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Orcas Island Cabin made from hand-milled local lumber

We’ve seen some wonderful cabins from Washington’s San Juan Islands, and now we’ll have to add this 610-square-footer on Orcas to our list of favorites. Constructed from hand-milled, 100% local lumber and insulated with (presumably nonlocal) denim, it’s located on the highest point of a secluded forested hill but is only a block away from town and the beach.

The cabin is currently for sale by Sotheby’s for $440,000. (If that seems a little pricey, just think back to the $1.8 million Prentiss Architects Eagle Point Cabin on nearby San Juan and count – well, your blessings; the San Juan Islands obviously aren’t the place to be counting your pennies.)

Tall windows in front give a view of the water through the trees.

The interior is very open, and can be made even more so by opening up the sliding wooden doors to the bathroom and bedroom.

Huge as the farmhouse sink is, there doesn’t actually seem to be much provision for cooking here, which suggests that this would be more suitable as a vacation home than a full-time residence.

Even if you might need to call in a caterer, there’s certainly ample space for entertaining.

The bathroom has its own sink, as well as a lovely claw-foot tub which you can also shower in.

We thought it was bad luck to leave a hat on the bed?

h/t Curbed

Apr 5, 2017 / by / in
Two trailers sandwich a mini-courtyard in the innovative Ohana

A house divided against itself? Despite appearances, this Oregon structure is composed of two trailers joined together, not one split apart, and it’s standing just fine. Credit for the build goes to Tiny House Nation and Canadian firm Sunspace Sunrooms, who were responsible for the covered porch in the middle. It’s an interesting idea that effectively fits a courtyard-like area, semi-outdoors but still private, into a very small house. The trailers themselves hold the more conventional spaces – living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom – and will be home to a family of four.

Feb 18, 2017 / by / in
Tiny House Nation’s downsized Gothic castle

Here’s an interesting Tiny House Nation project: a faux stone sided home built for a Tennessee family of three in collaboration with local outfit Triple B Construction. The couple was going for a gothic castle look, but as it turned out that didn’t entirely fit into 480 square feet – or their budget – so what they got ended up looking more like an old country church. Still kind of goth, if not gothic, with a nicely atmospheric interior highlighted by a central staircase going up to one of the loft bedrooms.

Feb 18, 2017 / by / in
Neon Deion downsizes in Tiny House Nation’s most luxurious build ever

During his NFL career, Deion Sanders won two Super Bowls and set the record for non-offensive touchdowns. Now he’s probably set some kind of record for downsizing, going from 29,000 square feet to just 600 in this Texas luxury cabin built by John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin of Tiny House Nation. “Prime Time” and his longtime girlfriend Tracey Edmonds designed it together with the Tiny House Nation crew and plan to use it as a private retreat for getting away from it all.

The porch offers another 600 square feet of covered space.

The living room, decorated in the couple’s favorite colors of red, black and grey, focuses on a chimney holding a huge flat screen TV above the fireplace.

Neither Deion nor Tracey does much cooking, so they asked John & Zack to deprioritize the kitchen. (Personally, we’d love to have our kitchen deprioritized like this!)

“Skimping” on kitchen space did leave room for a big bathroom with dual sinks and an open shower stall with multiple shower heads.

The bedroom is simple, sophisticated and spacious.

The roof deck gives Tracey a beautiful place to practice yoga, and it’s also an outdoor movie theater: The awning folds down to become a screen for a projector hidden in the chimney.

For more tiny houses of the rich & famous, have a look at country star Dierks Bentley’s Airstream or MLB pitcher Daniel Norris’s VW van.

Feb 6, 2017 / by / in
Wind River focus their talent for design on an open plan foundation house

Wind River Tiny Homes are best known for their highly individualized THOW designs, such as the Rook and the Chimera, but they also do foundation houses for those lucky enough to live in the Chattanooga area. They call this one the Urban Micro Home (at 650 square feet, we’d normally call it ‘small’). If you like it, there are two ways to get one even if you aren’t near Chattanooga: have Wind River build you a 396-square-foot mini version on a skid, or order soon-to-be-available plans.

On the bright and sunny main floor, a full kitchen with bar-style seating and a stylish range hood shares space with an open living area.

There’s a private home office off to one side.

The bedroom at the top of the stairs looks out through huge windows over a covered porch.

Jan 23, 2017 / by / in
Aneides’ cozy Carolina holds a home office, massive storage & a bathtub in just 24 feet

Aneides Tiny Homes is a new Asheville, North Carolina, company founded by Greg Sours, a second-generation homebuilder from the Shenandoah Valley. This is their first build, the 192-square-foot Carolina.

The floor plan emphasizes storage space over leg room – there are two large closets, plus storage in the stairs and under the couch – and the dark stained wood contributes to the cozy feeling. If you’d prefer things a little lighter, Aneides has also done a similarly laid out but slightly smaller house called the Shaker using blonde wood to brighten up the interior.

The kitchen has a big U-shaped counter and appliances built into an impressive bank of cabinets.

Beyond it is the surprisingly large bathroom, which has a full-sized bathtub and (again) lots of cabinet space.

Greg even managed to fit in a perfectly respectable home office!

At the top of the stairs there’s a sleeping loft with a queen bed; it’s kept semi-private by a low wall that holds a 32-inch flat screen TV. In the ceiling above the bed is a hatch that can be opened for ventilation or stargazing.

No word on how much a finished home sells for, but you can buy the complete blueprints for $350.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Jan 20, 2017 / by / in
Kvale Hytte: a tiny house for Microsoft millionaires

At 1,000 square feet, the Kvale Hytte cottage is bigger than most of the houses we feature here – and at well over half a million dollars when it sold in 2015, it’s the most expensive we’ve ever looked at. Now, lovely and luxurious as it is (and don’t worry, we’ll get to the photos soon), the high valuation owes at least as much to the location as it does to the building. This is on a private lot inside Conover Commons Cottages, an exclusive community of similar homes surrounded by five acres of protected woodland between Kirkland and Redmond, Washington. Locals confirm that the price isn’t out of line for that area, and developer The Cottage Company had no trouble selling every unit when they completed the cottages back in 2004. (You can sign up here to be notified when any come on the market.)

Surrounded by an old-fashioned split-rail fence, the Kvale Hytte floats among the flowers and trees of a lush garden landscape.

There’s a large covered front porch from which to enjoy the pleasant views.

The expansive main room is opened up even more by a sky-high ceiling and lots of natural light.

Off to the side is a big kitchen with both a bar island and a breakfast nook.

The master bedroom looks out onto the woods in back.

Upstairs, you pass a study desk on your way to a guest/kids’ bedroom.

There’s a smaller back porch as well.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Jan 19, 2017 / by / in
See how Earthship concepts gave this CA couple a beautiful, passive home for under $10K

Taylor and Steph’s 560-square-foot DIY home is an Earthship – i.e., it’s based on the principles espoused by architect Mike Reynolds of Earthship Biotecture, chiefly passive heating/cooling and use of reclaimed/recycled materials in construction. The couple spent a year familiarizing themselves with Earthship concepts and techniques before starting the build on lent land in the in the Santa Cruz Mountains, living in a yurt during the year it took to gather all the materials and put up the house.

It’s set into a south-facing hillside, so the east, west, and north walls are buried for better thermal performance and the floor’s actually dirt (sealed with hemp oil).

Of course, the south wall is mostly windows.

The wood is all redwood, mostly from old barns and fences, although Taylor and Steph did harvest a couple of live trees from the property for posts and beams.

Whatever the source, it’s a beautiful wood, and a perfect embodiment of the rustic California coast style they were aiming for.

Everything else was either free, found or secondhand, so they were able to complete the build for under $10,000.


Having lived in the house for three years now, Taylor and Steph are preparing to publish a photobook about their experiences with Earthship construction and living – $35 will reserve your copy on Kickstarter.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Jan 15, 2017 / by / in
Room at the top: Kilimanjaro emphasizes loft (and kitchen) space

When we took a look at the Castle Peak, an early build from fledging West Coast outfit Tiny Mountain Houses, last year, we mentioned that they were in the process of creating a couple of additional models. In fact they now offer over a dozen different designs, although most of them haven’t matured to finished builds just yet. Here’s one that has, the Mt. Kilimanjaro, which continues the Pereyra family tradition of functional affordability in a 196-square-foot package with a base price of $55,940 (with some upgrades, the one in the pictures was $66,565). A big central kitchen with standard apartment-sized appliances occupies fully half of the 24-foot THOW’s length; it’s divided from the smaller living area just inside the entry door by a bar counter that also serves as the dining table. The bathroom is complete with a sink, toilet, 36-inch shower stall, and even a washer/dryer combo – but as it’s less than six feet deep, that means there’s next to no elbow room inside. (Or space to take decent photos, for that matter; please excuse the lack thereof.) The loft, on the other hand, is really pretty large, extending all the way over the kitchen and adding over 130 square feet of additional floor space. It’s accessed via a ladder that leads up to a square cut-out in the middle, and has a generous 48 inches of headroom.







h/t Tiny House Talk

Dec 3, 2016 / by / in
A thoroughly unique alleyway living space for a family of six

A very unusual site calls for a very innovative design, and Beijing firm B.L.U.E Architecture certainly rose to the occasion when confronted with a narrow L-shaped hutong (basically an alleyway) that a family of six was planning to call home. They had about 460 square feet to work with, hardly enormous even by tiny house standards, but as they weren’t limited by height they were able to put the children’s bedrooms – and even a carpeted play area– on a loft level running the length of the house. The play area has a safety netting, but the bedrooms are separated from the hallway below by shelves that provide privacy, safety and storage space all at once. The master bedroom, bathroom, living room and study nook are set into cubbies under the loft, while the kitchen’s off at one end by itself. The hallway is open to allow easy access to any of them, but it can be blocked off by pull-out dividers as desired. During mealtimes, the dining table and seats fold out into the corner of the L.


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h/t Curbed

Nov 29, 2016 / by / in