Mighty Tiny Houses 2 - Colorado Camping Cabins

Mighty Tiny Houses 2

SPESARD: The tiny-house movementhas been growing rapidlyall over America.

Look at this cutelittle Hobbit cabin.


This is homey.

But a lot of peopleare wondering, "Can I really live like that?" Ooh, comfy up here.

DUTILH: Well, now you cantry before you buy.

They're bookedall the time.

SPESARD:There are tiny vacation homespopping up all over the country.

And now they're availablefor you to rent.

I'm Jenna.

And I'm Guillaume.

And we're takingour own tiny house on wheels across countryto find the best.

These mighty tiny houses,just wait 'til you see them.

Look at this thing.

And who knows.

-I'm excited about this one.

-This is beautiful.


They might bejust right for you.

So is thatthe house up there? ?? SPESARD: So you ready to seesome tiny homes? I'm always readyto see some tiny homes.

I know.

I like that guy.

Look at everybody.

Takes his sunglasses offand snaps a picture of us.

Our adventure beginswhere the tiny house movement has totally exploded.

Portland isdefinitely a mecca.

It is the mecca.

Portland, Oregon is hometo the world's first tiny house hotel.

There, we're gonna have, like,six houses with, like, completely differentpersonalities.

It's gonna be phenomenal.

It's located inthe Alberta Arts District, which is a really funky,cool, hip part of town.

So there's a lot of boutiquesand restaurants and all sorts of things.

-It's a cool district.


SPESARD: We get to meetDeb and Kol today.

I know they're reallypassionate about tiny houses, especially since they've startedthis tiny house hotel.

I think they're –they're booked all the time, which is great.

-Pretty cool.

All right.

Here we are.

-All right.

Time to go seesome tiny homes.

-Hi, guys.

-Guys, how are you? -Nice to meet you.

-How you doin'? Good.

How are you?Nice to meet you.

-Nice to meet you, too.


This place is great.

Tell us about the history.

-So we opened 3 years ago.


And, um, we saw thisas an opportunity to use an urban lotto really showcase small housing and havea really funky hotel that kindarepresents Portland.

-I think you've achieved it.


[ Laughs ] SPESARD:What it is, is an empty lotin the middle of Portland that they've transformedinto a tiny house hotel.

How cool is that? I can't waitto check 'em out.

Oh, yeah! You guyscould check them out.

And then ifyou want to decide which one you wantto stay in tonight.



Just go for it.

DUTILH: The hotel hasthree options available for us tonight,and they're all different.

They all have their own styleand amenities.

Do you have an ideaalready or.

Oh, no.

I gotta seethe inside first.


I just thought.

-Here we go.


Have fun.


?? All right.

The Pacifica.


-I'm excited about this one.

-This is beautiful.


Oh, wow.

Look at that volume.

-It is beautiful in here.

-I mean, it's.

I don't think I've ever beenin a tiny house that was.

-This wide?.

Wider than 8 1/2.

DELMAN: Pacificais our newest tiny house.

We're so excited about it.

PETERSON:It's 160 square feet.

It sleeps four people.

And it's $165 a night.

It's our firstwheelchair-accessible tiny house and one of the first wheelchair-accessibletiny houses that we know of, which is really challenging because wheelchair designtends to make things bigger.


It's the widestof the ones here at the Tiny House Hotel.

Is that, like,your official measurement? -10 feet.

-Yeah, right.

Come on.

10 feet.

Like you knowwhat your stride is? -That was 10 feet.

-Oh, whatever.

They went all the way outto 10 feet wide.

And that createda volume inside there that was just magnificent.

-This must be the bed for.

-Look at this.

Someone who can'tmake it up to the loft.

Or two beds actually.

It's a trundle, isn't it? And it doublesas a couch.

And you know how muchI love multipurpose furniture.


I'm gonna check outthe loft.

Ooh, comfy up here.


It's a cool roof.

It kinda looks like a –like a cathedral, really.

Like, the showeris humongous.


There's so much spacein there.

That's bigger thana regular home shower.

And, look, it.

Look at that.


I don't think I've everseen a tiny house that was accessible.

A lot of peopleask the question, like, "They're so small,right?" But this is –this is amazing.

It's really cool.


Onto the next one.

-That's the Skyline.


And it looks cool.

It's like it's.

I mean, kinda likeours a little bit.


It's one ofthe tallest ones here.


PETERSON: It's probablyour funkiest tiny house.

Skyline is 160 square feet.

It sleeps four people.

-Skyline is $155 a night.

-And it's 100% salvaged.

The roof itself is actually built of industrialrefrigerator panels.

It's very, like, rustic gypsyin here, wouldn't you say? It's just there'sa good mix of metal and.


Sort of a steampunkvibe as well.


-Old farmhouse sink.

Wow, I love these stairs.

This, I mean, this is,like, all reclaimed.


-This is really cool.

I think the whole house to be.

-Street stairs, you know, that's somethingyou'd see in, like, Chicago.

I'm short but I haveplenty of head room.

I can even stand up in here.

This is awesome.

Look at all the lights here.

And the — I lovethis kind of stuff.



I just love how –how rustic it looks.

I think you gotthe girly bedroom.

That's fine by me.


-All right.

-You've got the hair for it.


-Oh, careful there.



We got one more roomto explore.

And I think you know what it is.

-It's the bathroom.

This is weird.

-Check out this toilet.


It's really strange.

-They got a corner toilet.

It's, like, perfect for there.

-Very bizarre.

I wonder ifthat's the tongue, right?.

The toiletwas actually one of the original inspirationsfor the tiny house because it fits perfectlyover the trailer hitch.


Well, I thinkwe've seen this.

-Very cool.

-Time for the next one.

And then we have the Caboose,which is.

Looks like a train car.

It's 140 square feet.

It does sleep four people.

And it's $155 a night.


Here's the Caboose.

[ Chuckles ] -This is really cool.

-Do you know what a caboose is? A train wagon, right? Yes.

-That is one definition.

-The butt of the train, yeah? It's correct.



It makes it a reallyinteresting shape, doesn't it? This is your loft here,basically.


-You usually go upstairs.

But I think I'm gonnago in that one.

All right.

Check it out.

Oh, man.

How is it up there? This isvery spacious up here.

-Is it?-Yeah.

Can you sleep two or.

Oh, yeah.

The whole topis a bed.

Two people up thereand one, two here.

So that's enoughfor a family of four.

We have the kitchen over here.

A little bar sink.

And I really like these masonjar lights they have throughout.


And look at this.



Isn't that cute? -So cute.

-Sliding door.

So then this mustbe the bathroom.

Oh, look at that.

It's kindalike the same approach as, uh, ours, with, like,a different type of roofing.

I really like the DIYshowerhead, I'm not gonna lie.

I think that's really cool.

?? DUTILH: The nice thingabout this place is that all these housesare unique.

They all havetheir personality.

And you can seeall of the different styles coming togetherin one spot.

SPESARD: Because there areso many auctions at theCaravan Tiny House Hotel, we're actually going to try outtwo tiny houses tonight.

I'm going to stayin the Caboose.

And Guillaume has decidedto stay in the Pacifica.

So we're really gonnaget a chance to see two totallydifferent style tiny houses.

?? SPESARD: When we startedbuilding our tiny house, there was no such thingas a tiny house hotel.

We didn't even seea tiny house.

I never steppedinside of one until we were halfwaythrough our build.

So this is a great,great opportunity for people to see one and actuallyget inside of one and see if it worksfor them.

?? It was a great time to stayat the Caravan Tiny House Hotel.

It was relaxing.

DUTILH:The place is cozy and warm.

The characterand the personality behind that structure and the love thatsomebody put into it, if you're interestedin maybe going tiny, this is one way to do it.

Well, shall we hit the road?-Yeah.

We should.


WOLFE: This isthe Big Island Tree House.

DUTILH: You do wonderhow you get up there.

SPESARD: That's a wayto make an entrance.

It's got a littlesliding door here.

Oh, wow.

What is this? Is this, like, another bed?-Yes.

It's like a hanging bed.

DUTILH: I've never seen anythinglike that in a tiny house.

SPESARD: We just spent the nightin the coolest hotel featuring all sortsof tiny houses.

And now we're on to ournext tiny vacation destination.

?? We can'ttake our house with us.

We have to fly2,600 miles to Hilo on the Big Islandof Hawaii.

This next vacation rental isjust an hour from the water.

Tiny-house enthusiastKristie Wolfe has built this oneamong the trees in a beautifuljungle setting.

Hi, Kristie.

Hi, guys.

-Good to see you.


-Hi, how are you doin'?-Good.

So this isthe Big Island Tree House.

-Oh, cool.


It's not really builton a tree itself.

But you're way up there.

So how big isthe Big Island Tree House? It's 230 square feet.

And how manydoes it sleep? Um, just two peopleso it's mostly couples.


-Oh, yeah.


It definitely looks likea honeymooners cabin.

As you get to the house,you see how high it is.

And you do wonderhow you get up there.

And off to the side ithas a steep staircase that has just a trapdoor.



That's a wayto make an entrance.

?? Wow.

Look at that window view.

DUTILH: Oh, my goodness.

After you getthrough the trapdoor, you're immediatelyin the master bedroom, which is the only bedroom,the main area of the tree house.

And it's just gorgeous.

You have this wall of windows that lets you overlookthe entire property.

I had to cut each oneof those windows with a circular saw,special blade.

So you built thisall by hand? Yeah.

My mom and I.

I had never beento Hawaii before.

I bought the lot sight unseen.

As my parentsand I packed our bags, we wore all of our clothes, put tools in our luggageand flew out here.

Kind of didn't knowwhat to expect.

My mom stayed with mefor the first month while we built the structure,got a roof on.

And then she leftand I finished it up over the next month and a half.

?? -This is the kitchenette.

-Yes, it is.

It's very bare-bonesbecause we are on solar.

I have a coffee maker,a little sink.

And we have a coolerthat's undermounted.


-Oh, cool.

And the ice, when it melts, it will drain out,uh, from a tube and then go down belowand water the plants.

-Nice!-Oh, perfect.

My favorite part of the kitchen is the actual windowsoverlooking the kitchen.

She was able to make those outof spare pieces of Plexiglas.

She cut the circles.

And these are actuallythe black pot that you get for,um.

-Oh, for plants?-For plants.

So it's really cheap.

-And you just spray-painted it.


To make it looklike a porthole.

The screen that I gotis actually place mats.

So really inexpensive.

SPESARD:And so how much did you spend,do you think, on the trim and the screenfor each of these windows.

Less than $4 each –each window.


Do you knowhow much trouble I went to do the roundwindow trim in our house? You just have to find a bucketthat is the right size.

Well, I think there'sone more room to see.


The bathroom!-The bathroom.

?? WOLFE: It's got a littlesliding door here.



And then you'rein the bathroom.

SPESARD:Wow, look at that shower.


This is a living shower.


So what'sthe wall made out of? It's tundra cork bark.

And I love it becauseit looks like the trunk of a tree coming through.


And then we haveall these air plants.

Oh, they're real.


Growing in it.

-Oh, nice.

This part is pretty cool.

Uh, the sink is actuallyon top of the toilet.

So when you flush it, uh, the water will come out here and you can wash your hands.

Basically, the flush toiletautomatically refills, uh, and instead of going straightinto the container, it goes to the top so you can wash your hands'cause, you know, regular toilets useperfectly clean water.

That's the same waterthat goes through to your sink.

And so you might as welljust use it and wash your hands and usea little less water.

Got my hands dirty from.

-There you go.

-There you go.

That's cool.

WOLFE: At the tree housewe use rainwater catchment.

So it's really criticalto use that in the mostefficient way possible.

So we don't waste any of it.

?? So this isthe wrap-around lanai.


It goes allaround the house.

It's so beautiful out here.

Is lanai, like,Hawaiian for porch? Yes.


?? Oh, wow.

What's this area? So this is underneaththe tree house.


And so what is this?Is it like another bed? Yes.

It's like a hanging bed.

How'd you make it? It's actually a trampolinethat I got.

And it's turned upside down.

And then there issome memory foam.

And then I sewed this,uh, cover for it.


Out ofindoor/outdoor fabric.


Honestly, my favorite partof the tiny house was probablythe hanging bed.

I've never seen anythinglike that in a tiny house.

Try it out Guillaume.


Hop on there.

-How solid is it? I think it's solidenough for one.


-Oh, cool.

You ready for a spin? -You doing the hurricane thing?-Yeah.

DUTILH: It wasjust surprisingly comfortable.

And I just likehow original it was and how ingenious it was.

?? SPESARD: And now the best partfor our visits to thesebeautiful tiny houses — We get to stay in them.

Wanna try the pulley? Yeah.

Kristie had implementeda pulley system for her guests so that they're able to bringtheir luggage up easily into the elevatedtree house.

Look at good.


-Oh, a little more.

There we go.


Oh, it's drippin'.

It's drippin'.

The Big Island Tree Houseis a great vacation rental because it brings a lotof elements together.

It brings inthe experience of Hawaii.

It brings in an adventure.

It brings in a tiny space.

So it's great for people whoare gonna want to try on tiny.

And you're just inthe middle of paradise.

I mean, you're inthe middle of a jungle.

It's the perfectparadise retreat.

?? Oh, this is awesome.

All right.

We're gonna goover the hump, okay? Whoa.

[ Laughter ] So is thatthe house up there? SPESARD: We're makinga grand entrance.

It's pretty magical looking.

Like your ina fantasy movie, right? SPESARD: We're back on themainland and we're heading north from Portland, Oregon.

Our destination?Alaska.

We did hundreds of miles, maybe 1,000 milesof actually driving.

This was a really far trekfor us, uh, especiallywith the tiny house.

We had to load it uponto a ferry.

DUTILH: Our final stop isa little town called Talkeetna halfway between Anchorageand Denali National Park.

It kinda gets a bit repetitivejust driving the car.

And I wanna dosomething else.

Like, there's a lotof float planes around here,like, puddle jumpers.

?? Oh, yeah, here we go.

[ Laughs ] Nice and cozy, just likea tiny house, huh? Yeah.


With a littleless head room.

I'm really excited.

It's somethingI've never done before.

-I'm like a Teletubby.

-[ Laughs ] Here we go.

Aah! Man: Four eight four,Mike, heading south, ascending through 2,600.

Oh, this is awesome.

I wonder if we'll seeany wildlife.

I think there are, like,elephants and giraffes in this area, right? -Is that a moose?-Are you sure you're in Alaska? [ Laughter ] All right.

We're gonnago over the hump, okay? Whoa.

Here we go.

Coming in for a landing.

DUTILH: We arrivedat this tiny house in style.

Literally, the plane just dockedright under the tiny house.

So is thatthe house up there? We're makinga grand entrance.

I didn't even knowit was on my bucket list.

I certainly checked it off.


?? SPESARD: The big revealof this tiny vacation rental is that it's actually,like, a little gnome home.

It's very fantastical looking.

It's magical.

It fits perfectlyin the landscape 'cause it just feelslike an Alaskan home.

It's just really beautifuland I was really excited to get inside.

Look at this cutelittle Hobbit cabin.


This is homey.

It's –it's pretty magical looking.

Like you're ina fantasy movie, right? -Yeah.

-Look at that roof.

Let's see inside.


?? The Hobbit Cabin,it's 261 square feet, and it sleeps two people and rents for $135 a night.


-Now, this is cute.

Walking into the, uh,little Hobbit house, it felt like I waswalking into typical Alaska.

There's, like,all the trinkets around, make you think it's,like, a hunter's cabin.

Oh, it's so warm in here.

-I know, right?-Very log cabin-y.

We should take our coats off,get comfortable.

Where do you put 'em? Look.

I thinkthis is the closet.

-Oh, there you go.


Look at the knobs.

Oh, cute.

Those are awesome.

How Alaska is that,right? Okay.

-I love the log work.


It's nice, isn't it?-Yeah.

Very rustic-looking.

And then they gota little kitchenette.


-Water, coffee machine, refrigerator.


And then look at this vanity.

Oh, look at that.

I mean, just 'causeyou're in Alaska doesn't mean youcan't primp, right? No.

You even have, like,Alaska perfume right there.

Alaskan perfume?I think this is bear spray.


It really made you think,"You're out in the wild here.

" This is Alaska.

There are actual bears outside.

Oh, cool, they have a coollittle electrical fireplace.

How do you turn it on? This Hobbit Cabin actuallyincluded a fireplace, which is something I thinkis very common in Alaska.

But this fireplace happenedto be an electric fireplace, which means you could turn it onhow quickly? Oh, I mean, once you putall the kindling together and the little fire startersand the woods.

It's a button.

You literally turn it onwith a button.

I'm guessingthat might be it.

-Look at that.


So does itactually emit heat? I bet you it's a heater.


I thinkit has a purpose.

I don't wanna have to starta fire every time I come home.

So it's — it's a niceluxurious element to this otherwiserustic vacation rental.

Are we going fishingon this trip? We could go fishing.

Do you know what these fish are? So a manta ray.

A manta ray?.

Whale shark,and a rainbow trout.

-You got one right.

[ Laughs ]-The manta ray, right? No.

I don't think so.

That is a rainbow trout.

You can tell we've caughta few of those before.

That's, I think,a king salmon.

I mean, it's huge.

-That's true.

And then this has gottabe a silver salmon.

Just based on the colorI'm gonna guess.



-And this is Alaska after all.

You must be a botanistor something.

-Uh, I, uh, I don't think.


That's correct either,but we're gonna move on.


?? The live roof was just, like,the cherry on the cake that really brought itall together and made it fitin it's environment They even have mushroomsgrowing on their roof.

How awesome is that?-It is Alaska.

There's plenty of rainto keep it healthy, yeah? -Do you think those are edible?-I wouldn't try it, no.

-Really? Oh.

-But it's nice, right, the moss? It's gonna keepa lot of heat in.

SPESARD: I think stayingin the Hobbit Cabin is a truly unique experience.

I was ableto enjoy the outdoors and still come home and relaxand, uh, feel all the comforts that you wouldat your own home.

And who really wants to stayin a hotel room in Alaska? You come to Alaskafor a unique experience.

The bathroom is off-site and they provide littleflip-flops and an umbrella.

And it rains quite a bitduring summer.

So it's kinda nice to havethose little articles just to get to your shower spotand your restroom area.

It's just basic comforts.

?? What a great day, right? I know.

Float plane to the house.

Staying in, like, one of the mostunique rentals out there.

Oh, it's kind of cool.


Right off the lake.

Right off the plane dock.

Alaska'sall about adventure.

I know.

This is it.

This is the life.


The best partis actually getting outside and experiencingthe outdoors.

And what better place to dothat than in Alaska? ?? All right.

Guys, here we are.

Oh, wow.

How high upare we right now? We're about 35 feet upin the trees.

You can literally get to thistree house by zip line.

Whoo! Whoo! ?? DUTILH: See more of theseincredible tiny houses at hgtv.


-Have you ever been to Austin?-I have not been to Austin.

SPESARD:Our next tiny escape requires a giant leapof over 4,000 miles as we travelfrom the biggest state in the countryto the second biggest.

DUTILH: Here you'll finda lofty tiny house just outside of Austin.

What's cool about The Nest,from what I hear, is that it hasmultiple levels.

It's likean adventure house, too.


?? The Nest is notyour average tree house.

-We're here.


It's a jungle here.


This is cool.

Have you ever been ona suspension bridge before? Not one this high, whoa.

It's an interesting, uh, way to actuallyapproach the house.


-Hi, guys.

-You must be Will.

-I am.

Hey, I'm Guillaume.

Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

Cypress Valley is a ranchoutside of Austin, Texas, that my family moved ontowhen I was 9 years old.

And, uh, it's a zip linecanopy tour and a tree house rental place.

The square footage ofThe Nest is around 400 feet.

The Nest rents for $500 a nighton the weekends and $450 during the week.

SPESARD: How high upare we right now? We're about 35 feet upin the trees.

35 feet, that's prettyhigh for a tiny house.

It is.

There's four levels.

And we're on the second levelright now.

Follow me.

The living spaceis actually downstairs.

GUILLAUME:We're going from level,what, two to level three? -We're on level one now.

-Level one? -Yeah.

-I'm — I'm lost.

Oh, so this isthe dining area.


This is the dining roomand kitchenette.

This was actually milled outof cypress from the property.

Oh, okay.

And these arecypress trees, right? -They are cypress trees.



So if one dies,we always reuse it.

Oh, there you go.

So there'sthe recycling aspect.


And the name of the –It's Cypress Valley, right? Yeah.

So that makes sensethat you're trying to incorporate thatinto the space.


The next part ofthe interior space of The Nest that we checked outwas actually down another levelinto the living room, which was made upof three different pods.

-All right, guys.

Here we are.

-Oh, wow.

This one's a totally differentshape than the other space.

It is.

It's completely round.

DUTILH: So we're, like,in the atrium, here, right? It's kinda like the living roomAnd then you have a — a bedroom right there.


I like all the colors.

I kinda wanna go see that.


Come check it out.

-All right.

?? I see that you've keptthe reclaimed aspect.



We found this bike tire,or the wheel and made that into something.

A light fixture.

That's really cool.

I like that fixture a lot.

And then all the wood hereis all reclaimed pallet wood.


It's really colorful.


-The master bedroom.

Very nice, luxurious even.




A step upin the game, right? -Right.

-The siding here was actually all reclaimedcider casks.

-Oh, beautiful.

-Oh, really?.

From a cider brewerydown the street.

Did you just run outof siding or.

? I actuallylike the design.

It wasan artistic rendition on the fact that, yeah, we didn't have enough barrelsto make it all the way around.

-It looks great.

-All right.

BEILHARZ:This is your outdoor shower.

-Outdoor shower?-Yeah.

So you guys can rinse off heretonight if you want.

-Oh, it's warm.


It will be warmfor the first, like, couple minutes or so 'cause the solar heat heats upthe piping that comes over here.

Inside the ravine,it's pretty private.

Just go out thereand take a shower right there.

It's almost like you'reshowering in the jungle under a waterfall.


Getting backto the main level, we actually noticedanother platform.

-So is this another lookout?-Yeah.

It is.

This is another perch or,uh, place to hang out.

There's also zip linesthat come in here.

-Oh, cool.


So you can actuallyfly into The Nest.


You can fly into The Nest.

That's so cool.

And then there's alsothis archway over the top that is gonna one dayprovide shade like the topsof the trees used to.

So you're creating,like, a natural canopy.



-That's great.


So all I heardis that we can zip-line here.

-You guys can zip-line.

-Yeah? Oh, cool.

Let me set you upwith one of my guides.

-Let's do it.

-Go this way.

You can literally get to thistree house by zip line.

?? -Ooh.

-Feet first, right? So should we havea bet going? -Sure.

-Loser cooks dinner.

-All right.

-Let's go.

WOMAN:Three, two, one, go! SPESARD: Whoo! Whoo! Whoo! ?? -All right.

Well done.

-Whoo! All right.


Whoo-hoo! -I think I won.

-I think you did.

I don't know.

That means dinner.

Hey! DUTILH:How'd you like it? It was a lot of fun.

Yeah? I guessI'm cooking dinner.


-I think he cheated.

But ended up that he won.

We had a bet going.




He's a gloater.

?? All right.

We're ready.

Oh, it smells good.

Bon appétit.

So after Will leftand he gave us the keys, we were able to explorethe rest of The Nest ourselves.

Where are we going next? Uh, you wanna goto the highest point? -Yeah.

-All right.

-Going up to the top, huh?-Yeah.

So this is 55 feet upin the air, huh? That's pretty high.


He created this space so that it's comfortableon the inside but still drives youto go outside and enjoywhat's around you.

Quite a view.




One of the cool thingsabout staying in a — in a vacation rentalis a lot of times, they have a guest book.

And The Nest is no different.

"This isa surprise visit for me.

My boyfriend told mewe were going zip lining only to find out he had plannedto propose to me and spend the nightin a tree house.

" We signed and, um, and toldour experience as well.

So now we feel likewe're part of something.

"Had a wonderful time.

Happy tiny adventures.

" ?? -Okay.

-All right.


-Look at this thing.

-Everything in here is off grid.


DUTILH:There's a bunch of little notesall around the house that are actuallyvery useful.

-There it is.

-Number one — Have a seat.

SPESARD: Number two –Make a contribution.

SPESARD:We are still in Texas.

How many hourshave we been driving? Many.

Many, many hours.

Many and a half.


We're headed500 miles southwest towards the border of Mexicowhere, legend has it, there is one ofthe most remote tiny housescalled the Dome.

We basically decidedthat our tiny house was not really going to make iton those dirt roads.

It has, like,dips and holes.

And so we justhad to saddle up and get there with,uh, other means.

Literally saddle up.

?? DUTILH: I think we're goingthe wrong way.

Let's try to go right.

I think right is, uh.

Right? Yeah.

That's west.

Definitely west.

I have no idea.

-I think I found it.

Is it.

That's it, over there.

That's it.

-Found it, buddy, good job.


So when we arrived at the Dome,what really struck me is how well the structurefit with the environment.

?? SPESARD: It was createdin an adobe style with, uh, clay,straw and sand to createthe actual structure itself.

?? The Domeis 144 square feet, sleeps two and rentsfor $78 a night.


-All right.

Here we are.


Look at this thing.

This is really cool.


I like the shapeand all the windows.

It creates a lot of cross breezeand how — how pretty is this, the natural light comingthrough these bottles? Oh, yeah.


That's awesome.

Here's a little manualfor the Dome.

It says "Welcome Dome.

"-Dome, sweet dome.

Dome, sweet dome.

To off-grid life.

So everything in hereis off-grid.


So that meansit's solar powered and the water is actually comingfrom a rain catchment system.

But the Domedoes have Wi-Fi.



Soit's actually quite a luxury.

We're definitelyglamping out here.

There's absolutelyno service here.

Uh, there's a bunchof little notes all around the housethat are actually very useful.

And you kinda needsome instructions.

How low can you flow? The sink water will draininto a bucket.


Which you can then pour over the infantcottonwood tree outside.

-I'm gonna go see.

-Thanks for conserving a precious desert resource.


It drops right in here.

-Oh, yeah? Yeah.

There it is.

All right.

I'm gonna waterthe cottonwood.


Be hydrated.

?? It was really impressivehow the Dome was built.

It was built with the helpof a 90-year-old man who is the architectand the designer and Trevor, who's a traveling musician.

And he forced a lotof the materials from the land.

Check out the bed.


Do you thinkit's comfortable? -Oh.

-It certainly looks comfy.

-Oh, it is.

-Is it cool enough? Can you feel the cross breeze?-I can definitely feel it.

Definitely have thatwindow open.



Yeah, 'cause there's one,two, three, four windows.

I read in the manual that,um, this light actually doessomething kinda cool.

-It turns on?-It does turn on.

But if I connect tothe Bluetooth it actually.

[ Music plays ] Oh.

It's like a speaker.


It plays music.

-Oh, yeah.

Oh, yeah.


And it strobes to music.


Do your dad dance.

-We're gonna party now.


-Is that it? Yeah.

I'm gonna gosee the shower now.

The shower is this way.

?? -I think.

-It can't be this.


It said it was a rock,like, shower enclosure.

A rock enclosure.

-Oh, enclosure.

We thought it'd bepretty obvious.

But we kinda tried every little structurehe had on the property.

That will take a while.

And here's the toilet.

-Here it is.

-Number one — Have a seat.

SPESARD: Number two –Make a contribution.

Number three — Flush.

I mean, it's justa basic composting kit.

-It's rustic.



I think we might'vefound something.

This is promising now.


This looks a little better.

This lookslike a rock surround.


Oh, this has –this has to be it.


So we found the shower.



For sure.

This is it.


This is really nice.


The shower hasthis nice curved wall that createsthis enclosure.

I bet he madethis from rocks on the property as well.

It's got a drain,got biodegradable soaps.


And there's the solar showerthat's just hanging, which is literallyjust a dark bag that you fill up with water and you just let it sitin the sun for 2 or 3 hours.

And it comes out pretty hot.

Just like that.

Ooh, that's hot.

-Ooh, that's hot.

I'm not sure I needa hot shower in a desert.

At least not right now.

But maybe later.

Not right now.

Maybe later.

?? DUTILH: The Domeis a great place to try outif you have any interest in havinga minimalist lifestyle.

SPESARD: You get the mountainsin the background and nobody for miles.

I think if you're interestedin that sort of lifestyle, this is a great opportunityto try it on.

?? The Dome is located underthe dark sky ordinance.

And the Milky Wayis visible all night long.

It's just mind-blowing.

You can see so many stars.


Can you seethe Milky Way over there? Yeah.

It's just great.

Dome, sweet dome.


Is this it? I think that might be it.

It looks like a little silo,doesn't it? I know.

It looks beautiful.

SPESARD:It was actually a tiny house before tiny housesbecame so popular.

SPESARD: The dry landscape ofTexas is far behind us as we travel2,000 miles northeast to somethingcompletely different.

We're gonna go see the oldesttiny retreats, right? Yeah.

I think this is the oldesttiny vacation home available.

We're going to Tyringham,Massachusetts — Massashus –Massachusetts.

-That is a hard work.


And we're gonna seeone of the oldest tiny houses that we've visited yet.

I can't wait to see it.

This tiny vacation home is located onthe Santarella Estate, which is a historic artistcolony in the Berkshires.

Is this it? I think that might be it.

It looks like a little silo,doesn't it? -I know.

This is super cute.




-Nice to meet you.

I'm Jenna.

-Nice to meet you, Jenna.

-I'm Dennis.

-I'm Guillaume.

So it feels like there'sa lot of history here.

Can you tell usabout this? Yes.

Santarellaand this structure in particular started outas a sculpting studio.

And the basic cylinderwas a silo kit that was purchased atthe local, uh, farm supply storein Pittsfield.

DUTILH: Dennis told usthat a sculptor named Henry Kitson repurposed the silointo his art studio.

You can seehe wrapped the building with old roof sheathing.


-And if you look at the roof, it looks like an antiquesamurai warrior's helmet.


-And so it's one of the most unique structuresI've ever seen.

And eventhe stained glass windows came from a churchin Cape Cod that closed in the 1920s.

When we came along, it was basically settlinginto the ground and had been written off.

But, uh,it was so unique and the scaleand the size, once you get inside, it just seemed likea shame to let it go.

WOMAN: The silo studio isapproximately 375 square feet.

It sleeps two people, and our rate is $225 a night.

We believe the silo wasconstructed in the late 1920s, which would make itone of the oldest tiny houseswe're aware of.

It also happens to beone of the tallest at, probably, 45 feet tall.

Oh, look how cute this is.

DUTILH: Oh, yeah.

This is super cool.

It's really niceand it feels very open in this circular shape.


You can tell that they'vecreated, like, little sections.

Like, this is the dining area.

And then a little.

A little kitchenette here.


-I kinda wish we had done that in our tiny house.

-Yeah? I just thinkit looks cool.

-It's simple.


-Oh, look, it's in French.

-It is.

Chaud and froid,which is hot and cold, just so you know.

-I know what it means.

Well, this is a large couchfor a tiny house, isn't it? DUTILH: Yeah.

Look at that view.

Look at the brickson the floor.

It kinda reminds meof my hometown in France.

It's kinda fun to actuallysee little details that reminded me back ofmy grandfather's house.

Kinda like, it wasa pretty warm feeling.

Look at the door, like,they kept the same theme.


It's Gothic.


As they have.

SPESARD: Even the hardwarethat they used.

This is really cute.

Oh, that shower'ssuper cool, too.

Is it? Like, it stuckwith the curve.

Oh, yeah.

That's not easyto do with tile.

Oh, I love this.

-I like this staircase.


I likethe spiral staircase.

And, whoa,check out the ceilings.

Those high ceilingsreally made it feel a lot biggerthan it actually is.

It made you feel almost likeyou're a princess in a toweror in a castle.

-I like the bed, honestly.

-You like the princess bed? Yeah.

?? Well,what do you think? Oh, it's absolutelygorgeous in there.


It's like a fairy tale.

So it sounds likeyou're gonna stay.

-Oh, absolutely.

-I think so.

There you go.

There we go.

We should go get our stuff.


All right.

?? SPESARD: It's one of the mostartistic tiny spaces we've ever been inside.

You can tell that they werereally inspired by the sculptor that once lived thereand by the property that's surrounding it.

It does look like it's rightout of a fairy tale.

Oh, that's beautiful.

It was actuallya tiny house before tiny housesbecame so popular.


There you go.


-To a good day.

To a good day and to happily ever after.


?? I think this one is it.

That's definitelythe most unique.



Kid on the block.


How cool is that? I need a little bitof privacy now.

Oh, okay.

I'm a little jealous.


Man, what a trip? I know.

We just camefrom Massachusetts.

We traveled all the wayacross country.

And so we're going justnorth of Seattle, right? Yeah.

And to get to thisunique tiny home, we actually haveto travel by water.

?? SPESARD: Today we're going to the San Juan Islandsto Friday Harbor and we're actually going to bestaying on a tiny floating home.

DUTILH: One of the mostpopular activities to do in the area really isto go see some wildlife.

And so we are excitedto get on a little boat to just go and explore and see what we canfind out there.

Look, look, there'ssea lions over there.

Oh, yeah.

Right there.

?? I think this one is it.

SPESARD: It's definitelythe most unique.



Kid on the block.

That looks super cool.

Coming in for a landing.

Oh, I wish I could park thetiny house as easily as that.

My first reactionwas just, "Wow.

" I can't believe somebodytook the time to design and build thiswonderful-looking structure to actually float on water.

How cool is that? DUTILH: The Float Home is justover 500 square feet.

It sleeps two people,and it's $295 a night.

-Oh, wow.

Look at this.

-This is cool.

It's like a little cabin.


You can't even tellyou're on the water.

The place is cozy and warm.

It has a little bitof that, like, retro feel to it, which I really liked,actually.

It was kinda going backin time a little bit.

It's really nice,the big ceilings.

The high ceilingsare awesome.

It really makes it feellike a bigger space than it actually is.

And we're used to, like,houses on wheels.

And you're limitedto 13 feet, 6 inches.

On the ocean, you don't havethat kind of limitations.

It allows you to goquite a bit higher.

Wow,and look at this view.

It's like a 180-degree viewof the Puget Sound.

I wonder if there are anywhales that show up here every now and then.

-I bet there is.

Let's check outthe kitchen.

Cali-style kitchenis kinda cool.


You got thislittle island here that — I mean,we're on an island.

Might as wellhave an island in the kitchen.

But it's good for diningand for food prep.

It gives you thatextra counter space.

And have, like,storage up there.

There's a ton of storage.

And is that storage as well? -Actually, yeah.

-Oh, cool.

-A lot of storage here.


I like thatthey put storage in between the joistsfor the second floor.

Do you like coffee? And that's wherethe coffee is stored.

That's really smart,actually.

It's a great space saver.

What's this over here? I don't know.


Oh, I know.

You know what this is? Yeah.


?? [ Laughs ] So when I take my bath.

You can.

-I can feed you dinner.


Bring me a Bloody Mary or.

Or whatever.



I need a little bitof privacy now.

Oh, okay.

I'm a little jealous.


All right.

Let's see upstairs.


This is so muchspace up here.

It's like the first loftwhere I fit.

I don't think it's a loft.

This is actually a second story.

It's gotta be, what,7 feet tall? And what's this room over here?-I don't know.

-This is interesting.

-They like lots of plants here.

Huh, it's likea little greenhouse.

Oh, cool.

?? Oh, look.

I can seethe downstairs.

That's neat.

They've got, like, four of theselittle skylights up here.

Well, I'm gonnachill out here.

Yeah? I like the plants.

It's relaxing.

All right.

Well, you do that.

I'm gonna check out the outside.

I guess I'll go.

?? -They have a wraparound balcony.

-Ooh, this is high.

I feel like I'm walkingthe plank here.

I know, kind of, yeah.

[ Laughter ] This is really awesome.

What a great view.

?? Let's see how we did.


Does it feel heavy? I think we got a couple.

-Oh, there's two crabs.

-All right.

?? It doesn't matter if it'sa small or a big house.

Like, if it's on the water,it's cool.

Whatever floatsyour boat, right? Mm-hmm.

?? ?? WOLFE: So this isthe Big Island Tree House.

-Oh, my goodness.

-How high up are we right now? BEILHARZ: We're about35 feet up in the trees.

That's pretty highfor a tiny home.

It is.

There are tiny house vacationrentals all across the world.

We're gonna go overthe hump, okay? Whoa.

SPESARD: And every singleone of them is different.

I'm excited about this one.

-This is beautiful.


Every single one of themhas its own story.

DUTILH: They even have mushroomsgrowing on their roof.

How awesome is that?.

Own features.


Check out those ceilings.

-Oh, my.

Own amenities.

No two are alike.

-I think I found it.

-You found it, buddy.

Good job.

Every oneof these tiny houses really encompassesthe area that it's in.

Can you see the Milky Wayover there? Yeah.

And I thinkthat's what I really love about vacationing tiny.

You can have a tiny vacationbut a big experience.