Our First Tiny House Tour: TexZenTinyHomes in Austin

Tiny Houses are all over the news and social media. Have you had a chance to tour one yet?

We connected with Mandi Mockler - co-owner of TexZenTinyHomes - through the friend of a friend. When the conversation turned to “friends that were getting into tiny house building” our ears perked up.

Could we meet for a tour?

A couple days later the DitchingSuburbia truck rolled up to the TexZenTinyHome that, square-footage-wise, is little different than the RV that we pull (~ 260 square feet).

First Impressions

Our first impression of the house was…that’s awsome!.

The external style - like so many tiny houses - is such a refreshing change from the white fiberglass box world of RVs. It’s no wonder people are so enamoured of tiny homes.

Family Friendly?

This particular model was designed for Mandi’s mom and step-dad. As such, it’s intentionally laid out to accomodate a couple and not a family. The nice cathedral ceiling comes at a cost of no loft for dedicated sleeping space.

Indeed after living in it for a year Grandma recently sold the house in order to build a new one with loft space for the grandchildren to be able to spend the night.

Kitchen

Inside was very livable.  The angled and high ceiling lets in so much natural light.

The kitchen has ample counter space - much more than our RV kitchen. The two-person bar-type space for eating is perfect for a couple.

Suburban Sheep Shirt

Suburban Sheep Shirt If you have the same slightly sarcastic sense of humor as we do this may be the shirt for you. This design is both a commentary on suburban living and a declaration of your intent to leave it.

Styles available: t-Shirts,and hoodies.
Colors available: black, royal blue, navy blue.

We had never seen such a tall and skinny refridgerator - but it nestles perfectly into the space alongside the main kitchen window.

Bedroom

In tiny homes, just like RV’s, there are always compromises. In this model you get the high ceiling and large window space, at the cost of having to setup your sleeping quarters every night.

Bathroom

The bathroom runs the full-width of the house. There is a full-size shower. There is a stacked washer & dryer as well (I didn’t have the space to get a photo of it).

Another view of the TexZenTinyHome.

Another view of the TexZenTinyHome.

TexZenTinyHome co-owner Mandi Mockler in the airy and light kitchen.

TexZenTinyHome co-owner Mandi Mockler in the airy and light kitchen.

Mandi shows how the barn-style closet doors work.

Mandi shows how the barn-style closet doors work.

Peeking into the main closet.

Peeking into the main closet.

The bathroom runs the full width of the home at the back.

The bathroom runs the full width of the home at the back.

The TexZenTinyHome inaugural model.

The TexZenTinyHome inaugural model.

 The second TexZenTinyHome

The second TexZenTinyHome

 The second TexZenTinyHome

The second TexZenTinyHome

A preview of the second TexZenTinyHome - with loft sleeping.

A preview of the second TexZenTinyHome - with loft sleeping.

A preview of the second TexZenTinyHome - with loft sleeping.

A preview of the second TexZenTinyHome - with loft sleeping.

A preview of the second TexZenTinyHome - with loft sleeping.

A preview of the second TexZenTinyHome - with loft sleeping.

The Business

TexZenTinyHomes started as a project to get Grandma closer to her grandchildren. From there it has become a growing family business involving Grandma, daughters, and sons-in-laws.

We enjoyed our tour and our chat and wish them the best of success!

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10 Comments Our First Tiny House Tour: TexZenTinyHomes in Austin

  1. Picture of Joe RebelloJoe Rebello February 18, 2016

    Now that is what I call Simple! Very cool tiny house, some that I’ve seen are cut up and cluttered with walls…I like how open Texzen makes this. Thanks for the tour. Keep up the good work!

    Joe R.

  2. Picture of BrendaBrenda February 19, 2016

    I consider this a real possibility for my future years! Particularly as I get closer to the “retirement” years (for lack of a better phrase). ;-)

  3. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael Boyink February 19, 2016

    Yea - we know what you mean. Not declining years, not retirement years, but the “done with kid rearing but not done working” years….;)

  4. Picture of Lynn WhitehurstLynn Whitehurst July 05, 2016

    I love the Tiny House. I want one so much!!!! I have a 3 year plan to get one. I am finding that locating a small piece of land near where I live in Rosenberg, Texas is harder than I thought…..
    I am so excited to find TexZen Tiny Home Builders!!
    And next month is the Tiny House Jamboree!!!

  5. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael Boyink July 05, 2016

    Heh - our summer plans just changed and I brought up the Tiny House Jamboree again - it just might be doable.

  6. Picture of Richard YuenRichard Yuen August 18, 2016

    I really like the tinyhomes.  How much would it cost to double it in size like 600 sqft?  I really like the coupld layout tinyhome and can we add on to the home if we want to renovate it cause if my wife and I have children, I really would like a home that could be expandable.

  7. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael Boyink August 19, 2016

    RIchard - we only toured the house, we don’t build them. You’d have to talk to the Texzen Tiny House folks for details. A link to their site is in the article.

  8. Picture of Leslie RobertsLeslie Roberts August 17, 2017

    I would like a price for the double loft model.

  9. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael Boyink August 17, 2017

    Leslie - we just toured the tiny houses. We are not the manufacturer of them.

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