Downsizing still means transitioning from a brick-and-mortar home, be it a picket fence house in the suburbs or a small city apartment, into a smaller unit like a tiny house, a van or bus conversion, a full-size RV adapted for long-term residency, or anything else in between. Tiny living has a mobile aspect to it, which adds to its appeal, especially in the work-from-home context.
That said, even units that don't move around as often are preferable to regular houses. This is where The Fox Den would fit in: though a tiny house, its size qualifies it as a park model, which means you can only move it with special road permits and only under certain circumstances.
It's also a good example of how you can build a tiny house, where "compromise" is the name of the game, and turn it into a very comfortable and cozy space with impeccable luxury touches.
Located in Port Townsend, WA, this tiny is now being offered as a rental unit even though it was built as the family's main home. Sharing it with others was a must, Andrew explains, because it cost so much. He's not joking, either: The Fox Den's total cost was around $225,000 with everything included, and that's no small trifle.
The resulting home is 30 feet long and 17 feet high (9.1 meters by 5.1 meters), with two levels and a cantilevered design that maximizes available space on the second floor. It has a wraparound deck that allows you to take in the beautiful scenery and is fully connected to the grid for water, power, and septic.
Access is done either through the front door or the porch door, which gives way directly into the living room. Because of the size of the tiny, this one offers something comparable to actual rooms in a house, starting with this lounge. The same goes for the kitchen: a generous space with all necessary appliances and surprising add-ons like a dining table for two hidden under the staircase leading up to the bedrooms.
The second level of the house is more like a loft, though you still get standing height in the main bedroom. The two sleeping spaces are connected by means of a catwalk walkway and offer sleeping for as many as four people combined: two in the queen-size bed in the main bedroom and two more on the king-size pull-out couch in the second bedroom.
The finishes and the styling of The Fox Den help create a welcoming, well-designed space with touches of luxury. You have acacia wood countertops in the kitchen, with live edge maple details for accent, plenty of whites and warm neutrals, and natural woods combined with plush wool fabrics for comfort.
Since The Fox Den wasn't designed to move around that much – or at all – and given the fact that it sits on a friend's property, it's getting an annex on-site: a bathhouse with sauna and cold plunge. How's that for fancy, eh?