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1500-sq.-ft. Cabin with ‘Tiny House Style’

This is a 1500-sq.-ft. cabin with ‘tiny house style’. But this cabin is so tall, that the loft has its own loft.

It’s basically, a huge tiny house, right? It’s a big cabin with tiny house style and it could be a great design for a family who’s in love with cabins. This one is a vacation rental out of Wills Point, Texas. Take a look at it below and let me know what your thoughts are about it.

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Beautiful 1500-sq.-ft. Cabin on 130 Acres in Wills Point, Texas

The feeling of a tiny house, but with 1,500-sq.-ft., sounds kind of interesting…

A normal bedroom with doors, windows, ceiling fan, rugs, and furniture…

Okay, I think I’m starting to like this.

The bathroom is super luxurious and pretty spacious, too.

It really does have that tiny house style, doesn’t it? Look at this incredible eating area… Those windows…!

The kitchen here, is a magnificent place, thanks to a lot of things, one of them being the vaulted ceilings.

It also doesn’t hurt that the kitchen is drop-dead awesome.

Nearby is your living area with wall-mounted television up high. This cabin is big enough for family gatherings.

When the whole family wants to go tiny, this is what you really need. A super-awesome cabin!

Who doesn’t get healed and rejuvenated in a place like this?

It’s super-cool how there are loft-nooks in this cabin, kind of like this…

The loft bedroom even has its own loft, that’s how tall this cabin is!

Yep, the loft has a loft.

So what do you think of this cabin? I know it’s not tiny, but isn’t it awesome?

It’s 1,500-sq.-ft. of cabin! Some of us need to see this, because tiny may not be sustainable long-term for a lot of people. In those cases, why not consider building something kind of like this?

It can be just as charming and awesome as a tiny house, it can be well-built, and it can even be designed to conserve energy.

Well, this beautiful 1500-sq.-ft. cabin with tiny house style is actually a vacation spot in Wills Point, Texas, and it sits on an incredible 130-acre property.

What do you think of this cabin?

Sometimes, readers get a little bit frustrated that I share homes that are this big from time to time and I put them in our small houses section. But I do that because I’ve seen so many people go tiny, only to sell their tiny house. So I often ask, what if they just found a way to go small instead of tiny? Would it have lasted longer and served them better? And so those are the questions I pass on to you because only you the reader can answer it for yourself. Before going tiny, consider going small just because it might be a better fit long-term (and that’s really important).

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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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  • Lee Ann
    January 22, 2020, 9:18 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I like seeing smaller homes. 1500 sf isn’t as small as small (lol) but for many people, it is down-sizing. I think it’s a great option. This one is a beautiful home. I could live there full-time, for sure. I love that little reading nook with double-doors to the deck.

  • Cynthia Marston
    January 22, 2020, 12:02 pm

    Love it !

    • Bindi Wuertenberg
      March 6, 2020, 1:29 pm

      While I enjoy the tiny homes, viewing them makes me feel frustrated. I just cannot fathom living in anything less than 700 sq ft. I’ve subscribed to the Small Home newsletter, but I rarely see anything that is small. Anything between 700 and 1200 sq ft is what I’m most interested in seeing. So yes! PLEASE keep sharing these larger small or tiny homes!

      Another point of frustration is lack of information. We see these lovely homes and there is no information of blueprints, builders, or cost. PLEASE start including this information. It would be so helpful to those of us that are “shopping” for our next home!

      Thank you for sharing. I enjoy getting your newsletter.

      • Dick
        April 15, 2020, 5:19 pm

        Unfortunately, @Bindi, Alex, Natalie, Amanda, Danielle et al. do not always have access to the information you want. Many of these homes are featured on other sites, and Alex aggregates them here for those of us who are interested in tiny/small homes. There is almost always a “learn more” link or two at the bottom of the page, links you can follow to contact the builder, see the builder’s website, etc., and learn more.

        Changing the subject: Alex, DON’T APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT YOU POST ON THT!! (Caps lock intended). This is YOUR site. Not of us who reads the site or posts on these forums pays you a dime for the informtion (thanks! by the way–I’ve been on this site for over five years), so you don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself.

        I worked in radio for over twenty years, and I often wanted to ask complaining listeners, “Tell me, who’s holding a gun to your head and forcing you to listen to us? This market has four other Christian stations–find one you like.” (Sigh) If some people couldn’t gripe, their lives would lose all purpose. Before someone else says it, I know radio’s different, since listeners patronize the advertisers who provide the money that went into my paycheck. But I still wanted to say it…

        • J. Turner
          April 16, 2020, 11:49 am

          FIVE Christian radio stations in one market?

          I’m guessing this was in the states…?

        • Natalie C. McKee
          April 16, 2020, 1:22 pm

          Thanks, Dick!

        • Abbie Someone
          April 16, 2020, 1:24 pm

          I applaud your inclusion of a variety of homes in a variety of sizes. Inspiration can come from unexpected places, and someone could easily see a design feature in a small house that’s perfect for their tiny house.

          Also, gatekeepers DESERVE to be annoyed. 🙂

          Just kiddin’… mostly.

        • Abbie Someone
          April 16, 2020, 1:26 pm

          (oops… meant to post that comment to the main discussion and not to this specific thread.)

  • Tom Osterdock
    January 22, 2020, 6:18 pm

    i would of been interested had it been for sale. but not as a rental.

    • David Harriman
      March 15, 2021, 2:33 am

      Would have, or would’ve. Not “would of”.

  • Bhavna
    January 22, 2020, 7:28 pm

    I would be interested buying or leasing (renting) tiny home. About 1300 to 1500 sq. Ft.

  • Andrea
    January 22, 2020, 7:55 pm

    Love this cabin! I plan to buy a cabin this year!! I have been waiting a very very long time to this❤️ Viva las cabins!!

  • Sammie
    January 22, 2020, 9:06 pm

    I really fell in love with this one I have 560sq. ft. I could have used the extra ROOM FOR STORAE or more company when folks come from full sized home try small first (you were right) then you can always move down to tiny

  • Howie
    January 22, 2020, 9:21 pm

    It is a very nice house, bit many of us I assume can’t really get motivated when we have no idea what the price range is for these homes.

    My wife and I are looking to build and we don’t want tiny, but we don’t want big either. A modern house this size or smaller with modern touches and open living would be great. But we also do t want to break the bank either.

    Where can we look at different designers in pre Fab, container, or even dome that isn’t going to kill us? Something less than $200k.

    Thank you.

    • Eric
      January 24, 2020, 2:37 am

      I suggest you consult your friend and mine… Mr Google.

      • Alice McCarthy
        July 13, 2020, 12:14 am

        Eric, you might want to contact someone at Rural Studio-Auburn University in Alabama. It’s an extraordinary architecture program focused on developing beautiful housing for the poor. Their houses are very inexpensive–$20,000 and less. They give away plans and help builders with their project. Since the figure you mention is several orders of magnitude greater than the numbers they deal with, you may be too far outside their focus area for them, but it’s such a remarkable program you’ll be glad to know about it in any case.

        • Eric
          August 10, 2020, 4:57 am

          Alice, that was a slightly humourous plus slightly sarcy comment to Howie’s post.

          And, no way I’m gonna contact someone in Alabama, I live in New Zealand. LOL

  • LaTonya Boyd
    January 22, 2020, 9:42 pm

    Must say this tiny but big home is beautiful. Don’t know why tiny homes cost about the same as a big one..

    • ken leigh
      January 23, 2020, 9:38 pm

      It all depends on what you want. Why does a BMW cost more than a Mini Cooper?

  • Emily Trimmer
    January 23, 2020, 12:45 pm

    1500 sqft may be “small” in US standards but it can easily be a comfortable 5-bedroom house in the UK…
    If it was more like 800sqft with 5 bedrooms then I just might give you that definition of small.

  • ken leigh
    January 23, 2020, 9:30 pm

    Biggest tiny house I’ve ever seen. What’s next tiny Mic mansion.

    • Laura Bryan
      March 14, 2021, 3:17 pm

      It is in Texas, and everything is bigger in Texas.

  • Alison
    January 26, 2020, 4:22 pm

    For two people a 1,000 square foot house is plenty big, if well designed. This house seems large to me, and not especially efficient. But I like to look at pretty much all houses.

    • Laura Bryan
      March 14, 2021, 3:18 pm

      I agree. The point is to reduce the footprint and find clever ways to use every inch of space.

  • shaw lively
    January 31, 2020, 10:13 am

    I too enjoy seeing small in addition to tiny so please continue to share

  • Sheri
    January 31, 2020, 4:18 pm

    Beautiful home in nature can see myself here. Have been downsizing as I age and looking for smart ideas in smaller spaces with windows and tall walls and big bathrooms. Thanks for sharing great food for thought😻

  • Mary
    February 6, 2020, 1:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing. After being in love with tiny houses for years (think Jay S. when he was still in Iowa), I have realized that I wouldn’t be happy in a very tiny house. I love to cook and bake. I don’t need a large kitchen, but a workable one. I love wood heat and want a woodstove large enough to rely on for heat. Currently I heat my house with the smallest Jotul. But I don’t want to burn pinecones for heat. These are just a few things that are difficult to fit into 200 sq feet. I am living in a very comfortable 600 sq ft cottage and have no desire for more space. However, in showing larger houses like this one, I can see other optimal layouts and designs.
    So thank you again for sharing!

    • Lee Ann
      February 6, 2020, 4:20 pm

      Hi Mary–I’m sort of leaning toward larger-than-tiny myself. 600 sf sounds perfect to me. I currently live in a 450 sf apartment and if it had just a wee bit more space for a little home office/guest room, it’d be perfect.

  • e.a.f.
    March 1, 2020, 1:40 am

    1500 sq. ft. to most North “Americans purchasing a new home, is small. its a great design. When you have a house of this size, you’re only covering the earth for about 750 sq. ft. which is better than spreading it. If stairs aren’t an issue for you, this is great. Thank you for showing this home. Like the design. With the ceilings, it would most likely feel a lot larger than its 1500 sq. ft.

    After the flooding in New Orleans, Lowe’s created some small homes, which included some which were two stories. They could be purchased as a kit and be added on to as money and time afforded. Back in the 1970s/early 80s there was also a design called a grow house. No not that kind of “grow house”, but a house, which when built had a roughed in second story, just open. It was created with the thought, a young couple could afford a very basic house and live on the main floor. As time and money were available, the second floor would be completed and the bedrooms would be upstairs and the first floor would be come living space.
    Ran across a house plan book from the mid 50s and the bungalows were all approx. 900 sq. ft. to 1300 sq. ft. that was the size working/middle class families lived in and brand new in the 50s those houses sold for $9K to $12K on a large lot. those lots now go for a million or more. the houses now being built on those lots are over 3000 sq ft. Wonder if they’re any happier?

    • Eric
      August 10, 2020, 5:13 am

      Wonder no more. They aren’t any happier. Research has shown that those who buy larger for status recognition, even if that status is only amongst their peers, are generally an unhappy lot. The reason is simple. They tend to overextend themselves for a house to show of to their, supposed, friends and acquaintances. But the cost of paying for that “”status symbol”” is often bankruptcy and relationship breakdowns. And that is what is so sad. More than enough is money well wasted, not spent.

  • Donna Millermcnutt
    March 22, 2020, 8:36 pm

    UTTERLY AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 <3

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 24, 2020, 2:31 pm

      Gotta love a cabin!

  • .Lawrence Curran
    March 22, 2020, 9:48 pm

    Did I miss some thing who is the Builder ??

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 24, 2020, 2:31 pm

      This is a vacation rental and I’m afraid they didn’t mention the builder.

  • Sue Spence
    March 23, 2020, 6:04 am

    Absolutely love this home…would live here forever

  • linda wilson
    March 23, 2020, 9:32 am

    Alex, I found this on VRBO, I don’t even remember how I got there! I fell in love then, it is just beautiful. Who would have thought green cabinets would be fabulous? I am dying to sit in the soft chair facing the double doors with a cup of tea and good book. I also have always wanted a little reading nook above my master bedroom in a loft. So, I know it is for others to sleep in but I would like a tiny one that I can put tons of pillows and a cozy light and read the day away. Perfect house, I do wish you could have given us pictures of plans. Alex, please continue to give us these types of houses. My husband & I are downsizing and we are looking for plans for a perfect 3 bed, 2 bath, 1100 sq’ house (we are in a 3000 sq’ house now.) Keep sharing!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 24, 2020, 2:30 pm

      So glad you like these! I wish we had the floor plans. We will keep finding more like this for you!

  • Lin
    April 15, 2020, 7:37 pm

    Don’t care for green cabinets. Otherwise it is cute.

  • Abbie Someone
    April 16, 2020, 1:24 pm

    I applaud your inclusion of a variety of homes in a variety of sizes. Inspiration can come from unexpected places, and someone could easily see a design feature in a small house that’s perfect for their tiny house.

    Also, gatekeepers DESERVE to be annoyed. 🙂

    Just kiddin’… mostly.

  • Bindy Wuertenberg
    April 16, 2020, 9:06 pm

    Complaining? No, not complaining. Inquiring. I appreciate the information as to why some info is not listed at the time of publication. Inquiring minds want to know. I’ve noticed that others have also asked on past articles, but I had not come across any info that directly seemed related to the information needed. Doesn’t mean we are complaining. If inquiring is now a form of complaining, wow.

    • Eric
      August 10, 2020, 5:17 am

      Don’t take it too personally Bindy. Remember the written word doesn’t convey things the same as face to face. It lacks things like sheepish smiles and shoulder shrugs. The twinkle in the eye that tells you they are really just kidding etc.

      • Bindy
        August 11, 2020, 5:42 pm

        Thank you, Eric. You are right. I appreciate the reminder. Still LOVE this house!

  • Jan
    April 20, 2020, 12:24 pm

    Love everything about this cabin except the placement of the TV. You would have a sore neck trying to watch it. Also I prefer cabinets vs open shelving but that is just a preference.

  • Vegan designer-project manager
    May 11, 2020, 3:04 pm

    It appears to be well-constructed and the fixtures and furnishings and design are harmonious. But the soaring vaulted ceilings make this costlier to heat and cool (and in Texas, cooling is a big deal and very costly). It seemed like a great waste of space when the same structure could have certainly borne a ceiling over the “great room” and created other living space. The photos I saw didn’t show the “loft within the loft” but I found the little staircase up to the extra loft to be distracting and an eyesore. Instead, the designer could have made that like an attic access with a panel in the ceiling that can drop down with a folding ladder/steps to allow access when needed, and close it up when not in use. It’s pretty. But I wouldn’t want the electrical bills. Didn’t notice if there is a garage to go with this house.

  • nina
    May 11, 2020, 3:08 pm

    This is a beautiful home – so glad to see something larger. I’m 57, single, been a remote employee for about 15 years. I am looking for something in the 1200 ft. range so I have a sewing/work area. I just downsized from 2800 sq ft to a 900 ft rental. This rental was built in the 40s – and no “open concept” living. I’ve come to realize I did NOT like the open concept living of my old contemporary home – but I also don’t want to be pushed off into the recesses. I am loving the living room with a dining separating the kitchen. When the kids are here visiting – we can happily chat in the kitchen – and not bother anyone watching TV in the front room. While I’d never opt for a tiny house – there are many design elements in a tiny house that I find would easily be incorporated into a “small house” of 1000-1200 ft. Thank you for all you share!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 13, 2020, 6:00 am

      So glad this was helpful to you!

  • Kathy
    May 11, 2020, 4:44 pm

    I would love the plans for that home! It appears to be 2 bedrooms; reading nook is perfect!

  • BJ
    May 11, 2020, 10:37 pm

    While this is a very nice place. It is bigger than the 2 bed , 1 & 1/2 bath , I’m at now. with 2 kids
    & a cat. Tiny homes are tiny, This is a regular size house. Bigger than my moms 2 bedroom also.
    It does look very nice. It would be a nice vacation spot to relax. But not tiny.
    I looked up sizes also. It is around 780 sq ft to 1,1oo sq ft for a small home.

  • alice h
    May 23, 2020, 4:50 pm

    I like the aesthetic but too much useless space to heat. You could add more livable private space and still have that open, airy feeling. You might even be able to make part of it a separate studio apartment space, good for older kids or guests or whatever.

  • Mira
    July 12, 2020, 2:18 pm

    How can I get the plans for the one below? Please connect me with design = builder:

    This looks bigger than 400 sf ??? By Park Model, is it on wheels? Doesn’t look like it. ???
    Excitedly looking forward to the information.

  • Mira Naanes
    July 13, 2020, 11:22 pm

    Hi Natalie Natalie C. McKee 2020-07-13 10:44:0
    mira to Tiny :
    YES!    I have been getting tiny house newsletters daily for 10-12 mon….and when I realized there were also newsletters for Small Houses I jumped right on that one too.   Thank you for your feedback..I really appreciate it.  And thank you for the link.Husband and I will be moving, likely Spring 2021 from MA. to N.C. to be near husband’s family. We are retired and want to scale down our living style – do not have a lot of funds and cannot any longer take on self builds – painful arthritis plus a myriad of other physical obstacles.  We cannot climb stairs – so ‘love the idea of a bed that lifts up to the ceiling for multi purpose room use.  I continue to research through the emails I receive of Tiny and Small Homes for details we like and ways we might  be able to have it made.  Roomier widths are important as we need a split king bed.  There are so many inspiring  examples that people have developed!! I believe we will be able to decide on what and how as we get closer to our move.  May I ask, please pray for our safety during our move in the midst of Covid-19 as we are in the highly vulnerable age range.  There are 2 important Qs we have:1. What is the maximum length and width for a tiny?  (Not including a gooseneck, due to steps)  2. What kind of vehicle would we need to pull it?  Would we need a truck cab?…. or a small pickup truck?  How does one figure this out?
    If you do not know, can you guide me how to find out?Whatever you can send our way will be another step we can pursue.  Many thanks, Mira

  • Lynn Hummer
    August 9, 2020, 12:59 pm

    Ditto!! I love the 800-1300 sq.ft size. would love additional info!!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 10, 2020, 1:37 pm

      Because it’s an Airbnb rental there’s not any information on the builder or designer, but you could contact the owner via their listing and see if they’d be willing to share those details!

  • Deborah Dixon
    October 6, 2020, 12:53 pm

    I love everything about this gorgeous home except for the stairs… too many for my old knees…as time passes by single level is what I’m looking for. But Bravo to this lovely design!

  • BlysseB
    October 6, 2020, 1:10 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I have been contemplating going tiny for a while, but can’t really get myself smaller than a tiny for living and another tiny for workshop. It’s good to see other options.

  • Delos Turner
    October 6, 2020, 5:19 pm

    Wow what a nice hose. So many different aspic to the rooms but they still flow together making a wonderful home. Very Nice.

  • Alison
    December 31, 2020, 10:46 pm

    My house is 1400 square feet 2008 home. We have three bedrooms and a playroom and one full bath and one half bath. It works well for my family of 5. I grew up in 3,500 home and it was huge and a huge project to clean and to do maintenance. We live in NJ and I know several people that choose smaller homes 1,300 to 1,200 square feet. I love the cozy collage theme. On the plus side our utilities are low being a newer home and smaller home. We got an energy efficient grant and that helped lower our bills as well. Far as I know every state has these grants just have to be middle income or lower to receive. If you have kids it’s usually a given to get these energy efficient grants. I love the feel of a cozy smaller house and we have an awesome patio outside to entertain inside and out.

  • Richard Lynn Herrington
    March 14, 2021, 9:09 pm

    I can’t believe they went to this much trouble & expense to build a beautiful cabin and they did not include a wood-burning fireplace or even a wood-burning stove in the living room. I would also not want a TV placed that high on the wall of the living room. Hurts my neck just thinking about watching a TV that high on the wall. But then again… the cabin was designed for what they wanted… so I guess they got exactly what they wanted. When I design my cabin… I will design it for what I want as a single man.

    • James D.
      March 14, 2021, 10:14 pm

      Something to keep in mind is fireplaces aren’t as desirable in warmer climates as you can easily over heat the interior, especially in a tiny house. So it can usually be more practical to have something outdoors, especially during the summers, and they do have a fire pit…

      Some places, including some in Texas, also restrict what is allowed in terms of fire places and so it’s not always an option… Also, as a rental property, it may not be something the insurance company may cover in that area for the higher liability…

  • Kimberly Poole
    March 15, 2021, 8:48 am

    I love this cabin. Its huge to me, but I would be very at home. I could live here & be very happy.

  • Beth
    April 6, 2021, 9:15 pm

    This is stunning! It does amuse me that Americans think this is small though, twice the size of my normally sized English family home, but it is gorgeous. In a country that has the space for a home like this (and on such a huge and stunning plot!) I’d be very happy!

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