Tiny House Nation: 180 Sq Ft Backpack House (Season 2, Episode 15) | Full Episode | FYI

(John)I'm John Weisbarth, and I'm a huge fanof the tiny house movement that's explodingacross the nation.

The average American homeis 2, 300 square feet, but lots of people are deciding that bigger isn't necessarilybetter, and they're choosingto live in homes that are just 1/10the average size.

Whether they're afterfinancial independence or desire to live with less, inspired homeownersare starting to think outside the blueprintsof everyday building.

And that's where I come in.

I travel across the countrywith my partner, tiny house expert Zack Giffin, and together we help peoplebuild their mini dream homes.



[laughs]Oh, my God.

(John)And get them prepared forthe extreme downsizing it takes to live in under500 square feet.

You need a fully-functionalkitchen.

We can give youwhatever you want, but there's onlyso much space.

(John)Trust me, tiny homesare the next big thing.

(man)♪ Whoa ♪ ♪ Whoa ♪ ♪ Whoa, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ ♪ [upbeat rock music] (man)♪ You make me feel so good ♪ (John)We're in Sacramento, the city of trees, also the capital of California, and one of the really nicethings about Sactown is that it's just a short driveaway from Yosemite and about a half dozenother National Forests.

So it's a great placefor nature lovers.

I'm on my way right now to meetJustin and Melissa.

They're a young couple, they're both teachers, and they've been saving up tobuy their first home together.

We met at outdooreducation camp.

And I thought, “Oh, my gosh, there's a really cute boy “sitting in the corner.

Who is this guy?” And like a week later, we were on a backpackingtrip in Yosemite, and sure enough.



We hit it off.

– So yeah.

we came together.

– Here we are.

And we've been marrieda year and a half.

Year and a half?Wow, that flew by.

– Yeah.

– Yeah.

To say that Justin and Melissaare “outdoorsy” is kind of underselling it.

They hike, they cycle, they backpack.

They've even done triathlons.

I mean, they liketo get after it.

– Work hard, play hard.

– Yeah.


Justin and Melissa, they'vetaken their thirst for education to the next levelby starting a nonprofit charity called InspireOut.

InspireOut is a outdoor-basededucation company that takes kids outsideto explore, and we teach them all sorts ofdifferent survival skills.

Check out the river, you guys.

(Justin)All right.

Right now, Justin and Melissaare living in 900 square feet, but what they want to dois squeeze their business and their livinginto 200 square feet.

They see the tiny house ascommand center for InspireOut.

Our dream forour new tiny home is that we're gonna be able torun programs and trips from it and expose our youthto this idea that maybe we don't need tolive in such gigantic homes and we don't necessarily needall of the stuff that we have.

This tiny houseis a trailer-build and the trailer is over at ourcontractor Laz's plot of land.

Zack's there, already starting on it.

And even thoughit's just 200 square feet, we got to squeeze a lotin there.

So what looks like a tiny job might actually bea pretty big one.

– Let me get this right.

– Yeah.

So bathroomis gonna be right here.


It's going right intothe kitchen? And the loft is gonna come out, like a good bedroom size, and then they're talking aboutanother loft, plus a deck, I like that idea.

So what we decidedwas to actually add to the backof the trailer.

– Ooh.

– Yeah.


Well, that sounds actually– – Whoa!- Fine.

– [laughs]- You know? I hope you don't expect meto do that.

[laughter] (John)While Zack and the crew getstarted on framing up the walls, I'm meeting upwith Justin and Melissa at the American RiverBike Trail, where they're just returning from a four-dayInspireOut camping trip.

What better way to find outwhat kind of work they're doing? – [kids cheer]- Oh, there they are.

– Hey, guys.

– Oh, hey, you guys, look.

This is InspireOut, huh? – Yeah!- Here we are.

Hi, everybody.

I'm John.

– Hi, John.

– Hi, John.


What's going on? You guys just get backfrom a trip? – Yeah.

– Yeah.

– 13 miles these guys walked.

– Wow.

– Pretty amazing.

– Is this everyone's first trip? – Yeah.

– Third.

Third trip.

So why does everyonekeep coming back? – It's awesome!- It's awesome.

Really fun.

Do you guys all knowwhy I'm here? I'm kind of the producerof the tiny house.

Have you guys ever seena tiny house before? (all)No! Do you guys thinkthey can handle going tiny? – I think yeah.

– Yeah.

They can handle a tiny house? You know what?That's good enough logic for me.

I'm glad I got to see this, but it's time to get these kidsback to their parents and I got to get overto Justin and Melissa's and see how much stuffthey have.

(John)Meanwhile, Zack and the crew are moving full speed ahead.

They finished framing up this 200-square-foottiny trailer home and now they're startingthe sheathing.

This house isn't very large–it's 200 square feet, so the structure shouldn't behard to construct because it's a fairly basicfloor plan.

So we should be able to makea lot of progress today.

– Welcome.

– Thank you, guys.

– Yeah.

– Here's the place.

– Yeah.

– This is it.

(Melissa) Don't worry, actuallyall of this is not ours.

We're renting here andthe stuff came with the house.

So the only thing that we ownare these bicycles.

– Really?- Yeah.

So all of thisI don't have to worry about.

No, you don't have to worryabout any of it.

– Oh, that makes me so happy.

– Yeah.

Well, that's a relief.

I mean, it– I thought thiswas gonna be the trouble room.


Maybe there's no trouble room.

[laughs]I know that's not true.

(John)All right, so the kitchen.

(Justin)Yeah, this is where we spendmost of our time.

Wait a sec.

Hold on.

Hold on.

– What is all of this?- All my drawings.

– All my drawings.


– This is all tiny house stuff? Yep.

So for our design, we have been working on thisnonstop now for over a year, and I've been drawing out all sorts of different sketchesand ideas.

There's a lot of ideas here.

We've contemplated just aboutevery possible layout.

(Justin)We want clean lines, modern look.

(Melissa)Natural wood.

(John)Sort of a mountain, modern– – Lighter tones.

– Lighter tone.


We're trying to bringthe outside in.

Okay? Let's look at this one here.

– Don't even tell me.

– It's our bathtub.

(John)It's a bathtub.

I'm not saying no, but that pushes this wall outa little bit more into your kitchen area.

– Right.


– Right.

So that's something you'llhave to think about.

(John)What you guys have, which is so good, is you havea ton of ideas.

But here's your realist momentfor a second.

Like, what kind of budgetare we talking about? – 35k is our cap.

– Okay.

$40, 000 is usually the minimumfor a trailer this size.

– Okay.

– Sure.

(John)We're gonna haveto budget carefully.

They want a lotin a really small tiny house.

So something's got to give.

(Melissa)Out kitchen we use for ourselves but also for our business.

Because we prep all the foodbefore we head out on a backpacking trip.

So we really like the ideaof a big galley kitchen where we could both workin the kitchen together.

Okay, so this is assembly linefood prep.

So we'll need someopen counter space.


Talking about200 square feet is what you guys areasking for in a trailer.

We can give youwhatever you want.

You tell me you need a bigfully-functional kitchen, we can do that, but there's only so much space What's next?Bedroom? Yeah, let's go check outour bedroom.

(John)Back at the build site, Zack is helping the crew finishup the sheathing.



We could drillright through from the outsidewith one of those.

(John) As well as buildthe partition wall for the bathroom.

This is a big desk, even in this room, let alone in a tiny house.

I like to spread outwhen I'm grading papers and doing lesson planning.

Okay, so you're gonna needsome office space to keep things running smoothly, huh? Like everything elsein a tiny house, wall space comes at a premium.

That painting, though, right there, is very special to us.

– This?- Yeah.

My sister is artistic.

That's a watercolor ofthe property I grew up on.

– That's really cool.

– Yeah.

That's really cool.

What is this? (Melissa) So this isa super special mobile that one of our InspireOutmembers made for us that's very special to me.


Seems like you don't havea lot of things.

The things you do have, they hold a lot of meaning.

– They all have a story.

– Yeah.

Which– It makes it harderto let go of.

– Which makes our process— Yeah.

On the one hand, it's like, “Oh, okay.

There's not much stuff.


There's still too muchfor the tiny house.

So there's gonna besome big decisions.

I'm a little nervous aboutour sentimental items.

All of our big wall paintingsand art.



– Wedding album.

– Families have given us.

(Melissa)Yeah, so I'm afraid of having to lose some items thatare really meaningful to us.

Are there any other roomsI need to know about? We do have a little bitof InspireOut storage.

– [laughs]- All right.

Lead the way.

(Melissa)All right.

This is the partI'm nervous about.

– This is it.

– Okay.

(Melissa)This is InspireOutgear headquarters.

(Justin)We have some tents, some mats, sleeping bags, cookware, fishing equipment.

(Melissa)Waterproof bags.

Man, that's a lot of stuff.

From a design standpoint, it's like, do youwant all this stuff in the living roomand kitchen? You know, can weput it away somewhere, if we can find something– That's the hope.

Can we figure out a wayto fit it in and make it look like a home? [laughs] And a backpackingheadquarters.

(John)Justin and Melissa are moving from a 900-square-footrental house to 200-square-foot tiny home that will serve asa live/work space.

They want a modern mountaincabin design that will feel connectedto the outdoors so we'll give them a covereddeck, lots of windows, and skylights over the lofts.

The larger loftwill be for sleeping and the smaller will serve asa multipurpose lounge and guest room.

Since this will betheir company headquarters, they'll need lots of storagespace for all their gear as well as a desk.

In the galley kitchen, we'll have to create a way to provide extra counter spacefor assembly line food prep.

Melissa also wants a bathtub, but there won't be roomfor both a big kitchen and a big bathroomin just 200 square feet, so that's somethingwe'll have to figure out.

Since all of thisneeds to be done on a modest budget of $35, 000, we'll have to be resourcefulevery step of the way.

How's it going? – We're rocking and rolling.

– Good.


I learned a lot atJustin and Melissa's about what we have to do.

They've got thisgreat nonprofit.

You would love it.

It's about taking kids hikingand camping and getting them outin the wilderness and sort of exposing themto that, so it's something cool, butthey provide a bunch of gear that the kids don't have.

They have a garagefull of that stuff that we're gonna have to somehowfit in this tiny house.


(John)But the other thing– they want a big kitchen that can just pump out meals.

So we have to come up withsomething that can accommodate a whole bunch of food prep.

And they want all thison a budget of $35, 000.

(Zack)We have built housesfor budgets this small, however, the expectationsand the needs are pretty big.

That's gonna be our challengefor this because they've gotno wiggle room.

They're teachers.

There's no money left to put in.

And 35k is all we gotto work with.

We're gonna putall these things, and we're gonna put itin the backpacks.

And then we're gonnamake you guys compete in a little triathlon minus one.

Whoo! (Melissa)There's a shower pan in here.

In our original plans, we had a bathtub.




(John)It's day two of the build and Justin and Melissa's200-square-foot tiny house has been wrappedand the spray foam experts are applying the insulation.

I'm checking upon the process with Zack.

What's this? If water is gonna get inside andthey're gonna have any issues, it's gonna happenright at the wheel well.

Okay, that makes sense.

The road, just all that spincoming up.


Just making surethat the house wrap actually gets siliconedto the steel.


That's not actuallywhat I want to show you.

– Okay.

– Check this out.

You know howwe were talking about we need some prep areasfor the food? (John)Yeah.

(Zack)You're looking downat the cabinet area.

You got the range on the left, the big window in the center, and this is where I want toactually extend over on the countertop.


When I'm thinking abouta food prep zone, we don't have a whole lotof area we can spread out, so my idea is really, food prepzone kind of comes out and goes all around you.


So it's like prep stationover here, prep station here, over here.

Something comes down, and you're just kind of, you know, cuttingall over the place.

You look like you'replaying the drums.

You're like Neil Peartor something.

Like, yeah! Prep station here.


Crash! All right, so that'swhat this is then.


It looks awesome.

Just make sure thatwe can afford it.

– I have most of the hardware.

– Okay.

By the way, what's upwith the backpack? What, I can't justrock the backpack? – I mean.



– [laughter] (John)While Zack get started on his expandable kitchencountertop piece, I'm heading over to Justinand Melissa's to help them with their pare down.

They don't have a lotof personal stuff that they need to get rid of, except for the sentimental itemsin their bedroom.

So deciding what to loseis not gonna be easy for them, but I've got a plan.

(John)I want you guys to grab whatever here has reallya deep emotional connection and let's lay it onthe bed.

– This is from Aunt Sandy.

– Okay.

Paring down is not easy.

Paring down sentimental items, I mean, that's next toimpossible for some people, so we've got to trysomething different with Justin and Melissa.

They're not all big items, but I want to identifywhich of these is really important.

Which really speaksto you guys.

I don't want to do itas a team thing, though.

I want to do thisone at a time.

So I'm gonna ask youto go in the kitchen and keep paring downthat stuff in there.

– Okay?- Okay.

Now, here's whatI want to do: I want you to findyour top five things.

– So definitely the mobile.

– Okay.

Just an inspiration for meto keep going with InspireOut.

All of our race memorabilia.

Picture from Jana, Justin's sister.

Justin's memorabiliafrom his mom 'cause we don't have his momanymore.

I would love to be sittingright here, right now.


You and me both.

So to have it in this–Yeah.

Let's put this stuffback on the bed.

You grab him, tell him to come back in here, and you take overin the kitchen.


All right, so I want youto pick your top five.

(Justin)I guess I'm gonna start offwith scrapbook.

These are the racesthat we've done together.

I'm gonna go withthe wedding album.

That's gonna make the top five.

– This piece.

– Okay.

This was one of ourwedding cake stands.


Does it make youthink of the wedding? Absolutely.

My dad took the timeto create something that was really symbolicof an incredible event.

I'd love to transform it intosomething into our tiny house.

You know what, that soundsright up Zack's alley.


Maybe that's something the twoof you guys could do together.

(John)All right, I'll say this, of the five itemsthat you guys each picked, you picked three of the same.


That's not terrible.

(John)The baby album, the race album, and the picture.

That leaves two eachthat you didn't have in common, so seven, total.

Seven works.

You'll have enough spacefor these seven items.

There's still a lotof great memories on here, and I know it's gonna be hard toleave some of this stuff behind, but one of the thingsthat you can do that I think really, really works, you take a picture of the itemand you make a scrapbook, then you write the story.

– Interesting.

– Okay? That's like downsizing, but you still have the memory, like you were talking about.

– Exactly.

– Interesting.

We don't want to losethe memory.

– I like that a lot.

– Good job.

This was the really hard part.

(John)It's day three of the build.

Keeping Justin and Melissa'stight budget in mind, Zack has come up withan inexpensive way to construct the pivot mechanism for the expandablefood prep countertop.

He's using recycledbicycle parts.

It's also an aesthetic that Justin and Melissawill be sure to love.

So it's likea perfect pivot for anything that I want to puta bunch of weight on.

I pull the boltout of the top, and that's wherethe forks lock in, and that's gonna lockin my wooden cutting block, and then this piece is gonnaget welded to a plate.


And then this onegets welded like that.

(John) Butcher blocksare kind of heavy.

I mean, that's strong enoughto hold this? (Zack)Yeah.

I love it fora lot of reasons.

We're recycling something thatwas gonna get thrown away, they're bike people, so it sayssomething about them, plus, we're gettingall this extra counter space without filling the tiny housewith counters.

I mean, it's everythingthat they need, so it's perfect.

(John) Many people inthe tiny house community are big into bicyclingand recycling and there are tons of ingeniousways to turn bike parts into useful design itemsfor your tiny house.

Using bike spokes and gears, you can create a platform for a hanging plantor a hanging lamp.

Mount a bike wheel on the walland turn it into a big clock.

Or weave some rubber bandingaround bike spokes to make a trivet.

Whether it's repurposing bikeparts into a coat hanger or turning bike tiresinto a textile design for your throw pillows, anything goeswhen you recycle your bicycle.

Today, our crew is starting toinstall shingles on the roof and a skylight is going in abovethe bedroom loft.

Meanwhile, I've picked upJustin and Melissa, who are eager to get a feel for their tiny200-square-foot home.

It's gonna be interesting to seehow ready they really are for tiny livingand tiny working.

There's got to bea little bit of nerves.

Oh, there's a lot of nerves.


[laughter] I think there's a little anxietyabout, you know, making sure the space isadequate to do both– live and work out of.

Think once we're standing therein the space, it'll become a littlemore clear, as far as how those inchesactually add up.

– Yeah.

– Yeah.

It's early enough where if there's still somethingyou want to change, we could stillimplement that stuff.

– Sounds good.

– All right.

– Oh, my goodness, look at it.

– This is it.

Right? (Melissa)Check it out.


(John)All right.

Let's go.

– Wow!- Right.

My goodness.

– So?- This is amazing.

I can't believe it.

Look at how tall it is.

I mean, just soak it up herefor a second.

Right? It looks a little differentin person than on paper, right? – Yeah, all those windows.

– It's gonna be our house.

– Let's go in and say hi.

– Hey, Zack.

(John)Hey, Zack! Come on, guys.

– Hey, Zack.

– What's going on, bud? Hey, guys.

– So now inside.



– Wow.

♪ ♪ (John)What do we got in here, bud? This is kind of the living room, so behind you is gonna bea built in couch and then this is gonna bea big storage area.

We definitely needa lot of storage 'cause this is both our officeand home.

– Yeah.

– This is, what? Kitchen area? Yeah, you're standingright in the sink.

– Wash my dishes.

– Get in there.


Oh, with the windy breeze.

I love it.

Oh, look at that.

Oh, my gosh.

So cool.

(John) Yeah, I love thatyou're so excited.

I love having a windowby the sink.

– Lots of windows, right?- Lots of light.



So that's a key partof tiny living.

– Definitely.

– Yeah.

(Zack)This is the bathroom.

There's a shower panin here.

In our original plans, we had a bathtub.

Well, I mean, um.






In our original plans, we had a bathtub.

(John) Well, I mean, we could still do a bathtub if that's what you decideyou really want, but if you do, then you're notgonna have this big kitchen.

We've put bathtubsin tiny homes before.


But once you start cuttingdown on your living space, it's like, at what pointare you just living in a very large bathroom? This is kind of where we arewith this and you guys need to decidewhich use of the space will work best.

We'll spend more timein the kitchen, so I think we'd ratherhave the space in the kitchen.

I understand thatwe need the kitchen space and we need the other spacein our house for all the storage.

So I'm slowing trying to let goof the idea about the bathtub.

We spend more timein the kitchen.

I agree.

The kitchen is our– is more important.

It seems like we're goingin the right direction.

– Yes.

– Okay.

I'm so gratefulfor all this.

Well, in that case, let's get out of here so Zack can complete this dreamfor you guys.

(Melissa)Yeah, thanks, Zack.

Whoo! Thanks, Zack.

(John)Minus the lack of a bathtub, I think Justin and Melissa werevery excited with what they saw.

This tiny house is comingtogether quickly and tomorrow is another big day.

It's day four of the buildand this job site is buzzing.

Inside, the stained birchceiling paneling is going upabove the sleeping loft, and outside, Simonton windowsare being installed.

Zack is working ona floor-to-ceiling storage unit and since budget is a concern, I've come up witha cost effective faux stone panel solutionfor part of our exterior, which will still deliverthe modern mountain cabin feel that Justin and Melissahave been asking for.

Feel how light that is.

– Right?- Oh, yeah.

(John)Perfect for a mobile tiny house.

It's 100% waterproof.

It's not gonna fade in the sun.

So it'll be cedarall the way to the top.

Bottom three feetare these.

So this kind of just breaks upthe look a little bit.

It's not like a brick.

It's, like, of, like, an actual stone look.


We're saving on weight, which is super important, and more importantlythan that, we're also saving on money.

(John)With the faux stone paneling in Zack's capable hands, I'm off to a nearby park to meetup with Justin, Melissa, and some of their InspireOutkids.

Camping and hiking trips haveprepared Melissa and Justin to live tinyfor short periods of time, but I want to help themunderstand what it means to live tiny for a lifetime.

So I've thought ofa fun little challenge.

Tiny living is not unlikebeing out in the backcountry.

– Right- Right? You got to think aboutbringing the essentials.

Each of these things, by themselves, is fine, but it's that accumulation.

I feel likeyou understand that, but how do I make youfeel that? So we're gonna putall these things that you guyswant to take with you and we're gonna put itin the backpacks and then we're gonnamake you guys compete in a little triathlonminus one with the backpacks on.

– With the backpacks on.

– Oh, boy.

I'm talking abouta mile run.



– Whew!- And a mile bike ride.

Let's start loading upthe backpacks.


I don't think I've ever– I've never had to loadmy wedding album into a backpack before.

– Oh, boy.

Here— This is– Oh! John was creativeon this one.

He dreamt up a prettymighty challenge.

I'm having troublefitting this.

– Yeah.

– Yeah.

That's weird, having troublefitting it all in there.



It was really oddly packed, so actually, yours maybewas heavier.

You had that hugephoto album.

– I don't know.

– Whew.

All I know is thatit was uncomfortable.

[laughs] All right, go ahead, start it off.

– On your mark.

– Get set.

– Go!- [laughs] Good luck, guys.

– Oh, my gosh.

– We're off.

(man)♪ On another face ♪ ♪ Step back into the race ♪ ♪ Wind me up and watch me go ♪ – Whoo!- Yee-ha.

Oh, it's them.

It's them.

[cheering] Go get them, guys.

– Here we go.

– Are you ready? ♪ ♪ [laughter] – I'm feeling this.

– Oh, man.

(man)♪ Found what I've beenlooking for ♪ [kids cheering] [inspirational music] [kids cheering] (John)Nice.

♪ ♪ (Melissa)Tiny house on three.

(kids)One, two, three.

Team tiny house! – Nice.

– Whoo.

Obviously, we had a little funwith this.

A little.

You're not gonna go backpackingwith a waffle iron, but the analogy is appropriate.

It's not just pare down, move into the tiny house.

You have to constantlybe thinking about it, just like whenyou're on the trail.

– No kidding.

– Totally.

One last question: who here likes ice cream? [kids cheering] Great.

Justin and Melissa are buying.

Let's go! Come on![kids cheering] ♪ ♪ (John)It's day five of the build and the exterior wall coveringis underway.

The crew is installingthe faux stone paneling along with the cedar clapboards.

Inside, we're covering the wallswith birch paneling.

Pergo flooring is being laid, the ceramic bathroom tilesare going in, and Zack's floor-to-ceilingbuilt-in storage unit is being installed.

The interioris really shaping up and it looks like there justmight be enough room for all of Justin and Melissa'sgear.

If you're living tinyand you have a lot of stuff, smart storage designcan mean the difference between livingin a cluttered mess or having an invitingand open space.

So I'm heading 100 miles awayto San Francisco, where Danny and Erin Montoya have maximized their500-square-foot tiny apartment by building custom storagesolutions for their many belongings.

(Danny)When we first moved in, the first thingwe thought of is, “What are we gonna doto make it so “it feels really nice, feels spacious, and it actuallyfunctions well?” We have a lot of books, we have a lot of records.

(John) Over the five yearsthat the couple has lived here, Danny has custom builtstorage solutions throughout their one-bedroomapartment.

The first thing I built, actually, was this record shelf.

(Erin) As you can see, we have a couple records.

Next were thesefloating shelves.

I was really excited to be ableto A, store more things, and also usethe entire wall space.

Everything stores something.

We don't really bring a pieceof furniture into the house if it doesn'tserve a dual purpose.

These are our coffee tables.

They are also storage boxes.

It's whereall the not-so-pretty stuff that we don't want on display.

(John)When their daughter, Orion, was born, Danny built a loftin the bedroom, creating space for a nursery.

Danny also built the custom cribthat Orion sleeps in.

Like everywhere elsein the apartment, the space underneath the cribis not wasted.

We have a lot of bins.

We have eight of these.

These are all of her clothes.

But there's actually another binbehind here.

So there's four hereand then four behind.

(John)In addition to allthe custom storage features, there are space-saving detailseverywhere.

A floating shelfconceals the breaker panel.

The television is hiddenwhen not in use and can be viewed in both theliving room and the bedroom.

And the kitchen containsa compact refrigerator that doublesas a food prep area.

All of these space-savingfeatures add up to a tiny home that's full of stuff, yet doesn't feel cluttered.

(Danny)We've had friends tell us, like, “Oh, we really likegoing to your place “because it feels so spaciousand nice.

I would never knowthat it's so small.

” And that's whatI like the most, is it just feelsvery inviting.

It's home.

♪ ♪ Hey, Melissa.

Hey, Zack.

(Zack) Are you going ona bike ride later? – I am.


– Nice.

I'd give you a high-five, but I don't knowif you want to.

[laughter] So bikes area pretty big deal.

Bikes are a huge dealin our life, yeah.

How's that gonna workwhen you go on the road? We're definitely gonna needthe bikes stored in the house.




You need these bikesstored in the house? Yeah.

'Cause they're really, really nice bikes, Zack.

They can't really beoutdoor bikes, ever.

Melissa and Justin ownvery expensive bicycles that can't be outdoors.

So for this size tiny house, bicycle storage is the kind ofdesign element where we don't havea whole lot of options.

The fact is, is thatyou're very limited in your space.

So I'm not surewhat I'm gonna do.

Now, that's a tight squeeze.

(John) Can't make this turnWe're all out of room.

– Oh! Oh! Oh! oh!- Oh! Oh! Oh! One, two, three.

(Zack)The fact is, is you're verylimited in your space.

So I'm really not surewhat I'm gonna do.

Potentially, if you were okaywith kind of hanging it up.



Maybe if you canleave it with me– Yeah, totally.

I can do that.


Maybe I'll be able to kind ofmaybe fit it in.

– All right.

Sounds good.

– Test it out.

– Thank you.

– Okay.

Thanks, Zack.

♪ ♪ (John)It's day six of our build and the redwood deckis getting sanded and stained.

The front door's being mounted, and inside, the crew's installing the loftladder hardware.

I'm checking in with Zackto see how his floor-to-ceiling storageunit is coming along.

What I like about this is thatit's really well put together and it looks nice.

This is just plywood, isn't it? (Zack)Yep.

So that's inexpensive, but what is this banding? It's a typeof Brazilian redwood.

– So it's a hard wood?- Yeah.

And I think it really gives itthat kind of touch of elegance.

And is this, like, the desk areafor him to work off of? This is reallythe food prep zone.

The desk, I'm thinking, is gonnabe part of this table.

So this will be, like, a panel, and then the whole thingis just gonna fold down.


It's not just cubbies then.

I knew there'd be somethingcoming out of here.

– Oh, yeah.


– Okay.

– It's looking good.

– Okay.

What I really want to show youis this.

Right? – A-ha.

– Oh, nice.

So this is our sandwich preparea, right? – Yeah.

– That's super cool.

(John)When it comes to tiny living, we often focus on ideas whichmaximize vertical wall space, but consider usingceiling space too.

You can hid a retractableflat screen TV in the ceiling.

You can repurpose a ladderinto both a hanging pot rack and a basket holder.

Baby on the way? Safely hang a cribfrom the ceiling and still have room for storageunderneath.

Coming up withinnovative design ideas can be as simple as filling upyour headspace, literally.

Today, Justin's meeting upwith Zack at the build site to work on repurposing his blackwalnut wedding cake stand into something specialfor his new tiny house.

I'm looking at this thingand I see a table.

(Justin)I'm all for that.

We have this butcher block, which we could literallycut legs into it.

Maybe a curve here.

And then give a little slothere on one of them, and on the other one, we reverse the slot.


– Then they'd fit together.

– Sure.

It will look goodand it'll be solid.


Zack is phenomenal.

His creativity, his ingenuity, his ability to transformsomething that lives up here into something that is trulya masterpiece.

He's incredible.


All right, man.

Good luck.

Good deal.

Thanks for your help.

(Zack)You know it.

(John)While Justin begins to build out the legs for his new table, the crew's making good progresson the tiny house.

The kitchen appliancesare going in and the plumbingis being hooked up.

I'm pitching in to helpbuild a storage shelf in Justin and Melissa'sspare loft, and Zack's figured outthe perfect spot for Justin and Melissa's bikes.

One here, one here, and they're gonnago that way.

And then in order to get intothe loft, you just have to have the ladderon the far side.

It's not gonna be in the waythere or anything? You think it's okay? Well, I mean, it's the onlyspace to put it.


Well, I'll carry this out and we can get itall pitched up.

(John) With the bike storagefigured out, it's not time to move Justinand Melissa's tiny house to their friend's backyard, where they'll be parkedtemporarily.

It's just a few blocks away.

This is the part that's alwaysa little bit hairy, actually moving it.

Obviously, our biggest issueis 50 yards away, it's the tree.

We're gonna be cuttinga bunch of branches.


(Zack)Timber! Said it before, I'll say it again: it's the first 50 yardsand the last 50 yards, they're always the hardest.

Whoo-hoo! (John) I don't think it's gonnabe much different this time.

Are you worried about the turn? (man)♪ Take me away ♪ (Zack)Think you got it, for sure.

(man)♪ I want to go ♪ ♪ Got to get away ♪ ♪ I want to go ♪ Okay, this is it.

♪ ♪ (John)Oh, boy.

Now, that'sa tight squeeze.

Not a lot of roomto get back there.

(John)We got a pretty tight turn here.

Keep cutting ita little bit.

You're all right.

You're all right.

It's so tight.

(Zack)We got this.

– Yeah, start cranking.

– Start cutting it.

You're still doing good.

(Zack)It's gonna be close, but I think that's whatit's gonna take.


(Zack)I think we're gonna make it.

(John)Oh! Oh! Oh! oh! (Zack)I think we're gonna make it.

– Hold up!- Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! – Can you keep going straight?- We're all out of room.

(John)We can't make this turnas it is.

So why don't we try to exploreto see if there's another way that we can't get it in.

(John)All right.

(Zack) I think we can worksomething out over here.

If there's a way thatwe can snip this fence, we could definitely drive itright through here.

Let's do it.

♪ ♪ (Zack)Okay.

♪ ♪ (John)Okay, hang on.

We need to push up this wire.

(Zack)All right.

♪ ♪ Whoo-hoo! ♪ ♪ (John)We good? (Zack)We're good.

(John)I'm riding this bad boyto victory! It's in!We are in the yard! (Zack)Ha, ha! We're there! [laughs]Keep going.

Don't stop now.

This is triumphant.

(John)It's day eight and we're finally situated in Justin and Melissa'sfriend's backyard, and before we hand the keys overto them, there's just a few morefinishing touches left.

While Zack's makingthe final adjustments to his expanding countertop, I'm busy getting all of theirsentimental items into place.

And we're addingthe little details to make this tiny homepicture-perfect for when Justin and Melissaarrive.

One week ago, we arrivedin Sacramento, California to help Justin and Melissabuild the tiny mountain home of their dreams.

It'll also be the headquarters for their campingand backpacking business.

I helped them decide which oftheir many sentimental items were the most valuable.

Zack made sure to give themenough storage and countertop space to fittheir business needs, and with a simple bikingand hiking exercise, they began to realizethat tiny living could last a lifetime.

Now it's time to welcomeJustin and Melissa to the tiny house community.

(John)I don't want you looking yet.

No looking yet.

I'm gonna help you guysout of the car.

– Okay.

– Oh, my gosh.

Step out.

No looking.

– Here's Zack's hand.

– Oh, my– I got you.

I got you.

Step out.

Come over here.

Hang on.

On three.

One, two, three.

♪ ♪ It's ours.

I know.

♪ ♪ And a back porch.

(Melissa)Oh, my God.

(Melissa)I love the two-tone.

(John) You've got a lotof really nice cedar on here.

It's just beautiful lap sidingfrom a company– – Real cedar.

– Beautiful.

It's beautiful.

– All right.

– Can we go look? (John)Absolutely.

Check out your new house.

♪ ♪ (Melissa)Oh, my gosh.

[gasps] (Melissa)Look at it.

♪ ♪ Oh, my– – Oh, my God.

– Look at this.

Look at our bikes.


– This is amazing.

– Our wedding album is here.

– Wow.

– Oh, my gosh.

I can totally sit and grademy papers, no problem.

Oh, my gosh.

It's so pretty.

Oh, and yoursister's painting.

Oh, that looks perfectright there.

– Look at this.

– Oh, my gosh.

– Look at the photos in here.

– And all of the camping gear.

(Melissa) Oh, my gosh.

We have so much storage.

Look how you can hangthe gear bags.

[gasps]I love that.


Oh, my gosh, and the kitchen.

– Look how spacious this is.

– I know.

All right, I want to see–Wow! Look at this bathroom! Holy cow! This is the nicest bathroom.

– Right? Look at this tile.

– Holy cow.

Just a beautiful showerwith those tiles.

So I am actually finewith no bathtub.

– Hey, guys.

– Oh, my gosh.

– This is incredible, you guys.

– Do you like it? I mean, our big challengewas how to make this a work and live space.

– Yep.

– Right.

And how to do iton a budget.

So that meanta couple of things.

One was storage.

And I just want to startright there, because it's like one ofthe first things you see when you walk in here, and so striking.

– What Zack was able to do.



– Yeah.

– I mean, it's just— Amazing.

– It's beautiful, isn't it?- It's so open.

And yet, fully functional, yeah.

(Zack)We tried to accommodatea variety of things.

– And it's wall-to-ceiling.

– Mm-hmm.

Going floor to ceiling, that's one of the staplesof tiny living.

– Yeah.

– It's using the vertical space.

What's this? – Well, this is actually— What? – Yeah.

– It folds down.

– Oh, my gosh.

– And then you get the desk.

(Melissa)I love it.

We also had to come up witha way to keep these bikes inside.

(Melissa)How do we get them? It's as easy as just undoingthis little clasp from the boat latch.

– So easy.

– Yeah.

So literally, you can just let it go.

– Wow.

– This is awesome.

I love this.

When you want toget them up, grab the string, and now you're just hauling up, and it just goes upinto the space.

– Just so cool.

– This is awesome.

(Zack)And you can just latch it up.


(John)Time to get up into the loft.

And that's with the ladder, 'cause it's a dual purposeladder.

It's the same ladder thatyou're gonna use for over here.

Oh, check that out.

Put it up here.

♪ ♪ Notice there's two hooks here.

That's so you can geta much flatter profile.

And now, even if you're puttingit right in your doorway, there's still plenty of roomto get through here.

– Wow.

– It's awesome.

(John) This might be one ofthe most multifunctional areas of the whole tiny house.


You can study and loungeand do that.

This could be a guest bedroom.

You put down an air mattressin here.


It could also be storage.

(Justin) It's amazing.

What a great space.

Then also, Justin added a little pieceof his own here.


(John)And it was, I think, a pretty nice jobof repurposing what was a cake standfor you guys.


It seems a lotmore functional now.

John did great with gettingour sentimental stuff into the house.

He worked really hardto incorporate everything in a way that didn't feelcluttered or cramped, but it worked out.


No, I thinkit was really neat to showcase all the pieces [laughs]Oh, my God.

– Lookit.

– What? (Justin)This is awesome.

What I love about up hereis these skylights.

– It's so open.

– It makes it so light and airy.


Love our skylight.

Oh, my gosh.

This is–Oh, wow.

– [laughs]- It's phenomenal.

The first time we laid there, I felt like, “I could just hang outhere for a while and just stare upat that sky.

” It was so beautiful.

(John)A huge fridge, full-size sink, and really, all of the countertop space.

Is this a kitchen thatcan work for you guys? Absolutely.

We're not quite done yet because there is one moreamazing piece that Zack was ableto come up with.

So the idea is, pull out this pin.

– Uh-huh.

– Yeah.

(Zack)Now you pull.

– Yes!- What? So the idea is, pull out this pin.

Now you pull.

– Yes!- What? And there goes another one.



Oh, my gosh.

– Come out.

– Sweet.

(Zack)Press the pin in.

You can stand side by side.



– Yeah?- You know, kind of– And then you can cutlike Zack cuts.


(Melissa) And I lovewhat it's made out of.

(Justin)Great attention to detail.

The fact that he tooka bicycle frame and repurposed it– All the milesthat were on that frame and all the smilesthat are now gonna come from transforming that intoa workable space, it's incredible.

And if it was just this, I'd be like, “That's awesome.

” But Zack took it one more step.

So you got your full industrialsandwich operation going on.

Somebody's, you know, smearing out your mayonnaise.

But where dothe sandwiches go? So sandwiches go up here.

– Click that.

– What? And the whole thing.



– Oh!- What? (Justin)Sweet.

(Melissa)Check that out! – Right?- That's amazing, you guys.

Yeah, it just clicksright back in.

(John)I really wanted this to workfor you guys on more than one level because that's whatyou guys needed.

You give so much to so many that it makes what Zack and I dothat much more special.

Guess that means that you guysfeel pretty good about it.

Unless those are tearsof just utter sadness.

– [laughs]- Tears of joy.

Tears of just joyand gratitude.

On behalf of the entire crew, let me be the firstto welcome you guys to the tiny house community.

– Congratulations, you guys.

– Thank you.


For the first time, we have a home we can call ours.

– We're homeowners.

– We're homeowners.

And I'm just so excitedto be able to travel and adventureand move around still, but have a place always there that we can come home to.

– Whoo!- Whoo! – Come on, you guys.

– Come on in! Check it out.

Laz, get in here.

– Yes.

– Look.

It's so cool.

– This is so cool.

– Right? – Isn't this amazing?- Oh, my gosh.

(Melissa) Go up and check outupstairs too.

They loved it.

It was phenomenalto see their energy and just to kind ofwork around the space.

I can't believewe're all here.


– This is really nice.

– I know.

And look at this, there's so many of us and we all fit here.

I think we just seta world record for how many peoplewe can get in a tiny house.

[laughter] (John)It's been two months since Justin and Melissa startedtheir newest journey as members ofthe tiny house community.

Justin and Melissa have recentlymoved their tiny house to an RV park in preparation for an upcoming InspireOutcamping trip.

Has going tiny helped themcombine their personal lives and their business? We're back in Sacramentoto find out.

(Melissa)I have loved, so far, living in our house.

(Justin)Smoothie time! (Melissa)All right.

Thanks, honey.

It's super peaceful and quiet.

Ooh, it's a good one.

And just a lot of timeto be meditative.

(Justin)Yeah, tons of pros living small.

(Melissa)I think walking into it, you just feel it.

It's just light, it's airy.

The cons for me, so far, living there, is just navigating aroundour ladder.

We have that one ladderbetween two lofts, so just making sure we can kindof both dance around the ladder during the day is somethingwe're still learning.

– You ready?- Sandwich time.

(Justin)Uh, what do we need? We love our counter space.


How about I'll cut and you can prepare? (Melissa)Perfect.

So we have six kidscoming out with us tomorrow.


(Justin) We certainly feel likewe can get about and spread some stuff outand be able to look and– – Prep for gear, and yep.

– Manage.

– All good?- All good.

We've done a little modificationto this storage area.

Originally, it hung our backpacks.

It now serves as food storage, and our backpacks live withour InspireOut gear.

(Melissa) Justin also builta storage shed on the front.

So all of our gearfor InspireOut now can be foundin a separate storage bin.

What do we have? We customized the space to fitaround our InspireOut gear box.

Oh, fishing polewould be good too.

(Justin)To keep that trunk intact just made things a lot easier.

– I think that's good.

– Yeah.

For tomorrow, that will be perfect.

♪ ♪ (Melissa)Bike storage is working outgreat.

We just roll up from a ride, hook them up.

That was a good one.

The only thing that cansometimes get iffy is when one of usrolls our bikes into the middleof that hall.

There's not muchspace there, so.



– Justin.

– Yes.

Don't forgetabout your bike.

Sometimes I'm a little lazy and I just put it in the livingroom, but– Ahem! – You gonna help me out?- Sure.

(Justin)Since you're so good at this.

♪ ♪ (Justin)Nice.

The porch.

We love the outside.

We spend a lot of timerelaxing, lounging.


We also have a hammock nowconnected to the porch.

– How's it going over there?- It's going good.

Love it.

(Melissa)It's comfortable and calming.

(Justin)If we had to say something to someone getting a tiny house, I'd say, “Do it.

” – Yeah.

– It's awesome.

(Melissa)It's such a freeing feeling to know that our homecan come with us wherever we decidewe want to go.

♪ ♪.