So happy to get to show you this beautiful little Kanga cabin that was built near Blanco, TX.

It has an extended open front porch, side screen porch, full bath, kitchen, sleeping loft, and an awesome living area.

The cabin measures 16′ x 30′ and it has an 8′ screened in porch in the back.

You’ll also notice that it has a fantastic front porch that’s perfect for a few rocking chairs. But first I wanted to show you the beautiful interior.

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Photo Credit Kanga Room Systems

The layout is absolutely perfect in my opinion. To me this is the epitome of simple living for a couple, young family or anyone wanting to retire simply but not too tiny.

I encourage you to take the rest of the tour below:

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Open Front Porch

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I would definitely add some rocking chairs here.

Sleeping Loft and Clever Ladder Storage

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I love how they used the ladder for storage in such a smart yet simple way.

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Gourmet Kitchen in a 480 Sq. Ft. Cottage

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The downside of many tiny houses on trailers is that if you enjoy cooking you may not enjoy it as much in a tiny house because of lack of space. Unless you are Andrew and Crystal Odom. Yes, it can be done. But in a home that’s just slightly larger and on a foundation you can have much more flexibility for your kitchen. Which to many, is a very important feature! On to the bathroom..

Full Bathroom

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Screened in Back Porch

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Have you seen Kanga’s 14′ x 20′ tiny home in the city that I featured earlier this year? If not, check it out here. They’re also the creators of these two poolside tiny houses that you’ll also probably enjoy if you already haven’t.

For even more photos of this cabin/cottage click here. Learn more about Kanga here. Visit them on Facebook here.

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Alex

Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity too. Thank you!

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  • Donna Lewis

    When you purchase a tiny house is it already put together and ready to live in? Who handles the permits?

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    • Donna Lewis

      Do you have your own finance company or would I have to approach the bank for a loan.

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  • Tom Zollinger

    Damn you! I’ve been drawing — re-drawing, etc. a 320′ (20X16) gambrel roof 2 floor small house. 2d floor to have bedroom 2 decks and bath. Pretty proud of my concept. Now you publish the Kanga house. Not only is it beautiful, it is likely a lot more expensive than my concept. That porch has me drooling. I was not even planning a front door, much less a house-long porch. My entrances were intended to be beneath narrow gambrel into kitchen on one end. The ladder w/shelving is, of all things, pretty. (Ka-Ching, Ka-Ching) Damn You! If you keep on keeping on, I will die of old age before building the small house. (Getting too close now.) Damn You!

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    • Ralph Sly

      Tom, you and I suffer the same design disorder. I have a photo file where I put the ideas I want to build in and then someone comes along with something as simple as this ladder with storage. Fortunately this will not take any more space than I have allocated. The big but with me is that I have 500’ I only want to use 250’ for living I did a mock up and it works. There is a time you have to say, “It’s Good Enough”! I am working with at least a blank floor canvas (building is already there) so that dictates one direction for me. Good luck, I don’t know what age you are but I would have been long dead before I settled on something.

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      • john

        My tiny home photo file has close to 20,000 images…not even attempting to exaggerate here…so many great ideas, so many great pictures, my tiny dream home now covers 5,000 sq. ft. on paper just to include all the great ideas!!

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        • Ralph Sly

          I can relate John but you have me beat. One of the problems with my life is thing happen and come along to change the calendar and just today it happened again but maybe it is a good thing. I will now be away for 2 weeks out of the month so might just have to call in a contractor, settle on what is going to work and make that good enough.

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  • sparky

    Love the design. I’d 86 the tile in the bath (the 80′s is calling and they want their tile back), but otherwise really like this house.

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    • Adina Hirschmann

      I like the bath with tile, but probably a bright ceramic, like red gloss with a black bullnose edge. I might even go for black fixtures and sliding glass shower doors, just to keep the look modern.

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  • Dianna

    I am looking for approximate cost for the tiny house/cabin called Kanga Cottage Cabin with screened porch.

    Thank you
    Dianna

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  • Robert

    I agree with the others, this one is the best I’ve seen too. This could even be built in an RV lot where you can buy your lot and place on a concrete pad. A 10!

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    • Keith G.

      Mmm, probably not, Robert. Don’t RV park models have to stick to that 400 sf limit? This one’s too big.

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  • Michael Carmack

    Everyone should really check out this company, i.e., http://www.ameribuiltsteel.com

    They have steel frame homes for any budget and will work with you to design your own unique floor plan if you choose.

    My parents used this company to build their house. They used a concrete foundation and then bought one of the large basic storage buildings fro them. They then went inside and polished and stained the concrete. Used 2×6 studs for the outer framing and then 2×4′s for the inner rooms, etc. They left a large open floor plan for the kitchen, family room and dining area and then closed off the rooms and bathrooms. They have 12 foot ceilings and also have a loft up above where they have their won personal spaces, work works / workshops and a HUGE storage area. After the building was erected and the outer studs and framing was done they came back inside and plumbed and wired everything before using silica aerogel expanding foam insulation and also a large enough solar power system to power the house. They also have an onsite well that supplies all of their water needs. They are completely self sufficient. Their entire home even with all the high end items like solar still came in way below any conventional home because they did all the work themselves. It’s really not that hard.

    You all also should look at alternative building techniques like cordwood masonry, straw bale construction, earthships, etc., as a way to build your dream homes.

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  • Emanuele

    Price?

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  • Charlie

    Almost perfect. Perfect if you turn the screened in porch into a bedroom and add another covered porch opposite the front porch.

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    • Mike

      Love the ladder/stair system. This is very similar to a design I’ve had floating around in my head. Nice to see it come to life.

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  • Lee Wood

    Please submit to me any info on costs of the cabin. Is it prefab? How far would you move it. Need floorplan for electrical an plumbing. Is the wiring in the walls and are they accessible same for the plumbing ? Would like to see a footprint of the house. Thanks, Lee Wood

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    • Keith G.

      Lee, you’re not communicating with Kanga here, so there’s no one to send you what you’re after. Follow the links to the Kanga Rooms website and you’ll find much of what you’re after there. They’re very responsive to other requests as well.

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  • Jane Hanson

    This is beautiful!! Ya’ll are getting my wheels turning!

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  • Freddie

    This is a beautiful and very practical little home. The real tiny houses are just too small for me. For folks our age the downsides are climbing, too claustrophobic, and the danger of falling. I’d add another 20 sq. ft. to the floor space and work the bedroom in downstairs. I’ve always thought that about 500 sq. ft. would be perfect, divided up this way: 1 bedroom, 1 small office, kitchen, bath, living room. My wife and I lived in a 600′ log cabin for some years and did just fine.

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  • graham gayton

    Kanga house need to know more details and cost please
    Graham

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    • Princess Mom

      Then you should go to the Kanga site.

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  • Leslie Wilhelm

    I am 54 years old Baby Boomer and I have been planning my retirement home over the past couple years now. How many of us really need these big homes? My husband and I live in three rooms of our sprawling 3 story townhouse, the living room, bedroom and kitchen. We are paying a huge mortgage and heating and cooling bills for all this space that we really don’t use. It’s plane wasteful! We aren’t even sure we will have Social Security when its time for us to retire, so our goal is to build a small, economical retirement home. The smaller it is, the less upkeep there is, the less space we need to clean, the smaller our mtg pmt will be. So I have come up with a 1,000 sq. ft. house. Its basically a square box with a wood burning stove in the center. The front half of the house is the kitchen, dining room and living room. The back half of the house is a master suite with a full bath and large walk in closet. Drapes can be pulled shut to close off the bedroom from the living area. The house will have a basement in it which will be divided in half, as the main floor is. the front half of the basement will be a finished family room with built in bunk beds along two walls. the back half of the basement will be a full bath, storage and a work shop. The basement can be used for guests or grandkids, they will have their own space. I want to the house to have a covered porch and a screened in porch, I would live to sleep out on the porch on warm summer nights or sit on the covered porch and watch it rain. I would like to buy about 10 or 20 acres of wooded property and build about 6 or 8 of these houses and sell them to my friends and family so we could all live together on the same property but each would have their own house. We could have a central garden and fire pit. As we get older I want to make sure the home will be easy to maintain (low maintenance costs, low utility costs, and no steps.). I want the roof and building materials to have good longevity. Possibly a metal roof, hardy plank cement board siding, no decking due to upkeep ( I hope I never have to stain a deck again!), possibly a patio. I am still working on my plans and each day gets closer to seeing this come to fruition. Love reading about this size of home and what others think.

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    • Holly Morrison

      What a great plan! I would love to hear how that progresses. You really should blog it so others might feel motivated to do something similar!

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  • Sonya J. Nichols

    Thats is a nice-looking cottage! I love everything about it. It looks absolutely cute and i love that the porch is screened. I love when the porch is screened. It’s more safe from unlikely creatures. This is really nice. I can’t help but be amazed of how this cottage looks. I would like to have a cottage cabin as beautiful as this someday.

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  • Graham Gayton

    Can I gbuy the kanga in the UK and where.
    with cost please

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  • Tonita

    This comment is to John Hemingway who commented above. I hit reply under his comment but it won’t go through unless you are signed up with SPACEbook. not everyone here likes or is on Facebook.
    so- John, (if you are reading this)
    I really like to read you comments. Sometimes you go down a bunny trail from the original topic but well worth the read. Your passionate reply’s shed light on topics that often stay in the dark. Do you have your own blog?
    PS- This small home is just awesome. The layout is perfect.

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    • Alex Pino

      Thanks Tonita! Sorry about the Facebook, I understand not wanting to be on there for sure… But yeah- hard to please all :D

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  • libertymen

    See.For a little more space you get a much better design,You could live in this full time.Screened porch on the end-Excellent idea.
    On the side?Not really needed.2ft Knee wall-great idea and EZ to do.

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  • Rich

    Beautiful home, if you can afford it. But, it does not look like it is designed for snow and bitter cold weather. Just the right size, except I would need a bedroom on the first floor and a wheelchair shower. I also would rather have it on a trailer, until I can get a small piece of land.

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    • 2BarA

      There is much to admire in this house, but I wish to take issue with Sparky’s comments about the bathroom tile. It does not “belong” to the ’80s. It is not unlike two of the bathroom floors in my 1931 house,
      which are still in perfect condition and in use every day. They clean easily, go with any colour of towels you choose and are a classic. The trouble with so many young people is that they want everything to be “the latest” so they rip out perfectly good kitchens, bathrooms, etc.
      and send them to the dump. Is this being environmentally responsible?

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  • Lauren

    LOVE the house! We are currently finishing a loft in our house and I love the look of the banister on yours. Can you tell me the widths of the boards you used?

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  • Brian

    Love it! Very similar to our workers cottages here in Australia. So very reasonably priced as well. Thanks for sharing

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