tiny and, like everything else, have to incorporate maximum storage, functionality, and aesthetics. These stairs took a lot of planning and consideration, and were one of the first things designed in the planning process because of their importance, their centrality in the home, and the space they take up.
The treads are made from maple, and the base is made from high-grade plywood. The handrails and trim pieces are reclaimed and repurposed wood, salvaged from various places and sources. The stairs have been finished with oil, followed by two coats of varathane for a smooth and durable finish.
Since the stairs go up to the sleeping loft, which, due to the height, requires you to be on your hands and knees to enter, the last tread before the loft is extra deep. This allows for a comfortable transition from the stairs to the sleeping area.
One of the hidden storage compartments under the stairs. No space left unused!
These bottom three stairs are not only storage, but are designed to be removable to get the fridge into the kitchen.
Cubby under the stairs — much needed storage space.
Side profile of the stairs, showing additional side storage.
From above, looking down.
This is how the stairs fit within the overall entrance design.
Looking up from below.
There’s an LED light on the wall on the left, to illuminate the stairs at night time.
Finally finished building the stair doors, now they need oiling.
Once Tiny was water tight, it was time to start getting to work on the inside details. First up, was the loft framing, which was not only an integral part of the structure, but would ultimately be exposed wood. This meant we needed to find a material that was both strong and would finish beautifully.
Douglas Fir became the obvious choice, because of its strength. Matt was extremely happy with how this turned out, as the Douglas Fir has a subtle red tone that adds richness and depth, and will be a great accent to the overall aesthetics of the finished home.
The post you see in the middle of the house in the pictures below is designed to bring the load down from the roof onto the black steel angle. Being able to transfer the load at a midpoint meant the ridge beam could be reduced in size, allowing more space in the loft. In a Tiny House, every inch counts!
Tension tie to hold walls together.
Interior view of the tension tie.
Tie attached to the Douglas Fir loft framing.
The sleeping loft, featuring the dog elevator!
Main loft again.
The second loft.
The black strip is a steel angle to help support the ridge beam and take the load down from the roof.