When we began building our tiny homes, we were faced with two options: buy third-party manufactured cabinets, like some of our competitors do, or craft our own to suit the unique demands of our clients and the special constraints of a tiny home. We chose the second option. Though this arrangement demands much more talent, planning, and labor, we are confident you’ll love the results and agree that we made the right choice!
Building Cabinets to Last
Many cabinets available today are made with cheap chipboard and entry-level hardware. In contrast, we construct all our cabinets from highly durable, lightweight, and non-toxic three-quarter-inch maple plywood. Cabinet joints are fitted with glue and dowel construction, which ensures a tight and sturdy product built to last a lifetime through the rigors of daily use and road travel.
For internal hardware, our cabinets boast high-end Blum door hinges and drawer rails. These hinges and rails self-close, keeping drawers and doors shut and their contents in place as your tiny home joggles down the road. The drawer rails are rated to hold 100 lbs. when fully extended, so you’ll be able to load them up with peace of mind.
You’re Unique . . . So Your Cabinets Should be Too!
Since you will be the one living in the tiny home, we believe it is only natural that you should have a say in how you want the cabinets to be. How much storage space do you want? Where should the cabinets sit on the floor plan? How will they look on the outside (color, handles, arrangement)? You decide. No two finished homes of ours are the same simply because none of our clients are the same.
Ray, our experienced cabinetmaker, together with other partners on our team who are experienced in tiny home interior design, will help you get the most out of the space in your home while making it look great too. We know how to fit cabinets over the wheel wells, under the stairs, and even under the fridge!
Kara and Mark, happy owners of one of our custom tiny homes on wheels, recently shared their perspectives with us about their experience customizing its cabinets. Kara says,
“We had complete control over every square inch of the cabinetry. The only restrictions were the size of the kitchen, standard heights/widths, allowances for the wheel wells, etc. It was like having a blank canvas, which is great since Mark is a very talented chef and heavily uses the kitchen…. Our goal was to be able to keep as much of his cooking equipment as possible, while also creating space to store pantry items….
“Every visitor we have had in our home comments on how our kitchen is nicer (and sometimes larger) than the ones they have in their “full size” homes…. Their jaws really drop when we show them the custom corner cabinets and the pull out hanging pot/pan organizer!”
Designed for Optimal Space and Functionality
As you use our cabinets, something you will experience from your first day in your tiny home is their optimal space and functionality. We use a European design, which means no space-eating face frames or interior bracing. The result is drawers that are all inches wider and deeper than the standard layout would allow. You’ll appreciate this extra square inches, which quickly adds up across the kitchen, pantry, and bathroom. But that’s not all….
Under-counter cutting boards in the kitchen can be pulled out for temporary counter-top expansion. We also like to include pullout platforms for your favorite appliances. When your coffee maker, blender, and mixer are on a dedicated pullout platform, they can stay plugged in but off the counter and neatly out of the way when not in use. This clutter-reducing trick both aesthetically and practically simplifies your life, and exemplifies our commitment to simple, mindful living.
“We had thought that going “tiny” would mean we would need to adjust to a sub-par cooking/kitchen experience since we would have to sacrifice in terms of space and functionality; however, we have been able to step up our game in the kitchen! We have such a well-designed space and extremely functional cabinets/storage, that we haven’t sacrificed at all and consider our current situation a total upgrade to the kitchens we’ve experienced in our past.
“The other wonderful thing about the custom cabinetry was the building team and Sharon—every time there was an unforeseen hurdle to our designs, she would communicate with me and I was able to come up with some very creative solutions that her team pulled off without a hitch! There was never a time when we couldn’t figure out how to solve an issue collaboratively. It was a great experience.”
Whatever your reasons for choosing a tiny home, you’ll love the way you can customize its storage space to suit your unique needs. Not only will you own a functional, durable product, but one that is beautiful as well.
Get in touch today and ask how we can help you design and build the cabinets in the tiny home of your dreams!
- Durable, non-toxic three-quarter-inch maple plywood
- High-end self-closing Blum hinges and drawer glides
- Space-saving frameless European design
- Fully customizable layout and appearance