Back in 2011 I showed you SignaTours teardrop campers, but did you know that they also build tiny houses?

They are a camper manufacturer based in Tampa, Florida so they’re RV certified which means you can get insurance for one of their tiny houses pretty easily (just like you would with an RV).

This particular model was custom designed and built for a client of theirs in Florida.

It’s 8′ x 24′ so approximately 192 square feet of space without including the sleeping loft.

Tiny Beach Cottage with Removable Covered Front Porch

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The front porch accessories are all completely removable.

They’re installed over the hitch so they also help conceal it so that it looks more permanent.

Let me take you on in so you can see the rest of this tiny cottage on wheels below:

Split A/C and Instant Water Heater Mounted Outside

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Interior of the Little Beach Cottage

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The Bathroom: RV Flush Toilet

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There are holding tanks under the trailer so it works just like an RV.

And a normal stand up shower :)

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The shower even has foot rails so you can clean and/or shaving your legs easier!)

Spacious Kitchen with Nice Appliances

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Definitely looks like a kitchen I can use everyday.

TV, Storage and Ladder to the Loft

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Sleeping Loft with LED Lighting

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All of the built in lighting for this house is LED which saves you lots of energy.

Living Area and Entrance

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I love the built in couch. Plenty of space to hang out and it looks really comfortable too. Great spot for some built in storage here too (or holding tanks).

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The couch/day beds allows you to sleep up to 5 people comfortably in here.

Built in Desk to the Right

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The only thing missing, for me, is a traditional table and chairs for sharing a meal with someone.

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Available at Amazon: Table + Chairs (You can store the chairs underneath the table).

I know you could eat outside, or on the couch, but I guess I’d like to see one of these and two of these squeezed in there somewhere and then it’d be even better.

I’m just not sure it fits inside but maybe they can be put on the porch or other outdoor space?

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Video: Interview/News Segment on SignaTours with this House under Construction

SignaTour builds all of their homes and campers inside a completely covered warehouse out of Tampa, Florida.

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How would you like to live in a tiny house like this? What would you do differently to help make it better for you? Be as creative as you want in the comments.

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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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  • Darcy

    A very refreshing look, bright and functional. I would make the loft a little bigger, however I love it.

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  • Annie

    Gorgeous.. This is my type of dream house. So light and airy. Wonder how it would fare in hurricane season though.

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    • Susie M

      That’s the beauty of a Tiny House – if a hurricane is coming – hitch it up, and move to safety :)

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  • James

    Very nicely done. I’m a big fan of the full sized appliances in the kitchen.

    Just a small detail, but for safety I would prefer to see the ladder arms extend above the floor of the loft. I imagine descending from the loft would be precarious with the current design. Making the ladder a little taller gives you something to grip on to, rather than dangling over trying to locate the first step with your feet.

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    • BruceMcF

      For me, I would want to feel how sturdy the top of those shelves next to the loft ladder are, because I can just see myself going down steep-stairstep style rather than ladder style, holding onto that with my right hand while setting me feet on the top rung of the ladder. If they aren’t sturdy enough to take that, I’d want to install a solid grab bar above.

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  • Faye Geller

    As an artist who uses a sewing machine, I’m stumped on where I could work in most in any tiny house I’ve seen.

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    • Doris

      Oh come on, Faye, it isn’t the sewing machine–you must be a kid. We all grew up sewing in a tiny dark corner in a back bedroom of Granny’s house or on a dining room table between meals. It’s the fabric and beads, notions and doodads that are impossible to store in a TH. A separate structure is a must, and no, it isn’t cheating on your TH idealism if crafting is a major part of your life. :-)

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      • Faye Geller

        Exactly. And no, I’m no kid, I’m a senior citizen and laughed when I read your comment. My sewing table is 3′x4′ in order to hold the large pieces I work on. And my fabric storage is 4′x6′. I’m currently living in 500 sq. ft. and have plenty of room; I could easily do with 300 sq. ft. But smaller, not and still make art.

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        • Doris

          Ha! You’re a better woman than me. 4′X6′? You must actually use fabric instead of hoard it, crazy girl. I still have calico cow panels somewhere. You never know when it might come back in style. :-)

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    • Marie

      I was thinking the same thing! I’d have to retrain myself how to machine quilt in a tiny house. :) Maybe this is a sign to take up hand stitching/quilting.

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  • Beth DeRoos

    Love almost everything about this wee house. Sleeping loft is a tad to claustrophobic.

    Love wee small houses that have skylights or windows on the side areas of the mattress.

    Would concern me in case one needed to escape and there was no way out via the loft.

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  • Lawson and Glenn Smith

    Alex, thank you so much for the wonderful article about our tiny house RV! Josie asked about storage for clothing, etc. Under the long daybed parallel to the french doors is a trundle drawer (from Ikea). It can house a single mattress (bringing the sleeping capacity to 6), but we use it to store our suitcases and such when we visit. This is a vacation (tiny) house for us, so that is all we need. There is also a huge storage space underneath the second daybed. The entire top of the bed is hinged and lifts up. We put our 2 (tiny) Christmas trees, decorations, and extra lenins/supplies there that we don’t use often. We have had the home for 8 months now, and I still have not exhausted all the storage space! Signatour Tiny Home Company did such an amazing job creating our design! Also, we made sure the daybed platforms would house regular twin sized mattresses so bed linens would not need to be custom made. We used single and king sized futon covers (the dark blue ones) to cover the mattresses for seating. At night, we simply pull out linens out of the trundle drawer and make up the beds. If you want to see more photos and information, visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ourlittlesecretbythesea.

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    • Annie

      You did such a beautiful job decorating it. It’s so lovely that I put a picture of it in a little shadow box that a friend (who knows how much I love the ocean and tiny houses) gave me with instructions to fill it with my ideas of a ‘dream life.’ Well done!

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  • Ginger

    This is almost exactly what I want. Would prefer bath/shower combo. Don’t need two daybeds in front (would anyone want to sleep that close together?). Rather have the one daybed across the end, then space for table and chairs. But I love the colors and design. Great house.

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    • Theresia Jordans

      I would lower the ceiling over the couch to make more room for another loft. The couch does not need so much head space as people would only be sitting there. The cupboard at the end of the couch could house a table and chairs, the kind that stack inside each other like Ikea. Alternatively, where the desk is now could have a table top fold out with two legs that fold out to support it when extended. Or the table top could have a notch in each corner to allow for the insertion of legs when open.

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  • Dale

    Does their have to be a french door system? To me, it takes up to much valuable wall space which as others have mentioned, could have been used for an expanded built in dining & or a longer work surface at desk – a dual- purpose option. A singular Pella slim shade french door would have been sufficient in that area. I too agree that a RV dinette table – like those used in yachts which are adjustable would have been a better choice. It could also be totally removed from the floor mount position and stored flat either under the L- shaped sofa lounge or left in place, but lowered for additional sleeping extension as well. A box to conceal both the instant hot water & the split A/C unit is preferred – it looks terribly out of place on the outside, not concealed but vented as needed! The loft bedroom also needs window dormers on both sides of mattress & pillow area top of mattress, would then become shelving by totally eliminating the window there on that end wall. Have never understood why people put a front deck in front of windows – even to conceal the hitch – which can not be accessed without having to go out of the house to access a deck mount seating area. The only thinking would to be have a wrap-around french door side deck to connect the front deck? The kitchen/bath area is fantastic! The overall color schemes are beautiful and very attractive! I feel that a double car-hauling trailer would provide additional length, up to 30′ and provide a magnificent additional multipurpose space for all concerned to include even a first floor bedroom. In Florida, where humidity & rains are a daily event… guttering or a rain collection system would be of prudent choice with at least a 6″-8″ roof overhang. So many small house designers remain totally unclear about the lack of a eve overhang to protect water damage dripping down onto the sidewalls of the tiny house which destroys their investment via leaks and interior wall water spots & lets not forget the humid black mold issues. The interior designer attention to details & the full-size appliances are extraordinaire kudos and right on!!!

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    • Susie M

      One of the most wonderful aspects of the Tiny House movement is that instead of looking for faults in someone else’s dream home – you can build your own to your own specs – then share it on here . Hopefully, others will praise your innovations and foresight, while having the good taste to not shoot down your newly finished dream home.

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      • Sally

        Well said, Susie. A public forum is up for open honest comments, but it does get a little ridiculous with the “Won’t work for me because I’ve just gotta have (fill in the blank)” comments. Building standards or issues are fine, but for those Kardashians who don’t like personal items like upholstery or curtains or the chandelier, the rest of us probably don’t care if it isn’t your favorite color. (dare I speak for all?) Cahow, where are you?

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      • Tonita

        Great comment Susie. I know several people that have amazing tiny homes yet they will not share them here or on other blogs because they don’t want to read a ton of comments that tell them what is wrong with their tiny home. Many people who share their tiny homes here, to show what can be possible for others. When they get an in depth improvement list for their tiny home it is kind of sad, and makes me see why many people do not want to share their tiny spaces with the world.
        This little beach cottage is adorable. Love how cheery it is and the attention to detail. You did a wonderful job. Your kitchen is amazing.

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    • alice h

      Putting in eaves wide enough to make a difference would mean making the house narrower or having to get a special permit to move a wide load because you exceeded the road limits on width. I’ve been working on some ideas for making detachable eaves/rainwater collecting gutters you set in place underneath the existing roof edge of a tiny house. There has to be a way to make it sturdy enough not to rattle or detach in the wind but still be easily removed for travel and not look like a horrible slapdash mess.

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      • Alex Pino

        Thanks Alice, good thinking

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        • Theresia Jordans

          For the collection of rainwater could something like an annexe that extends over the whole house when stationary, but rolls up and fits under the house or on the roof when travelling. Like the annexe on a caravan that has arms that extend to support the ‘verandah’.

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    • Maria

      Dale I agree on gutters or the roof over hang could be 3 to 6 inches longer,than there would be no need for gutters. Just a thought.

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  • Sally

    I love the doors on the side. It breaks up that tunnel/boxcar effect so unfortunately prevalent in most THs, and allows the cozy living room to be a real room, not broken up by doors and furniture to bump into as newcomers walk by. The colors are great and very Florida. Dale had good points about the TH needed eave overhangs in drippy Florida, although I had to disagree with his comment about porches outside windows. Not even sure I understood it. It looks like there are neighbors extremely close on both sides, so the only logical place for a porch is on the front end, not to mention that’s where the view seems to be. Aren’t porches typically on the front of houses? Or is the issue about it not wrapping around? That IS kind of crazy, if the house is going to be semi-permanent, not to extend around, even a walkway. Annie, you must not be “from around here” if you’re even asking how this little booger would handle a hurricane. The hurricane would handle it in a heartbeat. But hey, that’s the beauty of the wheels, you can haul butt and take all your personal possessions with you. Congrats to this company. Going to Tampa this weekend, hope to find them and visit.

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    • Annie

      Sally, no, I’m from Northern California. Earthquake land. :) But I think maybe I could get over my intimidation about putting the house on wheels and moving it, just to live in a beautiful one like this.

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  • Susie M

    What a lovely pretty and refreshing color scheme – so beachy! Even in winter, one could hardly get the ‘blah’s with all the light flooding into this tiny home. Kudos! While it is not my personal style to have so much kitchen, this one is very well done, and a great job on the bath room – a frequent challenge. I never thought of putting the water heater on the exterior – I wonder if that would be practical in colder climates? Probably not, but it works well here. You have certainly added to the growing bank of inspiration, thank you for sharing your new dream home.

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  • BruceMcF

    Perfect size for this Ohio village, where the low-doc accessory building limit is 200sq.ft. or less.

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  • BarbB

    To Faye: I’m also into the sewing thing & have always thought I would put sewing stuff in the under bed/couch storage. That way it would be easily accessible. I love this little house! So cheerful and happy! I would probably have to sacrifice one of the doors for a fold down table. Also I think I spotted a closet back by the bath (someone said they didn’t see one)….Love the larger fridge & oven. Kudos to SignaTour for a great house design & to the owners for terrific beach decor!

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    • Alex Pino

      Thanks for sharing that Barb! Good idea. And glad you loved this house from SignaTour.

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  • Kevin

    The facebook link doesn’t seem to work, would love to see more pics! Looks a lot like the plan we are building this spring!

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  • Maria

    How do I get ahold of this company. I live in Florida and we are thinking of having one built to retire in.

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  • Maria

    The removeable porch roof. Would it not been better to use an awing like on the small travel trailers. this way it doesn’t have to be removed. Just a thought.

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    • Glenn and Lawson Smith

      Thank You Maria for your comment. That’s a very good alternative. However, we wanted it to look like a permanent structure and not like an R.V. Therefore, we chose wood.

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    • Doris

      It would depend on where you are in Florida, weather-wise. They would spend a lot of time reeling in and reeling out a cloth awning in the parts of the state that get those 60 miles per hour gusts all summer Wind plays heck with those awnings and flimsy metal braces if you aren’t in a buffered area. And in a serious storm, I’d want a solid piece of wood over those pretty little windows, not polyfabric. Thanks for making me look at this house again, :-), it’s so sunny.

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      • Glenn and Lawson Smith

        Good observation, Doris. I’ll also add that the windows are impact-resistant and can withstand hurricane-force winds, as can this structure with the materials it was built with along with how it was built. In addition, it will be tied down soon.

        Thank you for your interest and compliments!

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      • Maria

        Doris I live in Melbourne Florida. I know all about the winds. Plantation shutters would look nice and close down to protect the windows from flying objects in a serious storm. The windows may be wind resisted,but not flying objects,they can crack or break the window. Just another thought. Love this home. How big are the daybeds? The one on the back wall looks like a twin and the other a full. Thank you Glen and Lawson for share your home with all of us.

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        • Glenn and Lawson Smith

          Thanks, Maria, plantation shutters would be very useful! Great idea. Both beds are regular single beds. My wife and I sleep below and pull out linens at night. During the day the beds are couches. Thanks again for liking our Tiny House! :)

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  • Traci

    One of the better ones I have seen….I can do this! Looks comfortable and very livable. Feels spacious compared to many I have seen, too. One of the great points of tiny house living is getting outside more; I would be perfectly happy with a patio table set under a screened pop-up tent, for dining. More time to enjoy that Florida weather!

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    • Alex

      Thanks Traci I’m glad you liked it. One of my favorites too.

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  • Lynne

    I have spent hours and hours researching these tiny houses and have found a few that I really like (with a few changes). This is one of the best I have seen and (like everyone else) there are a few things I would change. Based on a lot of the comments I’ve seen, wondering if these folks don’t realize that you can leave out a lot of the built-ins and put your own pieces of furniture in their place. I started out thinking this or that wouldn’t work for me until I finally realized mine wouldn’t have to be a replica of the one the company built…changes your whole perspective on things. Anyway, the house is BEAUTIFUL.

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  • Mary

    This is a great design for an RV Tiny Home. In spite of restrictive legal requirements for height, shape, windows, running lights and utilities, the builder has created a lovely usable space for full-time living or family vacation enjoyment. I love the detachable deck to cover the hitch. I love the lofts. I love the double glass doors to open the space, and it is a nice spot for a tiny table and chairs. This is a beautifully distinctive way to take advantage of available RV lots or property where use of your RV is permitted. I have one property where I am permitted to park my RV for 90 days, and those neighbors would really like this. They do not like the looks of RVs! I also have some unimproved desert property where an owner can get a permit to use their “RV” year-round. A regular tiny home-on-the-ground could not be built there, per the building codes, but an RV is OK. So this would make a legal TH residence out of a camping/building property. After living in my own tiny home for more than a decade, I think it covers the essentials precisely.

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  • Noah

    Is this home for sale?

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  • isaac

    after i build my house i hope to park near a beach in FL.
    does anyone think it would be possible to find a decent place to park w/o having to buy land there? but to rent a spot to park. this will not be an RV.

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    • Alex

      That would be amazing (parking/living in a tiny house by beach in FL) it’s just all about finding the right spot (likely a campground near the beach somewhere)

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  • Doris

    Isaac, nice dream, but Florida has been one big paved parking lot since about 1985, including the coastal roads. As Alex says, a campground “near” the beach would be your only hope, and expect to pay dearly. Finding access to the beach would be another trick, as most new coastal homeowners immediately decide the beach, and access, belong exclusively to them. Assuming you can find an an uninhabited lot, trekking across an available fragile dune can get you fined out the ying-yang, deservedly so. There are very few laid back mom and pop places left; the big condo and hotels play every dirty trick in the book to run them off. A friend recently lost her home of 30 years in a funky old trailer park because a Trumpish developer decided he wanted the property, and 50 families no longer had a place to live. Developers rule. Seek out a campground within an hour of the coast, expect to pay $500 – 600 a month to park. Unless they’re stinking rich, most people who claim they live at the beach have to drive to a public parking spot to actually see the water. There are state parks all over FL which offer better scenery if you were able to move your TH from place to place, and you could see the real Florida, what’s left of it. I’ve lived here almost sixty years, and at least have memories of cool old Florida.

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  • Martha

    I LOVE this house and could easily live it in year around. The only change I would make is to install a set of stairs, even if it meant losing some of the shelf/TV space on the wall to the left. Also, I don’t think I could sleep in a loft so I would probably use that for a guest room (and storage) and just sleep on the couch.

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  • Annie KA

    Love this. Some of the changes, induction cooktop,
    Single door, half the book shelf to door hang tv on wall.
    Dormers or skylight windows for fresh air when sleeping.
    Marine Fireplace, for those chilly beach nights.

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  • Randy

    I want to buy an older travel trailer and retro-fit it for full-time use. Removing the old inefficient gas furnace and water heater and replacing them with a mini-split HVAC and a tankless unit are ideas I have played with. Awesome to see SignaTour actually doing it! This is the first of the micro houses I’ve seen that I think would come close to working for me. The only thing that stops me is the sleeping loft. I totally get it is efficient sleeping space but for a senior person, going up and down a ladder might get old quickly. I’m holding out for all the living to be on one floor :) Also, I wondered about the ledge over the sofa? What would it be used for? Storage?

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