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998 Sq. Ft. Small House on Whidbey Island

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This 998 sq. ft. small house is one of a kind. When you enter there’s a bridge that gets you to the covered entry way deck. This entry building is not air conditioned and so it isn’t included in the 998 square feet of living space.

In total there are three buildings that comprise of this 998 sq. ft. home. The main building is to the left when you are facing the entrance of the house. To the right is the building where you sleep.

There’s even a separate building for your guests to stay. And one of the most unique features of the design are the reverse shed roof on certain areas of the home as you’ll see in a moment below.

998 Square Feet Small House


All Images © John Raabe via his Google+ Photo Album

I encourage you to enjoy the rest of this 998 sq. ft. small cabin below:


Reverse shed style porch roof below:


Notice the translucent ceiling below to the guest quarters (yellow building).


Below is the main room with built in book shelves. This room is about 14′ wide.


The real wood stove is pretty nice, isn’t it?

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Built in dining area/alcove.


Inside the sleeping area consists of two stacked double beds (like bunks, but better).

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It’s difficult to see because it’s a small room but there’s enough space for a desk to work out of in here too.


Down below let’s go outside to the covered deck/patio/balcony.


Notice the build in bookshelves/pillars between the doors that open up to the outside above. Cool, right?


You can see the large propane storage tanks under the deck in the photo above.


This is the translucent ceiling covered area that goes to the guest quarters of the compound (above).

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You can see an instant propane based water heater appropriately installed outside the main building (below).


The yellow structure is the guest building (below).


All Images © John Raabe via his Google+ Photo Album


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  • david
    June 18, 2014, 5:41 pm

    its nice on the inside and so’s that little yellow one, but the awning looks like a dog marking it’s territory…

  • alice h
    June 18, 2014, 6:05 pm

    I’m always surprised at the “reverse shed” roof being used on the wet coast. Those things are useless when the wind is pushing the rain sideways. The especially large one on this house also looks like a real wind catcher and just a bit out of proportion for my tastes. Otherwise an interesting place.

  • Glema
    June 18, 2014, 9:13 pm

    If I lived on an Island, I would rather have my abode resembling a Swiss Family Robinson type of abode where it blended in with the surroundings more. That’s my take on it. I like the built in bookshelves but wouldn’t go ‘column’ style, just sorta indented styled. Not putting anymore into the open space than I had to. They did a good job on the water heater from looks anyways. Could have hidden it a bit perhaps. The huge propane tanks are good and large but would have liked them to be a bit hidden as well. The reversed roof, for me wouldn’t be there but more power to them each has their own style. I would prefer to blend in more on an Island rather than detract from it’s natural beauty. God bless and enjoy your home your way, ty for sharing it.

  • June 18, 2014, 10:32 pm

    I like what I see in this design. It may convince Dianne to down size from our 1008 sq ft house. I can see myself designing and building something like this on a larger parcel of land in the country. Best/Roy

  • Marcia Merryman
    July 6, 2015, 3:30 am

    An interesting little house. The freestanding guest structure is nice for privacy, but uses more materials which would add to the cost of construction. I’d be inclined to make it part of the house and use the extra $ to add a tiny powder bath. I think every house, no matter how small, should have at least 2 toilets if there will be more than one person living there for any length of time. I do like what they did with all the built-ins and the 3 door entry/exit, but I agree that the reverse shed roof is oversized and at an odd angle, unless it were there for solar panels or some other purpose that would require such a design. No matter; this and other small houses are the way to a better future, for so many reasons.

  • June 18, 2017, 4:09 pm

    Is a place that seems mysterious and intriguing but the flavor is that of a playful existence made of environments wisely, alternatives to monotony.

  • Brenda Bennett
    June 18, 2017, 4:23 pm

    I’ll echo the comments about the awkward appearance of the ‘reverse shed’ roofing for the patio and add a question – how do you cook and where is the bath? I might have missed something but I looked through the above pictures twice and didn’t see anything where there might have been either. Do you cook on the patio with the barbeque? What about in wet or poor weather? And while I absolutely love the trees and everything, living in that area you do tend to get a bit grungy so how do you (and your clothes?) get clean?
    Otherwise, very pretty and rather spacious.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 19, 2017, 11:49 am

      I think there probably is a kitchen/bath but he just didn’t include photos of those areas. I’m afraid this post is from nearly 5 years ago, so I don’t know if there’s more information out there anywhere about it!

  • jb
    October 27, 2017, 2:54 pm

    This is older article from Country plans. Based off the The 14′ x 24′ Builder’s Cottage Home . That web site has several real nice small home plans and information.

  • Victoria
    December 12, 2017, 11:21 pm

    I would like to know where I can buy one of these tiny houses in oak Harbor.

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