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979 Sq. Ft. Cabin for a Small Family

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This two-level cabin or F House is 979 sq. ft and certainly big enough for a small family. The outdoor patio provides extra space for gathering with family and friends.

The design is minimalist mixed with modern.  As you go inside through the large glass doors you will be right in the kitchen.

The living room, dining area and bathroom are also on the lower level of the cabin.

The large patio glass doors provide the kitchen with plenty of natural sunlight.

I really love the bathtub because it can be lit up with LED lights, allowing it to glow from within. Pretty cool!

Check out this small cabin and see what you think.

979 Sq. Ft. Cabin for Small Family


Images © Daniel Moulinet

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Images © Daniel Moulinet


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  • Chuck
    November 5, 2014, 10:26 am

    I am slightly confused by the layout. Is the bath tub in the living room? That seems odd for a family house. But I really like the layout of the second floor.

  • Heather
    November 6, 2014, 8:16 am

    Attractive outside and the kitchen is great but the rest of the inside it is very much like the rough bunkies I slept in at summer camp. The net around the stairs is neat, but most of us prefer personal touches and better finishes to make a house a home.

  • Jack Palmer
    November 6, 2014, 10:07 am

    A barn with plywood interior. Ugly and devoid of any warmth. It might be inviting to barn animals but humans shouldn’t live in plywood boxes with siding.

    • Simon M
      April 22, 2018, 5:48 am

      Best you don’t come to NZ then as ply lining is very very popular here.

  • Rich
    November 6, 2014, 10:56 am

    The description at Trendir indicates that it is designed as a vacation house. Other cultures are not so up-tight about nudity as we in the US seemed to be. Bathing on Saturday night’s next to the fire was more common here also in our rural past. Pictures and renderings don’t do this place justice. I prefer modern and minimal but I certainly relate to above comments. I get the “core” of the house and the way that the kitchen is situated but one would have to wear thermal long-johns while cooking dinner with their back to all that glass (even triple glazed) in a cold climate. Nice concept, needs work 😉

  • November 6, 2014, 10:58 am

    I don’t understand the netting?

    Or the bath, but I prefer showers.

    I have two boys and one bathroom – I have no privacy anyway!

    • Paul
      November 8, 2014, 11:59 pm

      The netting stops people inadvertently falling into the hole that is the stairwell.

      Visually it opens up the space whereas a wooden frame around would make the space appear much smaller and possibly cramped.

  • Marsha Cowan
    November 6, 2014, 11:30 am

    There were beds…?!

    • Paul
      November 9, 2014, 12:02 am

      Yup, there were (are?) beds. 2nd to last picture shows 2 bunks on the right. Straight ahead is a white object behind the netting. That is a double bed. There is also (but not shown on this page) another double bed which is behind the photographers point of view.

      All is revealed on http://lode-architecture.com/lode/maison-f/

  • Jeremy
    November 6, 2014, 11:54 am

    I’m not a huge fan of this one. I had a look around the architect’s website, and there’s another house very similar, Maison G, which looks to be about the same size and (in my opinion) is finished WAY nicer. It’s also worth just looking at some of their other projects, they’re fantastic.

    • Paul
      November 9, 2014, 12:05 am

      Internally I’d agree that maison G has a much nicer finish. Externally though it leaves me cold. Looks like it is clad with coal. Shudder!!!

  • Celeste B.
    November 6, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Hmmm…not a favorite for me. I thought the netting and bunks were interesting. However, having 3 kids of my own, the kitchen isn’t functional enough. Wherever I am, they are. The kitchen seems long and narrow. It does seem like some wasted space around the bath as well.

    Pretty on the outside and the large windows are a nice touch.

  • Glen
    November 7, 2014, 12:37 am

    I get the feeling that this house is more of an exercise in design than a practical dwelling.
    I love where the staircase is located in the centre of the house and the kitchen/corridor thing is a great saver of space that has the added bonus of close proximity to the deck.
    The lack of privacy is something a lot of people would baulk at though.

    • Paul
      November 9, 2014, 12:08 am

      I believe it is in France. They ain’t so hung up on privacy so much as people in the “States” tend to be. And yes, that is a generalisation.

  • Janet
    November 7, 2014, 5:09 pm

    I really like the outside and the possibilities inside. Guess it’s too intellectual for me, because I’m totally perplexed by the netting, the tub sitting in the middle of a lot of space, and windows under the beds. The kitchen utensils might enjoy their view, but no one working in that tight space would because their back would be to the large window, plus that wall seems to block the view and the light. I just don’t get it. So much potential though.

  • Michelle G
    November 7, 2014, 7:44 pm

    I like the house. I think there’s potential. But I agree with several of the above comments. The space is not used well especially the “bedroom” or lack thereof and the inefficient kitchen.

    The amount of space seems fine. It would be nice to see someone show a better presentation of the space

  • Patricia
    November 20, 2014, 1:16 pm

    No, don’t care for this one. With that much space, it should be a mansion in tiny house terms, but if looks cramped instead. The kitchen is practically non-functional, and there’s very poor use of space in the upper story.

  • Andrew
    December 8, 2014, 6:03 pm

    The use of space seems awkward. The living room with just a chair and a bath tub is just a waste. I understand the kitchen concept as I assume the window wall opens up to create an outdoor living space but it still feels stark and cold.

    I’m sure there are some that love it but I’m afraid I’m not one of them.

  • Mike
    December 14, 2014, 11:09 am

    Two chairs in front of a bathtub? What kind of people are these, lol??

    But if you look at the plans, it looks like the bathroom could be extended so as to include a shower, and the living room can get back to it’s usual function of watching nudity on cable tv, where it belongs! Not watching family members bath!! :-D. And the room where the picnic table is would be a great eat in kitchen, leaving the current kitchen to do duty as the mud room with a comfy bench you can have coffee on too.

    If the floors were bright white I think more people would have approved. Dark colors do not hide dirt, ever owned a black car?? My big complaint is that they put black everywhere and threw in just a little color as an after thought.

  • Mary R
    January 20, 2015, 11:19 am

    Your back is to the windows when working in kitchen? Bathtub standing in a very large space? No definition to spaces? Storage??? Bedrooms? Awful plywood walls. I generally love well designed modern, where form follows function in clever ways. Perhaps it is for the owners to configure the function (after the form).

    My 953 sq ft condo has 2 bedrooms, 2 modest bathrooms, master walk in closet, great dining/living space with spectacular view. All walls finished and painted with baseboard trims. All for a very reasonable price

  • JB Fitzpatrick
    November 2, 2016, 7:23 pm

    Exactly what I have been wanting!! Calming, uncluttered and fitting for a family. Who cares about the plywood… that can be modified as money is available. The design is wonderful. While I can understand that not all are of the minimalist kind, any single Mother can understand how the simplicity makes many aspects of life much easier. More time for things that matter. I say Good Job!!!!!

    • Natalie
      November 7, 2016, 9:29 am

      So glad you liked it! — Tiny House Talk Team

    November 6, 2016, 11:57 am

    Love the tiny house, but does anyone ever cut the grass? i noticed most of the houses are set out in the high grass.

  • Renee
    November 21, 2016, 9:30 am

    Loved the outside…thought this was gonna be one of the coolest I saw but then the inside is extremely weird. Where’s the living room?

  • fran
    November 26, 2020, 12:25 pm

    Beautiful exterior. Love the ply internals. BUT totally wasted space. I mean, THAT MUCH real estate for a bathroom?? Makes zero sense. I love the design of the house as a whole, but the internal needs total reconfiguration. I would much rather have more kitchen and less bathroom (smaller bathrooms can be attractive). Bottom line, great concept, but the interior would definitely have to be reworked. This is a ridiculous setup.

    • James D.
      November 27, 2020, 1:05 am

      Um, that’s actually the living room… Soaking tub is just in there too, not unusual to see that in some European countries…

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