The most notable distinction this house offers is the oversized, exposed truss above its integral porch. This shameless display of structural integrity, organic materials, and utility are derived from the Bungalow tradition that inspired the home. The more rustic elements of Craftsman style cabins and lodges are particularly evident. The Beavan has a standing seam metal roof, cedar board and batten siding, and a tiny integral porch that’s good for staying dry as you perch or fumble for your keys. The interior is all knotty pine. The cathedral ceiling is 9’ 8” tall at the peak. As a shell, it accommodates any of the components listed on the Compact Furnishings page and more. The Beavan Tiny House was selected as an "Editor's Choice" winner at MAKE Magazine's New York 2011 Maker Faire. The bathroom’s interior is 21” W x 53” L; the great room’s 6'-3" x 5'-8"; the kitchen is 6'-3" x 4'-4"; and the sleeping loft’s just 75” W x 76"L x 33” H. Two skylights over the pillows make it feel much bigger. A stainless steel double-burner over a 3' tall cabinet in the kitchen. A Dickinson Marine fireplace keeps the place warm and cozy.
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