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Quietude: $29,000 Small Prefab Cabin that brings you Peace

Just ran into Quietude on Michael Janzen’s blog. It’s a $29,000 cabin that will leave you longing for the simple life.

The design is really unique as you’ll see below. It has about 300-square-feet of interior space, a basement with 100-square-feet and a 40-square-foot porch.

The footprint of the home is approximately 18′ by 26′ and the home has everything you could ask for with a complete kitchen, bar, living room, bathroom, washer & dryer and a spacious upstairs sleeping loft.

This home was designed just for the client and prefabricated before being delivered to the building site and being put together with bolts and metal plates.

It was assembled in a matter of just 3 days but took 3 months to design and build before it was delivered to the site. Have a look below.

Quietude Cabin (1)

Photo Credit Stuart Bish

I encourage you to check out the rest of the photos below:

Quietude Cabin (2)

Photo Credit Stuart Bish

She decided instead of having a bed taking up space downstairs to create this upstairs sleeping loft so she can have a dining area where the bed otherwise would have been. Looks very cozy up there and plenty of space too.

Quietude Cabin (3)

Photo Credit Stuart Bish

You can see the kitchen set up below along with all of the vertical storage space and shelves.

Quietude Cabin (4)

Photo Credit Stuart Bish

Quietude Cabin (5)

Photo Credit Stuart Bish

Quietude Cabin (6)


Sources and also seen on: Tiny House Design, Henry Yorkemann Architecture and Mother Earth Living

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  • Carolyn Bowen November 8, 2012, 7:32 pm

    Love these ideas. We have a 5 acre vacant piece of land, and are looking for ideas.

  • jerryd November 10, 2012, 3:57 pm

    If done sq or rectangle it would have 25% more room at little more cost and same heating/cooling cost. Or the same room at less cost.

    Do they live 20% of the time in the bathroom? If not why so big? I’ve lived in smaller spaces than it comfortably ;^P

    Better price than most though.

    • Mame May 7, 2014, 7:16 pm

      One of the charming things about this design though are the multiple windows for each space, resulting in light coming in from so many different angles.
      But I suspect you are correct, the building costs could be lowered quite a bit by making the building square or rectangular. I seem to recall a conversation years ago with a builder who told me that every corner adds a lot of cost due to the support each individual one requires — and on this building there are a number of corners that could be easily avoided leaving you with more square footage of livjng space for less cost… remembering this is only the cost of the building. I love the charm this one has in the displayed version. :)

  • Tom Connell November 13, 2012, 5:11 pm

    Where is the Quietude house made ?
    Thank you

  • cmbarr55 November 21, 2012, 6:00 pm

    It looks like you could potentially have a loft in each of the 4 side of this quite easily. Could be lots of storage or small office or study areas, plus extra sleeping. I love that it is relatively roomy and an excellent price.

  • Barb Blythe November 30, 2012, 7:49 pm

    For a “stationary” house, it looks wonderful…but I have to agree with Jerry; for ME, I would rather have more room in another area other than the bath. But that is what is so terrific about tiny abodes…the inside is for your footprint! This could be arranged in various ways and look–a REAL refrig! I also would be interested in the company that built it.

  • Sharon December 8, 2012, 9:55 am

    As I recall, Quietude sold for $29,000 in 1999. The architect is Henry Lloyd Mann.

  • Mark March 1, 2013, 3:00 pm
  • Peter May 31, 2013, 7:28 am

    The design of “Quietude” is extraordinary, but I think that its price only makes it affordable for certain people. The other should be given the possibility of enjoying peace and nature, too.

    • Court Kizer November 15, 2013, 10:46 am

      You could scrounge and use free lumber from Craiglist to build the same style of house for $8,000 but it would probably take you two years to gather the free part of the materials.

      • Nick November 15, 2013, 2:46 pm

        I’ve read about people on this blog getting free lumber. Where are you?
        I live in Mid-Coast Maine and I moved here a year ago. I’ve used Craigslist elsewhere with success, but it appears Maine people either use it up or don’t know how to use Craigslist.

        I already have an old camper ready for dismantling, but having a hard time collecting recycled stuff ;-(

  • Linton June 23, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Small cabins are cool! Yes, we’re biased. We own Amish Cabin Company, http://www.amishcabincompany.com and offer prefab prebuilt modular cabins delivered to you ready for same day use. Energy efficient 3Ht insulation. 2 off-grid solar power options. Amish workmanship and quality. 5 models offered, each with full architectural plans and state inspected in shop during construction. Made in custom off-grid facility on Kentucky Amish farm. Cabin kits offered also. Beautiful exposed post and beam construction- eastern white pine from floor to ceiling, including all exterior/interior doors, kitchen/bath cabinets, and walls.

  • Sue July 16, 2013, 10:54 pm

    For myself, I absolutely HAVE to have a decent kitchen space–which this one does. I cook & bake, so…..that’s a must! And I wouldn’t even consider any other interior besides wood. I love wood & it makes everything so cozy.
    Nice design, but I agree about the square/rectangle choice.

  • Keith G November 21, 2013, 2:19 pm

    Before people get too hot on the idea that this house could be built for $29,000, please come back down to earth. As you look at this house – the architecture, the fittings, the construction and finishing – does it really look like a house that could be built for $29,000? I didn’t think so!

    That was the price when the house was built in 1999. Today’s construction costs would bring this to over $40,000, and we’re not talking about the land here either. A nice house deserves to be on a nice site, which on average might represent another $10-15,000. Site improvements – landscaping, driveways, decks, etc., plus septic, well, etc. – could add another $10,000 or more. It’s therefore not unrealistic to consider this to be a $65,000 house.

    I’m reminding you of this for my benefit as well. I am very much in the market for a vacation/retirement home, and I am trying my darnedest to be realistic! Yes, it’s nice to do our pie-in-the-sky dreaming, but when reality strikes, the price goes up! I guess that’s the cost of living on such a nice planet.

  • John L. May 4, 2014, 1:25 pm

    Nice layout. I was looking for a smaller house with the sleeping area not up a ladder due to injuries, and was happy to note the original design was altered to move the bedroom up and add a dining area to that space.

    But what I really liked was the concept – the central living area with everything radial to that. So many times in standard squares and rectangles you end up with a room hung off a second room, like the only bathroom off the bedroom or kitchen. Or a kitchen/kitchenette that’s also a traffic area for people to move through. This does away with that.

  • Heide May 7, 2014, 11:48 am

    Are there tiny home builders in Arizona?
    Models for sale? Where to order?
    Restrictions in building, or anywhere?

    • Kathy May 8, 2014, 11:44 am

      Where in AZ? I am in Flagstaff and very interested in pursuing the idea of a tiny house village, I have talked to a builder and commissioner, they are interested but there needs to be a group of people pushing for it. Contact me if this is something you would be like to be involved in.

  • Canyon Man December 24, 2014, 2:00 pm

    There are some well built storage sheds in the Southwest that can easily be made into tiny homes. Various floor plans and sizes are out there to fit most anyone’s taste or requirements from around 64 square feet on up to around 300. One would have to have some building skills to frame in more windows, wire and plumb if wanted. I have seen these used on various Native American lands. I am sure some counties will allow , while others will not. One needs to make sure before buying the land what type of buildings are allowed. Some local governments want the high tax base or high resale prices, or are worried about the quality of people. I disagree, but many times those are reasons along with natural resource concerns.

  • Elle December 24, 2014, 2:03 pm

    Regarding **Keith G’s comments**: Good points and valuable information -thank you!!. This house is beautiful! At $40k for the home (**current cost**) it’s $85.47/sq ft -which is still very good for any decent, livable structure and unbelievably inexpensive for this (semi?) custom built home. The other homes (of varying square footage) on the ‘quietude’ website given above (thank you!) are some of the most unique and artistically crafted dwellings I’ve ever seen and given the few that list the approximate cost, they too are under $100/sq ft. I’ve never seen anything this detailed and beautiful for these unbelievable prices! Thank you as well for the Amish-built website. Their homes appear to be around $70/sq ft -also excellent. And if you know anything about Amish-built homes and crafts then you know you’re getting a sound and beautiful product at a more than fair price /value ratio. And Kieth, even with the land, septic, etc. (that you broke down for us -again, thank you) this featured home is only about $138/sq foot in it’s entirety -which is excellent. I believe, gone are the days of $50/sq ft (or less) homes -that is, if looking for a finished home that includes labor. Gorgeous little home!

  • Jorge Soriano January 19, 2015, 12:50 am

    Just about what I am looking for, but further research is needed. Very nice indeed!

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