Kim Lewis is a a well-known name in the world of designs who has kept busy working with a wide range of artisans and home design shows. She is best known for her work on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, where she worked in 43 states designing of 120 homes. She has also had her design work featured on many other shows, such as, ABC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, FYI’s “Tiny House Nation,” and TLC. Her belief is that there should be e a purpose for everything. She designs homes that speak to her clients. And more than that, she wants each home to be a home that tells their story. Lewis understands that young couples today, need the ability to be able to pick up and go when they want, which is what her tiny homes are about. Since Lewis has stayed in Airstream trailers on many occasions, she see that people really don’t need a lot, but what they do need, is freedom to get up and go if they need to and these tiny homes give her clients that freedom. When it comes to Lewis’ inspiration for her designs, well, she goes global for it. Lewis travels around the world to get her inspiration from people and places, but admits it is mostly the people that are behind her inspirational designs.
One of Lewis’ beautiful tiny home design is set in Austin, Texas and it is a 400 square foot tiny home that is packed full of beautiful details that will make you wonder if you are really looking at only 400 square feet of living space. Lewis thought of everything when it came to designing this home for her clients, Aaron and Meredith, but of course, their input and desires were a big part of the final choices. Take a look at the following pictures of this adorable, mid-century design themed tiny abode that has been featured on FYI’s, Tiny House Nation.
Outside the home, large, wide steps in bright colors greet you at the entrance. The deck boasts a walk-up to bar area with two stools, the perfect place to sit and enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the views of whatever location the couple just happens to be set up in. For a more casual setting, there are two weather-resistant chairs, including a comfy rocker, set up below the deck.
Just off the living area is the kitchen that not only offers a bold contrast of black on white with white cabinetry and open shelving, and black tile, but it gives the owners more kitchen counter cooking space with the addition of refrigerator drawers. The shelves are suspended by leather straps to give the kitchen a clean, unique look. And if you think you see a surfboard in front of the sofa, you are kind of correct. The coffee table is a surfboard style table and helps to continue the flow of the black and white contrasting color scheme.
The bedroom and bathroom make up the second trailer and section of living space. The bathroom is spacious and conveniently private by way of a perforated-copper Parasoleil panel that can be slid open and shut on a barn-door track. Barn-door tracks are convenient due to the lack of space they consume like you’d find with a typical swinging door. Every detail was considered when it came to optimizing space in this tiny home.
The outdoor porch has a brightly colored built-in sofa that not only functions as sitting space, but if you notice the two cut-out areas just beneath, these serve a purpose as well. The couple’s two dogs were thought of in the tiny home design, too. These cubbies belong to the dogs and act as beds and place to retreat for lounge time. A ceiling fan was installed above to give the couple and their dogs reprieve from those hot Austin days when spending time on the porch.
The beautiful bedroom doesn’t lack for anything. With ample space for a sleeping quarters, the closet was thoughtfully raised in order to leave plenty of floor space for moving about. The pipe-fitting step ladder gives the couple easy access to the raised closet and laundry area, and the pipe-fittings that have been mounted on the wall are well purposed to function as extra hanging space for whatever they need; clothing or other items. The colors and textures in the room are Guatemalan inspired and give a very global appeal to the room.
The breezeway features easy-to-assemble and disassemble decking. When at home, the decking serves as expanded outdoor living space for entertaining and enjoying outdoor time, but when in the moving process, it disassembles easily to separate the two homes and make it a home on-the go. All throughout the tiny home are large sliders and plenty of windows which help to let in the optimum amount of light, which helps to open-up the home for a larger, airier look and feel.
If you’re going to go tiny, why not make it full of fun details that make going tiny inviting and comfortable. Kim Lewis knows how to turn every inch of a tiny home into something delightful and because of this, her homes have been some of the most featured of any, in the tiny home market.