House featured on HGTV on display at State Fair

MINOT -- A Minot builder's take on the tiny house trend will be on display - and for sale - at the North Dakota State Fair.The HGTV show "Tiny House, Big Living" recently featured a tiny house designed and built in Minot that is particularly uniq...

Jim Nelson, builder of a tiny house recently featured on HGTV, will display the tilting cabin at the upcoming North Dakota State Fair in Minot. (Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service)
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MINOT - A Minot builder’s take on the tiny house trend will be on display – and for sale – at the North Dakota State Fair.
The HGTV show “Tiny House, Big Living” recently featured a tiny house designed and built in Minot that is particularly unique because the vertical structure can tilt to be transported horizontally.
“This is one of a kind and we’re working on the second one right now,” said builder Jim Nelson, who operates Bridgewater LLC in Minot. “It’s about as small as you’ll see one. It’s pretty tiny.”
Inspiration for the prototype came from a hunting tower.
“We thought how cool would it be to create a little house that you could stay in during hunting season, come back down to the main level and live and then move it around as you wanted to?” Nelson said.
The 128-square-foot house is designed to either connect with water and electrical sources, or be off grid with solar power and a water holding tank.
The main floor features a tiny kitchen with miniature appliances and a shelf that pulls out for a table. A barn-style door that slides behind the stairway hides a small dry-flush toilet and 24-inch shower.
Narrow stairs lead up to the second level, which has couches that fold, a pull-out TV, a full-sized murphy bed and tiny closet built into the wall.
“We tried to utilize every single inch of it that we could,” Nelson said.
An exterior stairway leads to a rooftop deck, which is Nelson’s favorite feature of the house.
“It really gives you a different perspective on nature and the surrounding terrain,” Nelson said.
The tiny house will be on display during the State Fair and for sale for $39,000.
Eric Lundmark, who also worked on the design and construction, said his favorite aspects of the tiny house are the finishing touches, which include cedar trim and weathering steel exterior metal that give it a rustic look.
Nelson and Lundmark also plan to display a fiberglass prototype at the fair, and they also have a lighthouse or fire lookout design they’d like to construct. Photos and more information about the structures are available at their website, .
Nelson said he thinks the tiny house would be an ideal guest house. But Nelson doesn’t think he could embrace the tiny house trend for full-time living.
“I think it’d be a little claustrophobic myself,” Nelson said.

State fair starts July 22
The North Dakota State Fair runs July 22-30 at the State Fair Center in Minot.
Concerts include Fall Out Boy on July 22, Kenny Chesney on July 28, Jake Owen on July 29 and KISS on July 30, as well as others.
Other grandstand entertainment includes the Enduro Race on July 25 and a Monster Truck rally on July 26. NPRA championship bull riding is scheduled for July 25 and July 26.
For a complete listing of fair events, visit . Gate admission, which does not include grandstand entertainment, is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 7-12.

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