The Towhee | tiny house on wheels no. 1

Compact Flexiblity

We built the Towhee in 2010 with 168 square feet of living space, 20 square feet of loft and closet storage, and 20 square feet of porch, all on a seven by eighteen foot flatbed trailer.

Grace and Comfort

This charming gable roof house fits within legal limits for towing on public roads, yet offers all the comforts of a well built and thoughtfully appointed stationary home.


The Towhee was our variation on one of the early Shafer homes, the Lusby, popular in 2010 for its singular ground floor sleeping possibilities. We extended the master loft to allow a standard queen size mattress, upsized the shower to 32″ x 32″, and added a 22″ 3 burner gas range. It features bamboo floors, a 2′ x 2′ coat closet, 7′ x 4′ storage loft, undercounter fridge, and deep stainless sink. The back room is suited for either a bedroom, office, or an oversize closet.


The Towhee was built to last using stick framing construction methods and a practical approach. It’s clad in tongue and groove cedar plank, with exterior lights, inlets, and outlets for utilities. With R-19 rigid foam insulation throughout and a reflective coated steel roof, the house moderates temperatures for comfort and efficiency.


A custom door flanked by a cedar lined storage closet reveals the compact galley kitchen overflowing with features and utility; seven foot long butcher block countertop and backsplash, eight inch deep stainless sink, three burner gas range with oven, and custom cabinetry featuring shelf ledges over all four windows, two standard drawers, three toe kick drawers, three open upper shelves and four closed cabinets.

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