Hikari Box


This light-filled tiny house is a beauty. Plans available in digital format only.


The Hikari Box Tiny House is a modern tiny house design for a spacious and light-filled home with a relatively simple construction process. At 24 feet long, it has 184 square feet on the ground floor, with one 79 square foot loft for a queen bed and one 23 square foot loft for storage or a twin bed. A staircase leads to the queen loft with storage underneath inspired by Japanese step tansu chests, and there’s ample storage in the kitchen as well.

Shelter Wise considers this the easiest tiny house they’ve ever built. Professional builders should find it simple to construct, and DIYers will benefit from some of the simplified construction details. The standing seam metal shed roof cuts out many complicated details common with gable or curved roofs, all the plumbing is located in one corner to avoid running plumbing pipes all over the house, and the tank-less water heater is mounted inside the wall for a clean installation process.

Fourteen windows and two skylights give the house its name — hikari is Japanese for “light-filled” — and make the house bright and sunny without sacrificing energy efficiency. In fact, this design includes unique details for one of the most energy-efficient tiny house floors you’ll find anywhere.

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