Luke and Tina Orlando are mountain climbers and engineers who designed a tiny home that offers tons of storage for outdoor sports equipment. Their 204-square-foot Basecamp design offers space for the couple and their three dogs. To top off the innovative home, the Orlandos made creative use of the roof and added a beautiful deck that adds square feet to the home (including the deck, the home is 383 square feet).
Tina and Luke moved from Massachusetts across the country to Oregon to build their tiny house and start Backcountry Tiny Homes. The couple describes themselves this way: “Engineers by trade, mountaineers by design, we bring our expertise and our passion to all things tiny. Trust us, with two humans and three dogs and only 204 square feet of space, we know how to make a space comfortable and liveable all year long.”
The beautiful wood exterior, complete with a branch-like railing in front of French doors at the entrance, fits right in with the forested Oregon landscape. Inside, wood furnishings from the walls to the raw edge kitchen counters add to the sylvan feel. The off-grid home also boasts a rainwater collection system, solar panels, and a composting toilet. A propane stove inside allows for hot meals.
One reaches the deck via a small “hobbit door” in the sleeping loft that leads to a staircase that climbs up the side of the home to the roof. There’s another loft inside that allows for more storage. Hidden furniture can be found throughout Basecamp, from a drying rack to a coffee table to a dining room table and chairs. The couch can fold out into a bed for guests.
Through Backcountry Tiny Homes, the Orlandos sell their plans so others can build their own tiny home. There are a few customization choices, including a Pet Friendly Option and an Off-Grid Option.