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400 Sq. Ft. Tiny Urban Cabin


This is a 400 sq. ft. tiny urban cabin by Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins.

The little cabin is built onto a trailer and is classified as a park model (you just need a special permit to move it or hire a professional company to do it for you).

When you go inside, you’ll find a wonderful kitchen, living area, bathroom, nursery room, and an upstairs sleeping loft.

This tiny home starts at $45,000. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

400 Sq. Ft. Tiny Urban Cabin

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  • Avatar Kathy

    I think after all is said and done, for me anyway, 200 sq ft is just too small even for one person. Perhaps there is a happy in-between size, but 400 sq ft just feels and looks soooo much more livable to me. If you are a traveling kinda person and want to move frequently, then a park model isn’t for you. But if you are not looking to move annually or more frequently, then the park models make so much more sense to me. Its a size I could LIVE with.

    • Avatar Mike Bravo

      Kathy… I agree about the challenge of trying to go to something <400 sq ft. It's not easy. I just went from selling a 1500 sq ft house to living in a 300 sq ft cottage… and that has taken some doing! I'm ready to retire and would really like a THOW. But just to make sure that will work long term, i am renovating a travel trailer and take to the road for at least 6 months to test out living "tiny" before going with a THOW. I really don't want to end up being one of the people we read about trying to recoup their investment after living in the home for a short time. Hopefully you'll find your ideal home!

  • Avatar Peter Piper

    Finally… a tiny house with a decent space in the living room! To make a home comfortable, there HAS to be enough room to lounge in it. This would be a stunning home if they’d throw away half of the crap in it and hide the rest of the crap behind cabinet doors or in drawers. This would be the tiny house I’d prefer because of the lounging space in the living room. But I’d lose the crap so it would look nice.

    • Avatar Ben

      Definitely appreciate the feedback- the large living room was very important for us as was all of the natural light. We’re a family of 3 plus 2 dogs and did all the downsizing that we could, but really this is what it takes to keep us going! I appreciate the minimalist designs and pictures that are posted all over social media, but they are unrealistic most of the time, especially when you have a baby πŸ™‚

      • Avatar Deborah

        The roof so close to my face when I wake up would make me feel claustophobic. And I think there are many ways to declutter your home, it doesn’t have to be minimalist to be clutter free (even with a kid and two dogs)… I love the home though!

        • Avatar Deborah

          Ceiling***

      • Avatar Angie

        I personally like the open look of the kitchen, it looks homey and loved and LIVED in. I love the way the sofa backs up to the kitchen, that gives me lots of new ideas! Lovely home, may you live a happy life!

    • Avatar Marlene Jones

      I thought the same thing. They certainly have a lot of stuff for going tiny. I have less now in my 800 sq ft apartment. It would be so pretty if it was not so cluttered.

  • Avatar Michael L

    There are so many things to like about this home… the exterior is very nice- love all the windows. The interior design seems very functional. And the light colored walls look great.

    To personalize it, i would have to figure out how to do cabinets for storage, so it doesnt loose that great open feeling. And figure out a way to extend and enclose the stairs just a little so the w/d isn’t exposed to the LR.

    Now if I could only design something like this as a THOW, it would be perfect. 40 feet long to compensate for the list width, but wonderful! Cudos to the builder and owner for letting us see a home thats actually being lived in.

  • Avatar LargeMarge

    Nicely open feel.

    Dimensions?

    At the bottom step of the stairs, what is the gray upright cylinder mounted to the wall? It appears to be about 4-inches across by 2-feet high.

    • Avatar alice h

      I suspect a retractable baby gate.

    • Avatar Ben

      Hey! This is our place. The dimensions are 14×25 and the cylinder on the wall is indeed a retractable baby gate.

  • Avatar Ginger

    I live in a park model with 386 square feet and my home seems much bigger then this. I have lots more kitchen storage, an eating area with table and four chairs, a living area with a day bed, a desk and a recliner, a bathroom with a bigger sink in a vanity, a tub/shower combo, and a separate bedroom. No loft and no washing machine in my unit. But I didn’t want a loft. I like my downstairs bedroom. So I’m wondering why this house is so small with a cramped kitchen and bath.

    • Avatar Anna Futrell

      Ginger, who makes yours, can you post a link?
      Thank you
      Anna

    • Avatar Anna Futrell

      Also, 14×25 is only 350 sq ft. Ben must be counting the loft. Yours on the ground floor would be bigger.

  • Avatar Rue

    The loft’s a bit low, and I’m not sure about those huge windows in a truly urban – or even suburban – environment. Unless you don’t mind giving your neighbors a show….

    It’s a good size, though. I’m becoming more and more convinced that around 400 sq ft is the right size for me.

  • Avatar Janp

    Really looks great and it absolutely sseems like home. This dimensions is about my minimum size. Love it

  • Avatar Marilyn Martin

    Love this tiny home! Perfect size, perfect layout, plenty of storage! This is a well thought out tiny home!

  • Avatar Jennifer

    Love everything about it except the low ceiling in the loft — I don’t think I could deal with sleeping conditions that claustrophobic. Even sleeping berths in small sailboats are designed so that you can sit up in them. I’d be constantly banging my head on the ceiling in yours — assuming you’d let me sleep there. πŸ˜€

  • Avatar Donna Underwood Owens

    I am in desperate need of building this little magical house ASAP as my house is being sold .how can I purchase this or how does one go about getting one built like this Tiny Urban 400 sq ft house

  • Avatar Mary

    Beautiful home with well thought out space plan! I checked out the website and this is nicely insulated and built for a very reasonable price. My new favorite!

  • This is gorgeous and looks HUGE!

  • Avatar Nanny M

    I like this beautiful, comfortable home so much! I’m not a minimalist, don’t like that stark look. So no need to “hide the crap”.
    Relaxed, honest living is fine.

  • Avatar Paulie

    There is so much I love about this – reminds me of cottage or bungalow style. My one question is where is the back-up door? It seems to have only one exit/entry and in case of emergency another door would be a must, esp. with a baby.

  • Avatar Carole

    Hi,
    Beautiful!!!
    Donna said she checked the website for price and more details but which website is she referring to…?

    Thank you!

  • Large windows to share our emotional civilization with nature, with sunlight that vibrates through the trees.
    Everything else is, and will be, wonderful….

  • Avatar Faith

    I love this lived-in, loved vibe!

    Lots of great ideas here.

    Congrats to Ben and family.

  • Avatar cathy beije

    my fav so far!

  • Avatar Suzie Q

    This is an AMAZING layout! One of the best I have seen!
    Wondering if there will be a space large enough when the baby crib gives way to a single?? As several others have commented, the loft seems a little low. It appears the ceilings of the rooms under the loft are about as low as they can go if the height of the doors in those rooms are any indication of the dimensions , so perhaps a shorter box spring would work to give more head room in the loft………just thinking out loud here, haha. But with the expanse of windows in the loft, I would think even the existing height would be more tolerable than most people think. BTW….VERY nice storage against the shorter wall. I especially love all the nooks and cranny’s all over the house. I always have lots of ‘projects’ going, so need room to keep materials. Over all, you have everything that makes a house a home!! Well done!

  • Avatar Elaine

    I love this house and I simply don’t see the clutter that so many are complaining about! Everything is organized and in it’s place. It’s lovely.

  • Avatar Sandy

    I love this design–it is one of the more comfortable-living + functional designs I’ve seen, except there doesn’t seem to be space for a dryer. Since I am single, I would turn the baby’s room into closet space and add the dryer. Ignore the comments about clutter–it is organized and looks like people actually live there. Very nice!

  • Avatar Gabrielle

    Finally!! A beautiful tiny house that is a home! And homes are for living. Thank you for posting the photos of your lived in home. It makes it more real. The minimalist magazine cover perfection seen in other tiny houses may be contributing to unreasonable expectations for tiny home living, hence the high number of tiny houses for sale.
    Enjoy your baby, your new family, and tiny home living.

  • Avatar al8

    LOVE it! πŸ™‚ Congrats!!!!

  • Avatar jm

    What a difference all these big windows make! Seem to expand the walls outward. And as an added benefit–plenty of flow-thru ventilation. Bravo for that!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Yes the windows are great πŸ™‚ — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Cheryl Young

    This is the most comfortable-looking tiny house I’ve seen. Brilliant design! It doesn’t seem cluttered to me, just lived in — and it’s a home, not a display. The loft would have to be taller for me, but I would be more likely to have a permanent placement. LOVE it!

  • Avatar Andrea

    Hey tiny house community! Any one out there interested in taking a look see at my tiny house campaign?
    I’m hoping to start with ours to get some experience in building/tiny house living then I’d like to help others! Here’s the link:
    https://www.generosity.com/fundraisers/affordable-housing-now–2

  • OK…! I’m ready to rough it in this $45,000.00, 400 Sq. Ft., Tiny Urban Cabin… 400 sq. ft. $45,000.00 OMG am I really seeing this…? No doubt by the looks of the house, that it’s family surely considers this their home… And I wish them a long and happy life with in it…. Awesome…..!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      It’s a steal πŸ™‚ — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Avatar Eric

        Totally agree Natalie. Only question is, a steal for whom?

  • Avatar ROSEE

    A very well lived in home for a young family. Wouldn’t mind living in something like this myself. No lofts though!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Yes I wouldn’t mind it either πŸ™‚ — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Avatar Nancy

      You could have the baby room as your bedroom

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

        True! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Robbin

    I really like this house. I don’t think it feels tiny at all. I am currently planning and downsizing. This size house and layout would really work for my husband and I. It’s not too tiny. I don’t think I would have the “Tiny House shock” in this house that I would have in something smaller.

    • Avatar Eric

      You might find that you are a victim of wide angle lens distortion and that the house looks larger than it is.

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

        400 sq. ft. is nearly twice the size of most THOWs, so I definitely think it’s an easier squeeze than 150 πŸ™‚ — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Belinda

    Awesome home I wouldn’t change the way you live in it by ” putting items behind doors to hide.
    The only change I would make for myself if I built this plane would have a pop up type ceiling over the bed to make it have a more open feel.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Clever! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Nancy

    Love it. I personally wouldn’t need the baby room, so that would be my bedroom. The Gkids can have the loft! πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Barnie

    Only had time for a quick glance, but WOW… I’ll need to come back to investigate this more.

  • Avatar N.D.

    This is great. Really looks like a home and well done fitting it out to include a room for baby. The first one I think I have seen that has a family living in it that actually looks comfortably liveable.

    And really I doubt I could downsize any more than this either. I doubt I would do even this well. We all have to live our own lives. And I agree those sterile minamilist ones may be ok for a photo shoot or for somewhere to sleep when you dont have anywhere else to but not conducive to family living for any period of time.

    Hope you make many happy memories in this great little home.

  • After perusing tiny homes for almost 5 years now and working with architects and wonderful designers, this tiny home calls me — It is such a HOME! All the elements are there for cozy, connected living and the natural light -outside in, feels so incredibly comforting. I am thinking this may be it — I’ve gone from a 3 bedroom home to a 500 square foot cottage….now…. this design is most likely next. I hope your family is happy. You have done a BEAUTIFUL job creating a lovely, lived in space. πŸ™‚ Kind regards

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      I’m so glad you found the one πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Michael Hesterberg

    This design might be the best I’ve seen. THOW living seems to just favor one or maybe two areas in the home, like the kitchen area, to the detriment of the rest of the home. Unless you’re like a “Jack Tripper” (younger folks may not know who that was) whose life energy was cooking, you won’t BE spending all your inside hours behind a sink or stove. This little model has given equal emphasis on other living footage as well. Because I’m a fat man though, and getting up in years, that “micro” staircase isn’t acceptable! My both feet when placed side-by-side are wider than those stair-steps!! It’s a disaster in waiting!! Wider steps, with a sturdy handrail on both sides, and deeper in-the-steps storage drawers would be better. And what’s with the baby’s crib under the loft on the ground floor? When the baby wakes up crying, I’m not sure trying to descend those stairs in the dark would be a good idea!
    I’d have a separate vaulted ceiling over the bed loft to allow a crib upstairs–then you’d have an extra tiny room, maybe an office. But I really like that this designer provided a nice living/tv area!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      I’m so glad you like it! I love how roomy it is! And I’m sure if they have the baby there, it works for them πŸ™‚

  • Perennial Spring in the Air, light and a landscape that challenges a painting, in a continuous sharing life with the happiness of nature.

  • Avatar Maggie Cook

    I think it is beautiful. I was wondering what the two clasp looking things are for on your composting toilet? I have never seen that before.

    • Avatar Elaine

      Maybe something to childproof it?

  • Confortable in The alfhearted animation
    of the landscape

  • Avatar Hannah

    I think the house looks pretty great. Just wondering: are you guys planning on giving your son/daughter showers when they get older? I just noticed there wasn’t a bath and the sinks are a bit on the small side for a child. This interests me because I’ve thought of omitting the tub if I built a tiny house, but I’d personally have a large sink for my littles if I did that. What’s the plan for you guys?

  • This is a lovely, lived-in home. Such a great layout with a beautiful living space and lots of room for living and playing for everyone.

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