Tiny House Inspiration – A Small Modern Dwelling on the Navajo Rez

Hello everyone!

happy happy holidays and to all a good night.  🙂

I came across a really inspiring small house (not tiny… but still very small!) and wanted to share it with you all for inspiration…

Nakai House by University of Colorado students

Nakai House by University of Colorado students – Tiny Living in Style

So this house was designed and built by University of Colorado students in collaboration with DesignBuildBLUFF for a client who lives on Navajo tribal lands in Utah.  DesignBuildBLUFF is a non-profit organization located in southeast Utah that works with college students to help Navajos on the Indian reservation.

Nakai House by University of Colorado students – Interior

The plan is essentially an open rectangle with lots of glazing.  Nooks off of a storage wall house the bed, bathroom, and closet.  An upstairs loft contains a guest bedroom.


Nakai House by University of Colorado Students – ground floor plan and loft plan

The bedroom nook is exactly what they talk about in A Pattern Language.  Check out this previous blog for more pattern languages that apply to tiny house design and more details on why a bedroom nook is better than an entire room for sleeping.

Nakai House by University of Colorado students – Interior bedroom nook built into storage wall.

The client is a collector of artifacts and memorabilia so one interior wall is entirely composed of shelving used to display her prized possessions.  The house becomes a museum gallery and her collections take center stage, rather than piling up in closets.

Interior storage wall in Nakai House

The thing I can’t get over is how this project was built in 80 days for $25,000…  Apparently they don’t pay the students for their labor.  Still, even if that number only includes materials, it is remarkably low.  Impressive.

Nakai House by University of Colorado students

Nakai House by University of Colorado students

Photography is by James Anderson.

Check out this Dezeen article for more photos.

Hope all is well with everyone!  and have a wonderful Christmas!

– Carrie




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10 thoughts on “Tiny House Inspiration – A Small Modern Dwelling on the Navajo Rez

  1. Joy Stone

    I love this design. Do you know ow many square feet?

    • billy chamberlain

      that can be worked out ruffly by the shelving where the lady is reaching up and the same shelving in the plan therefore;- 24 to 25 of these long (depends on their width each?) gives you length of building, ruffly. and then you can workout it’s width from their using the same technique.

  2. Diana Larsen

    I like it! Kind of like living in a library. :o)

  3. Amazing design! I love all of the glass. I wonder how much steel would have to be added to comply with the earthquake standards here in Northern CA . . . ; )

  4. that is very cool looking! i also loved going back and reading about the bed nook. the 3 sides making it easier to sleep is so interesting-

  5. Seems very spacious, even with the books and collectibles! Would love to live in this great design in this gorgeous location.

  6. Teresa

    Love the natural light, design, and usage of space. Awesome job!! Could cut the front metal roof eve so it would fold down and secure for wind-storms.

  7. Michelle

    Sorry, this one is not to my liking….but then it would be a boring world if we all liked the same things. To me it resembles a kind of shed with loads of boxes in it….and to my mind a very expensive shed. 25k$ seems a lot to me for this. I just cannot find myself describing this as amazing, cool or inspired in design though…. it is simple however. Alright if you like a lot of books… for use as a library – yes, but not a home.

  8. I also agree that this style is not for everyone. None are. I prefer a bit more traditional styling, albiet a tiny/small house styling. But this one is designed specifically for a person with LOTS of books and to allow access to that library easily. This would seem to me to be the best design for that purpose and it does provide the light and all the other criteria for a comfortable living space as best can be done for that purpose.

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