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280 sq. ft. Orange Mound Tiny House for $42,500 (New Construction)


This is a 280 square foot foundation home built by Dwayne A. Jones in the historic neighborhood of Orange Mound in Memphis, Tennessee. Jones showed us another one of his creations earlier this year, but this one is even smaller and just as adorable.

The tiny house is currently for sale for $42,500. Enjoy the photo tour below and learn more below.

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Foundation Tiny House in Historic Neighborhood

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house 11

Images via Dwayne A. Jones

You can see this little home is quite an improvement to the area!

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house 12

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That yellow door is so inviting.

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house 10

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Ceiling fans are an awesome addition.

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house 9

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I am picturing a comfy couch.

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house 8

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Here’s the compact kitchen space.

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house 7

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Sliding door hides the bathroom.

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house 6

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You can add a cooking element.

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house 5

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Lovely tiled bathroom.

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house 4

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Great shower stall.

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house 3

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View from the bedroom.

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house

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Cozy bedroom with another fan.

280 sq. ft. Orange Mound tiny house 2

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VIDEO TOUR

Highlights:

  • 280 sq. ft
  • 1 bdrm 1 bath
  • Community of Orange Mound in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nine-foot ceiling
  • Vinyl planks
  • 12×24 flooring
  • Full bathroom with barn door
  • Mini-split unit
  • 50-gallon hot water tank
  • Granite countertop
  • Washer and dryer connections
  • Ceiling fans.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Linda Baker
    November 5, 2021, 7:28 pm

    yellow door isn’t enough to make this attractive – there seems to be so little storage! The bathroom is the only area that seems complete – bedroom doesn’t show a closet but am assuming there must be one – that makes one, one closet in the home! the kitchen has granite counter on sink base, make that formica and pop for another couple of cabinets – mini split and fans are fine but hwh seems oversize. Wondering where washer/dryer would go and with 9′ ceiling height perhaps a couple of shelves for storage bins would be good. I’ve seen tiny thows with more storage.

    • James D.
      November 6, 2021, 2:22 am

      6th photo down, look past the kitchen and into the bedroom… Partial view of the closet, plus open hanging space… They don’t indicate where the washer/dryer would go but it’s probably the bedroom…

      While it may seem to have limited storage but something to consider is storage space can be relative because it doesn’t have to be all built in and as long as there’s open space you can always add storage, which is sometimes preferable as it allows some level of customizing of the space you could not otherwise do without remodeling the space every time a new owner takes over the property…

      Mind, some THOWs can have more storage but that’s usually because they’re custom built and thus optimized to the needs of the owner, which allows every square inch of space to be used but for a space meant to be used for up to many different people for the life of the home, just open space can be more practical… Single level layout also limits how much can fit within the foot print, without more vertical space to take advantage of, though, like you suggested, adding shelves and upper cabinets are still an option…

    • Bryan O'Connor
      November 7, 2021, 9:27 am

      These are designed with 1 person in mind, How much storage does 1 person need? IF your moving into a tiny house with a closet full of clothes and 160 pair of shoes your doing it wrong from the flip. Tiny houses are for minimalist who have or want to have just want they need, not a bunch of crap they don’t and won’t ever use. If you want more clothes storage go to a flea market and buy a cheap little dresser and then slap a coat of paint on it and then put it in the closet or have a build a little loft bed. You want more food storage build you you some open shelving and out your dishes on that. With the advancement of cooking wares today you don’t even have to to have an oven, go buy one of those countertop ovens that does like 12 types of cooking. We bought one of those little Emil Lagasse ovens that does like 9 things for my mom for Christmas last year and between that, her copper electric skillet, her crock pot and microwave she hasn’t used her full size stove since and unlike a full size oven they can be stored on a microwave cart so they are out of the way when not being used. Would that work for a family of four? Absolutely not but tiny houses generally aren’t designed for a family of four, they are designed for 1 person and a couple. The only thing I can see that I would change is putting a pocket door on the bedroom that slides behind the shower wall, or take the door off completely and hang some full length curtains up there, the bedroom is small and the door would hit the bed no matter where you put it and who’s going to be in your bedroom or house for that matter that wasnt you want to hid your bedroom from?

  • Husabergchamp
    November 5, 2021, 9:10 pm

    I see the cost of some of these tiny homes that are not on wheels. So you are stuck wherever it is as a location. If you are looking for a small home might it not be better to buy an older “Fixer upper” and over time repair and improve and then flip? I have seen these types of homes in cities that are livable but do need a lot of help for between $15K and $30K. Put in another $10K over time and flip for $50k to $70K? If you have the skills.
    Just saying …………………………. Getting into cheap housing does not have to be expensive and your last place where you will live forever. This place is too expensive for what you are getting.

    • James D.
      November 6, 2021, 2:49 am

      Something to keep in mind is flipping isn’t guaranteed to work as intended. While there are costs that can be calculated before hand there can also be hidden costs that can be random factors that can significantly change what it actually ends up costing up to multiple times higher than you may have originally estimated.

      It’s also something that only works out when you can DIY, as you’ll run into too many additional costs hiring it out… There’s also the rising housing costs to consider, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the median home sales price is $374,900, an increase of over $50,000 from just a year ago.

      Though, that’s nationally, and it can vary significantly across the country. So just finding something lower priced than this will depend where people look and not everyone may find anything in their area… Add, the flipping craze of the last decade has used up a lot of the available houses that would fit what is ideal for a flip and with a still growing population, new house construction is something more and more people may have to consider…

      So it’s an option to go do a flip but not something everyone can necessary do or will always work out with the desired result, and the changing market will eventually need new solutions or costs will just continue to go up…

      • Lantz
        November 9, 2021, 8:27 pm

        City Data is a great site to find information on the cost of housing all over the country.
        http://www.city-data.com/city/Memphis-Tennessee.html

        • James D.
          November 10, 2021, 10:32 am

          Yes, among other data points, it’ll help get you started but still lots of other information to look up once you focus on a property and get to know what all the local rules are, what resources are available in the area, history of the property, review of the property to get an estimate of how much it will cost to own or flip, what the long term costs are and what hidden costs you may have to deal with, HOA?, etc.

      • Penny Burt
        November 10, 2021, 4:18 pm

        This so needs to be on wheels. I would love to have it in Waldport Oregon, but we can only have them on wheels!

  • Sgmapss
    November 5, 2021, 11:36 pm

    I think the windows almost going down to the floor are too big & besides making it very easy to break in, take up too much usable wall space.

    • Eric
      November 6, 2021, 1:20 am

      …but on the plus side they let in more light. And, lets face it, any burglar can break into any house in short order. The only deterrent would be a burglar alarm going off.

      But I take your point about it taking up valuable space, but some people don’t have much stuff anyway so it might not matter.

    • Bryan O'Connor
      November 7, 2021, 9:42 am

      I absolutely agree. In a tiny house space is a premium and wall space can used to to off set that. As Eric said, it’s easy for someone to break in into your house but why make it easier for them? And I CERTAINLY don’t want them in my bedroom. I want my bedroom windows as high and as small as I can legally make them, and as far as living room, kitchen and bathroom are concerned you give me a couple small picture windows and I’m good. The only 3 things I would change in this design is make the windows smaller, to take the bedroom door off and either make a pocket door or just hang some full length curtains on the doorway and once it was set i would build a lil fireplace in the living room wall so if you lost power during the winter you could atleast stay warm.

    • James D.
      November 7, 2021, 11:00 pm

      There are always trade offs, generally, for such long windows…

      Pros:

      -More natural light (which means saving more energy)
      -More visual access to natural beauty outside
      -Improving a small house, making it look more spacious
      -Improving a regular house, making it more interesting
      -Improved ventilation/air flow

      Cons:

      -Offering less privacy than regular windows
      -Prone to vandalism, such as rock-throwing
      -More expensive in installation, glazing, and special frames
      -More difficult to clean and maintain

      There’s also other factors like having an adequate egress window as ease of escaping that can be an important consideration as well…

      French style windows (not to be confused with french doors) is another style of long windows that is a fairly popular architectural detail and there’s floor to ceiling windows, which are premium and pricey, that can dramatically change the appearance of the space and the available views, among other style windows that change how the space feels…

      Mind, quality of life in the home can be significantly effected by the style and function of the windows… Besides, there are counter measures for the cons… Like security bars and alarm systems, with security glass that’s very hard to break or damage… It doesn’t have to be easier to break into or vandalize, and the pros can benefit the long term quality of life in the home…

  • amanda collins
    November 9, 2021, 10:53 pm

    Show me the same house in a years time

  • Diana
    November 26, 2021, 4:09 pm

    Having lived 9 years in Memphis I can tell you that Orange Mound is one of the worst areas to live in. So maybe these are an attempt to gentrify that area, I don’t know but I wouldn’t live in Memphis Tennessee again if you gave me a billion dollars. I hope it is improving.

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