Under a canopy of towering pines and hardwoods, within the City of Thomas, West Virginia, will sit Understory, a Tiny Home Inn.

Embracing the tiny-living and off-grid movements, Understory serves as a muse to those with an inherent curiosity for regenerative housing.

Each space will showcase that comfort does not require scale, that function is style, and renewable energy is a viable path for living well.

The Plan

Understory will be a cluster of “tiny home” getaways tucked into a forested hillside above the historic town of Thomas, West Virginia.

Built by Supply & Labor, Understory will offer six variations of stand-alone tiny spaces for travel stay. Each unique structure, with its inspired and curious appointments, will explore earth-building processes, reclaimed materials, off-grid technologies and the natural qualities of the site it is built on. Each home will include a bathroom, kitchen, living area, and ample storage to accommodate two to four habitants.

Guests and community members can expect to see a woodland landscape that carefully integrates the small dwellings & common areas. Once complete there will be a hammock lounge, community kitchen & dining area, treehouse perch, and a heated spring fed soaking pool.


Inspired by local talent, the welcoming community, rich history and the ecology of the neighboring Monongahela National Forest, Understory is lucky to call Thomas, West Virginia – a mountain town that is rebuilding and redefining life in rural America – home.

Just three blocks from Front Street (the main drag in Thomas), guests can easily walk from their wooded retreat to the amenities downtown Thomas has to offer- live music, art studios, galleries, an independent coffee shop and cocktail bar, shops, cafes and a microbrewery.


Understory is approved by the City of Thomas, but still in the conceptual stage. Understory is currently under construction.   

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