Tiny House Update: The Third Floor After a Year

11/07/2016 10:46:00 PM

This is a much long overdue update about the Tiny House. I know I would be so annoyed if I followed this story and never got to see what happened. It's like watching a movie and then boom, blackout! You didn't get to see the ending. So here I am posting the ending one year later. But this isn't an ending, it's actually the beginning of all the decorating this house is gonna get. In that one year that we've been here, there's not much decorating besides the stairway frame gallery and the one above the sofa, which isn't even final. I'll update as we go, but for now, here's our main living space today.
Brick walls, loft living room, high ceiling, wall of windows, vintage living room

Before showing you all the update, lets do a little recap so everything will make more sense. On this post here, I showed the plans for the house. Basically, we did 3 floors plus a loft. First floor right now is a storage area, second floor is our bedroom / dressing area / main bathroom, and third floor is our main living space. 

Some changes we're made to the plans (kitchen/fridge area) but you get the gist, that's where we spend most of our time. At one point, we even sleep there and totally ignored the bedroom, haha. We did the inverted layout (meaning bedroom is in a lower level, living space higher up) since we wanted to take advantage of the high ceilings the loft would give the third floor. It really did make the space looks so much bigger than it really is. 

I threw in a few construction photos just to show you the progress this house made. Look! -- no walls and floors!

Here's our house today. Much cleaner version of our house that is. :) Love the look of the sofa but it hurts Yuseff's back after prolonged seating so that might be changed sometime in the future. We also had a bench custom made for the window wall since we have a lot of friends and family that come over once in a while. It also serves as one of our "bed" when we did decide to sleep here. Hehe
Brick walls, loft living room, high ceiling, wall of windows, vintage living room, navy blue walls, wrought iron chandelier

The frames behind the sofa will receive an update but I'm still not sure what kind. I'm not 100% satisfied with them but for now, it's okay, and better than none at all. Definitely not all white. Something a little more organic. But I love the photos in there so thats what counts right? The throw pillows we already have, good thing I'm into the mis-matched look. Haha...
Brick walls, loft living room, high ceiling, wall of windows, vintage living room, navy blue walls

Another construction shot with me in it. I remember this moment and I was all so excited that the house is coming to life!

Here's the house now at almost the same angle. I love all our windows but it's too difficult to take a decent shot. All you'll see through out this post are glare! Haha.. But I'm not complaining, I love all the light we get in here. Never need to open up a single light during the day. 
Brick walls, loft living room, high ceiling, wall of windows, vintage living room

Here you can see our tv wall that I still have no idea what to do. It also has our aircon, so I just put an artwork in there to make it a little more finished. But it definitely is not. Haha..  It's a big tv for such a small space and we love it. Movie nights are great. Though movie days are not because, glare.  Maybe we'll add roller shades in here someday. But those are expensive so that will be a further someday. The printer is there temporarily until we finish setting up the office. Another someday, but hopefully a little sooner. 
Brick walls, loft living room, high ceiling, wall of windows, vintage living room, wrought iron chandelier, navy blue walls

WINDOWS!!! We're not short on those. And the good thing about these windows are the view. We live in the middle of the city but since we're higher up, all we see are trees, which is amazing. I'm hoping that our neighbors never cut those. The coffee table are from Yuseff's grandparent's old home in Masbate. 
Brick walls, loft living room, high ceiling, wall of windows, vintage living room, wrought iron chandelier, navy blue walls

The other side of the third floor. This side has the kitchen, dining space, and powder room (behind the black door). 
navy blue walls, loft small kitchen, tiny kitchen, vintage room

Dining table was bought from Mandaue foam, but the design is based from Ikea's Norden Gateleg table. I'm not in love with the look, but it's super functional. We can close it up if we need more space, but it's open most of the time. Plus, storage! We'll probably refinish it down the line. Chairs are all vintage that we had collected even before we built the house. The wall beside the table is our future garden wall. I would love to have shelves with tons of plants in there! I think it will be gorgeous. :) 
navy blue walls, norden table, gallery wall, small dining space, loft table

This is the kitchen that we rarely use. Haha.. We mostly eat at our cafe, but we have a few snacks in here. :) I'm planning to fully utilize this sometime soon. We don't have a traditional stove, just an induction cooker that we can keep when not in use. Definitely not a chef's kitchen, but it does the job. 
navy blue walls, loft small kitchen, tiny kitchen, vintage room, white subway tiles, vintage kitchen, gallery walls

I didn't bother to style the shelves, nor the counter. Actually, didn't style anything for this photos. I just clean up our crap, and shoot. Hehe.. We have adequate storage for now, but if in the future we need more, we can easily add a pantry under the stairs to the loft (right side of the fridge).
navy blue walls, loft small kitchen, tiny kitchen, vintage room, white subway tiles, vintage kitchen

Here's our view looking up at the loft...

Here it is today. I'll share more about the loft on a future post. It was supposed to be a shared office so initially it was mostly black with one pale pink wall. But at one point, we decided that Yuseff will get the first floor, and I can use the loft as my office. Which obviously means it should be painted all pink right? Don't worry, it's not a bright or bubblegum pink, just a pale peachy pink. That's what I told Yuseff so I could get my way. Haha
navy blue walls, loft small kitchen, tiny kitchen, vintage room, white subway tiles, vintage kitchen, gallery walls

So that's our space in one year of living here. Once in a while, we'd still stop and stare and feel grateful that we have this, dare I say, beautiful home to call our own. We created it together, which makes it a lot more special going home here every day. It's not perfect, I'd love to have a bigger kitchen (and I'm a terrible cook which is ironic!), or a yard for dogs. I love dogs. But it's perfect for us now, and would hopefully last us a lot of years. It's also great that we're near our families, his family is literally just next door, and mine is a 10-minute drive away. We're clingy that way. Haha.. 

Anyway, I'm closing this post lying here at our sofa, looking around at our now messy space, smiling like a fool. Not relevant, just letting you know... Haha. Are you home now? What do you see? Are you living at your dream home or still dreaming about it? Whatever it is, smile, you have a roof over you head. :)


  1. The view of the loft is really gorgeous!

  2. Hello there from Greece. Right now i am sitting in my own living room looking outside at a rainy but not cold day. I just love your style and your home

  3. We'll love to see your powder room too. ��

    1. Yes I'll share those too once I got a better cam. Right now I can't shoot it properly since it's so small. :)

  4. I like how you close your writings. 😊

    I'm still at the point of dreaming a bigger house. But yes I agree since we also build/renovated our little house (with my husband) I'm also a happy wife dreaming, planning, and decorating our little space 😂

  5. My random searches just brought me here and suddenly, I felt compelled to read the complete timeline of your house 😃 I enjoyed reading how you documented the planning, construction to the decoration of your abode. Your pleasant and down-to-earth personality simply radiates through your works. Keep doing what you love doing. It was worth every minute of my time reading this page ❤❤❤

  6. I love your tiny house! Your fridge is so cute. May I know where did you bought it?

  7. Hi Elle. I really, really like your aesthetics, your style, your approach to storage solutions. It’s such a relief that a young person like you, right here in the metro is actually doing this since I’ve seen those in foreign videos which I have been obsessed with for years. I’m a big fan of tiny houses and really want to have one when the finances allow but I have tons of stuff over the years that would really hurt to part with so I guess I need storage all around of ever I’ll have a new tiny house.
    So having “discovered” your videos (Jurassic as I am on technology good thing I have kind people who would show me what to do with google or you tube or just a few months ago, Facebook) is kinda like a blessing because I felt an instant connection to your creative ideas. As in, I have the ideas but lacking in creative execution. So now, when our finances allow, I will surely find a way to contact you. My next worry is, can I afford your services?
    Meantime, I’ve subscribed to your YouTube channel (is that what you call the slots where your videos appear? Haha. sorry, I seriously don't know if channel is the right word) and will always look forward to watching your features especially on small spaces or really tiny spaces with lots of great storage ideas.
    God bless you and your family and hope to meet you someday (soon, I pray ��).

  8. Hi Elle,
    I'm looking for inspiration for our house that will be built on the 3rd floor of our apartment. I'm thinking of just wood and galvanized steel. When I saw your blog, I knew we could pull it off. Thank you so much for sharing.


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