Welcome to Turtle House – the design for my own tiny retirement home. Come on in and take the tour -
The plans for Turtle House were created by tiny house designer, Niall Burke of Humble Homes. I found him because he already offered a tiny house with first floor sleeping. That appealed to me right off the bat!
Most tiny house designs, as you may have already noticed, have a sleeping loft that you access via a ladder. But for older people like me (can’t believe I used the “O” word) who want to downsize to a tiny house now or a tiny retirement home later, climbing up to sleep in a loft probably isn’t something you want to do every night.
So Niall and I had a series of email brainstorming sessions about what made sense for a more mature tiny house dweller. Then he took those ideas and modified his original design into what is now the Turtle House, a 230 square foot tiny house. The features include -
- First floor sleeping area with a double-sized Murphy bed that folds up during the day to create a desk/workspace. Turtle House will also have a sleeping loft for when family comes to visit.
- Two skylights and a big picture window for lots of light.
- 5 ft tall refrigerator with a fridge on the top, freezer down below instead of the under-the-counter models featured in other tiny houses. Less bending to get essentials.
- Induction cook-top. There’s no built in oven because I can use my Breville Smart Oven instead of a regular oven. The Smart Oven is efficient, easy to use and has just enough space for most of my cooking needs. It definitely won’t hold a Thanksgiving turkey but my sister always fixes that anyway.
- Small energy efficient washer/dryer combo. Obviously there’s a lot I’m willing to give up to live in a tiny house – but a laundry area isn’t one of them.
- Big farmhouse kitchen sink. This can be ceramic or stainless but likely it will be the only sink in Turtle House. I have seen a really tiny sink, though, that could fit into my really tiny bathroom.
- Full bathroom with a shower and an waterless incinerating toilet. A what?? Don’t worry I’ll explain more about this in an upcoming post on the scoop on poop in a tiny house.
- A storage loft and
- Two 24″ closets, that the original design didn’t have. I said -
Come on, Niall. I’m a girl!! I gotta have some closet space.
Niall fixed that problem and he’s been great in helping me plan a tiny house that works well for Baby Boomers or seniors who want to live with less. And after some talk about other people who might be interested in the Turtle House design, Niall agreed to offer the plans for sale.
If you’re interested in the Turtle House plans, stop by Humble Homes for more information. (Just so you know, I receive a small affiliate fee if you purchase these plans). Here’s a slide-show of the Turtle House design with some closeups of the details.