A Tiny home with a big dream
When you think of the homes at the NW Natural Street of Dreams®, the first word to pop into your head is probably not "tiny." Yet, for the first time this year, all the luxury, innovation and dream-worthy aspiration of a show home can be found in a whopping 204 square feet.
Veteran Street of Dreams builder and philanthropic power-house Gerald Rowlett of Westlake Development has gathered together some of the tiny house movement’s brightest stars to showcase what’s possible when you distill the best in homebuilding down to a precious size. And, it’s all for a good cause.
With the help of tiny home designer and builder, MJ Boyle of My Tiny Empty Nest, HDTV’s Tiny Luxury design consultant Brittainy Tiffany, and the assistance of local tiny home builders Jeremy Killian and Ryan Donato of Tiny Innovations, the home has been built collaboratively by this year's builders and suppliers with donated materials and labor. Proceeds from the sale of the house will benefit veteran's organizations in line with Rowlett's veteran-related recognition and fundraising events which have become a Street of Dreams tradition.
“Building the tiny home gives our industry another chance to give back to the community,” explained Rowlett. “My goal is to increase awareness of veterans and their families and connect that cause to the generosity of our local homebuilders. It’s not always about building the big homes.”
Despite the diminutive size, the tiny dwelling is still big in dream-worthy style.
“The home is designed and crafted to highlight that although small, a tiny home can have all the same qualities we feel inspired by, and aspirational about, when we visit any dream home,” explained Boyle. “Designing for the tiny home is quite similar to designing for a larger home,” said Tiffany, who designed Rowlett’s showcase home on this year’s Street of Dreams. “You can still infuse it with a luxury feel and high-quality finishes; you’re just bringing it down to scale.”
This tiny home is also the first of its kind to be built ready to be powered by natural gas.
“Tiny homes are generally run on propane. This one has a special suite of top-of-the-line appliances that are also ‘field convertible,’” explained Boyle. “When not connected to the grid, they can be run on propane.” The single-level floorplan is another unusual tiny home feature.
“We were passionate about making this home accessible to anyone and everyone,” said Boyle.