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387 Sq. Ft Tiny Cottage: Staircase Storage and Spacious Loft


If you’re looking to go tiny or downsize but don’t exactly want to live in less than 200-square-feet OR be limited by an 8.5-foot wide trailer, then you might like this option. It’s still a tiny house on wheels but it’s a park model because it’s much bigger.

These sort of units are nothing new, and this one is built by Palm Harbor Homes. It has a relaxing beach vibe, doesn’t it? Take a look below, and let us know in the comments, would you consider living tiny in a park model sort of like this one?

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Tiny Cottage with a Loft (Park Model)

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via Intimate Home Designs.com

Loft View

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What’s hiding under the stairs? The lower steps hide two pull-out drawers for extra storage.

Staircase Storage Drawers going to the Loft

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While the upper stairs hinge up to hold a safe completely out of sight.

Built-in Safe under the Staircase!

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Sleeping Loft

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Beautifully decorated living room

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Nestled perfectly in the living room area is a small pub style dining table with a hanging LCD TV.

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The kitchen is still rather spacious in this tiny beach cottage. I could see myself cooking in here.

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Check out all that storage.

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Loving the awesome sink and sparkly-looking back-splash.

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Shower with Glass Doors

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The master bedroom downstairs has that classic beach charm I was talking about. Cool backlighting for late night reading in bed.

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The built-in storage in the bedroom is great for hiding away clothing and other personal items.

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A side door to open in the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee out in nature.

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via Intimate Home Designs.com

Contact Palm Harbor Homes for further information.

Would you consider living in this tiny beach style cottage or one kind of like it? Why or why not? Just curious…

Sources: http://www.intimatehomedesigns.com/intimatehomedesigns/Blog__Loving_the_Home_youre_In/Entries/2012/2/12_A_Tiny_Solar_Cottage.html, http://www.palmharbor.com/

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Andrea has lived simply in small spaces for more than 7 years and enjoys sharing her space saving (and space multiplying) tips from experience.
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  • Very nice layout!
    Love the side door and porch off the bedroom and arched windows. Looks very room and easy to navigate for bigger people. Good job!

    LaMar

  • Avatar Kathy

    I have been spoiled for all other tiny houses since I first ran across this one about 6 months ago, and not just because it’s cute as the proverbial button. I think it is also VERY well planned for a retiree with a hobby and a few possessions, and grandchildren who like to spend the night. Not to mention a retiree who does not want to climb a ladder. I want to think I could manage in 150 sq ft, but who am I kidding? I would probably go nuts, or more so than I already am!! 🙂 I need to see this house! And if any one has any clue as to the price range I would be most grateful for the info!!

    • Avatar Cahow

      Kathy: I visited the decorator’s website.

      As you see this unit, with all the upgrades, it sells for $70K.

      Barebones, no upgrades sells for $35K.

      • Avatar Kathy

        Thank you very much Cahow. All duded up like this I am sure its worth $70k, but actually I would prefer it in a simpler form anyway. 8′)

        • Avatar Lisa E.

          Yes, thank you, Cahow, for this very valuable information. If I ever have to have a foundation house, this one would head the list; it is so well designed; just love it. I would use the upstairs as an office. Love the colors and LOVE the Belleek type tiles in the bathroom…wooohoooo!!! 😀

      • Avatar deborah

        Wow, when you consider there is not even a speck of land with this…

  • Avatar Maria

    I have been in this house. The stairs are real narrow. The pictures make it look big, but the living room is real small,so is the bedroom. They want too much for this unit. I think it cost between 30,000 to 46,000. They are located in Tampa Florida. Right off of I4.

    • Avatar Kathy

      I’m thinking that at 376 sq ft, I am not surprised that the bedroom and the living room are small……THAT’S the whole idea of a tiny house isn’t it? *Grin*

    • Avatar Roy

      Hello This Palm Harbour Homes is in Plant City, Fl I live here and Its a great facility. Ive been in that model home and its nice with a big price tag.

    • Avatar karen

      too much 70k for this house…

  • Avatar Landyn

    sure wish you had at least one exterior picture.

    • Avatar Kathy

      http://www.palmharbor.com/our-homes/floor-plans/sr-floor-plans/fp-20-nw-cascadelodge-4F1A134/#.UxO_H84YBEJ Another responder gave this url for the Palm Harbor page that does show the exterior of this house in a log cabin form. It has big porches at either end, but the house itself is 11.5′ x 34′. There is only one interior photo there and it shows the kitchen and stairs area without all the upgrades presumably, because it is much “plainer”. And you will see that this model is apparently available only in a handful of states/locations, Northern CA being one of them. Good for me!

      • Avatar Michaela

        Thank you so much for this comment! I have been trying to locate the plans for this house for months! Thank you Kathy your my hero 😀

  • Avatar Casey Vervalin

    Can someone tell me where I can purchase this home? How much to build? Can I see floor plans?

    Thanks
    Casey

  • Avatar Patrick

    Definitely an intriguing design; nothing conventional about it. With all the odd angles, though, and the upscale finish materials, it would have to be an expensive cottage to build or buy. As another poster noted, too, it feels cramped inside. I’d rather spend the money on a more spacious, open floor plan, cladding the structure in traditional clapboard or Cape Cod shingle siding — which to me says “Cottage.” But that’s just me. I’d also opt for a more subtle color scheme. To my taste, the strong pastels used here are overkill. It would be like living inside a candy jar.

  • Avatar Alissa

    This is the best tiny house i have seen yet and i already live in one! Great design, I live all the added in storage and upgraded finishes. Looks great and this is definately a house i would not be ashamed to invite anyone into. Kudos!

    • Avatar Alex

      Awesome! Glad you liked it Alissa 🙂

  • Avatar Lora Turner

    love it

  • The link takes you to the Modular homes page. I would have liked to see it at least take you to a place you could see other Park Models. Diamond Industries in East Texas builds the best quality of this type to date and they are NOT as expensive as Palm Harbor was when Palm Harbor quit building the Park Models. This unit was probably sent to a builder for all the custom work and at $70K I am not sure it works. This is what… 2012 info?

  • Avatar Jason

    I’d love to have that floor plan so I could build one some thing like that on cause I’d change a couple things

  • Avatar Jennie Lanahan

    What is the name of the floor plan? I can’t find it on their website

  • Avatar Kaz Angelique Dorward

    Are there plans one can buy for this little house?
    There is just my Mother & I, & this 2 bedroom arrangement is perfect for us.
    Brilliantly designed well done.
    Kaz

    • Park Model Lofts have about 50″ of head room so you will not be able to stand up. I have several models I design that will have a Cupola that is installed after the home is placed and hooked up. One of my designs even has a second floor loft that comes out on a separate trailer and set with a fork lift or cherry picker [email protected] Designs on face book.

  • Avatar Bindi

    I sure wish there were exterior shots of this home as well. 🙁 lovely inside though.

  • Avatar kristin

    Where can I find the floor plan?

  • Avatar Wilhelm

    Here is the URL to that Model. Just copy and paste it into a new Tab.

    http://www.palmharbor.com/our-homes/floor-plans/sr-floor-plans/fp-20-nw-cascadelodge-4F1A134/#.UxO_H84YBEJ

  • Avatar Lisa E.

    Wow, this is fabulous. Just love it.

  • Avatar April C

    Love this Tiny a Cottage! How much is it? Where can I get the plans! Love the colors and the downstairs bedroom and staircase storage! I want this one!

  • Avatar Erica

    I love this little house! I realize it’s smaller than it looks. I live in a 460sf loft apartment that’s mostly open. What I like about this house is the kitchen (the shallower sections of counter are great for small appliances or ‘stuff.’ Good storage for such a small place (definitely more storage than my kitchen). The paint/decor is lovely. If I built this, I would probably expand it just a bit, up to maybe 500sf.

  • Avatar Kelly Libert

    Lovely beach cottage. I fell in love with that staircase and its hidden space. It is filled with expensive details: the trim work, extensive crown molding, the bead board with trim in the bedroom and the beautiful tile work. I imagine that one 20′ container on top of a 40′ container could make this work with a more minimalist, modern style. Love the shape of the kitchen. I could definitely live here with less frou-frou and saturation of color. Saving this plan.

  • Avatar Kelly Libert

    I believe that is the same house as featured here:
    https://tinyhousetalk.com/koastal-cottage-tiny-home/

    • The Industry owners all copies each other…All four of them…So any dealer has all the standard plans. I have been to 11 factories and they pretty much build the same thing they have been building for years..They are unaware of the paradigm shift in spite of all my beating on their desks and sharing plans. So I am writing some e-books on new designs at 4Fathoms Designs and giving away the Ideas. It’s not like any of the owners would be caught dead in one of their Park Models.

      • Avatar Kelly Libert

        Hi Bill!
        I clicked on your name to see your designs and received a “could not be found” error message after both of two attempts. Is there another link besides the one tied to your name? I would love to see your ideas.
        Thanks!
        Kelly

        • Kelly I just used Google and it went to my 4Fathoms Designs face book page fine…Maybe my CPU is addicted to where I go. I am sure Alec has been there although I have not seen a comment from him there.

    • Avatar Karen R

      No, please see my comment below. My house has larger rooms, a fireplace, washer, dryer, bay window, utility closet, screened front porch, and half bath. Not as glam, but very livable!

    • Avatar Karen R

      Note that the new option of a hinged roof on my plan really expands the space and please see my comment below. My house has larger rooms, a fireplace, washer, dryer, bay window, utility closet, screened front porch, and half bath. Not as glam, but very livable!

  • Avatar Brian

    Wow this would be so easy to live in. Beautifully decorated and presented. Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Australia

  • Avatar Me

    Yuck. The living room looks like conflicting patterns puked in it. Just looking at it makes me claustrophobic. You wouldn’t be able to sit up in the loft beds and you couldn’t open the cabinets in the master bedroom. Backless stools are uncomfortable and impractical for eating or working. Having to climb over the bed to fall out that bedroom door isn’t appealing either. I’ll keep my 3000 sq. feet, thank you very much.

    • Avatar Lisa Hartford

      Well, tiny housing isn’t for everyone so don’t worry about it.

      • Avatar Smallerisbetter

        Wonder why someone with such a negative view would even bother to be here looking at these and then making negative comments to boot? Mind boggling

  • Avatar Elizabeth Resendes

    How much does this house coast and to add then the coast of adding an extra master bedroom along with a room about 8by 8 or so could you let me know. I can’t stop thinking about this house I love it so much

  • Avatar Brenda koepsell

    Can you do this hose in 500 square feet or larger? I would like more information on how to purchase this model.

  • Avatar Lesa

    This is hands down the best that I have seen, in a ‘ tiny house.’
    I am ready to find a spot and order it up ( although I would like
    to attempt to build it ). Thank you for this posting

  • I LOVE< LOVE< LOVE it. Its beautiful & I can see myself living in one like this. Thanks for all the good, hard work.

  • Avatar Lynnette

    Love love this floor plan. I’m sure it is super tiny but I love the stairs and the finishes. BUT $70k? WTH?!?!?!

  • Avatar Comet

    I sometimes wonder how much we really SEE of the actual structure vs the decor on these things. This is real purdy–but very spendy as it is presented—it’s like seeing those commercials for some car and the “As Shown” price is 2x the regular price!

    I suspect that a lot of the charm of this place IS the decoration and the lovely windows—The stair case is nice (altho now they have given AWAY the “Secret of the Safe” so any theif can easily access it!—

    I would recommend to anyone looking to seriously build something with interesting details to start stockpiling windows and doors and trim from a Re-Store or similar; we often see interesting and sometimes custom designed windows selling for a FRACTION of their retail prices; my husband sells windows and other millwork for a Big Box Store and he is shocked at the prices there. Sometimes companies even donate custom items that they don’t have room to warehouse or showcase and wait for them to sell—we recently saw some interesting custom windows from Pella that had never been installed selling for something like $200 each–the retail on these would have been several 1000’s.

    Worth the price of a storage unit or garage rental if you are within sight of building or re-habbing something. Even if you did one of those storage shipping containers in your yard—around here they are about $50 a month so even for a years rental if you save more than that on ONE window—

  • Avatar Kelly Libert

    I just checked out your Facebook page, Bill Burgess. 4Fathoms Designs. Awesome, original, creative, beautiful designs. Thank you for sharing it!

  • Avatar Gabriele Napier

    Love the layout, the headroom upstairs and the beautiful windows. Has lots of storage built in. Definitely could live in this house. Would not have to have such fancy window treatments but would not give up any of the beautiful cabinets.

  • Avatar Karen R

    This one is almost deja vue for me, as my home is a slightly larger version. These stairs are nicer, but I have a large (8′ x 11 1/2′) screened porch, electric fireplace, larger kitchen and bedroom (with a bay window), utility closet at the right of the stairs, washer and dryer . . .AND a half bath.

    • Avatar Mary Siakpere

      Karen R, can you email me information about your larger version?

  • Avatar Michelle S

    Great use of space. Could see myself living in something like this.

  • Avatar Kelly Libert

    Karen R., I would love to see photos and a floor plan of your home.

  • Avatar Dan

    is that a Mitsubishi HVAC system I see in one of the pics? How is it working? Would you recommend it?

    • Avatar Kristina H Nadreau

      the split A/C units are excellent. some will heat and cool. some just cool. LG makes a great induction unit that is relatively inexpensive to operate. I love mine.

  • Avatar Canyon Man

    I do not think the base price is bad for this home. The additions make any house cost more. But overall I think it is a good design. Remember it is not just about cost. It is also the size of land one might need for a home. It is about the cost and work to maintain the home. Thankfully we all do not want to live in the exact same house. That would be boring.

  • Avatar Martha

    I think this house has a lovely “beachy” look and feel. Since I’m more a forest and mountains person, I would furnish it differently, as well as a little more sparsely. Just personal preference. But overall I think this is a beautiful offering.

  • How much does it cost for this house and then have it moved to Gulf Shores, AL.
    This is by far the most beautiful home I have seen anywhere.
    Thanks, Frances
    [email protected]

  • Avatar Peter Piper

    This is my favorite tiny house. I had to e-mail the builder because I could not find this model at their website. I’m not sure they make it anymore.

    • Avatar Donna

      Me too. I just emailed the manufacturer. I’ve been trying to find this house since it was shown at the 2012 Homebuilders Show. I look at Tiny homes every day, and nothing compares to this one. The most exciting one shown then was the one placed on pontoons as a houseboat. I’d think I died and went to heaven.

  • Avatar kristina nadreau

    When “they” (manufacturers) label a pre-built house as a PARK BUILT house they mean what most people call a trailer and it will be sited in a trailer park. The fees for trailer park space rental vary by location and will start about $400 per month and go up from there. These houses are generally profitable for the manufacturers. also they are meant to be stable, not moved from a permanent location. They do not have the same classification as RV like most Tny houses with wheels.

  • Avatar jm

    If the house does not need to be on wheels then I would definitely NOT have such a skinny restrictive floor plan. Simply no need for it. Calculate price per SF to see if you’re getting a deal. Every house needs an exterior entry that doesn’t go into the dining room, kitchen, or bedroom. Also no bathrooms that open to kitchen, dining, or living room. Lofts (in houses on wheels) are always crawl spaces with scary ladders or stairs. Seniors–consider these as you age and wheter you really want to live like this…or is it all a gingerbread pipe dream? I am sure some prefab builders are building homes for seniors (which might mean handicap accesable.)

  • Avatar Dee

    I love this… Wanted to go tiny since I became a hermit widow… I’m crushed each time I look, they almost cost as much as me 2600 sq ft home I can’t afford on a fixed income….
    Wish they were like everything else… As time goes by things usually get lower and lower in price… At this point I don’t see myself ever fulfilling the tiny house dream!!!! I guess dreaming is still free, at least until the government figures out how to tax that too!! ????

  • Avatar Susan

    Champion homes up here in pa.has 12’x58′ tiny house for $35,000 fully furnished.the one I looked at has master downstairs,loft up and another small bedroom for kids it would be great for me I would use it for storage.i think $70,00o for this one is too much but champion told me they could custom any plan you want.and the dealer I talked to told me payments would be about $200.00 a month

  • Avatar mary simpson

    where can I find this home to purchase I cant find it anywhere on palm harbor sites

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