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400 Sq. Ft. Tiny Urban Cabin

This is a 400 sq. ft. tiny urban cabin by Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins.

The little cabin is built onto a trailer and is classified as a park model (you just need a special permit to move it or hire a professional company to do it for you).

When you go inside, you’ll find a wonderful kitchen, living area, bathroom, nursery room, and an upstairs sleeping loft.

This tiny home starts at $45,000. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

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  • Kathy June 17, 2016, 5:15 pm

    I think after all is said and done, for me anyway, 200 sq ft is just too small even for one person. Perhaps there is a happy in-between size, but 400 sq ft just feels and looks soooo much more livable to me. If you are a traveling kinda person and want to move frequently, then a park model isn’t for you. But if you are not looking to move annually or more frequently, then the park models make so much more sense to me. Its a size I could LIVE with.

    • Mike Bravo June 18, 2016, 10:41 am

      Kathy… I agree about the challenge of trying to go to something <400 sq ft. It's not easy. I just went from selling a 1500 sq ft house to living in a 300 sq ft cottage… and that has taken some doing! I'm ready to retire and would really like a THOW. But just to make sure that will work long term, i am renovating a travel trailer and take to the road for at least 6 months to test out living "tiny" before going with a THOW. I really don't want to end up being one of the people we read about trying to recoup their investment after living in the home for a short time. Hopefully you'll find your ideal home!

  • Peter Piper June 18, 2016, 9:59 am

    Finally… a tiny house with a decent space in the living room! To make a home comfortable, there HAS to be enough room to lounge in it. This would be a stunning home if they’d throw away half of the crap in it and hide the rest of the crap behind cabinet doors or in drawers. This would be the tiny house I’d prefer because of the lounging space in the living room. But I’d lose the crap so it would look nice.

    • Ben June 20, 2016, 1:37 am

      Definitely appreciate the feedback- the large living room was very important for us as was all of the natural light. We’re a family of 3 plus 2 dogs and did all the downsizing that we could, but really this is what it takes to keep us going! I appreciate the minimalist designs and pictures that are posted all over social media, but they are unrealistic most of the time, especially when you have a baby :)

      • Deborah August 8, 2016, 11:40 am

        The roof so close to my face when I wake up would make me feel claustophobic. And I think there are many ways to declutter your home, it doesn’t have to be minimalist to be clutter free (even with a kid and two dogs)… I love the home though!

        • Deborah August 8, 2016, 11:41 am


    • Marlene Jones August 9, 2016, 1:06 am

      I thought the same thing. They certainly have a lot of stuff for going tiny. I have less now in my 800 sq ft apartment. It would be so pretty if it was not so cluttered.

  • Michael L June 18, 2016, 10:30 am

    There are so many things to like about this home… the exterior is very nice- love all the windows. The interior design seems very functional. And the light colored walls look great.

    To personalize it, i would have to figure out how to do cabinets for storage, so it doesnt loose that great open feeling. And figure out a way to extend and enclose the stairs just a little so the w/d isn’t exposed to the LR.

    Now if I could only design something like this as a THOW, it would be perfect. 40 feet long to compensate for the list width, but wonderful! Cudos to the builder and owner for letting us see a home thats actually being lived in.

  • LargeMarge June 18, 2016, 10:59 am

    Nicely open feel.


    At the bottom step of the stairs, what is the gray upright cylinder mounted to the wall? It appears to be about 4-inches across by 2-feet high.

    • alice h June 18, 2016, 2:04 pm

      I suspect a retractable baby gate.

    • Ben June 20, 2016, 1:30 am

      Hey! This is our place. The dimensions are 14×25 and the cylinder on the wall is indeed a retractable baby gate.

  • Ginger June 19, 2016, 12:50 am

    I live in a park model with 386 square feet and my home seems much bigger then this. I have lots more kitchen storage, an eating area with table and four chairs, a living area with a day bed, a desk and a recliner, a bathroom with a bigger sink in a vanity, a tub/shower combo, and a separate bedroom. No loft and no washing machine in my unit. But I didn’t want a loft. I like my downstairs bedroom. So I’m wondering why this house is so small with a cramped kitchen and bath.

  • Rue June 20, 2016, 5:46 am

    The loft’s a bit low, and I’m not sure about those huge windows in a truly urban – or even suburban – environment. Unless you don’t mind giving your neighbors a show….

    It’s a good size, though. I’m becoming more and more convinced that around 400 sq ft is the right size for me.

  • Janp June 20, 2016, 11:25 am

    Really looks great and it absolutely sseems like home. This dimensions is about my minimum size. Love it

  • Marilyn Martin June 22, 2016, 1:25 pm

    Love this tiny home! Perfect size, perfect layout, plenty of storage! This is a well thought out tiny home!

  • Jennifer July 2, 2016, 12:55 am

    Love everything about it except the low ceiling in the loft — I don’t think I could deal with sleeping conditions that claustrophobic. Even sleeping berths in small sailboats are designed so that you can sit up in them. I’d be constantly banging my head on the ceiling in yours — assuming you’d let me sleep there. :D

  • Donna Underwood Owens July 2, 2016, 1:20 pm

    I am in desperate need of building this little magical house ASAP as my house is being sold .how can I purchase this or how does one go about getting one built like this Tiny Urban 400 sq ft house

  • Mary July 3, 2016, 1:32 pm

    Beautiful home with well thought out space plan! I checked out the website and this is nicely insulated and built for a very reasonable price. My new favorite!

  • Andrea Hardy July 3, 2016, 5:57 pm

    This is gorgeous and looks HUGE!

  • Nanny M July 3, 2016, 7:14 pm

    I like this beautiful, comfortable home so much! I’m not a minimalist, don’t like that stark look. So no need to “hide the crap”.
    Relaxed, honest living is fine.

  • Paulie July 3, 2016, 10:06 pm

    There is so much I love about this – reminds me of cottage or bungalow style. My one question is where is the back-up door? It seems to have only one exit/entry and in case of emergency another door would be a must, esp. with a baby.

  • Carole July 8, 2016, 9:13 am

    Donna said she checked the website for price and more details but which website is she referring to…?

    Thank you!

  • Gabriella July 14, 2016, 6:10 pm

    Large windows to share our emotional civilization with nature, with sunlight that vibrates through the trees.
    Everything else is, and will be, wonderful….

  • Faith July 26, 2016, 12:33 pm

    I love this lived-in, loved vibe!

    Lots of great ideas here.

    Congrats to Ben and family.

  • cathy beije August 8, 2016, 9:11 pm

    my fav so far!

  • Suzie Q August 19, 2016, 2:57 pm

    This is an AMAZING layout! One of the best I have seen!
    Wondering if there will be a space large enough when the baby crib gives way to a single?? As several others have commented, the loft seems a little low. It appears the ceilings of the rooms under the loft are about as low as they can go if the height of the doors in those rooms are any indication of the dimensions , so perhaps a shorter box spring would work to give more head room in the loft………just thinking out loud here, haha. But with the expanse of windows in the loft, I would think even the existing height would be more tolerable than most people think. BTW….VERY nice storage against the shorter wall. I especially love all the nooks and cranny’s all over the house. I always have lots of ‘projects’ going, so need room to keep materials. Over all, you have everything that makes a house a home!! Well done!

  • Elaine August 28, 2016, 12:11 am

    I love this house and I simply don’t see the clutter that so many are complaining about! Everything is organized and in it’s place. It’s lovely.

  • Sandy September 6, 2016, 11:07 am

    I love this design–it is one of the more comfortable-living + functional designs I’ve seen, except there doesn’t seem to be space for a dryer. Since I am single, I would turn the baby’s room into closet space and add the dryer. Ignore the comments about clutter–it is organized and looks like people actually live there. Very nice!

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