Red Mountain is a group of three peaks in between Silverton and Ouray, CO. One can get an outstanding view of these magnificent San Jaun peaks whilst descending Red Mountain pass (11,018′) towards Ouray. The mountains are most notable for their distinctive red hues, as a result of iron oxide present in the mineral content of the rock. The vicinity was heavily mined in the late 1800’s and remnants of this human activity remain in the form of rustic houses, storage sheds, mine shafts, and other mining structures. Incredibly weathered wood has withstood the harsh climate of this environment for decades. To say the place is “grandiose” or “epic” falls short of the aura this landscape provokes. We have waited a long time for the right tiny house deserving of this honorable title.
Built on a 34′ bumper pull chassis, not only is this the largest tiny to ever leave our shop, but it is outfitted with some of the nicest features we’ve ever included. The massing is broken into three sections-two dormers for maximized height in the lofts, and a steeper pitch in the middle for visual interest. The siding is a mix of rusty corrugated wainscot, barn wood board and batt, and cedar shakes on the endwalls. One enters the house from a fold down porch on the rear of the trailer using top of the line Trex Transcend decking. A covered porch framed with peeled log posts directs you to a handmade arch top door.
Once inside, you are engulfed in a myriad of spaces and luxurious finishes. To your left lives the office nook. The desktop was crafted from American Walnut, as were the shop built drawers. Adjacent to the office are the storage stairs that provide access to the master loft.
On your way up to the master loft, you notice the custom made posts that not only provide structural support to the L-shaped loft, but have lights built into them for a little bit of night ambiance and artistic effect. This area is cubby space accessible from the king size bed. A skylight overhead provides additional natural light and star gazing at night.
Moving on past the stairs, you enter the living space. On the driver side of the trailer is a custom built couch with storage. On the opposite side is a high end gas stove that has no problem heating this very well insulated house.
Standing on the couch, the kids can access a ladder doubling as a bookcase that takes them up to their secret hideout!
The living space blends into the dining area where we installed a beetle kill tabletop with a 16″ folding leaf that can be dropped down when not needed or folded up to comfortably seat 4. Opposite the dining table are closets made with chalkboard panels so the kids can doodle or mom can leave notes.
One then enters the kitchen area. We installed a very beautiful tile for the countertop that the customer hand delivered to us and set in a single bowl deep sink. The base cabinet was custom made from beetle kill pine and features two pull out pantries. Adjacent the sink base is a high end 24″ gas range. Above the range lives a stainless steel vent hood along with open shelving and spice racks. The refrigerator and washer/dryer units are parked opposite the sink and range.
Finally, at the end of the house lies the restroom. The customer truly spared no expense in this beautiful space. A full size clawfoot tub complete with vintage faucet occupies the left half of the room. The bottom half of the walls are tiled with accent borders. In the middle is a custom vessel sink that the customer provided. We mounted it on top of a custom pebble tiled vanity top with barnwood doors. The right half of the bathroom is occupied by a barnwood linen cabinet and a flush toilet.
We didn’t get a chance to weigh Red Mountain, but an educated guess would be around 14,000 lbs dry. For those interested in a similar build, as pictured, expect final costs to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $105,000. Not only is she big and packed with very fine materials and fixtures, but there isn’t a single stock cabinet, built-in, or casework to be found. It was all made from scratch, so its no surprise this was the most time consuming build we’ve completed to date, necessitating two and half months.