Jessica Helgerson and Yianni Doulis purchased this gem of a tiny house back in 2008 with the intent of living in it full-time with their two small children. The tiny house sits on a five-acres of land on Sauvie Island which is about 15 minutes north of Portland.

The house was remodeled with reclaimed materials and now serves it’s fourth role since it was built in the early 1940’s. The homes original use was to house shipyard workers that worked in the local area. When the area flooded in 1948 the house was floated down river to Sauvie Island where it became a goose-neck station. After that it became a rental house and now a tiny house for four.

Jessica and Yianni’s small home only has a footprint of 540 square feet and has a green roof for added insulation.

The layout of the house is simple and clean and allows lots of light to pour in from the windows that meet with the floor. The sleeping loft accommodates Jessica and Yianni while the children’s room has two bunk beds and a full bed for guests.

The built-in sofas have storage space underneath them to store the children’s toys. The built-in wall behind the sofas is used to store book and other miscellaneous items.

The interior is lined with reclaimed wood siding, the majority of which came from one of the barns that sits on the property.

The children’s room has two bunk beds with storage underneath them and a pull-out closet for easy access to clothes. The room also has a full bed (not pictured) to accommodate guests sleeping over.

Jessica and Yianni have also committed to being mostly self-sufficient with their family’s food. They built a 1,200 greenhouse the first year they moved to the property. Inside they grow vegetables, berries and fruit. They also raise chickens, keep bees and make cheese from the milk of their neighbor’s goats and cows.

Most weekends the couple invites lots of family and friends to their home to enjoy life outside the city for the day or the weekend.

Photos by Lincoln Barbour. If you would like to learn more about Jessica Helgerson’s interior design, you can visit her website at

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  1. Jean Greenfield

    Hello, can you have horses? What’s your asking price?

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