This is a great option for a one-floor cottage that comes in at just under 500 square feet. The Juno Model, by Atlas Cottage Homes, is constructed in-factory to Florida building codes and then delivered and secured on a foundation on-site.
It features a spacious living room with adjacent kitchen, a full bathroom, space for a stacked washer and dryer and then a large downstairs bedroom. This one for sale on Facebook shows the bedroom with a Murphy bed to maximize space. What do you think?
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Florida Builder with 500 Sq. Ft. Foundation Homes
This one has a beautiful sage and cream exterior.
The French doors open into the kitchen.
There’s also another entrance in the living room.
There’s room for a large fridge and oven.
Hallway to the bedroom.
Here’s the full bathroom.
Nice storage for linens.
Washer and dryer hook ups.
Murphy bed open in the bedroom.
There’s a closet as well.
Murphy bed closed.
- Built to Florida Building Code
- Just over 500 square feet
- Eligible for a conventional bank loan
- Factory-built and affixed permanently on a foundation
- 12’ x 38’ floorplan with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, kitchen & living area
- 1.5 ton dual zone ductless air conditioning system
- tankless water heater & garbage disposal
- insulated walls (open cell R-14), ceiling (open cell R-20) & flooring (closed cell R-13)
- sculpted shingles on a 2:12 pitch roof
- fiber cement siding on exterior with a two tone paint scheme
- smart technology with 3 smart switched & 8 outlets with USB charging ports
- marble countertop in kitchen with beadboard backsplash
- vinyl flooring throughout house
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This is a beautifully thought out large tiny house. I could definitely see myself living in it and being quite comfortable. There are some changes I can see to make to suit my personal preferences but even if someone said this is what I had to live in, I could be happy with it. Such a great kitchen! The majority would consider this home a definite downsize but it really is quite roomy. Perfect for those who wouldn’t tolerate some of the THOWs that really are tiny. The main thing is to live with a smaller footprint regardless of how small you can go. This one offers a viable alternative to many people so I am glad to see it even though not officially tiny. I think the challenge with houses this small is finding somewhere to build or place it. I live in California and luckily they are being more open to ADU’s in order to alleviate our affordable housing problem so this could easily fit in someone’s back yard to house aging parents or even rent out to ease mortgage payments. Not sure how much this one costs or where it can be transported to but it can certainly act as a significant inspiration if someone lives too far from where it is manufactured or want to build something themselves to save money. Kudos to the designers of this great little house!
Their brochure indicates they start at $159,900… Built to Florida HUD standard and eligible for 30 year mortgage…
They’re also a member of the Cottage Home Association, the Tiny Home Industry Association, the National Low Income Housing Association, Florida Built Association, Florida Housing Association, Home Matters, and the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition.
I like the look of it. The only exception is the green cast inside. But that could be a false negative due to the outside affecting the inside. Maybe…
Yes, white balance is off…
I wish they had fit in a coat closet and/or a cleaning closet. A house this size needs a place to store a mop or broom, vacuum cleaner, etc, as well as coats and such. The large shelf space in the bathroom offers good storage, and there’s a bedroom closet, but I still think one more closet is needed.
A Wardrobe, Armoire, Hall-tree, etc could always be added, storage options aren’t limited to only built-ins as long as there’s available floor space…
What a lovely, livable design. God knows that during my university days this large tiny house would have seemed like a mansion. It appears to be built on a land-based foundation rather than on wheels — a major help in the land of hurricanes and tornadoes. As such, my comments:
1. I agree with Allison that built-in storage is desirable, though, of course James D. is correct about moveable storage furniture with large enough floor space.
2. Why not give the roof a wider overhang? Such addition would be relatively inexpensive given the single shed-style roof, and a wider overhanging roof would be a godsend in hot climate locations to shade windows. (Want to keep your summer air-conditioning bills lower? Just keep the sun out with an wide roof overhang or exterior shades.)
3. This appears to be advertising either directly or indirectly. As such, do yourself a favor, dear vendor, by including a basic floor plan. Or is your concern that by including a floor plan your lovely design will escape?
4. Noted the Murphy bed in the bedroom. Question: is there such a thing as a truly comfortable Murphy bed? Please advise, dear reader. I am asking honestly, as a friend of mine in the travel business loathes Murphy beds, saying that, to him, they are always uncomfortable.
These comments are respectfully submitted.
Stephan of Arkansas
Well, there’s always trade offs on cost with designs. This is intended to be a more affordable option for those with low incomes and as a factory built structure it’s a pre-fab that needs to be able to delivered to site in one piece and a larger overhang would be more fragile and easier to damage in transit, as well as more difficult to get to the site and then have a crane be able to lift the structure and place it on the site… Can still be done but it’ll add to the cost and complexity of the project…
While window and door awnings can always be added as a cheaper and easier alternative that can be done at any time after delivery…
On the company’s website, there is a rendered overhead floor plan among the photos…
And Murphy beds, yes, there are comfortable ones. Just like any bed it just depends on the mattress but you can use any mattress with them. Unlike folding convertible beds like sofa beds, etc. that will tend to be thin or not real mattresses.
Rental properties just tend to not always put in the nice mattresses for budget/space reasons…
Oh, also remember this is in Florida and building codes account for things like Hurricanes, as another reason a large overhang would be more of a issue than it may be in another part of the country…
Please clarify, when you build a modular to HUD standards That entitles the structure to go into a mobile home park not on a residential lot. Construction on HUD built modular homes do not meet the Florida building standards for residential lots. Although easily converted Please don’t market this as an ADU for residential lot it will never get a permit based on the HUD standards and not on the Florida building code.
Well, no one is marketing it as an ADU, it’s only been mentioned in the comments and that was mainly in reference to California and not Florida…
However, Atlas Cottage Homes is a licensed residential and commercial building manufacturer based in Orlando Florida. So they can build to meet Florida Code and offer options for anywhere in the state…
That said, it’s only mentioned once in the brochure, specifically in references to meeting Florida Code and Standards. So it’s unclear what they are specifically referring to with HUD… Mind, HUD does manage properties. So HUD can either references HUD owned homes, which will include regular houses, such as foreclosed homes, etc. Or HUD certified Manufactured Houses. Remember, HUD is an organization and not just a standard/code…
However, even if they were HUD certified, they’re also on foundations and even if they were delivered under HUD, putting them on a foundation can impose local code requirements. While they are specifically working with a number of different organizations and local government to provide affordable housing. So they may be just doing what it takes to get it to the price point and the final product is meeting all local requirements.
Though, even a HUD certified structure doesn’t mean there aren’t other options. Florida does reserve the right to override HUD to meet higher standards for the installation of the home, for example. FHA financing and insurance can also require the manufacturer exceed HUD standards to qualify for their services and options like a 30 year mortgage, which a manufacturer can choose to comply with to meet those qualifications.
Although the HUD code is a nationwide standard, the code is adjusted for the thermal, roof load, and windstorm issues of different parts of the country, and each home must be manufactured for the zone where it will be installed. Most of Florida is in Zone 2, except that the bottom counties are Zone 3, and there is a special category “D-sticker” for homes sited near the coastline. Meaning, no mobile homes rated for Zone 1 can be placed in Florida but there are higher rated models that can be and would be easier to work with the Florida Code…
Many manufacturers also hold multiple licenses, such as for manufacturing of Modular Houses, which have to meet local code the same as a site built house and there can be overlap between Manufactured Houses when it comes to similar products like Pre-Fabs, etc.
While ADU and regular residential zoning do make it hard to add a Manufactured House to private property. There are places that it’s at least an option in Florida. Miramar, for example… Quote: “A manufactured home constructed pursuant to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development standards or a mobile home may be used as an ADU; however, it must become architecturally compatible with the existing home;”
Not to say it’s easy, the struggle remains very real, but Florida over the last few years has made real progress towards becoming a more friendly place to such options and that’s continuing to develop…
Very nice, well thought out. The only things I would change is the French doors and Murphy bed.
I like it. I’d live in it in a heart beat. the bathroom has wonderful storage and the shower has shelves!
Its almost impossible to find a house with a spot for the vacumn or the mop and pail, etc. You could simply put a small lean to or the small rubber maid storage sheds by your back done and also keep a lot of house hold chemicals you may have in it also. A free standing “closet” for these things also work.
fortunately where I live there is no min. size for a stick built house. Now I just need to find a small inexpensive lot, but this being B.C. that may be difficult. A cemetary plot runs $15K to $20K and one parking spot in an apartmeny building was going for $72K in the vancouver, b.C. area. Now if they’ just let us build on the cemetary plots our parents never used…………..Hey the neighbours are quiet and tiny houses could fit.