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Sidekick Homes: 396 sq ft Grandpas Cabin

Today I’m featuring Grandpas Cabin by Sidekick Homes a subdivision of Kephart Living. They have 12 house plans that are under 600 square feet. Their smallest is 360 square feet.

Most of their designs are intended to be backyard cottages. They offer different designs in the hopes that you can pick something to match your existing architecture/community.

Prices range from $75,000 to $200,000 for the structures themselves. The homes are designed to meet current housing standards but can be customized as needed. There are single and two story models. Most of the homes can be modified to include a garage or basement if needed.

Sidekick Homes: 396 sq ft Grandpas Cabin



I would modify this house to include an upstairs bedroom loft to create more space on the first floor and to not have to use a couch bed. But then again you can use one of these slide away beds as a solution.

Visit their website here to browse the rest of their models and to download their brochures (PDF).

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Davidrc March 18, 2010, 12:49 pm

    It would feel like a mansion to me, it’s even 108 sq. ft. bigger than mine and even a sofa bed would be an improvement over a recliner and a sleeping bag. Oh well, working on it.

    • Becky December 29, 2014, 4:33 pm

      Davidrc, your home didn’t set you back 70 grand, did it??? You can buy a lot of mattress for that amount of money.

  • Randy August 2, 2011, 10:27 pm

    This is a really nice little cabin and appeared to have a lot of potential but when I looked at the layout, what was the designer thinking? The utility room is quite nice but an extremely poor use of space. No bedroom, but a whole room is dedicated to a side-by-side washer dryer? And the rest of that room is dedication to a tankless water heater and furnace? For a 300-ish square foot home! Those square feet could be so much better used.

    • Deb November 18, 2015, 7:41 pm

      I agree. That was my first thought too. Installing an apartment sized stackable or a washer/dryer combo unit makes a lot more sense. Place it in the bathroom and allow yourself more living space in the Ell. (Or a sleeping nook.)

  • Alex August 2, 2011, 11:00 pm

    Randy, yeah, that doesn’t make much sense!

  • Mark December 11, 2011, 6:22 pm

    I would think that some addional labeling for “storage” in that washer/dryer room may have been left off. Keep up the good work!

  • Kat December 25, 2011, 12:48 pm

    I like this, but would modify the utility room to make it a bedroom ~ with stacking washer/dryer in the closet stretched across one wall. Heating can be provided easily enough with in-floor heating and small wall radiators (sculptural ones of course!), the on-demand water heater can go in the bathroom, and there would be no need for a furnace ~ ta-da ~ room for a bed! The other thing I would do is build it on a nice, water-tight basement with a “trap-door” entry to it……. twice the space and room for seasonal storage! Love the way it looks – it would fit right in a rural or beach area! ` a safe and “tiny spaces” new year to all……. ~Kat

    • Alex December 26, 2011, 5:25 pm

      Great ideas Kat glad you shared your thoughts. I like the rural beach setting, too.

  • deborah December 25, 2011, 1:19 pm

    Love the outside, don’t lke the inside layout, and the cost…..WOW!!!! EXPENSIVE!

    • Alex December 26, 2011, 5:26 pm

      Glad you liked the outside. Interior could use some of Kat’s tips or anyone’s own customization. Pricey.. yes! Lol. Lots of natural wood though :)

  • Crissie December 21, 2013, 4:28 pm

    I love it! I agree the floor plan could use a little more creativity, Kat, loved your ideas! I also admit it’s a little too pricey for me to even dream of ever affording, but I’m assuming you could use this as an “idea” or “model” and either diy or hire it done much cheaper! Happy Holidays to all! :-)

  • mohsen April 28, 2014, 4:00 pm

    very good

  • Bob November 18, 2015, 5:49 am

    Improvements can be made. Give Granpa a stackable w/d and move it to the side. Put the hw where the dryers at to give him some storage space. OR put the w/d between the F and hw, make the shower into a bathtub move the wall back a few inches, so that Grandpa can soak in some nice hot water to help his aches and pains. Next give Grandpa a smaller bed, a comfortable recliner, and a tv and maybe I’ come and visit you.

  • Laurel November 18, 2015, 9:05 pm

    Some may be forgetting the idea of this house and the ones made by this company is all universal design. Many people have a limitation, like being in a wheelchair, or weak with poor arm reach. They couldn’t do basement, or loft, or even reach a stackable washer dryer, and a shower is much safer then any type of tub.
    More space is needed for turning if a wheelchair is involved, so any enclosed room has to have basically a 5 foot circle of clear floor space. I agree with that in mind the utility room and closets are not a very good use of space in this design. The idea of universal design is that even if a chair isn’t needed now it may be in 1 to 20 years as we age, or disabilities progress, (or someone breaks a leg badly.)
    Many of us are so lucky to not give a thought about going up or down stairs, or even reaching into upper kitchen cabinets! Prayers you never have to learn what its like the hard way!
    I love the idea, and love the thought for it to be universal design but agree the price seems way out of line for what your getting. Especially since those with limitations are also the most likely to really need very affordable housing.
    There aren’t ceiling rails for a lift, the softer final flooring to help prevent injury in a fall, or video system at floor level for monitoring falls yet maintaining privacy. The things other very high cost universal design/ADA “cabins/granny flats/mother in law apartments” incorporate are all missing (or just not listed, their website wont work for me).
    I have done a floor plan to have all universal design, 1.5 bath, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, washer and dryer, 14×13 living area all in our attached garage. The garage is only about 23x 26.5. Plus what made the plan really difficult is both commodes needed to be in a specific location, basically rest rooms with commodes back to back in order to attach to our existing septic system. We need to keep costs as affordable as possible! We are moving my mother and aunt to our place. (The 1.5 bath is necessary, not a luxury.) One walks with a cane or walker after a bad fall. It is very scary to see her on even a couple steps, as she maneuvers into her current house. Plus she can only sponge bath as she can’t get into their tub and doesn’t want help.
    I love doing floor plans and making every inch count! We hope to have it all completed by spring if not sooner. We will be doing all the work ourself with as many reclaimed parts as possible.
    The photos on tinyhouse have really helped me get ideas of storage and how the building materials and colors make such a huge impact on how attractive the place looks. Large indoor space itself isn’t beautiful at all when you have to work yourself to the bone, or stress over how to make ends meet, besides the environmental impact.
    I hope to be able to add to the photo collection here on tinyhouse of an ADA, small house, with 2 bedrooms, done on a very tight budget. Sorry so long!

  • helen fristrom November 18, 2015, 10:46 pm

    Well….this will get me another attack from Monica, whoever she is……but this type of listing is far from the concept most tiny house followers have of tiny house living. Mortgage free, not when you are spending $300,000. It is suppose to be about simplifying.

  • helen fristrom November 18, 2015, 10:53 pm

    Well….this will get me another attack from Monica, whoever she is……but this type of listing is far from the concept most tiny house followers have of tiny house living. Mortgage free, not when you are spending $300,000. It is suppose to be about simplifying.

    You can design any arrange you want…..if you want high end accessories go for it……if you need handicap accessible put it in…..there are no limits to what you can do or afford……it is all possible.

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