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504 Sq. Ft. Modern Cabin Great for Your Live/Work Lifestyle

I’m excited to share this 504 sq. ft. modern cabin by Kanga Room Systems with you.

I know. It’s not exactly tiny (maybe to some of you) but it’s most certainly small. And I’m not sure about you, but to me, something like this would be an absolutely perfect long-term solution.

The home consists of two units with a 10′ covered breezeway/porch/outdoor living area connecting the two units.

A 14’x20′ (280 sq. ft.) unit gives you your living area and kitchen while another 14’x16′ unit (224 sq. ft.) features your bedroom, bathroom, and utility closet. Pretty cool, right? And if you don’t like ladders an staircases it’s perfect because there are no sleeping lofts. It’s a one-level design.

If you live and work from home like me, and share your home with a loved one, this is absolutely perfect because you have a separate structure for peace and quiet while your significant other can use the other area as they wish without distracting you during periods of focus and concentration. Please enjoy, let me know how you like it in the comments, and re-share below!

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504 Sq. Ft. Two-in-One Modern Cabin by Kanga


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  • LK September 24, 2014, 2:21 pm

    Love this place. The clean lines are restful to the eye – I can imagine being there and loving it. Hope the family living there is experiencing pure joy being there.

  • zenLoki September 24, 2014, 2:27 pm

    interesting design with the separated bed/bath and living/kitchen with a breezeway between. its very unique.

  • Martha September 24, 2014, 2:29 pm

    I think it would be just about perfect for me! There is nothing I don’t like about it. Also, it’s especially nice not having to worry about climbing into a loft to sleep.

    • Alex September 24, 2014, 4:17 pm

      Me too, thanks Martha!

    • Paul September 25, 2014, 7:59 pm

      So… lets see, the toilet/bathroom is off the bedroom. To get to it you have to go OUTSIDE to go into the darned thing. There is wall space in the bedroom that would allow access without having to brave the elements. Imagine in stormy weather going to bed at night wind howling through the deck area that separates the bedroom from the kitchen/lounge/dining area.

      Sorry, but for me that is Epic Fail.

    • LK November 18, 2014, 11:54 pm

      I agree with you! In the right place going outside to go to the lav is not a bad idea. My problem is that I am chicken and would not like to wander around half asleep to go to the lav at night. But this space is well designed, unique, and beautiful.

      • SAA January 28, 2015, 6:39 pm

        I love this floorplan except for the bathroom. I get up too many times during the night to have to go outside to get to the bathroom. I’ve already made changes to the floorplan in my mind. I could so easily live there with my 3 dogs. Currently have 1,553 sq ft which is huge for me.

  • paula September 24, 2014, 2:49 pm

    OMG, I have wondered why I had not see this concept of two small spaces that connected. Though…I was more interested in a his~n~hers set up! lol
    I would live here in a heartbeat, it is STUNNING!!

    • Alex September 24, 2014, 4:18 pm

      I would too, Paula, glad you like it as much as I do!

  • Erica September 24, 2014, 3:00 pm

    Not bad. I’d put doors into the bedroom from the bath and utility closet, though. I detest dragging clothes around. From the pic, you’d need a stepstool just to use the dryer. I also hate getting up in the middle of the night and having to go thru 2 doors to go to the bathroom.

    What kind of climate is this in? Can you actually do an open breezeway year round?

    • Alex September 24, 2014, 4:17 pm

      Good point on the utility closet. I’d want to do the same. It’s in Texas.

      • Erica September 24, 2014, 8:45 pm

        OK, so west Texas. Or the edge between Hill Country and the west.

        • Doris September 25, 2014, 10:12 pm

          The design is called a dog trot, and was very common in the South. The purpose was to keep the kitchen area away from the rest of the house because of fires. There are several of these log dog trots still standing in my rural area. Any kind of breeze was welcome in the south, and people then had to go outside to tend animals, no matter how cold or inconvenient , or the outhouse. Nowadays we at least have the luxury of screen and air conditioning.
          Overall this is a clumsy plan for modern day living. I’ve seen this redone by Southern Living Architects, with a two full living spaces running lengthwise, to accommodate couples wanting to share an attached home for tax purposes. The square footage was about 1100 sq. ft.
          While historically inspiring, no one lives fulltime in the one we have. It’s only for visitors.

  • Noreen September 24, 2014, 4:00 pm

    I like this but would enclose the breezeway. Why waste that space. Build a small porch or deck outside with a cover.

    • Alex September 24, 2014, 4:16 pm

      Enclosure would be great but for me I like the separation because of noise if two people are sharing the home. But I can see the beauty in enclosing it and adding a porch/deck with cover separately as well. Thanks Noreen!

      • eugene November 18, 2014, 4:55 pm

        I would screen in the breezeway to keep pesky mosquitoes etc.. out. other than that it is perfect. I have seen old hunter cabins of similar design.

  • Brian September 24, 2014, 4:48 pm

    There are some great clean lines in the building but design had no part of it. What stood out to me was the lack of design. Nothing flows in the house. Even to use the bathroom requires you to leave the bedroom or living area and venture into the covered breezeway. Its really not a house as such, rather a work space with facilities. I cant believe it was designed as a house.
    Thanks for sharing and cheers from Australia.

  • Bonny September 24, 2014, 5:26 pm

    The lack of storage, especially a decent closet, makes this a poor choice for most people. The bathroom problem is, also, a BIG problem especially for a retiree that might have to access that room several times per night. Making the breezeway more of a liveable room for most climates would help…and put some built in benches or cupboards in there to store extra stuff. My husband and I could live in it with the modifications.

  • chris September 24, 2014, 5:52 pm

    I love it. we have a property in CA and are looking at building a little “get out of the snow” cabin. This is ideal, especially with the breeze way dining area. However, I would add a tiny bunk room for the kids.

  • Marcia September 25, 2014, 12:15 pm

    I think it’s adorable! I’d need a second bedroom though, for the kiddos.

  • alice h September 25, 2014, 1:01 pm

    I like the basic concept but not this particular layout or dimensions. I’d prefer to use the central area as a living space with full walls of doors and windows (instead of the open sides) that could be fully opened, fully closed or any mode in between, also with screens, to be completely useful all year round in all climates. One small “busy” structure (kitchen, bathroom, laundry,crafts, whatever) and one small “quiet” structure (sleeping, meditating, whatever) All plumbing in one area.

  • Lindy September 25, 2014, 8:01 pm

    I think I love this more than any others. I would only make small changes, how about a smaller shower, and make it a bath/utility room? Using it from outside doesn’t sound good to me. I love the covered room in the middle, I would probably put a bed there and sleep there all but the coldest nights. 😉 . I would also rather have a sliding door into the bathroom as well from the bedroom– for those coldest nights. I would also not mind no front porch and bigger middle one. I’m getting a better idea of what I would like from looking at all these houses. Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather November 6, 2014, 8:29 am

    I love this place. With a few little tweeks (retractable screens on the porch, for example, and some clever storage ideas) it could be perfect, especially for a warm climate. I lived in England for a few years, my washer was in the kitchen and dryer in the detached garage at the bottom of the garden. It worked remarkably well, so having your washer and dryer outside makes sense to me. (Here again, another tweek: a pad for standing on and a washing line strung up right off the house there.) I love the quality of the finishes and the fact that there is a proper bedroom. The tiny house loft bedrooms which provide barely enough space to sit up in bed strike me as something that only someone under the age of 10 would like for more than a week. Small is beautiful, but only when its elegant: truly ingenious and simple.

  • Karen November 6, 2014, 12:07 pm

    Combine the bath and laundry and make the entrance off the bedroom and/or central porch (which could have glass doors that slide totally open in good weather or protect from the elements).

  • Diane November 18, 2014, 7:58 pm

    I had thought about something like this plan. I would also enclose with floor to ceiling glass, sliding glass doors on both sides for the central porch area and probably put a fireplace there as well. That would be my living area. That way, I could have an adaptable space for dining near the kitchen and add closets everywhere!!! Love this plan because I could entertain modestly. Does the owner have a “finished” cost? Just curious.And are these trains or were they built?

  • Elynes Callero November 20, 2014, 9:35 am

    Me encantó toda !! Felicitaciones ! Gracias por permitirme soñar y admirar todo lo que nos muestras ! Te admiro ! Un abrazo desde Argentina.

  • beejsteph December 8, 2014, 1:54 pm

    Make It A 2 Bdrm, & Add A 1/2 Bath. Make The Laundry Accessible From The Inside. In The Full Bath…A Tub/Shower Combo Would Be Ideal..Especially For Those That May Have Disabilities. Other Why Not Make The Breezeway With An Enclosure For Inclement Weather. Who Wants To Go Outside When It’s Cold/Raining/Snowing Etc To Utilize The Bathroom, Or Go To Bed. Just My Honest Opinion. 🙂

  • Lisa Marie December 14, 2014, 7:03 pm

    Personally I really like the design, but not the layout. There are definitely some things I would do different to customize it for my own use. In my humble opinion the side of the dwelling where the entertainment is done should have at least a half bathroom. A U shaped kitchen along the back wall seems more practical, it would allow more cabinets since there isn’t any storage elsewhere. I’d also combine the porches to create one large covered dining area, which would be better for entertaining. The covered patio could be enclosed with glass to allow for year round use, the additional dining table indoors wouldn’t be necessary. The utility and bathroom would be combined having access from the bedroom.

    This design could also be used to create 2 studio apartments that would share the covered patio. Now with aging parents and adult children moving in it could be an option for some.

  • Vadim December 17, 2014, 7:42 am

    Hi Alex! Very good kV 504…. ft. modern cabins, Kanga Room Systems, the only thing I changed is the location of the washing machine and toilet together, and added, bidet. Where can I buy this wonderful house? Thank you very much!

  • Heather January 3, 2015, 5:42 pm

    It has some interesting ideas. The color scheme and interior design seem clean, but there are some impractical things for most parts of the world. I see this type of house where there are no bugs or snowy weather, unless people are used to the outside for work. If there were ever two people, or one person who needed an office, this space would work well. I have seen some homes on coastal Florida where there is a space for outdoor sleeping with mosquito nets, but those were right on the ocean front, and only used when temps were in the 50-60s at night.

  • Noni January 13, 2015, 6:07 pm

    This is a design I have been looking for. I could never live in something smaller,since I have 6 small dogs,but they are not chihuahuas. One think I would change is to add sliding glass doors to each side of the covered patio,so that it would become another room. I think that would be possible.

  • Marie-France Roger January 14, 2015, 2:45 pm

    This is my favorite tiny home style… Modern, efficient, with lots of natural lights, this tiny home is spectacular. Plus 540 sq.ft is a good size for a tiny home if you don’t want to become claustrophobic!

  • Gene January 22, 2015, 9:07 am

    Brilliant design with the split floor plan. Perhaps Glassing in the open porch as long as that does not bring in the county Inspector. Location looks amazing. peace, quiet and Nature all ’round.

  • terri January 24, 2015, 2:03 am

    I really like this lay out .. kitchen is awesome.. thanks for sharing

  • george i pennington January 28, 2015, 5:27 pm

    great would put up window in the center that would open up or sliding panels of windows so it can be enclosed when its cold

  • julie January 28, 2015, 9:01 pm

    The breezeway needs to be enclosed and doesn’t need to be so big unless you bring the washer dryer in side and place them somewhere in there. The bathroom is too small which can also be enlarged by making the breezeway smaller.

  • CathyAnn January 28, 2015, 9:24 pm

    Overall, I really like this place, the clean lines, and the minimalist aspect to it, but the layout isn’t practical, especially in northern climates. To have to walk outside to go the bathroom at night and during storms is a non-starter. The same applies to the utility room If the breezeway were walled/glassed in, it would be more inviting.

  • Ellen Williams January 29, 2015, 10:22 am

    I love outdoor spaces like breeze ways and porches. Most houses don’t have enough outdoor rooms if any. It isn’t hard to get up and go inside when I want. Of course this house is for a warm climate. There are a lot of good ideas for different climates and I hope to see more of a trend toward building homes that are sustainable and designed for the areas in which they’re built.

  • Trish January 29, 2015, 11:10 am

    The layout of this home is great except for the bathroom and laundry situation. I agree with other comments above and do not think going outside to the bathroom is a good idea. A pocket door from the bedroom side would make more sense. Maybe increasing the kitchen area to include the washer & dryer, and enclosing the breezeway and make it the living room would be an alternate choice. I could live in this home, but it would be inconvenient as is.

  • Sandi B January 29, 2015, 7:24 pm

    We have seen this a number of times before and each time a new element sort of shows itself having been missed before. I think their concept is great, in this particular plan most everything is a miss in that it is not conducive to “normal” living — the mid section needs to be closed in, the bathroom accessable from the bedroom, the laundry room needs to be accessable from inside the structure — the overall concept of these homes is great and I think one can make changes and they would work great at a lower expense than conventional homes. I believe the model with the loft offers the best overall living concept. Always fun to see. Thanks Alex for the “shares”. Many good ideas to be derived from each and everyone to incorporate in what we want for ourselves.

  • Maria February 7, 2015, 12:49 pm

    The finishes and interior style elements make this small home very appealing. All the changes possible to personalize it or adapt it speak to the basic intelligence of the layout. Not a new idea, but the balance and finishes say it all. Love that kitchen. Pocket doors and combining bath/laundry spaces would be an easy alteration. Breezeway could be anything you want/need.
    Exactly the size home I would prefer, as well.

  • Dean March 27, 2015, 7:50 pm

    Did I see this home recently featured on a tv commercial? I remember a woman standing in the breezeway between the two rooms, but I don’t recall what the ad was for. Sure looked like this place.

  • Santos May 2, 2017, 3:07 am

    I would think this could easily be converted to a pool house…take the patio that sits off the side and make it an outdoor shower, move the washer/drier to a utility closet off the center breeze way. I would also add an outdoor grill and counter space to the breeze way as well. All in all a nice layout with beautiful materials!!!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 2, 2017, 4:44 am

      Oh great ideas, Santos!

  • Judith September 20, 2017, 1:54 pm

    How can I get plans to build the 504 sq. ft. kanga-modern-cabin-with-breezeway? Thanks

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