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392 Sq. Ft. ESCAPE Cabin

If you’re into tiny houses but even 8′ x 30′ feels like it’d be too tight then you’ll probably like this 392 sq. ft. ESCAPE cabin.


It’s 28′ x 14′ so plenty of extra space compared to most tiny homes on wheels that meet the 8’6″ width standards which is mainly so you can tow your own house without any permits.

The ESCAPE is still portable only you’d have to pay for professional help to move it which is costly so you wouldn’t want to move very often.

ESCAPE Cabin

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For me, I’d only have this moved if I really had to. My plan would be find the right plot of land and leave this there for as long as it can last with proper care/maintenance.

Here, let me show you inside:

How would you like to live mortgage-free in here?

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Don’t miss the floor plan, below…

Price

This model starts at $79,990 for the base model which includes tons of standard features like cedar siding, pine tongue and groove walls inside, kitchen with appliances, and the bathrooms all finished too. Pricey but if you got money instead of time this might be a decent option for you if you’re looking to live simply.

DIY Instead for Less

If you’ve got time to spend then you’d be better off the DIY route as long as you’re willing to put it in the work yourself along with the help of friends and family. Have pizza parties, BBQs, whatever you gotta do to gather help! 😀

Back to the $80k, 392 sq. ft. ESCAPE Cabin: Features, Options and How You Can Stay in One

Standard features include ceiling fans, water heater, recessed lighting, and more.


According to the website, financing is also available even though my belief is that you should probably just save up and buy it out right. But that doesn’t always make the most sense, so do what’s right for you. Just be smart if you get a loan and pay it off early by making extra payments (it’ll save you tons in interest).

Besides the standard features there are a whole bunch of options that you can add on if you ever decided to order an ESCAPE cabin from these folks. This includes features like staining, stone, hardwood floors, heated floors, stackable washer/dryer, and more. Go here for the full list of options.

If you like this cabin enough that you’re thinking about buying it you can actually stay in it first. The ESCAPE is available for rent over at Canoe Bay in Chetek, Wisconsin.

Floor Plan

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Video of the ESCAPE Cabin

Update/Note From the Builder of The ESCAPE Cabin

Hi everybody…I’m the guy who built this thing and perhaps I can clear a few things up. ESCAPE is custom built to the specifications of the buyer…you can choose how “high end” or “low end” you want to go. Different strokes for different folks. Example: You can have simple fiberglass shower or tub/shower. You can even skip the deck and significantly shrink the building. All of this is listed and explained on the website and you can email me at escape@canoebay.com with any questions or comments.

The large wardrobe in the bedroom has numerous drawers for storage and there is a front closet which has a w/d hook-up. Smoke/CO2 detectors are std. In our state you do not need sprinklers.  Also in our State, wood burning fireplaces in something like this are illegal due to fire hazard…code for my property.

ESCAPE qualifies as a Park Model RV which many of you probably know means it is not real property for taxation. However, if you were to enclose the deck even with glass in many jurisdictions this would negate the taxation relief. We use a 30mil clear plastic that works very well.

The walls of the unit are pine with a stain…cedar is an option also.

Thank you for all the comments and please email me as I am old an addled and don’t Facebook.

More Info and Resources

Learn more about the Canoe Bay ESCAPE cabin and how you could buy your own.

Learn more about staying at Canoe Bay in the Escape.

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  • john January 16, 2014, 12:38 pm

    It is pricey…but looks great. Not everyone can do the physical work of constructing a home, so yeah it’s a fair trade…money for labor. The cost per sq. ft. is high with this one, i’d expect premium materials and not simple builders grade for that kind of money, it’s hard to tell just by looks at a finished product.
    The design is outstanding, i could be very happy there.
    The more i ponder it the more i like the idea of having a small parcel of land for even a tiny home, i’ve seen an acre sell for as little as 2500 dollars in some places…a quarter acre lot near or in towns for as little as 5,000. The benefits outweigh the negatives even if your tiny house has wheels. The tax break for a homestead exemption not being the least, which you won’t get with a tiny house that has no address.
    Every traveller needs a home base, so even you gypsys can have a physical address. Proof of residency is required for a lot of things including a drivers license. My recent trip to the state of Florida drivers license office was an eye opener, i had to gather documents for a week and carry it all in with me just to renew my license.
    I would pick a state that has no state income and personal property taxes though, luckily florida does not have either, nor do we have a state vehicle inspection program although that can be good and bad.
    Once you’re living in a tiny home it should be easy to save enough money for a bit of land and have something built there that fits your budget and lifestyle even if it’s just a storage shed and a garage/workshop. You don’t have to build a house on land you buy and with no house theres no need for code enforcement to become involved.

    • comet January 16, 2014, 1:02 pm

      There are plenty of HOUSES going for LESS than this—which come with that fixed address and land AND things like water and electrical hookups. And yes–taxes. I don’t really know WHY some here are so obsessed with the idea that tax per se is EVIL—and no one HATES paying them more than I do! But—In order to have that road to pull this on–SOMEONE has to PAY for it. To build it and maintain it. Who exactly is going to DO this? With what FUNDS? From WHERE?

      It’s pretty but–not something you can just hitch up to the family station wagon and tow. So—either it is going to be sitting on “wheels” somewhere on land some one ELSE is paying taxes on—or it is going to be off the wheels on land–someone owns; either the user or a landlord. Which means it then needs water and septic and a furnace (depending on location) and electric hook up—maybe—Not all of these need to come from a municipal source of course but—

      Drives me NUTS when I read things like Oh go to the library for events or books—well WHO do you think PAYS for libraries? Go to the local college for a class! Again–not paid for by the individual—paid for partly by taxes. Schools roads bridges keeping fallen trees off the highway keeping the bad guys in jail schools safe water—ALL of these are paid for in whole or part by—taxes

      Do some localities deserve such HIGH taxes? Surely NOT. But someone somewhere is going to have to contribute to all of our welfare via—taxes—unless we come up with a BETTER system.

      • Marcia@Frugal Healthy Simple January 16, 2014, 2:45 pm

        I agree with a lot of what you are saying. I am a big fan of the library – but I support it with my property taxes, sales taxes, and private donations.

        That’s why I feel a little weird about the tiny house movement or the living in a vehicle movement. Some part of me really admires that life choice – living simply, within your means, low effect on the environment. On the other hand – there is infrastructure. Heat, electricity, and frankly – sewage. Who pays for your sewage if you are living in an RV? Do you pay to dump somewhere? Should that be free? We have a major homeless problem in my town and I hate the fact that the stairwells in all of the public parking garages smell like urine.

        States that don’t have income taxes get their tax dollars in other ways, I assume. I live in California, I’m taxed like crazy.

      • john January 16, 2014, 5:16 pm

        @Comet-
        Whoa…where’d that come from? I don’t advise anyone skipping out on paying their taxes. Most roads are paid for by fuel taxes, or so the politicians claim.
        Services like 911 emergency, libraries, parks, etc. are paid for by homeowners and the amount is determined by the assessed value of those homes and properties. As a tiny homeowner the goal is living a less expensive, less wasteful life, primarily for financial reasons but there are others. Tiny homeowners should be taxed accordingly, your 3/2 house is going to cost you much more than a 200 sq. ft. home…and rightly so according to every property appraiser in the country and the voters who made it so.
        The number of people who live in tiny homes are so small that even if taxed as land owners they wouldn’t generate enough revenue to pay for a politicians lunch.
        There are many inequities in the tax systems nationwide, such as me having to pay for your kids public school when i don’t have kids of my own. There are so many i can’t list them all here. Still i think it’s worth paying taxes on property, the cost of civilization is one we all must bear.
        @Alex-
        Yes, we’re almost neighbors! Good luck at the License office!

        • Cahow January 17, 2014, 11:10 am

          😀

        • Cahow January 17, 2014, 11:12 am

          John: I had to politely laugh at this statement of yours: “…such as me having to pay for your kids public school when i don’t have kids of my own.”

          Did you ever consider that some childless man felt the same way about YOU when he was paying for YOUR education as a youth? 😉

        • Mladen Sudarevic January 17, 2014, 10:22 pm

          Fuel tax pays for roads. Federal fuel tax is about 18 cents per gallon. This amount hasn’t changed since late 1990’s. Even when this tax was instituted it was not enough to pay for the maintenance of roads, much-less building new ones. Also, I was going to say something about your idea of paying for other people’s kids to go to school but I can see that Cahow already has that covered.

        • Mike July 17, 2014, 1:21 pm

          Fed. tax is 18.4 and they’re mulling over increasing it .12/gallon. State taxes vary, but the avg. is 23.7/gallon and THAT’S what pays the upkeep for the bulk of the roads. (some states run a surplus off that tax and rob it for other projects) States take care of the roads within their boundaries and are reimbursed by the fed. govt. for repairs to the Interstate hwys. The federal gas. tax takes care of something like 95% of the upkeep, tolls and other fees make up the rest.

          So, you think the federal tax isn’t enough to pay for maintenance of the Interstate system? In 2013, the U.S. used 134.51 billion gallons of gasoline. Farm use isn’t taxed, nor is the gas used by govt. vehicles, but those tax exempt items are really just a drop in the bucket…take off 10% and that would more than enough to account for that. Now, do the math and THEN come back and tell me it’s not enough. The Feds make more profit off a gallon of gas than do the oil companies.

          I agree with John – the school tax IS inequitable, esp. for those of us who don’t have children in school (and esp. never had). That said, I don’t mind all that much paying for the education of other people’s kids, it’s just that we’re certainly not getting our money’s worth. That fault lies with the parents, though, not me.

        • Grace September 17, 2016, 3:13 am

          I love the cabin very nice .
          We got a shell from a builder who had a change in his plans. .We turned the 12×25 into modern a tiny guest house project, we transformed it into a Parisian guest house , with a solar generator and propane we live a few yards away in a regular house. Of course we pay to support the schools , teachers, libraries , emergency services, road services and parks and bunch of other stuff. I think if everyone lived in a tiny house and no one paid any taxes we would like a third world country the parks would turn into jungles, and it would be like Mad Max scenario! Lucky that is not going to happen.

          My parents are from a British ruled country and you paid for your children to go to school , and when they were done you stopped paying . My father always felt it made people take responsibility for their actions ,where you used more wisdom , maturity to do some long term planning regarding your family. I guess my dad could not wrap his head around, why would you ever want another man to pay for your children ?
          I don’t know if any system is perfect . But we have some internal issues no doubt, the city we live in has a very large homelessness, and tent cities it is shocking. I think tiny homes could serve this community well and give them a safe place to call home

      • Louise Fierro December 5, 2015, 9:34 am

        You are correct! I have been stationary for most of my life, in different locations and always paid taxes! Two things are inevitable, death and TAXES! Everyone better realize before it’s too late that taxes pay for all our benefits and those who contribute should be the ones to enjoy them, not just everyone who is alive! Contribute! Then enjoy the benefits of community.

    • Alex Pino January 16, 2014, 1:08 pm

      Thanks John loved all your ideas, great to have you here, I’m in FL too by the way

      • Kim Pratt August 11, 2015, 6:01 pm

        I like this cabin, the interior looks nice. I would do the shower, the length of the tub, and I also like an electric fireplace, a lot less maintenance than a traditional fireplace.

        I love the screened in porch, and would love to put a spa in there, some electric outlets, so I can sit out there and work on my laptop. I also would like some space for a desk and printer.

        From the pictures and the floor plan I can’t tell where the entry door is.

    • John February 3, 2014, 1:15 pm

      more the 250 dallors a Sq foot is plain crazy

    • Woogie April 16, 2014, 11:33 am

      You can get used old mobile homes or mobile office for nothing except to move them, put on a roof, outside insulation and siding, put in a new wood or laminate floor, new windows, interior pine siding, new appliances and kitchen cabnets, and add a deck over the tongue for about $30,000, and you have a nice cabin for a fraction of the price, and if you can just do some of these things yourself or help with a handyman, you can save a lot more.

  • dawn January 16, 2014, 12:49 pm

    just beautiful! but pricey thats for sure. i would love to see the plans on this that someone like me could buy and save alot of money doing it myself. 80,000 is just to much for such a small square footage cabin…. might call it a rich man cabin! its beautiful and well made, but just to much for this country girl!

    • Alex Pino January 16, 2014, 1:07 pm

      I hear ya Dawn, it is a lot of cash (About $204/sq ft) and that doesn’t include land. Glad you think it’s beautiful tho!

      • Dave February 27, 2014, 7:35 am

        I too would love to see the plans. Will they be for sale/available any time soon?

        Thanks for this lovely idea by the way.

        • Alex February 27, 2014, 3:33 pm

          Not sure Dave but if it happens I’ll be sure to let you know. Stay in touch here: http://tinyhousenewsletter.com

        • Dave March 2, 2014, 2:27 am

          I will, thanks!

          And, any particular reason why the plans may never be available? (if you don’t mind letting us know of course)

  • Keith G January 16, 2014, 1:35 pm

    The cabin you’re looking at here is more of a $100k cabin, as it says it has some of the customization options – shown with the fireplace, walk-in custom tile shower, heated tile floors and double vanity with granite countertop and designer fixtures, kitchen with optional stainless appliances, stone countertop and designer faucet, bedroom with optional flat screen TV, and likely has the split system A/C as well.

    So what are you really getting for your $100,000? An excellent example of a turn-key vacation home. Quality materials, quality workmanship, all the comforts of home, but in a more compact space. Where you put it is up to you. It’s built to a stringent code (ANSI A119.5) before it ever arrives, so you plop it down on your site (which costs whatever it costs in addition to the $100k), and connect up the services (electric, water, sewer, possibly gas or propane), and you’re up and running. The end result though is probably around $130,000, just an estimate, including a lot for $10k, site prep for $10k and contractor costs of $10k to do the hookups.

    This will appeal to some, but not all. It is not made to be cheap. It’s made to be high quality, small footprint, easy to maintain and care for, and a real pleasure to live in. It looks like they’ve hit the bullseye with all of those aspects, but the price will be out of reach to some.

    • Alex Pino January 16, 2014, 2:52 pm

      Thanks Keith!

    • dan January 16, 2014, 3:53 pm

      Keith, thank you, you are correct…it is not made to be cheap and certainly it’s not for everyone. Plenty of cheap Park RV’s out there to be had. Different strokes for different folks. I appreciate that you see that the quality/cost ratio is very high…I see Alex forgot the porch and all it’s features when he calculated a square foot cost. The porch is not just “stuck on” but has many features including tray ceilings, recessed lighting, ceiling fan etc. My guess is you could strip the thing down, put in cheap, vinyl windows, forget all the trim and overhangs, and the price would be closer to $50 -60k….but there are plenty of those around. Given the number of emails I’m receiving, this thing seems to have hit a note with many. Thanks again.

    • Manley August 15, 2014, 10:10 am

      I have an earth-berm home in the Ozarks (just a few miles from Joplin, MO.) that I would sell for less than the $130,000 price.
      This is a 1600 sq. ft., 5 year old home with two bedrooms, two baths, 2-car attached garage setting on 2 acres of land.

  • Comet January 16, 2014, 1:54 pm

    Gee—I live in a very beautiful corner of the world—the Adirondacks–and for THAT price I will SELL you my house with the extraordinary view of Vermont—about 5 mins away—overlooking Mt Equinox; some of the best motorcycle and sports car drives around. Access to Canada NYC Boston and more within a few hour drive—

    And–
    IT already HAS water septic basement electrical and more. And compared to some areas not too bad taxes. (I said COMPARED to some!!!!) Heck I might even go lower to get me some SouthBound!

    • Comet January 16, 2014, 1:55 pm

      Oh and I forgot the lakes and the ski-ing!

      My bad!

      • Terrie Williams February 28, 2014, 10:34 am

        Hey, Comet, wanna swap? LOL

        For that price I’ll sell this quarter acre with a 28 x 76 2200 sq (living) ft modular home with a huge fireplace, city water, city sewer, city maintained asphalt streets, 3 bdrm/2 full baths, 52″ ceiling fans throughout, tile floors in baths/kitchen/dining rm, carpeting throughout, 16 x 24 back deck, 8 x 12 front porch w/disabled ramp, concrete sidewalk and 2 car driveway, attached carport, 8 x 12 out-building, cyclone fenced perimeter w/fenced section yards (I have giant/large breed dogs) so there is a front yard, back yard and side yard. House is completely skirted and has a water barrier underneath. It also has NO AXLES and NO TONGUES. It cannot be moved from this land. This property has security lighting which I pay a nominal fee for on my electric bill. Utility bills are low because of insulation and personal conservation. Water bill is low because of personal conservation.

        Taxes…..I live in Texas, no income tax but the property taxes, depending on the exemptions one is qualified for, knocks the taxes down significantly. At present, I pay $388.00 PER YEAR on property taxes. That is with 2 exemptions. General Homestead and Disability. Without either, it would be over $1200.00/year. For taxing purposes this home and land is classified as a Class 3 pier and beam HOUSE. Still way lower than a lot of other states I know of. 80K would be a great bargain for someone for this place.

        We bought this monstrosity when both of us were still working and not disabled. But, over time, both of us became disabled and this house is just too much for us to care for properly. We have to reply on friends and family to upkeep this place, which we are very grateful for, but we do not need all this living space, even with 3 giant dogs. The housing market around here is severely depressed and we can’t even give this place away!

        Sorry for the long-windedness and off-topic missive but I would swap or sell this place in the deep south in a heartbeat for that kind of money.

        This cabin is lovely and livable, but way out of our reach as shown. Sans land/maintenance/hookups, etc.

  • LaMar Alexander LaMar January 16, 2014, 2:20 pm

    Nice interior work guys!
    Two of my 14×14 cabins would give you the same room plus a half or full loft would double the space for spare bedrooms and storage.

    $80,000 is not that over priced if it includes all the furnishings and has nice detail and wood work but could be built by the owner a lot cheaper.

    LaMar

  • Dominick Bundy January 16, 2014, 2:23 pm

    WOW! Very nice layout. But it was that screened porch that has sold me on it.

  • KAREN LINCOLN January 16, 2014, 2:34 pm

    I love this, too high price the way it is. I would put in a shower and next to it a stack w/d, hot water on demand. A nice wood burner to heat and a propane wall unit to heat with. Then the front closet can be used for clothes without the w/d in it. Smaller frig, no heated floors but like hardwoods or at least laminate. To bad they couldn’t sell either plans or prefab pieces and then you could finish it yourself.

  • Marcia@Frugal Healthy Simple January 16, 2014, 2:41 pm

    Adorable! Not big enough for my family of four. And $200/ sq foot is actually on the high side, and I live in Coastal Southern California.

  • Pam January 16, 2014, 3:35 pm

    This is exactly the size and type of home I would like for my retirement. It reminds me of the cabins I’ve stayed in at Letchworth State Park in NYS. I love the screened-in porch and the interior layout and the roof line with its deep eaves. While I like the knotty pine ceilings, I would prefer walls that I could paint a light color like a light limey-avocado green to blend in with forest, to break up all the brown wood tones. I don’t need fancy high-end fixtures, just enough room so I don’t feel claustrophobic. 400 square feet seems perfect to me for one person. Guess I’d have to ditch the husband! LOL!

    • Comet January 16, 2014, 4:04 pm

      @PAM—

      Isn’t Letchworth BEEE YUUUU TEEEE FULLLL!!!!!!! We have not stayed in the cabins but they look wonderful. My son lives in Buffalo and we have been saying we should do this when we go visit. And I have the perfect spot picked out if some other family member gets married–the round island area by the gorge—mmmmmhhhhhmmmmm!

      Wasn’t til after sons wedding we discovered that that had been their first choice but for distance—-

      I live in the gorgeous Adirondacks but—other places have great things to see and do also!

  • Comet January 16, 2014, 6:21 pm

    Sorry—was NOT meaning to make this sound like I was “picking” on you! There seems to be a general “tone” on this site of trying to live WITHOUT paying taxes—which I understand–but–as you mentioned—if we ALL don’t “chip in” none of this valuable stuff would get paid for!

    And some have been adamant about NOT owning a piece of land so they DON’T have to pay taxes—but they live on land that SOMEONE is paying taxes on!

    We “laugh” here in the wilderness at the tourists and summer people who decry the use of “FrankinPines” and cell towers but—let it be THEIR car or their kids car that needs a tow—and SEE how fast they scream because we DON’T have cell towers! Which are propped up with–taxes! It took us forever to GET a 911 system and even now people refuse to put house numbers on so the police or fire/squad can FIND them. Not all but—some! And yet–if THEY need help—-they expect that these people can magically appear at the door! And they think that all of the equipment IS paid for by taxes—far from it! Schools are about the only thing almost wholly paid for with tax money other than 911 centers here—and even then it is “helped” by Lottery proceeds. Sad.

    Recently we got a form for a STAR Tax Program–can you believe that the amount is $165,000 cut off to NOT get that exemption? That seems like a fairly decent pay to ME but hey—what do I know! An equal amount of tax is paid here on your “First” acre of land—then your house gets evaluated–the REST of your land is a seperate much cheaper assessment. But then you have Town, County, School and possibly Village taxes—no wonder I wanna move!

    Sorry for wrong impression!

  • Rich January 16, 2014, 8:05 pm

    A really good value (first costs) for this apparent fit/finish and a good example for comparison by anyone planning to build. The plan is outstanding. I am surprised at the 2×4 construction and low r-values.

    Yes, Pam the NYS park system has many examples of cabins that would fit the bill for retirement or first homes (if winterized).

    Tx Comet for your realistic perspective. Unfortunately it is time to pay the piper for those of us in the US. Most do not realize the changes coming our way.

  • Cahow January 17, 2014, 11:17 am

    Wow! There sure is a lot of kerfuffle about this poor house!

    I treat homes like I treat vehicles: pile on what you want for extras and leave the rest at “the dealer”. You don’t want twin sinks, a steam shower or high end appliances? No problem, more for me! LOL I don’t want leather interior, seat warmers or bluetooth in my truck…more for YOU!

    All this discussion about how costly this place is reminds me of people complaining about a TV show…just change the darn channel or don’t buy all the high end items in this home. It’s THAT simple! I don’t see any mustache-twirling villian forcing anyone here to sign on the dotted line. LOL

    • comet January 17, 2014, 12:13 pm

      @CAHOW—

      Dang! Can I have those leather heated seats????? The ONLY thing I “miss” about my jeep was=-==the leather (unheated) seats! CRV does not have leather or heat—sigh.

      And yes exactly—we are all taxed beyond our ability. But–in places like New Hampshire where there is no sales tax and where vehicle insurance is OPTIONAL—the COSTS for that is astronomical! And their REAL ESTATE tax “makes up for the “savings” on retail items. The saying is-=–if you live close enough to make it work–LIVE in Vermont and WORK and SHOP in NH.

      Now–I am in NH a lot and so I do wait to buy some “big” items so as to save a bit. And NO I am not telling the NY tax people I did that! But—when I think of discrepancies like–my motorcycle insurance is about $200 a YEAR and NH bike insurance is at LEAST $800 a year—well—

      And there is ONE thing holding us here in NY—and unless anyone knows a good hit man to take care of the MIL issue—well we are STUCK here for the nonce.

      How does a state like Fla PAY for things like—schools? Now I have heard that Fla schools are not the best–and forgive me if misinformed–but my step sisters went to school there and—lets just say—they were ill-served by their education while I went to top public schools in NJ and when they moved there—they were far behind. Sounds ideal IF you like the place and don’t need a kid educated or home-school. Do they rely on property tax or —well–what ELSE is there? Industry doesn’t seem to be a big “thing” there to my poor knowledge—

      I know SD has a lax sort of system where you can have your car and RV registered and get mail thru a “drop” and save a lot—but here the state is in some ways complicit–they don’t HAVE to provide those “services” for “residents” who don’t actually RESIDE there! But they do get the fees—-

      But it does irk me when I see homes in Queens that sell for FAR more than my very humble abode getting taxed LESS than I am paying. And try–just TRY—to get ANY “services” out here in Cow Country!

      Of course then I remember WHY we moved OUT of NJ—-and I hear my friends cry about THEIR rates there!!!!!!!

  • Jennie K January 17, 2014, 11:20 am

    Looks just about perfect! Love it. Saving this one and pinning it. My husband will love it too. We tend to go for the same style, it seems.

  • alice h January 17, 2014, 12:26 pm

    Oh that porch! Pretty nice place and I could easily live there but I’m not a fan of going through the bedroom to get to the bathroom. Kind of awkward for guests. The private toilet compartment is nice but it would be nicer to just have an entire private bathroom or at least have the toilet and sink accessible from the more public area of the house.

    • bee June 5, 2014, 1:47 am

      if you check the website there is an alternate floor plan with a different bath access …escape cabin…canoe bay…also a bit less expensive options.

  • mark sinclair January 18, 2014, 2:50 am

    as lamar said his 2 cabins would use more of the available footprint with lofts for bedrooms or storage.
    the house is great but it doesnt use up every bit of space as per the usual tiny house because it has the luxury of space so the designer hasnt approached the build in the same way a tiny house builder would its built really as a holiday home.

  • Liane January 18, 2014, 12:09 pm

    Love it! Screened porch is really fine. I saw a plan for this house where the front door has its own outside porch and then into the screened area. Nice transition as a type of “mudroom” area before going into the main house. Storage is lacking but then again isn’t that part of the idea of small living – to do with less, lots less stuff? I love the layout and the finishes (high end is optional.) Beautiful! One level living is big for many seniors. This house is on our short list.

  • Princess Mom January 20, 2014, 4:51 am

    One of the things I most appreciate about this design is that it has an actual bedroom. Not everyone can get up into a sleeping loft, especially as they get older. As our small house will be a retirement house, a design with a sleeping loft just isn’t practical. The Escape is perfect for a retired couple, though.

  • FireflyInTheSky January 31, 2014, 9:29 am

    I’M IN LOVE!!! I can’t afford it, but that doesn’t stop me from drooling! And I totally think it’s worth what it costs. My champagne tastes on a beer budget doesn’t mean the champagne isn’t worth the $. I would die to live in a tiny house with all the luxury items this one boasts – the bathroom alone is swoon-worthy. Plus, the whole thing just looks so inviting.

    I wish there were blueprints for sale for this. That’s where my husband and I are running into some difficulty. Neither of us is the wing-it type. I have gone through lots of free software and lots of graph paper and I still feel like I need help designing just what I want. And I haven’t found any Tiny House floor plans for sale that I like. Building a tiny house is too much a labor of love not to be extremely happy with it. Anyways…

    Gorgeous Tiny House. Love it x a gagillion. 🙂

  • Cathy February 4, 2014, 10:47 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this design. Our family of 5 did some “small house living” a few years ago when we uprooted from our families in Nashville and headed east to the mountainous beauty of Tennessee. On the property was a 19×20 former hay storage building turned “cabin” (a loving referral, it truly is a shack). We made it work until we built our 3 bd, 2 ba home. Our livingroom was larger than 19×20.

    Now we are now empty nesters and back in our cabin. The children have moved out and we are doing some “major” renovations, using reclaimed wood and we will be using ceramic tile since we live in the ceramic tile mecca. We do not aim for this property to ever leave the family. I am enjoying looking at design options to give us some thought on the direction we will be heading when we start moving walls, electric, plumbing and starting over again.

  • Linda Kaye February 13, 2014, 8:47 pm

    My husband and I love this cabin. Yes, bought ready-made it’s pricey. But others have mentioned if you can do it yourself, and you put what you want in it, it can really be a reasonably priced cabin. We live on the side of a mountain in the Ozarks. The site we’re going to build on has a wonderful view. We want to build one for my brother-in-law who will be getting out of prison soon. Maybe not putting all the perks in it as featured here, but using the same design with the screened in porch….won’t he feel like he’s in a mansion! We’re so excited to have found it. Thank you!

    • Alex Pino February 16, 2014, 10:44 am

      That’s awesome Linda. Thanks for sharing! Best wishes to your family.

  • Debi Wong February 27, 2014, 8:43 pm

    Wonderful design! Too small? I have lived in very serviceable apartments this size. Somehow I thought from looking at the floor plan that there is an door to the bathroom from the living room side so you would not have to go through the bedroom, some small modification in layout should not be a problem.

    Pricey? Yes, but the durability and functionality should make this a livable permanent place to live, yes, I’ll take the deluxe model, maybe change the range to a propane range, perhaps a 24 inch 4-burner range to make more counter space available, reduce the refrigerator size to make more storage, and I can imagine a stacked 24″ compact Bosch w/d would fit nicely into the side closet. For a not so full time use maybe one of those combo washer and dryers might work but I understand they take forever to dry.

    Do I need air conditioning? No, probably not where I would locate the unit, but the mini splits are compact and very energy efficient. If you lived in a moderate climate, you could dispense with that system and just use the fireplace to heat the place and ventilate it to cool it. But I would definitely opt for the radiant floors in the bathroom!

    My plan would be to have it parked on my property next to my permanent residence and rent it out during the summer as a nightly rental and move it to my favorite ski area for my use during the winter. I also think it would make a great floating home sans the wheels, all the connections are compatible with most floating home communities.

    I could see financing this as a RV over a 10 year period and being able to have a wonderful mortgage free domicile when I retire.

    Any recommendations and estimates of costs of constructing a concrete pad and connecting it to the utilities?

  • Michael February 27, 2014, 9:28 pm

    All what have been said reagarding pricing seems to me true but it is awesome.
    The kitchen isn’t well planned. The fridge is too far away from the sink and its not designed according to workflow. This shouldn’t happen for that price.

    • LL March 7, 2014, 2:34 am

      Yes, I agree.

      A simple solution could be to just swap the sink and oven locations with each other (that would include shifting the window location to still be in line with the sink of course)

      Thoughts tinyhousetalk people?

  • virginia stanley March 3, 2014, 11:37 am

    Too much obsession with mobility creates too many compromises. This cabin wont be moved much anyway,Its just not worth 80k.
    What is the deal with paying some taxes?So what?
    Simplify-yes.
    Downsize -yes.
    Reject society-no.
    Have a huge mortgage-no,
    This cabin -no

  • Crystal March 5, 2014, 4:07 pm

    To each their own! We are all different and have different ideas and preferences, that’s what makes the world go around! With that being said, I absolutely love everything about it! Can I afford it? No, but if I could I wouldn’t mind paying that price for such a lovely home!

  • Steve Heissler March 6, 2014, 9:15 pm

    I love the design and the look of the craftsmanship of the ESCAPE, but not sure I can justify the cost? Are there cheaper options for the ESCAPE? DIY?

  • Jay March 7, 2014, 2:32 am

    Beautiful little home must say!

    Possible to get some actual inside video footage/walk-through of this? (not just photos, but video with actual people in it, for visual proportioning, etc.)

    ??

    Keep up the excellent work, love your style!

  • Jes March 7, 2014, 2:38 am

    What I’d like to know is the date on this thing.
    When was it first released? Has it been on the market long?

    I am curious to also know why there are no reviews or video footage with actual owners… is it still too new?

    • Princess Mom April 24, 2014, 2:05 pm

      Jes, my husband and I were able to stay in the Escape a couple of weekends ago (April 2014). The builder told us the demand was already much greater than they had planned for (Thanks to Alex!), so they have not had time or need to do much additional marketing for it.

      It’s a beautiful little place, very well thought out with lots of built-in storage, high end finishes, not spacious per se but extremely comfortable. The weekend we were there it rained all day. We felt comfortable hanging out inside for that long, despite the size (and we didn’t even use the gigantic porch). I was having one of my bouts of insomnia that night and really appreciated having the ability to close off the bedroom so I wouldn’t wake my husband with the light and sound from the tv. Bottom Line? We’re saving our pennies for one!

  • Annie April 11, 2014, 12:03 am

    I live in my house 392 sq ft with my daughter – lot is 20×100 – NY – paid $134,000 – taxes 1200 yr -this is my semi ret – down sized after lay off from job – I have no morg – this is my tiny house movement! I can expanded on house , but won’t.- keeping it all simple and cheap.

  • Anon April 14, 2014, 6:20 am

    Living in these tiny homes isn’t healthy. I live in New York in a 300 square foot space. You’ll lose your mind if you’re in one for very long. So maybe as a guest house, but that’s about it. I wouldn’t waste 80k on it. Just get a normal sized home.

  • Patti April 23, 2014, 11:37 pm

    For a vacation home, this is brilliant! I am an owner of two vacation rental homes, and, while one size doesn’t fit all, this really is all a couple could want. There’s a bit of wasted space here, but it adds to the feel of luxury. The fact you have to go through the bedroom to get to the bath is of no concern – you aren’t living there, no guests need to come through. And the bathroom being luxuriously large for the size house is just the ticket for vacationers. The bedroom looks so much larger with the bath open, but it can be closed off as well with double pocket doors. I can just feel myself relaxing looking at that screened porch, and the full size appliances are just what is needed. You don’t want to feel cramped and like you’re roughing it, so keep the large refrigerator – if you’re in the woods, you’ll not want to run to town for groceries or to restaurants, but just relax in this luxurious little cabin in the woods, cooking on your full size range. Having said this, I would turn the kitchen onto the dining wall and have the counter meet the table, and put the frig on the opposite end, there’s not enough counter space even for a vacation home. But, let it be a permanent dwelling, and, a few more changes would be needed. Oddly enough, I’d downsize the stove and the frig, probably re arrange the bath so not as big. I’m speaking from the view point of living on my sailboat because of the recession, so I know I need more space than I’ve got, but I know I could live small, just not as small as a sailboat. Keep the porch, that makes this house! Beautiful, a little pricey, but that can be changed, too, by doing it yourself or having less pricey amenities.

    • Cahow April 24, 2014, 1:16 pm

      I rarely come back to an old blog posting to reply to a comment but YOUR comment, Patti, was SO brilliant and SO well thought out that I just had to applaud you and say that “We’re Birds of a Feather”, you and I! And for anyone that has mentioned the lack of privacy to the loo, if you look at the floor plan, there are pocket doors on either side, in the wall. 😀

      My husband and I have had vacation homes our entire lives together and that was for ONE reason only: to keep our marriage together!!! See, I’m a “Country Mouse” and he’s a “City Mouse” so neither of us would have been able to stay married if one of us became a stroppy old cow and bullied the other person into MY Way or the Highway! So, he puts up with the country and has come to love it and I put up with the city and have also become quite keen on it.

      As you so wisely stated, “One Size Doesn’t Fit All” so for each person that actually OWNS a vacation home, they need to tailor it to:

      a) How do they plan to use it but also,
      b) How OFTEN they plan on using it!
      c) Are you just going as a couple?
      d) Will friends ALWAYS be invited along?
      e) What about kids and what age the kids are?
      f) Will you just be going there from just late Friday or very early Saturday and then leave promptly at noon on Sunday for the drive back?
      g) Or, will you spend most weekends and all holidays at the vacation home you own/rent?

      Also to consider once you get there are:
      a) Will you arrive with a duffel bag of clothes and then immediately book on outta there to visit art galleries, vineyards, festivals?
      b) or, are you planning to Nest In Place and not leave the confines of the land/home once there?
      c) Will you take this time away to go out for every.single.meal. and only bring leftovers back to the home, or
      d) Do you plan to bring coolers full of all the food you’ll need and make every meal possible at the dwelling?

      Additionally, How Far Away is the Nearest Full Service Town with a laundry mat (if you don’t have a washer/drier in the home) and a grocery store/hardware store?

      For our use now, as Empty Nesters with adult children and grandchildren an easy drive away, we personally couldn’t use a home this small because we need additional bedrooms with bunk beds for all the overflow of kith and kin. But, if the kids were far away, this place would be a luxurious hidey-hole for my dear husband and I and we wouldn’t change a thing!

      How we spend time in the country is to arrive with all the downloaded books we allege that we’re going to read and several coolers filled to the brim with food. Then, we hunker “in” and never leave the premises: we sleep how ever much we need/desire, take time to cook our meals slowly and filled with love, and then cozy up to the fire to read from our Kindles. The very last thing I want to do is leave my Paradise to truck to Wal-Mart to buy bread, milk and toilet paper!

      Chicago has ALL the restaurants, fairs, galleries and shindigs that we require so leaving the city and heading to the country is our time to decompress and escape it all. When we finally come back, we’re refreshed and ready to give it our all, again.

      Our first cottage in Galena was very similar to this and I have the fondest of memories of being there. But, it was 3.5 hours away, ONE WAY, so committing at least 7-8 hours of commuting time to that place on the Mississippi River just wasn’t practical once the kids came along.

      I look forward to reading other postings by you, Patti! 😀

      • Patti June 22, 2014, 7:51 pm

        Thanks, Cahow, Yes, I’d say we’re birds of a feather. I so enjoy your thought out comments and especially from an architect’s viewpoint. And especially about bathrooms. I got such a kick out of one of your, I think, recent posts that had comment on composting toilets, you have such an artful way of saying things. I recently posted about living on my boat and the “head” situation there, I think the 914 foot house. We’re empty nesters too with grandkids now arriving each year and, so our 3 bed 2 bath vacation home will be good for them with us in the one next door, that is when we manage to get off living on our boat. We rent both cottages short term for now.

        I do think it’s a wise idea Alex has for posting a nice sampling of rentals that people can try out the Tiny Life before doing their own tiny house or small house. But a week is not going to show you but a tiny snapshot of what life is really like in these small spaces. You can plan your meals with ease in that amount of time, even a month you can do it. Give it permanence, and perspective changes. Or you just plain lose it as stuff is in various places all over the marina, boat, car, storage rental, cottage shed, etc. I will not call my marina friends untruthful about how much they say they want to linerboard, but I know it’s not all it’s cracked up to be! One boat friend said, “It takes three times as long on a boat to do anything.” One magazine article about living aboard asks, “then why, if it’s so idyllic, don’t people keep living on their boats?” Answer, “Because everything is harder to do, you’re crawling into a vee berth or quarter berth, digging down into a refrigerator trying to find things, charging batteries, etc., etc.” I’m thinking this probably applies to tiny house, off grid living as well. But if I had no where to live, I’d be forever grateful if I had a tiny house to live in!

        I like what I’ve learned by living on the boat and in my small vacation cottage – I really can live small, I don’t need all the stuff. And I’ll be far better off without all the debt. That’s what I admire most about the tiny house movement is for some folks it allows them a home without going into debt, it frees others of debt, it teaches us we can live with less stuff, less square footage. I also think it’s awesome the design that goes into these tiny and small spaces to make them functional, beautiful and enjoyable. I am amazed when I think of the design that went into our 500′ cottage, it is actually thoughtfully put together, even though it is an inexpensive 1930’s vacation home in an inexpensive, primarily vacation community. Also my parent’s first home was tiny, one bedroom and two kids moving in. My father added two bedrooms and a bigger kitchen, we had only a shower for a while. They had it all paid in less than 15 years, they were not into owing money. I think it is a wonderful heritage to look back to and I’m glad there is a movement for smaller homes – “afloat”

  • Sharon Deary May 31, 2014, 3:05 pm

    I really like this place. I would rather have the screened in area with maybe a sliding glass door and closed in but windows at the top and wood along the bottom. The other part of the house is wonderful. I would like a double sink and not so high end appliances. It would be wonderful for a single person who doesn’t want to rent a house or an apartment. Could do so many wonderful things around it too.

  • Martha June 26, 2014, 12:46 pm

    I love this house and could imagine myself living very comfortably in it. There are things I would not want or need that could reduce the price, such as TV, fireplace higher-end appliances, full tub, etc. Also, a person who could do some of the work could save in that regard. If you buy something built entirely by someone else the price will be higher – it doesn’t take a degree in rocket science to figure that out. The house and design is beautiful to me.

  • Tom July 18, 2014, 7:42 pm

    this is very high end and great. More and more people are looking into the high end small park model home. even the major manufacturers are offering much higher end park models in the $60-$80K range now. Somebody must be buying them or else they wouldn’t be building them. Near Breckenridge, Co there is an RV park where you own the land and can place a unit like this. There are several homes in the park listed for over $350K. http://www.tigerrunresort.com

  • Tom July 18, 2014, 8:10 pm

    I wanted to get one of these for here in the desert near Palm Springs, Ca, however, it’s a long way to Wisconsin from here for transport. The other concern I had is all the pine wood paneling would not do well in our extremely dry climate. It tends to dry, crack, warp, and shrink. Hardwood floors and bamboo floors don’t do well in the desert either. I ended up buying a park model already built with drywall and on a lot in an RV Resort where you own the land. Dan from Canoe Bay Escape was very helpful and willing to work with me and customize the unit to my budget.
    There just needs to be more RV Resort properties to accomodate units like this. The standard “trailer park” or “camp ground” just doesn’t cut it for most. There are a lot of “baby boomer” retirees who want high end in a small easy to care for package.(and they have the $$ to pay for it) Most baby boomer retirees want to be in a community and not in the boondocks on acreage. He is onto something with the current market trend I am seeing. I wish him well !
    Now we need some people to develop decent park home developments instead of rent the lot at high price places. (with homes crammed on top of one another) We need more spacious lot developments for homes like this with a lot you own and not rent.

    • kristina nadreau December 4, 2015, 9:13 pm

      agree good design, tweek to personal desires, more developed lots with utilities where ownership of the land is possible. I like the idea of an additional cooperatively owned and operated, central gathering space for large parties and a swimming pool for residents. I did see a place like this about 4 years ago somewhere in Oregon which was reasonably priced , it was for seniors only. We ended up in Central America but did seriously consider the places in Oregon.

  • Mila July 19, 2014, 7:07 pm

    80K=mortgage free? In whose world? Certainly not mine. Also, save up and buy it outright? Again–whose world? It’s also more than 200 dollars/sqft… What? It’s cute, but if I have to bust my hump to build a place, it better cost a lot less than that. Yikes. Even if I were a millionaire, I wouldn’t even consider buying this. I’d just have someone come, build me a cute little cabin, and pay the going builders’ rates.

    • jojo August 1, 2015, 1:00 pm

      love your comment, dead on. I think for the size and what it is suppose to be a cabin, much out of the loop of the Idea of tiny house living to me.
      I have saw other finished models bigger and just as nice for less

  • Jeremy V October 18, 2014, 9:36 pm

    Wow for the price you might as well just by yourself a standard house. That price tag kind of defeats the purpose of the small house.

    You can just get a shell constructed and then fill it with your own pieces. You can find great deals on nice pieces at auctions. Windows, stoves, sinks, mirrors. All sorts of great stuff.

  • Matt October 26, 2014, 11:10 am

    I just discovered this and on the website now it states a $57,400 introductory price. Although I browsed the different models I did not find that starting price on any of them.

  • mike November 14, 2014, 5:35 pm

    says $95,000-$138,000 for this model on their site. Not good.

  • mike November 15, 2014, 12:37 pm

    says $95,000-$138,000 for this model on their site.

  • Sheri June 1, 2015, 2:55 pm

    I love the design of this little house–perfect for me and a pet. But I agree with Mila: in my income bracket, it’s not happening soon. If I had $80,000, I’d buy cheap land and an RV until I could build something more off-grid and permanent, AND with stuff I pick up bit by bit. BTW, the rich folks are pretty much tearing down all the old houses and building huge new ones where I live in Louisville, Colorado (because it got ranked the #1 small town in America). It’s sad to see in some ways, but it could be a real boon to someone who wants cheap re-usable materials!! I wish it was me, but I have no place to build (yet).

  • Martha June 1, 2015, 3:02 pm

    The layout of this house looks perfect to me, as do the interior and exterior features. I don’t think it is overpriced at all – many of you could diy for much cheaper, however, there are probably a lot more of us who couldn’t. I think $80k for something this beautiful is not overpriced.

  • Shirlok June 1, 2015, 4:47 pm

    Having read many of the comments, but not all, I have to admit that I think the price is fine. I lived in a part of the country for 56 years that makes this house seem reasonable. I sold a 1272 sq ft house on a 5000 sq ft lot for $570,000. Not a spectacular home by any means, 60 year old tract home in the SF Bay Area. Then I moved to NM for 8 years and bought my 3,000 sf “dream home” on 2 acres for $250k. Too bad it was more of a nightmare. Now Las Vegas, 2 years…1,553 sf on 9,000 sf lot for $141k. I’m 65 and this house is too darn big for me and 3 dogs. I use less than 500 sf of this house. I would sell everything, except dogs and car, to buy and move into this ESCAPE tomorrow! Price is relative!

  • tom lokken June 3, 2015, 12:10 pm

    I have never seen such a ridiculous price – $208 s/f – for what appears to be nothing more than a pine-paneled single-wide. Go jump in your northern lake!

  • jojo August 1, 2015, 12:57 pm

    Yes, I love the excape, just my opinion I think it takes away from the original plan of tiny house living, first the lay out is perfect with the front porch screened in, I would like it a little more simple though, maybe a plain shower and toilet and I like the lighting but it seems there could be cost cut to sell at a lower price for people who like to keep it simple, still cute just not so lavish…………just a opinion

  • Kristina H Nadreau February 3, 2016, 9:14 pm

    This cabin is nicely designed and priced accordingly for the finishes and location. Central heat is good in the midwest, as is A/
    C. I have no objection to paying property taxes as this is about the only means for counties and cities to generate income to support their services. and they are the only units of govt that really provide much for the residents and local citizens. And I really do resent paying for religious zealots to “home school” their children, sucking support away from the public schools. I also dislike paying federal taxes, when most of those revenues do not benefit the citizens of the USA. Most of the federal budget goes to provide salaries and benefits to federal workers (including the elected politicians), who enjoy vastly superior benefits than the rest of us. Then the remainder of our federal tax dollar is invested in the Military killing people (and being killed) with complex equipment in the middle east for ZERO benefit to the people of the USA. If the USA is determined to butt into the problems in the middle east, I suggest that we stop buying oil from them. Terrorists need money to buy guns and explosives. No sell oil, no buy guns! All the political variables aside, there are many affordable options for people who want cheap tiny houses. I have lost all patience with posters who want a $100,000 house for $15,000 and do not want to pay taxes.

  • Roz Knorr March 17, 2016, 9:32 pm

    It’s always funny reading the comments from the Tiny House Fascists that feel that they are the arbiters of what constitutes living smaller and what structures are acceptable for that style of living.

  • Troy D. June 1, 2016, 3:52 pm

    I am currently building a 12 x 28 THOW. That makes it 2 feet narrower than this model, but the same length. As far as costs go, I will have between 35 and 38,000 complete. That is with me doing nearly 100% of the labor. The trailer alone is between $6000 and $7000. Windows will set you back another $3500, assuming at least double pane, low E, argon filled. A metal roof another thousand dollars, so it adds up fast. Cedar siding about $2000.

    This company has a large enclosed warehouse where they build these, and have chosen craftsmen who have many years experience. I’ve been in the building trades for close to 40 years, otherwise I would have been hiring things like electrical and plumbing out, but fortunately I know how to do them. To have a licensed bonded contractor do the work, with insurance, overhead, etc. you better factor on about $60-$75 per hour for labor if they are to keep the doors open.

    I remember reading it takes somewhere between 350 and 400 hours to build a tiny house, and this is larger than normal. So 30,000 in labor does not seem all that far-fetched. At most it’s $10,000 overpriced, but probably more like 5K.

    I think they use things like spray in foam insulation, higher-end appliances, etc. which can certainly bring the cost up.

    If you’re buying a place this big for $30,000, it would pretty much need to be a shell or people would be working for free.

    As to taxes, I built mine on my property, so I could work on in my spare time. As long as utilities were not permanently hooked up to it, the local borough assessor’s considered it a mobile structure, like an RV, and it is not taxable. I do however pay nearly $3000 in property taxes on my main house. My biggest gripe with taxes is overregulation, and overvaluation, not to mention the frivolous use of the funds and high salaries. Probably a topic best left for another discussion though.

    I would say to people that you are not a victim when it comes to these houses, you have choices. Actually, lots of choices. You want to build a house in your spare time from craigslist supplies– you can do it really cheap. You want to go high spec, premium quality materials, well… definitely more expensive. Do you need 180 ft.² or or 400 ft.², choices.

    Ultimately, when you’re place is done you’ll be mortgage free for the rest of your life. I would say that freedom is just about priceless, but of course that freedom is a choice too!

    Good luck folks!

  • Sandy June 28, 2017, 5:48 pm

    To those of you that keep commenting on how expense per sf this cabin is, I guess you don’t live on the west coast. I live in a small suburb on the I-5 corridor about an hour out of Seattle and a smaller rambler will run you about $406/sf – No kidding! So this place seems like a steal to me. I think it’s absolutely beautiful and the only addition I would make is additional storm window inserts for the porch that could be installed for comfort in the cooler months of fall and winter.

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