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Small Houses

Our small houses section takes you on a journey to homes on and off foundations from as little as 350-square-feet to as large as 1,200-square-feet. When tiny is too tiny, small is the best way to go!


In this section, you’ll discover homes on foundations with land, floating homes on the water, over-sized motorhomes, and other unconventional homes like ones built with cob, strawbale, and other natural resources.


The best part about a small home is that they are not too big, or too small. It can be good enough for a family, but not overwhelming if you’re a couple or even if you’re single.


Small houses are very versatile and have a better chance of being a long-term solution for most people, which is great because moving, building, or buying a new home can be pretty stressful, right?


What’s your favorite type of small house? Is it a cabin, cottage, houseboat, or what?

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This 1249-sq.-ft. Courtyard House Has Tiny House Design Features

This three-bedroom home is another perfectly-designed creation from Mønhuset that would work great for a small family. Like in the Farmhouse design we showed you last week, their “Courtyard House,” separates the bedrooms and main living area with a spacious breezeway/mudroom area. Which if you live anywhere with ice and snow is a HUGE plus. [...]

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Mønhuset H-Shaped 1087 sq. ft. Farmhouse

This is another lovely design by Mønhuset, a Scandinavian tiny house builder who just opened up shop in Canada, bringing their amazing pre-fab designs to North America. This “small house” clocks in at just over 1000 square feet, and is set up differently than any home I’ve seen before! There are two main buildings, connected [...]

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753 Sq. Ft. Mønhuset Longhouse Small Home Design

While going tiny is great, sometimes just downsizing works better for families. This family chose a lovely Mønhuset Longhouse, which includes two bedrooms and 753 sq. ft. of living space. The main living area is connected to the bedrooms via a breezeway, that can be closed off in inclement weather. There’s also a little office/shed [...]

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Small Cabin and Tiny House in Ashland via Zillow 001

This 994-sq.-ft. Cabin Comes With A Tiny House

This is a 994-sq.-ft. cabin that also comes with a 280-sq.-ft. tiny house that sleeps up to six guests. It’s built and located in Ashland, Oregon on leased land from the Bureau of Land Management. There are also two RV hook-ups on the property. What do you think? Don’t miss other interesting tiny house-real estate, [...]

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Caney Creek: Park Model Tiny House w/ Two Ground-Floor Bedrooms

While you might imagine large loft bedrooms when you hear “park model,” there are options that keep everything on one level — like this “Caney Creek” model by Stone Canyon Homes. It takes some of the space from the main living room to create a “bonus room,” which perfectly fits bunk beds for kids. Like [...]

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The Butterfly Bungalow Log Cabin

This is the Butterfly Bungalow tiny cabin. It’s a one-room log cabin with a hot tub and views of the pine woods. The little cabin sits near the Wedding Gazebo of the property which is located in the Hocking Hills of Bloomingville, Ohio. Check it out! Don’t miss other interesting small spaces like this, join [...]

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280 sq. ft. Orange Mound Tiny House for $42,500 (New Construction)

This is a 280 square foot foundation home built by Dwayne A. Jones in the historic neighborhood of Orange Mound in Memphis, Tennessee. Jones showed us another one of his creations earlier this year, but this one is even smaller and just as adorable. The tiny house is currently for sale for $42,500. Enjoy the [...]

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58 ft Black Prong park model home

58-Ft. Movable Roots Park Model With Two Screened-In Porches

This is a park model of near-monstrous proportions! It clocks in at 58 feet long and 11.5 feet wide, and includes two spacious screened-in porches (one with an electric fireplace & TV). Between the porches you’ll find a living room, chef’s kitchen, full bathroom, downstairs bedroom, and split loft bedroom for kids. Custom-built by Movable [...]

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720sf Florida Home For 125k via MFRMLS Zillow 0011

720-sq.-ft. Two-Bedroom Home in Arcadia, Florida

This is a 720-sq.-ft., two-bedroom home in Arcadia, Florida. It’s listed on the MFRMLS via Keller Williams for $125,000. I thought it could be a good opportunity for someone to live small and own some land in Florida. What do you think? Don’t miss other tiny and small homes for sale, join our FREE Tiny [...]

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Earthen Block Home Built for $50K From Local Earth!

People have been building homes from earth for thousands of years, but here in the U.S. we have gotten far away from the practice. AECT Earth Block hopes to change that, and they produce innovative machines that compress earth into compact building bricks that are resistant to just about anything! The company owner, Ryan, built [...]

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Charming Couple’s 520 sq. ft. Cottagecore Life in Sleepy Hollow

While many people would be put off by the thought of living in a cottage near a Sleepy Hollow, NY cemetery, Lindsay and Jonas thought it was fate. The international couple (Swedish & American) were nearly homeless, trying to find a roof over their heads and a spot to put down roots. When they moved [...]

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Robertas Small Cottage In Costa Rica After Remodel

Roberta’s Small Cottage In Costa Rica

This is Roberta’s small cottage in San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica. She bought the house sight unseen, later remodeled it, and has been living there since 2015. Not long after settling in, she built a tiny house (casita or ‘cabina’) on the property as well! She now rents that out on Airbnb for [...]

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Outer Banks Art Deco Geodesic Dome Home

Originally built in 1971, this art deco dome home recently underwent a major facelift, and the result is a bright and colorful art-deco dome home that sleeps 7! Inside there’s a full kitchen (with dishwasher), two queen bedrooms downstairs, and then two loft bedrooms upstairs and a bathroom. It looks like a fun place to [...]

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Her Garden Shed Tiny House

This is Liz’s lovely small home, built from an old garden shed on her parents’ property. Her mom and dad are excellent DIY-ers, and did much of the work together with Liz to help build out her awesome little home. It features a bedroom that connects to the rectangular living/kitchen/bathroom via a small breezeway. The [...]

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Pender Island Cabin: Sisters Build 600-sq.-ft. Modern Cabin

Architect Stephane Gaulin-Brown designed this gorgeous 600-square-foot cabin for her mother and aunt. It sits on a rocky cliff on Pender Island, British Columbia. Stephane told us, “The cabin uses vernacular building methods and is recognizably Westcoast in style, yet it has a contemporary edge. The clients were two sisters who wanted to build a [...]

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Pink Dome Cottage in Galveston, Texas

This is an amazing Pink Dome Bungalow in Galveston, Texas where you can enjoy an awesome family vacation. It’s about 1,400 square feet, so “small” rather than tiny, and features three bedrooms and two bathrooms! The deck surrounding the dome adds another 2,000 square feet of outdoor living space, which is pretty incredible. Of course, [...]

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400-sq.-ft. Mystic Mountain Tiny House in Alaska

This is a 400-sq.-ft. mystic mountain tiny house near Seward, Alaska. The little cabin is nestled in the forest, has mountain views, and features an outdoor deck. It’s located 5 minutes outside of the City of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. Check it out and learn more below! Don’t miss other awesome tiny homes like [...]

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The Skinny House (Spite House) is For Sale in Boston 1

The Skinny House (Spite House) is For Sale in Boston

The story goes that there were two brothers: One went to fight in the Civil War, while the other remained in Boston. During the war, their father died, and the Boston brother built an expansive home on the land the brothers inherited. When Civil War brother came home, he found all that was left for [...]

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Natalie’s $400 Pallet Shed Using Reclaimed Materials

It’s Natalie here! I do a lot of the writing about tiny homes here, but today I want to show you what my husband and I have been working on — an 8×6 pallet shed using tons of reclaimed materials and rough cut lumber from a local sawmill. We have three little kids and live [...]

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$50k Prefab Tiny House Ships At 20-Ft. And Unfolds To 375-sq.-ft. In An Hour 

This is a $50k prefab small house with a kitchen and bath that unfolds in as little as an hour. It’s the Boxabl prefab housing unit that can be customized in several ways. The units can be stacked to build a two-level home, and they can also be used as a larger home by building [...]

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Dois 2 Bed 2 Bath Cube Cabin

Dois: 2 Bed 2 Bath Cube Cabin Plans (For Sale)

Here’s the Dois, another awesome cabin design that’s great for it’s relatively compact footprint. It packs in a full 800 square feet of living space, though, by going up to a second floor (with a staircase and full ceiling height!). Dois has two bedrooms on that second floor, and also a downstairs and upstairs bathroom [...]

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16’ X 32’ Kyka Cottage Plans from Small House Catalog

If you’re looking for something just a bit smaller than the Sno cabin we showed you earlier, the Kyka cottage might be just what you want! The Kyka has a nice open layout, with the living room and kitchen in one “Great Room” and then a bathroom and master bedroom adjacent to it. There is [...]

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Sno: Modern Scandinavian Cabin Plans for Sale!

While it can be difficult to find municipalities that allow for foundation homes under 400 square feet (our usual threshold for “tiny”), bumping up the square footage a bit can allow you to have a littler home on land. The “Sno” plans from Small House Catalog looks like a perfect cabin home for a small [...]

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Their 850 Sq. Ft. Vintage Cottage on Lake Ontario

Their 850 Sq. Ft. Vintage Cottage on Lake Ontario

Get ready to tour one of the most precious small homes I’ve ever seen. I’m taking notes for our own small home — the way that Lynne and JR use vintage pieces in such practical and stylish ways to create a completely unique cottage is truly inspirational! About 5 years ago they chose to sell [...]

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