If there was a contest for tiny house design, this Out of the Valley creation by British builder and furniture maker Rupert McKelvie might win in the category of “most stunning interior architecture.” This example combines old-fashioned wood joinery and very modern lines, while preserving lots of open space. And check out the cathedral ceiling -- wow!

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The interior reveals McKelvie's carpentry past, which includes a stint as a boat builder. The place has obviously been designed by a perfectionist and built by a master craftsman.

McKelvie and his team even went out of their way to burnish the exterior siding, which is a techniques of applying a hot flame to the wood to create a gray antique look. It sets up well with the six tall windows that make up the front of the house. But it also looks like McKelvie has created a very smart house dressed in a gray suit. Let's take a look.


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A bit dour from a distance, the house looks fresher up close, with the clean, gray lines of the siding and the very useful front windows, allowing for a very wide front door that lets in lots of light.

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Let's go inside.

While the ceiling is stunning, the floor is also very attractive. All those natural wood tones show up beautifully in the natural light. On the left is the kitchen, which features clean, sharp lines and where a cook can go to work without feeling crowded.

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From the loft above (which could be for storage or a spare mattress), you can see the big downstairs area, including the wood stove and the dining table, which has a built in bench against the wall. The wainscoting helps give the room extra definition.

But it's the ceiling that grabs you. The steep roof and the old fashioned joinery are very appealing, but the best is yet to come.

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Without knowing any better, just by looking at this ceiling from the one photo below, you could easily assume this was part of a huge building. 

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This is an really spacious dining area for a tiny house – and there's tons of extra room to spare.  

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The lost art of house-beam joinery. This post is so beautiful, why would you hide it? 

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Okay, remember how dour this house looked up above? The next photo shows you that beauty is sometimes in the eye of the camera lens. That and terrific timing can make this tiny house a standout inside and out.

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