When Robert and Bettina Johnson sat down to design their first tiny home, they wanted to create an artsy and unique space with an interesting roof line. They also wanted it to feel spacious and airy, like a full-sized home. The result is the Esk'et Sqlelten Tiny House, which combines unique design elements, such as an extraordinary curved roof, aboriginal carvings, and unusual staircases, with a surprisingly large, modern interior.
The Esk’et Sqlelten, which the Johnsons built at their home at Alkali Lake, British Columbia, is 280 square feet and built on a 20-foot trailer. The exterior is pine, treated using the Shou Sugi Ban method, which adds a rustic feel to the house while increasing its durability. Curved rafters create the unique roofline and which is enhanced by round windows on the loft level.
The front door is a barrel door featuring a half-circle window and traditional carving. Above the back door, a carving of two salmon follows the shape of the rafters, tying the exterior design together.
Inside, the highest point of the vaulted ceiling is placed over the kitchen, giving extra head room for standing and cooking. In the living room, a corner propane fireplace provides heat in the cold winters, while an air-exchange unit removes excess moisture from the home.
There is a loft space at either end of the tiny house, each accessed by a unique ladder. The sleeping loft is at the top of a steeply curved staircase while the second loft features an alternating-rung ladder which moves on rollers like a library ladder.
The Johnsons plan to make the Esk’et Sqlelten tiny home available as a vacation rental this spring and will also make the building plans available for sale. Their website features a large selection of how-to videos for other tiny home builders.
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