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  • Perry pronounces Eric’s name wrong…

  • Eric tells the story of how The Firebird came to be

  • We get an oral tour of the tiny house’s layout - no crawling or awkward climbing - including a full-length two story space, and four separate, independent spaces

  • We discover that Eric’s grandfather heavily influences Eric’s design sense and creative expression

  • Host Perry gets to the cost and efficiencies (or not) of using recycled materials including folded road signs, live edge walnut tables, industrial ladders and more

  • We run into technical difficulties!

  • Michelle asks the easiest question ever!

  • Eric’s design philosophy: Mistakes are MANDATORY and chance favors the prepared mind

  • Eric fascinates us with his build process - and scares the beJesus out of our host Michelle



Eric Bohne, Metalwood Salvage, Tiny House Builder

(Above) Eric regaling us with his wisdom in the Thunderbird’s dining area.


Some pics of the Firebird tiny house by Eric Bohne:

Iconic logo for tiny house Firebird by Eric Bohne(Above) The iconic logo


Straight from the car, Firebird, Tiny House, Eric Bohne

(Above) Nice touch

Tiny House Firebird, Eric Bohne, second floor

(Above) The masterful mezzanine. We’ve not seen this treatment in a tiny house before. This walkway allows full upright walking along the second floor, which stretched the entire length of the Firebird. Along with the massive industrial steps (two pics Below), it revolutionizes how “lofts” function.

Excellent shot at the industrial stairway

Another shot of the industrial stairway

Tiny House with a tiny bar

(Above) The second floor incorporates a media room with TV and funky-ass 8 Track tape player. Oh, and a bar for enjoying the game....or the ballet. Whatever suits your tiny tastes.

Media Center. Tiny House, 8-trak tape player. Bad Ass.

(Below two pics) A nifty trick: A clothes closet on a hanging shelf allows the entire unit to move. Eric said he didn’t want anyone to have to bend over in the Firebird. From the mezzanine, you can grab your clothes and dress, in style...and comfort. Just pull it towards you and you’re set.

Great shot of the mezzanine in the Firebird tiny house by Eric Bohne

Closet on a hanging rail allows it to move towards the occupant

Even the ghosts are considered in the Firebird tiny house by Eric Bohne

(Above) nice touch for welcoming the undead. (Below) opposite the media room and closet you find the bed. No need to crawl in, the mezzanine allows for easy entry and exit. Lots of windows too!

Access to the second floor bedroom. No stooping required

(Photos Below) Creative towel hooks in the bathroom: repurposed screwdrivers. Also, a mailbox installed for magazines. The hooks and mailbox are installed in a knock-out in the sliding bathroom door, which gives the bathroom an added feeling of volume with the door closed. Clever.


Another beautiful re-use idea: a road sign bent to form the shower pan.

Repurposed screw drivers in the Firebird tiny house by Eric Bohne

Repurposed mailbox in the Firebird tiny house by Eric Bohne

Bathroom door knock out. Firebird by Eric Bohne

Genius: repurposed road sign for the shower pan in the Firebird tiny house by Eric Bohne

(Below) Old Radio Flyers used as towel shelving above the toilet. Unfortunately, no innovation for the plunger :-)

Old becomes new: Radio Flyer wagons repurposed into towel racks in the Firebird by Eric Bohne


(Below) The kitchen efficiently placed under the mezzanine and another great view of the stairway. All needs in place.


The Firebird kitchen by Eric Bohne

Better shot of the kitchen and stairs (and Perry’s book bag....jeez). Eric Bohne

(Below) Odds and ends add to the Firebird aesthetic.

Old data entry machine in the Firebird tiny house by Eric Bohne

A vintage spice rack in the Firebird tiny house by Eric Bohne

Iconic light fixture in the Firebird tiny house by Eric Bohne


Eric’s other thang: http://www.metalwoodsalvage.com

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Originally aired over 4 years ago.


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