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Tiny Houses Step Out of the Shadows As People Open Up to New Nomadic Lifestyle

Article by Shasta Ockenberg

Photography by Tiny Idahomes LLC

Originally published in Meridian Lifestyle

The idea of “home” is different for everyone: some think spending their nights in a tent under a sheet of stars is comfort enough, while others need a big, medieval castle with hidden doorways in bookcases to feel at home. These days, a popular decision is the tiny house. Many are downsizing their lives into a smaller space, and the idea of being able to bring home wherever you go is an intriguing thought to many.

Laura, a nurse in Meridian, and her husband recently purchased a tiny house from Tiny Idahomes, a family-owned business in Emmett.  Like all first-time homeowners, Laura had a bucket list such as butcher-block countertops and a full bathtub.  Tiny Idahomes co-owner Anca says the company loves to try to check off their customers’ wish lists, such as a full kitchen or installing a cat door under the stairs for litter boxes. “Almost anything can be accommodated for a tiny house,” Anca says, “including bathroom vanities, fireplaces, staircase storage, and double beds for the kids.”

Even with the redesigning of your lifestyle, home can be where your tiny house is.

“I’m overjoyed that this dream is finally becoming a reality. I am ready to live tiny.” - Laura, Meridian, Idaho


Dark cabinets against white walls help this beautiful kitchen stand in its own spotlight. It's accented with butcher-block countertops and rustic flooring to create a country sensation.


This tiny house was extended to fit a full-size bath tub, perfect for quiet, relaxing soaks. Built-in floor to ceiling storage handles linens and products.  Large windows flood the room with natural light.


This Queen-sized bed is nestled on the ground floor. Two full windows accompany the sleeping area and a skylight gives an open feeling to make the space feel bigger than it is. Anyone lying on the bed gets a serene view when they wake up in the morning.


This tiny house was designed to accompany a working fireplace. The gas-powered installment is surrounded by a rock veneer under a wall of wood and acts as a divider between the living room and the raised bedroom to the right.

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