alek lisefski completes the tiny project less house more life alek lisefski completes the tiny project less house more life
jan 02, 2014

alek lisefski completes the tiny project less house more life

alek lisefski completes the tiny project less house more life
all images courtesy of the alek lisefski




american web designer alek lisefski has finished a residential dwelling on wheels for himself and girlfriend anjali to live in as part of the ‘tiny project less house more life’. towed from iowa to its current location in sebastopol, california the small structure enables the couple to enjoy more time in the outdoors, in nature and engaging with the community. in response to ever-rising housing and land costs, the project seeks to set an example for others who wish to choose a similar way of living.


‘the main aspect of the tiny project is to build a tiny house. inhabiting such a small space will force me to live in a simpler, more organized and efficient way.’ says designer alek lisefski.


the home features modern, passive solar design principles with 10 windows and a full-glass door, helping to filter high-levels of daylight through to the interior. due to its size and the materials used, it functions incredibly efficiently and only needs an extension cord and water hose connected to a main source. once situated in a more permanent location, lisefski intends to add solar panels, water collection and further environmentally friendly solutions to help make it as self-sustaining as possible.



tiny house surroundings



house on wheels



interior view showing the work-from-home desk, fold-down table and custom built-in storage



looking up towards the bedroom loft area and the sustainable blue-stain, beetle-kill pondersa pine ceiling



loft with queen bed



a fold-down standing height workstation is one of the smart space-saving solutions



a fully-functional kitchen



(left) propane range and lots of hidden pantry storage 
(right) bathroom with composting toilet, sink and shower



the tiny project’s little family



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • It actually looks pretty livable. I wonder if they will let him in a national park? …it is a trailer after all. Well done.


    JimCan says:
  • An interesting design but I would sleep looking out of the windows to ‘extend’ the view and always love my curtains open!
    Can you tell me what timber plank you used on the ceiling/walls please?
    Thanks for sharing your great compact design.

    Rob says:
  • I loooove this! It’s so wonderful to see young people being free to explore so many things: design, travel, close relationships, ecology all in one project! Bravo!!

    Robert says:
  • Rob – the wood you see on the interior is a blue stain beetle-kill old growth ponderosa pine. It’s from 100% sustainable dead standing trees specifically selected for their beautiful discoloration and character. I sourced it from Tell them I sent you!

    Alek says:
  • Wow…I would love to live in this home…outstanding.

    Shelly says:
  • Hello Alek,
    Very impressive design.
    2 Questions…
    What is the total weight ?
    Is your dryer a gas or electric unit?

    Thank you.

    John says:
  • Question what does your $30,000 build do that a that a used 30ft fifth wheel, with slide out that you can get for $15,000 does not do?

    Lanny says:

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