Lucy Wang

Architect Builds Tiny 196 Square-Foot Dream House From Scratch

by , 12/03/13

macy miller, minimotives, tiny house, tiny living, micro home, micro house, recycled pallets, flatbed trailer, tiny dweller, sustainable living, off the grid

Dissatisfied by the lack of construction training at school, Miller seized upon the DIY design/build dream as both an educational and cash-saving opportunity. It wasn’t until she began researching, however, that she discovered the expansive online tiny dweller community. “Once I started talking to people who were curious about the same things as me, I got more confident that it is possible and that it is the right path for me,” she writes on her website MiniMotives.

Miller fit building her micro home in between work and her social life. She says that the construction process began in December 2011, and it took much longer than anticipated. She attributes part of the reason to her dedicated use of sustainable building materials – in particular, the time-consuming process of turning recycled pallets into siding.

Miller is currently in the process of purchasing property to park her micro house, which was built on the bed of a 24-foot long, 8-foot wide flatbed trailer. She intends to operate her home completely off the grid in the future.

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Via Tiny House Swoon

Images via MiniMotives

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  1. Tim Helmer March 14, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Brilliant idea, like a DIY mobile home. Would this classify you as a micro-architect? I can understand your frustration with the lack of practical (building) knowledge in the program you took but the results are great anyway. I need to do this myself as I don’t really fit in at the big city. This page and others are part of my next life. I didn’t know it was called “tiny dweller” but I like it so much it is now my new mantra. “I Tiny Dweller” or “less is more”


  2. Macy Miller February 18, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    @thomas64miller, I had never heard of PinUpHouses, I just googled it, they are cool and definitely my style, except the pin up girls…
    @fcastillo, I did design it all myself and will have some plans soon, feel free to get in touch with me (mizacy at and I am happy to answer any permitting or other questions!

  3. thomas64miller January 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

    she was inspirated by , but still she has really stunning ideas..very cozy home. I like that stile

  4. fcastillo December 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    did she design the blue prints herself? I am interested. What’s involved as far as permits,etc

  5. Macy Miller December 6, 2013 at 12:16 am

    There are more images on the website, There are other photos of the bathroom in there.

  6. Ron Miller December 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Where is the bathroom?

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