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Simple Country Life in a 16×26 Kanga Tiny Cottage

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This 16×26 country cabin was built for a client by Kanga Room Systems in Texas. This little cabin offers about 416 sq. ft. of space without including the upstairs sleeping loft.

As soon as you approach the cabin you can see the classic covered front porch for relaxing. Go inside and you’ll find everything you need! Starting with an open living area with a kitchen, downstairs bedroom, washer/dryer, and a cozy upstairs sleeping loft with two beds. So how would you like to live a simple life in a little country cabin like this one? Please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you!

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Country Living in a 16×26 Kanga Cabin


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Images © Kanga

Learn more: http://kangaroomsystems.com/

Related: 480 Sq. Ft. Kanga Cabin

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  • Cahow
    February 8, 2015, 2:06 pm

    BEAUTIFUL iconic tiny home! Exceptional use of the space and I adore their decorating style. The red beams in the loft are that extra touch of “special” that make homes so memorable.

    ~clap-clap-clap~ to ALL involved in producing this gem! <3

  • alice h
    February 8, 2015, 3:01 pm

    Love all the covered outdoor space. Really handy in rain country. Pretty comfy digs. I’d be tempted to build another loft at the other end for a library or sewing room.

    • Kay
      February 8, 2015, 4:17 pm

      That’s a great idea about the extra loft. For myself, I’d take out that bird cage in the downstairs bedroom and put a sewing machine in that spot.

      I love the colors of the house and whole layout. Great job!!

      • Linda
        February 9, 2015, 11:36 pm

        Evicting the bird… heartless ;-D

      • Jesse
        April 21, 2016, 3:39 pm

        Clyde, my Quaker parrot, has read the reviews and he wants his home left in place for now. He can decide where and if it should be moved. He made me type this comment . 🙂

  • Steve C
    February 8, 2015, 3:02 pm

    I like the idea of tiny homes, but this small home makes sense to me for a longterm down-sizing solution. I have lived in 800-122sf by myself, but this seems to fulfill my desire to cut the excess but still have reasonable comforts — especially since I work from home.

  • AnnieinKC
    February 8, 2015, 3:21 pm

    I really love the covered area outside. I’d make the whole upstairs a closet with a huge triangle window at the far end. One like it at houzzed com. I’d use Resource Furniture fold out wall bed downstairs, maybe the 7′ desk that folds out to a twin bed. Great home! Thanks for sharing.

  • Lisa E.
    February 8, 2015, 3:47 pm

    Love the covered porch and the covered area for outdoor dining. Still not down with the ladder, though.

    • margie hughes
      February 10, 2015, 11:58 am

      I would store the ladder and use when needed

  • Rick Wise
    February 8, 2015, 3:50 pm

    This is what the better half and I have been looking for si there a way to get dirgram and specs so we may build one. Great house.

  • Lynnette
    February 8, 2015, 4:17 pm

    This is gorgeous. But agreed I think that builders should give these homes storage/shelving stairs to the lofts. Double duty extra storage and not having a ladder which makes it not only more appealing but more functional for those (me) that’d have a heck of a time climbing a ladder.

  • Sparrow
    February 8, 2015, 4:27 pm

    I agree with the folks above – the only real weakness of this lovely cabin is the ladder. I’ve seen other tiny houses that managed to install staircases, and it was done so cleverly that the staircases took up minimal space and were so charming that they added to the house’s character. Thanks for posting this. This site rocks!

    • Linda
      February 9, 2015, 11:37 pm

      I agree. It seems that the layout didn’t allow for a staircase.

  • Brian
    February 8, 2015, 6:39 pm

    This small house is eye candy to me. I would like to make the access to the loft via a stairway rather than a ladder. Well done and many thanks for sharing. Cheers from Australia

  • Ken
    February 8, 2015, 7:49 pm

    My favorite. I agree about stairs vs ladder. Versatile layout that does deliver all that I would need. Might build it out of logs and flagstone if I can make it fit my budget. Just a great place inside and out. Will work well with central S. C. landscape.

  • Harry
    February 8, 2015, 8:06 pm

    Agree with most everyone who commented. Nice use of space and attractive. As for the ladder I think an alternative might be a covered outside staircase. The house is obviously meant for a temperate climate and the loft as a spare bedroom, so an outside entrance might be fitting.

    • leili
      February 22, 2015, 10:29 am

      Your excellent idea would be especially fitting given this cottage’s location in TX Hill Country (albeit in its southern reaches). Fredericksburg’s famous “Sunday Houses” built by German settlers in the area in the 19th c for their, ahem, tiny houses in town where they would come in from their rural farms & ranches to attend church, shop & socialize on weekends frequently featured an outdoor staircase to access sleeping quarters in the lofts. It’s not a rainy climate and rarely very cold, so they usually aren’t even covered.

  • Rachel
    February 8, 2015, 8:50 pm

    Loving it! Perfect for me, an old gramma 🙂

  • Canyon Man
    February 8, 2015, 9:25 pm

    I understand about the ladder comments to a point. But I would rather climb the ladder than lay in a card board box at the corner of Walk and Don’t Walk. Just my humble opinion.

  • barb
    February 8, 2015, 10:26 pm

    I like this a lot, especially the porch and the carport. The kitchen is not just functional, but usable, and the option for a washer/dryer combo was considered in the design, not just thrown in as an afterthought. The space it occupies could also be a pantry or entry coat closet if on-site laundry isn’t a priority for you. I also favor stairs (with storage) over a ladder to the loft. Love to see signs of non-human occupation, too!

  • Glen
    February 9, 2015, 12:03 am

    Now this is nice. A decent sized loft and a good sized bathroom. Very appealing.

  • Will B.
    February 9, 2015, 12:27 pm

    Nicely done! Cozy and livable.

  • vicki
    February 9, 2015, 3:09 pm

    this is one of my faves…bedroom downstairs, porch, covered area for bad weather its really nice love it

  • Gael
    February 10, 2015, 9:54 pm

    I totally could live in this space. I’d probably use the loft for storage &/or guests. Not sure where the washer & dryer are. That is one thing I’m willing to give up space to. Would like a stacking washer/dryer. I’ve seen a couple tiny houses with them, but not many. I guess the idea is off-grid for many which means making other arrangements for laundry or hand wash.

    • leili
      February 22, 2015, 10:56 am

      The stacking washer|dryer combo are located in the closet next to the fridge.

      An alternative appropriate for some climates would be to use that as a coat or storage closet & put a laundry out in the attached combination carport/porch.

      There are many more pictures of this cottage at Kanga’s site which Alex linked to in his post.

      • Gael
        February 23, 2015, 1:41 pm

        Thanks Leili, for the post and link! The stacking washer/dryer in the closet is perfect!

  • Paula
    February 21, 2015, 11:56 am

    Perfection! My favorite of all! I too need staircase vs. ladder, but can absolutely see that change happening with only minor adjustment to the floor plan! Love this! Thank you so much!

  • Martha
    April 27, 2015, 1:44 pm

    It looks to me that there is enough space to pull that ladder out to a less steep angle, and do the storage box/drawers thing behind the ladder to the wall. Everything else in this house is perfect!

  • Dennis Warren
    April 27, 2015, 2:53 pm

    Love Kanga, but here’s what I’d do:
    Flip the bedroom and bathroom, and get rid of the bedroom (I’m a 62 year old single). Extend the kitchen maybe 1/3 or 1/2 way into the old bathroom space, allowing for more counter space (I’m also a cook) +/or a pantry and a washer/dryer/laundry on the opposite side of the new kitchen space. Use the other half of the old bathroom for a mud room (I’m at 9000′ in the Colorado Rockies), and as has been suggested, a storage staircase to the loft, or a storage ladder (I’m a personal trainer/Spinning instructor, and just got down from climbing my 20′ ladder to brush the 8″ of snow off my internet dish), as ladders are not a problem for me (now), or even a spiral staircase. Use what used to be the bedroom for a dining area, office, or whatever, but keep it open (no wall/door). I think this would open up the living area and still allow for guests to use this area for sleeping, if necessary.
    Thanks, Alex, for continuing to highlight great tiny homes on wheels or not, and your work is much appreciated.

  • Chava
    April 27, 2015, 3:05 pm

    Love it! Perfect except ladder instead of stairs.

  • Margie
    April 27, 2015, 4:06 pm

    Beautiful house! One thing I would change is take the ladder away and add wrought iron spiral stairs. You can still see your wall decorations and it gives an open feeling. Also love you enclosed outdoor living space. Good Job!

  • Maria West
    April 27, 2015, 4:22 pm

    I want that !!!!!

  • Mary
    April 27, 2015, 5:18 pm

    Has anyone tried to make a staircase that folds away..(nesting table type) So that when you need it you can pull it away from the wall and if not push it back taking up 1 stair step of space in a tall column. I am not an engineer so I don’t know if it is doable. I would never use the loft unless my grandsons came over.

    • Large Marge
      September 14, 2016, 10:51 pm

      Similar to a Murphy bed, but a Murphy stairs? [wheels churning]

      Telescoping? Nesting in a vertical flat until needed, then a tug on the lowest step expands the unit for use… clack clack clack.

      This would be simple to fabricate from metal, a few rollers and stops…

      Mary, darling, have we told you lately, you are a genius!

  • gale
    April 27, 2015, 6:01 pm

    Another winner for the baby boomers. Cute as can be and livable for seniors or disabled. Love serinf these types of homes mixed in with the really tiny ones. Something for everyone.
    Thanks Alex for all your hard work.

  • Brenda Spencer
    April 27, 2015, 8:27 pm

    Lovely! We are building a similar home but 32 sq. ft. Less, 384. I am so anxious to share it, we are almost in it!

  • Karen R
    April 27, 2015, 9:22 pm

    No ladder EVER, but a spiral stair would be nice (my husband has MS and loves spiral stairs because he can lean on the rail as he goes up and down).

  • Sylvie
    April 28, 2015, 1:56 am

    There must be a way to have a set of stairs that can be opened when needed and folded flat to the wall when not in use. Haven’t seen anything like it yet in these tiny/small home designs.

    • Cahow
      April 28, 2015, 9:41 am

      Hi, Sylvie. There actually IS a product such as you proposed, BUT…I could only find it being sold in the U.K.. It’s actual stairs and railings; it’s used in the horticultural field. The bottom footprint might be too large for you, but if you need to get 8+ feet in the air to a loft, you need that base for stability.

  • Beverly Rock
    September 13, 2016, 10:08 pm

    I love this house. The only thing I would want is a stove. I love that it has a bedroom and you could have guests in the loft. I can see myself sitting out on the porch.

    September 13, 2016, 10:47 pm

    Really great example of what I considered to be a tiny house before the tiny house movement even started… I had ideas of building something of the same stature as this one, or to find a tiny cracker house in my area and move it to the property of my choosing which to would have almost looked identical as this when finished of renovations in order to bring it up to code…! I am however skeptical of asking how much this one costs to build, as I am afraid it would far exceed what I had planned for…. But it is a beautiful tiny house nonetheless.. OH…! And I agree with the stair consensus, as I have a bad knee and climbing a ladder would be difficult for me, so I would think stairs would be the more marketable preference feature in a house of this type as I see more and more folks these days with whom suffer with the same afflictions….!

  • Kim
    September 14, 2016, 6:10 am

    Awesome! Best tiny cabin yet. Love the bedroom too. Great layout

  • Angie
    September 14, 2016, 9:03 am

    It always cracks me up how upset people get about ladders…when you make your own, make stairs, NBD 🙂 Clearly, in this picture, the loft houses children or young people, so it’s totally appropriate that they would save money and put in a ladder. Sure, you can squeeze in more storage space with stairs, but they take up more floor and cost more. But that’s not hard to change to fit your needs 🙂 I think this house is perfect! Just adorable.

  • Sally B
    September 16, 2016, 8:12 pm

    Rarely am I speechless, but I am!

  • Bonnie
    March 20, 2019, 8:27 pm

    Love this. Absolutely beautiful! Can you tell me the cost? Bonnie

  • Joan L
    September 1, 2019, 4:17 pm

    We have a similar cabin that we have lived in for 4 years. The roof is raised up about 4 feet which really helps provide more headroom and storage space in the loft. Just a suggestion.

  • maria
    September 4, 2019, 9:21 am

    love it! What is the price?

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