Kim Lewis Tiny Homes is partnering with Cavco Industries to develop affordable tiny homes, the first of which will debut June 23-25 at the annual Dwell on Design trade show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, according to a joint announcement
“We have been looking for the right builder, the right partner, and we’re really excited to join with Cavco to build out our homes,” said Kim Lewis, an internationally known, Austin, Texas-based designer who was the lead designer for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” before launching Kim Lewis Tiny Homes earlier this year.
Lewis has designed more than 120 homes in 43 states and her work has been featured on ABC, HGTV, TLC, National Geographic, Spike TV, Animal Planet, FYI’s “Tiny House Nation” as well as House Beautiful, People, InStyle, The Washington Post, Forbes.com and Austin Woman.
Dwell magazine invited Lewis to showcase her Joshua Tree tiny home design at the Dwell on Design trade show later this month, and with Cavco as a partner, Lewis now has the ability to mass produce affordable tiny homes.
“What an exciting opportunity it is for us to team up with a big name designer like Kim Lewis,” said Tim Gage, Cavco’s president of tiny homes, cabins and unique dwellings. “Working with Kim and her team for Dwell on Design has pushed us outside of even our very creative design box and encouraged us to take risks with truly special designs and ideas, but this is exactly the kind of thing that keeps Cavco as an industry leader.”
Joe Stegmayer, CEO of Cavco, added that the Dwell on Design trade show is a perfect forum for the park model RV and tiny house segments of the market.
“Tiny houses are specialized dwellings that come in many shapes and sizes and Kim Lewis is an amazing creative talent with the practical ability to design what people like,” he said. “We are proud to team with her.”
The Joshua Tree tiny home that Lewis and Cavco will showcase at Dwell on Design is larger than the typical tiny home — 560 square feet.
“It’s really two trailers connected by a porch,” Lewis said. “One is a bedroom trailer, the other is the living trailer with a kitchen.” Designed for eclectic bohemians who love light, open and airy spaces, Lewis said the Joshua Tree nest is a tranquil space infused with desert inspired décor.
“This model is for ‘Desert Dwellers’ who dream of watching sunsets, surrounded by the sweet landscape of mountains in the distance,” she said.
Unlike many tiny homes, the Joshua Tree features a more practical actual bedroom instead of a small sleeping loft.
“It’s on the same floor as the rest of the house to provide a consistent flow,” Lewis said. “Our 9-foot, 6-inch ceilings combined with the generous number of windows and sliding glass doors allow natural light to flood the space for the ultimate balance in indoor/outdoor living.”
Finishes in the Dwell tiny home will include white shiplap walls, Western Windows, copper pipe shelving in the kitchen, Silestone countertops, LaCantina sliding doors, a freestanding Kohler clawfoot tub, a retro style mint green refrigerator by Big Chill, and a 24-inch orchid colored range from Blue Star. Barn Light Electric fixtures will light the space, and a custom barn door, designed by Kim Lewis and manufactured by Rustica Hardware, will create the perfect entrance to a generous sized bathroom. The color palette is inspired by the soft hues found in a desert sunset and the reflection of cacti across the sandy terrain.
Lewis said the Joshua Tree homes will retail at prices starting from $60,000, which is below the typical price for a tiny home.
“We want to provide well built, good looking homes that are reasonably priced and more comfortable than other tiny homes,” she said.
Lewis said she believes the demand for tiny homes will continue to grow, which is why she partnered with Cavco to ensure she has the ability to build the Joshua Tree and other tiny home designs for a national market.
“Baby Boomers want to downsize, but they still want a home that feels luxurious, happy and unique,” she said, while the younger generation is much more cautious about the amount of money they spend on a home. “The younger generation is more adventurous,” she said. “More and more people are working for themselves, so having a tiny home gives them more flexibility and financial freedom.”
Gage said all potential tiny house customers should consult with their local city or county officials to ensure compliance with applicable building codes and zoning regulations prior to finalizing their tiny house purchase.