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C-3 Cabin (And Plans) 480 Sq. Ft. Modern Loft Tiny Home

I’ve been wanting to show you this 480 sq. ft. modern loft tiny home.

It’s designed by V + C Architects and plans for the C-3 cabin (as they call it) are actually available on their site.

When you walk in there’s 352 sq. ft. of interior space in the first level.

Upstairs in the loft there’s another 128 sq. ft. used as a bedroom.

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C-3 Cabin: 480 Sq. Ft. Tiny Modern Loft Home

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects

I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the tour below:

Interior of the Modern Tiny Cabin Loft

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects

Upstairs Loft Bedroom

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects

© Steve Keating Photography for Vandeventer and Carlander Architects


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  • Cahow
    April 3, 2014, 2:17 pm

    Love-Love-Love At First Sight!!!!!

    These architects NAILED this design! My passion for skillion roofs and clerestory windows makes my admiration for this design a no-brainer!

    Regarding the steep-steep ladder: since the ladder is permanently affixed to the wall and there’s at least a 3.5′ x 3.5′ footprint available and “locked out” of using for anything else but Going Up & Going Down, I’d personally ditch the ladder and install a spiral staircase instead. For $920 bucks, you can buy a 3′.5″ diameter spiral staircase, install it and Bob’s Your Uncle with older and stiffer adults being able to reach that rarified bedroom. <3

    I can't tell from the photos but there MUST be a safety glass panel adjacent to the bed, not only for peace of mind but also for prevention of deadly falls. If this were my place, I'd also install some horizontal panel or "something" to also prevent me from slipping and pitching down the "rabbit hole" where the spiral staircase was located. Come on, we ALL know that we can slip and fall…that's why they're called "accidents." Went to their website; no additional photos or plans are shown. 🙁

    Another thing I'd change (but this is highly personal) is the microscopic window in the kitchen over the sink. Yeah, I "get it"…having the square small windows is a cool design element and I've actually done this myself, when designing for my clients. But….I've done this in areas that you are NOT constantly looking outside, like a staircase or hallway to add interest and natural light, not someplace that you stand for hours, looking outside. I'd put in a wall of windows mirroring the bedroom and then have horizontal shelving floating from the ceiling, displaying my cherished dinnerware and art.

    That's it. Sublime design, crisp and clean as a breeze through the Northern Woods.

    • Doc
      April 7, 2014, 12:49 am

      Not safety glass, but yes, safety cables across the loft horizontally in the view looking up at the loft. Glass would be better for sure. And that grab handle on the floor of the loft will push you down that rabbit hole in a new York minute! Definitely would do spiral stairs as well!
      Nice design. Not usually a fan if modern, but Alex keeps showing these gems!!!

      • Cahow
        April 7, 2014, 11:45 am

        As always, it’s a joy to see you at Alex’s blog, Doc! Miss you and your comments. 😀

        • Denise
          April 2, 2017, 10:01 am

          I think I accidentally hit the ‘Report Comment’ tab. This was not my intention. I reloaded the page so I could comment. As much as I love seeing these older posts, I also miss reading Cahow’s comments! Cahow, where are you – come back!

      • Alex
        April 8, 2014, 8:04 am

        Thanks Doc!

    • Beth @ An Unusual Life
      September 24, 2015, 9:45 am

      Cahow, love all of your ideas here. And for me, it’s got some wasted floor space so I would bring the design “in” a bit for a cozier feel.

  • alice h
    April 3, 2014, 2:38 pm

    Wow. Waking up in this house would be a constant joy. So light and airy. The setting doesn’t hut either. You could probably do a more substantial stair without losing the openness but some kind of elevator cage would be totally cool!

  • alice h
    April 3, 2014, 2:39 pm

    Error between keyboard and chair. I meant setting doesn’t hurt.

  • Ellen
    April 4, 2014, 4:36 pm

    My first thought was that if you have 480 sf to work with, there’s plenty of room for stairs–and they already have the space allocated with a fixed ladder. A house is a permanent structure. Many people hope to grow old in theirs. That’s the way they make long term economic sense. Many, many older people would not be able to live in such a place. Even aside from that, it’s always possible to get disabled and have to move because your house wasn’t well thought out. Rolling out of that bed at that height is a potentially disabling event too. Other than that, really nice!

    I’m not a huge fan of spiral stairs though…it’s really really easy to mis-step on the small diameter ones, as the landing zone towards the center is tiny. If you hold the rail, and keep to the outside you will be okay.

    With an “investment” as big as a custom built house, you really need to think of resale value.

  • curt
    April 4, 2014, 11:27 pm

    a place were you love the outside more than the inside. I really liked the flagstone stairs outside with the river rock. The privacy wall is a nice touch. I liked the loft bedroom- just with no blinds it could be tough to take a nap. I also have a craving for a fire mans pole. I did get a peek of a claw foot tub. I am a shower guy-so a easy fix.

  • Jim
    April 23, 2014, 6:31 am

    all these tiny homes look great as new. I want to see one thats been lived in awile and trashed like a batchalor really lives!

  • Elle
    June 20, 2014, 7:27 pm

    Absolutely beautifully detailed, configuration is wonderful, openness of the room is extended to the outside, no feeling of being trapped by walls. It’s simply wonderful.

  • skyla
    June 21, 2014, 4:54 pm

    I agree about not having a loft. my husband cannot use a ladder and it is also difficult for me. I would love a mechanized Murphy bed if there is one.

  • Chris
    July 11, 2014, 11:35 pm

    I am new to finding out about tiny home living and am searching for more info.
    I love this design.
    How much does a place like this one cost to build?
    Can it be relocated or is it for a fixed location?

  • judy
    March 9, 2015, 8:14 pm

    Absolutely love this….thank you for sharing. WELL DONE.

  • jessica rogers
    March 10, 2015, 12:03 am

    I love this one so uch glass and light. I love the design and I love country modern so I would make it a little softer. I would prefer stairs but I am sure that is do able!!

  • vee
    March 10, 2015, 4:19 pm

    Again — another wonderful little house. I would prefer permanent
    stairs or a spiral staircase and plenty of safety between me and the
    downward “plunge”!! Otherwise — just love it.

  • Lynnette
    March 10, 2015, 4:31 pm

    Give me a set of real stairs and I’m so there. Very nice!

  • carrie
    March 10, 2015, 4:59 pm

    A ladder..really…..
    With all that beauty and great design…come on….a gazillion of us are saying..”staircase not ladders!” Is no~one listening.

    • Lynnette
      March 10, 2015, 5:33 pm

      Agreed. And thus ladder is almost a fireman’s pole!

  • Karen R
    March 10, 2015, 5:43 pm

    I agree that a spiral staircase would be better (my husband has MS and feels much safer on spiral stairs), but it is beautiful!

  • Jean Clelland-Morin
    March 10, 2015, 5:59 pm

    Gotta see the loo – 2 compost toilets would be nice.

  • Leo Schu
    March 10, 2015, 8:00 pm

    Very nice modern design. I have no problem with the ladder, having lived with one as well as a small diameter spiral stair.

    I would like to know more about the chimney though. It looks like a stainless stack inside a culvert but not quite. Any more info available?

  • March 11, 2015, 1:07 am

    Love all aspects and decor of this lovely home.
    Would have a problem with the ladder (even with hand rails) to the loft bedroom.
    Wish I were younger. 🙂

  • Elle
    March 11, 2015, 1:21 am

    This looks like a little house boat. So beautifully done, and what a view!

  • Kelly Libert
    March 11, 2015, 2:46 am

    Just beautiful. I love very small houses that do not make me feel claustrophobic.

  • Rico
    March 11, 2015, 9:52 am

    Ah, if we could all afford a $300K lake view lot to put our $90k cabin on, we’d have it made.

  • Kay
    March 11, 2015, 2:16 pm

    When one is young, the ladder is fine. If the day comes they need stairs, they can be installed. This is a beautiful place, even if it is modern in design.

  • S
    March 12, 2015, 12:45 am

    A great little house. I do not mind at this point the ladder — at least it has hand rails of a sort, but I am with everyone else as regards a spiral staircase and better safety with the loft. I too prefer a shower, but all you would have to so is attach a shower head to the wall from the faucet on the tub and hang a circular shower curtain over the tub — or oval one and voila you have a shower.

    I like the idea of what I call a shed roof as they give more overall head space in the loft.

    This a a great house with some good ideas and certainly well done. However, that ladder needs to be at the far end of the loft — though maybe if you fell off the bed your foot would catch in the rail and keep you from doing a header down to the first floor — of course, then you would be left dangling there hopine someone would come round and help you out of your plight — ROFL.

    Thanks for the share Alex — enjoyed seeing it as usual.

  • Billy c
    September 23, 2015, 12:58 pm

    Some might forget the pics you are seeing are for the people that spent there money to have built there way and for those that are complaining about ladders I can see why well you can have bedroom in stead of a living room so now you have bathroom kitchen and bedroom and oh that’s it or maybe add another 2to 5 dollars to project and have a walk in big enough bedroom no stairs man that sounds like a bigger house

  • kristina nadreau
    September 23, 2015, 1:01 pm

    builders and designers heads up….. there are many people with the money to pay who would like “small”, but will not do ladders. Pay attention to your market. 20 yr olds can do ladders until they reproduce. The people who will buy tiny and small are young & poor with no children or old empty nesters who have money. This is the market for tiny and small houses. granted there are a few outliers, like a still spry 50 yr old who will do a ladder, or someone with a child or 2 who will continue in Tiny, but this is a miniscule market segment. Designs with ladders are not useful.

    • Marsha Cowan
      September 24, 2015, 1:14 pm

      Totally, totally, totally disagree…kids climb everything in sight as soon as they can walk. My kids grew up climbing up (and down) winding stairs in our 3 story house even before they could walk. Safe accommodations can be easily made for babies in a loft, and many, many older people still climb stairs and/or ladders, not just a few. The tiny house market is for a certain market, true. Maybe that market is young couples, or couples with kids, or older people who still want to climb stairs. If you build it, it will sell…maybe not to someone who does not want a ladder. Builders know what to build; it’s up to us to find the builder that is building what we want to buy, not for us to tell builders what to build.

  • Marsha Cowan
    September 24, 2015, 1:05 pm

    I love the stair! It is an easy clean, easy keep, safe and secure LADDER, exactly what the owners wanted, not a staircase. It gives exactly the ambience for which they were looking and is ultra practical. Kudos (spelled it right this time). The adorable window over the stove is for light not view…the gorgeous view is just a glance away through the huge double door opening! You can enjoy the view while keeping spattered grease on an easy to clean surface. Love it! As for “rolling out of bed and falling down the loft”, their feet should be at the loft edge so if they roll off (how many of us roll off our bed anymore?), they will roll into the room, not off the loft. If they are being particularly “frisky”, there might be a problem, but I’m sure they thought of that. Give them some credit…they designed and built a fantastic house. I’m sure they thought out every detail for now and for the future. Let’s just enjoy the incredible design and not worry so much.

  • Beverly
    November 9, 2015, 4:20 am

    Is it possible to replace the ladder with s lift instead?

  • Steve
    November 15, 2015, 4:29 am

    I, too, just love the look of this place! I wish there were more pictures of the home, though. I’d love to see how functional the kitchen and bath are as well. Also, I side with the previous 100 posters who say the ladder needs to go but other than that little criticism, I really love the place!

  • Holly Clift
    March 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

    Love this but again I think I would work in stairs somehow. Either spiral or regular with storage below them. I just hate ladders and I’m also accident prone and can see myself falling down the hole for the ladder or miss a rung on the ladder.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 31, 2017, 8:20 am

      Stairs are always a great upgrade. Most builders will do that for you if you ask 🙂

    March 30, 2017, 8:22 pm

    Wow….! It really is a looker…! I can only imagine what the cost of this tiny house is going for… But it is pretty big at 480 sq.ft., and very nice to say the least .. I could see where some of the cost is going to be on this house, and I would think rightly so… I can only dream about tiny houses such as this, but they would be good dreams… LoL…!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 31, 2017, 8:16 am

      Very good dreams 🙂

  • keepyourpower
    March 30, 2017, 11:40 pm

    Why did they put the bed right over the kitchen? Wouldn’t it be better to put it on the other end of the loft?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 31, 2017, 8:12 am

      It’s funny people always say they hate the bed over the kitchen — I’m wondering why that is?

  • March 31, 2017, 12:41 pm

    Beautiful Architecture “Mature”, by cuts in estern design and interior that leave coexist perfectly the nature seen from the innermost sides in communion with the choice of wood materials.

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