Tiny Home in Northeast Portland

Published on Oct 30, 2012 by Cassandra Profita “John Labovitz lives in a custom-built tiny home on the back of an Isuzu truck in northeast Portland. He makes the most of his 119 square feet with a single cooking burner that runs on denatured alcohol, a tiny wood stove, a desk that doubles as a seating area, and space-saving designs he borrowed from boat-builders.”

Note the windows at eye level. Like Lloyd House’s converted Ford Van on Hornby Island, BC, this band of windows brings the outside in. Many of the scaled-down tiny homes so prominent in the media now, without such light, seem claustrophobic by comparison. -LK

Story on Ecotrope here.

5 Responses to Tiny Home in Northeast Portland

  1. helen says:

    Wonderful – Portlanders – gotta love them and we do!

  2. "Not deprivation, just simplification" is a perfect description of tiny house living. The windows here sure do make a tremendous difference to the interior space.

  3. Anonymous says:

    here's some older info re: his build


    a number of build pic's on the Flickr link..

    Mike W

  4. Thanks for noticing the window design. I did spend a lot of time thinking about placement. I didn't want to repeat the mistake I'd seen in RVs where the windows were set just low enough that one had to stoop to look out.

  5. Lloyd Kahn says:


    Thanks for add'l info. Looks like he will go in book.

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