CENTREVILLE — What started as a hobby and self-challenge led local builder Mike Peter of Centreville to build his first “tiny house.” Popularized on several TV shows tiny houses are not a new concept, but one that has garnered much attention lately. Cozy living or tiny, efficient houses easily date back to the pioneer times if not before, when travel was essential and most did not have the time or expense to put into a much larger structure.
Peter is the owner of Mike’s Custom Homes in Centreville and has been building for 35 years, but this type of home takes a different type of planning, he said.
“You’ve got to fit all this (a full house) into a neat and tidy space. The full kitchen and full bath was a big priority of mine,” Peter said.
Peter’s first tiny 450-square-foot house comes priced at $90,000 and sits on a 28×10 trailer — ready for the road. The home has a one bedroom loft, one bathroom with full-size shower, plenty of storage and comes completely furnished with custom appliances. Measuring 10 feet wide, it is slightly larger than what others are building, but it is still easy to transport, Peter said, and ease of transport is a big, consideration for these little houses.
The attention to detail and custom features are evident in the Peter’s first tiny house with storage under the steps and drawers that slide out of the steps to the loft. The build even includes a small pantry and permanent booth style seating in the full kitchen, complete with stainless appliances, including a dishwasher.
With the kitchen open to a living area featuring wide windows to help the space feel open, the back of the home hosts a full bath with shower and a separate laundry with stackable washer and dryer. Up the stairs is a loft sleeping area with room for additional storage and a double bed.
Most states and counties don’t as of yet have specific code for the building of tiny houses, but Peter did have his home inspected. The mobile design provides nearly endless opportunities when deciding where the customer wants to live.
Peter has already ordered the trailers for his next tiny homes. “I had a ball building this one,” said Peter. “The next one I’ll be able to pop up a lot quicker.”
Much of his time was spent figuring out the nuances of how to craft a lot of space into such a small footprint, he said.
Peter has completed work in Anne Arundel County, including major restoration work in O’Leary’s Restaurant, the Tap Room at Middleton’s Tavern, Marmaduke’s Pub (now Ruth’s Chris Steak House), and renovations to the Ahern Building, a large commercial office building in the Annapolis area.
Back on the Eastern Shore, Peter has turned his attention to custom, residential homes. For more information, call 410-758-4639 or email mikescustomhomes firstname.lastname@example.org.