Our Esk’et Sqlelten (pronounced Es-KET Sk-LEL-ten) design focuses on craftsmanship, First Nation cultural and artistic touches, and the feeling of space! We have sqlelten (salmon in Secwepemctsin language) shaped roof rafters that have inspired the carvings, handcrafted by Robert. The front door is a carved feature piece. The inside is open-concept, bright and airy, with lofts for sleeping areas, and generous windows that let in lots of natural light. We’ve put the vaulted ceiling in the area where you do the most standing: the kitchen. We love that the intersecting, curved roof and barreling roof are both functional and beautiful, resulting in a super spacious main sleeping loft. As someone put it: “it’s not only a work of art, it’s a work of art that works!”
When we first sat down to draw up this plan, we envisioned an open interior, with an uncluttered feel. We purposely understated the storage in exchange for an open and welcoming space, and design features like the spiralling ladder that help the space breathe. This leaves us room for extra storage in varied places, as the need comes up down the road, or for long-term living.
Esk’et Sqlelten Tiny House
Esk’et Sqlelten Tiny House – Front Elevation
Esk’et Sqlelten Tiny House – Floorplan
The Spiralling Ladder
This design feature has received a lot of attention. And we absolutely love this ladder! It looks cool and interesting, but most importantly, it is super comfortable to climb up and down. It’s a winner, and we will most definitely keep incorporating this design where it fits!
DIY Plans are available available here, along with 2 Youtube video’s on the build process.
We’ve built this tiny house with a woodsy exterior, that fits perfectly into it’s natural surroundings. So our siding is beautiful local pine from the mill down the road, treated with Shou Sugi Ban method. (an awesome Japanese technique of preserving wood – see our fun Youtube tutorial here) The carvings in the custom door and the salmon along the roofline stand out as beautiful, artistic features.
The kitchen feels super open and spacious. We’ve installed a butcherblock countertop, routered the edges to give it a “live edge” feel, and extended it (using the individual off-cuts) to create an eating area. The cabinets were cut down to a custom size. We have a 3-burner stove and oven, and a small fridge (above the wheelwell) Love this space!
The Sleeping Loft
The shape of this custom roof is perfect for maximizing space in the sleeping loft area, right where you need it. The loft extension allows room for a storage area next to the bed. The windows face the view of the surrounding forest.
Spend some time relaxing here – this tiny house is open as a b&b!
Our tiny house has a total square footage of 280 sqft, including 2 lofts. The plans, available here, suggest building on a 24ft trailer. (Our first build is 20ft). The height and width are within legal road restrictions (8’6″wide, 13’6″high), so it can be hooked up to a truck and moved, without the need for wide load permits. The weight is under 10’000 lbs.
What people are saying..
“a masterpiece of a home” … “least claustrophic looking tiny house I’ve seen” … “simply beautiful in every way” … “pay attention, this might become your new favourite tiny house!” …
“I’ve watched just about every tiny house video on YouTube, and in my opinion, the Esk’et is currently the highest evolution of the craft. Of course the carving work is off the chart, but you’ve also made some very strategic design choices, e.g. dual lofts, corner fireplace, compact spiral stairwell, disappearing shelving, white finish with lots of glass, and finally, an astonishing framing/roof design. It’s really the complete package, and as close to my ‘dream tiny house’ as I’ve seen to date. GREAT job, man!”