A tiny shelter requires innovation to maximize storage concerns. Luckily the living area provided ample square footage if we raised the floor.

Rough in of the raised floor storage area

Rough in of the raised floor storage area

Early in the design process we considered the advantage of Japanese style floor boxes. They allow for a large amount of storage and easy access.

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Japanese style floor storage. Source: Small Spaces

Japanese style floor storage. Source: Small Spaces

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We thought we could use the space underneath the floor between the rails on the trailer for under-floor storage, but given our colder temperatures, insulation was going to be an issue. Then Josh, the architect, suggested we raise the floor rather than drop the storage area. Because there would be no loft over the living area we had nearly eleven feet of height to the ceiling on the South wall and nine feet on the North wall. 

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By raising the floor twenty inches, we gained plenty of storage area. The U-shaped raised floor surrounds a large panel, which when raised becomes a table and work area. When dropped it makes a living area into a large surface for yoga or entertaining.

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