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Couple Build 704 Sq. Ft. Cabin That ‘Fits Like a Glove’

This couple decided to build their own custom designed 704 sq. ft. cabin to simplify their lives.

They wanted to cut their bills, become more energy efficient, and cut down on cleaning and maintenance.

“While we admire the people who live in tiny homes, we need a bit more room,” says the couple.

Couple Build 704 Sq. Ft. Cabin that ‘Fits Like a Glove’


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  • Doris December 22, 2014, 1:37 pm

    How charming! Very happy for you. What great views and love that porch! Great use of space, no claustrophobia here, and the windows are wonderful. Looks like a wonderful place for family gatherings.

    • Wally December 22, 2014, 11:34 pm

      Thank You. The windows are incredibly important to making the home feel much bigger than it is. We knew we had to splurge on that line item.

  • Cahow December 22, 2014, 3:29 pm

    Exceptional design! It looks VASTLY larger than the 704 sq.ft. And to quote Doris, “..no claustrophobia HERE..”, which is what I suffer from, greatly.

    Wally and Shawna did a bang up job on the design and their website is a rich source of information on their philosophy and themselves. LOVE the eaves bedroom!!! I had one identical to that on my Grandparent’s farm and was enchanted with the deeply sloping ceilings; I so loved that bedroom!

    I don’t know why it looks “tropical” to me; I had to really search to find out that it’s in North Carolina. Flawless execution and “Thank You” for building your home with the amount of square footage that YOU need, rather than caving into the more radical tiny house people that want to put strict limits on “What Qualifies as “true” Tiny House Living!” Just what we don’t need: more rules and pigeon holing of people, truth be told.

    • Wally December 22, 2014, 11:39 pm

      Thank You for all the comments. We thought long and hard about what space we needed and built what works for us. Everything is relative and if a truly “tiny” house works for someone that is great. If someone can downsize from 3000 sq ft to 1600, that’s great too. If everyone lessens their impact, it benefits all of us.

      • Alex December 23, 2014, 10:21 am

        Thanks Wally!

  • Lisa E. December 22, 2014, 4:28 pm

    This is probably the first “cabin” I’ve ever really liked. It has everything from screened-in porch to laundry room. Would make a fabulous retreat for writers and lovers. I don’t really think it’s a “Tiny House”; more like a small house, but nicely done and the natural surroundings are a big plus.

    • Wally December 22, 2014, 11:42 pm

      Some like to say that under 800 is a “tiny” house but I don’t quite agree with that. This is a mansion compared to one of those. We could stack several of them in here. If we lived in a tiny house, we would be stepping on one of our 5 pets every minute.

  • liz n. December 22, 2014, 5:02 pm

    This one just became my favorite little house shown on this website! GREAT design!!

  • allen patin December 22, 2014, 7:20 pm

    Wonderful use of space and contemporary design. Where can we find out more info please?

  • Jamie December 23, 2014, 8:14 am

    My husband and I are going to be downsizing in a couple of years, and this looks perfect for our needs. We have been looking at park model homes, but really would like a little more space for our family to visit comfortably.
    We will have to work within a strict budget. Can we get a ballpark figure of cost on this beautiful cabin?

    • Wally December 23, 2014, 6:02 pm

      Here in NC I can build this house, just as we did for ours, for about $115K. Depending on where you are and what finishes you want the price will vary, possibly a lot.

      • Karen Cotton May 9, 2015, 3:29 pm

        Awesome! I love this design. I am looking for a small but not tiny quality houseplan and I love this one. Land????

  • Sarah December 23, 2014, 12:10 pm

    This is truly gorgeous, maximizing on the views. My favorite though has got to be the stairs which also function as bookshelves. Genius!

  • Janice S. December 23, 2014, 12:56 pm

    Love the bookcase stairs ….. one less piece of furniture to mess with!!!

  • Sarah December 24, 2014, 2:31 pm

    This is great! I keep looking for small homes that have potential for a family (we have 3 kids) and this has given me all sorts of ideas. Thanks for posting the floor plans.

  • Enrique A. Cancino January 5, 2015, 10:16 pm

    My wife and I are constantly looking for efficient designs in homes that are smaller than 1600 sqft and don’t like too many of the ones we see and never in the size of this home, ever! What I love about the layout is that it can be finished in so many different ways, inside and out, but also the effective use of space is magnificent. It’s not a home for everyone, but it can easily be made “yours” with unique little touches in the finish and paint, both inside and out. Thanks for showing us the way Mr. and Mrs. Hughes!

    • SONIA SALAZAR July 31, 2016, 4:41 pm

      I’m sorry but I seen your last name that is Cancino. My last name before getting married is Cancino. Maybe we are related some how. My last name comes from my mother’s side. We are famous we’re we live currently because we are all musicians meaning my uncles play every instrument.

  • Lynnette February 18, 2015, 2:21 pm

    This is very nice. Spacious to the point of head room moving around yet small enough to take care of. Very nice!!

  • Kate May 7, 2015, 4:02 pm

    Don’t know how I missed this the first time around. This is nearly perfect. A home AND a vacation stay. Light and airy, practical, and still large enough for a dozen folks or so to come visit for the day/evening without feeling closed in.
    I think the one thing that impressed me was the water closet off the downstairs bedroom. With this place, the grandkids could come and have an adventure up in the loft.

  • Kelly Libert May 7, 2015, 10:38 pm

    Love, love, love that huge screened in porch.

  • Trish May 7, 2015, 11:16 pm

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I absolutely love the bookcase stairs with the closed storage space. Looks like 50 to 75 books in there. This is definitely going in my idea file.

  • Susanne May 8, 2015, 12:24 am

    Very nice! Too rich for my blood, though… My house of a little over 2,000 sq ft was $130,000 when purchased it… So for now we enjoy the extra room…

  • Marcy May 8, 2015, 7:33 am

    Coveting, coveting.

  • Merryl May 8, 2015, 7:44 am

    This is very nice. I too love the bookcase stairs. And the bedroom. The one thing I would change is to bring the two kitchen walls closer together. Maybe use the rest of the space for a study or something. My grandfather built himself the most charming little office with a window, under the stairs.

    • Chel April 15, 2017, 3:13 pm

      Merryl I thought it was a long way to carry water from the sink to the cooker. I like the space they have though. Fitting the sink into the same cabinet run as the cooker would take care of amenities. Then a mobile kitchen island with prep space and cupboards would allow for flexibility. Putting a study space where the sink currently is would help to avoid distraction but still have the open feel. The floor space can be freed up when needed.

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 17, 2017, 7:55 am

        Good points!

  • vee May 8, 2015, 7:49 pm

    Great job! Very, very nice!

  • ROSEE February 14, 2017, 10:48 am

    This TH has a great layout. An interesting contrast with the landscape. Very nice!

  • Drew February 14, 2017, 11:40 am

    I am absolutely enthralled with the Tiny Home movement! However, in Ohio it is rather limited! I do not want to do a THOW, and so seeing this 704sqft cabin is truly an inspiration! LOVED IT! It would be a perfect fit if I were able to find a place in Ohio that I could build. I would really like to talk to someone about what this project entailed, as far as costs and time line if possible!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 15, 2017, 6:35 am

      I’m so glad you found something you like 🙂 In some areas something like this that is over 400 sq. ft. can be built legally with normal permits! The couple has an email listed on their website, so you could get in touch! http://www.simplyhomenc.com/

  • DebD February 14, 2017, 3:01 pm

    Those bookcase stairs have to be the best idea I’ve seen in quite awhile!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 15, 2017, 6:30 am

      They are super great 🙂

  • Kathy February 14, 2017, 6:23 pm

    Another beautifully designed small home!!

  • Patricia Chang February 15, 2017, 2:44 am

    Lovely home. Lovely view.

  • susan March 5, 2017, 10:28 am

    Beautiful home. Beautiful location. Winner!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 6, 2017, 7:37 am

      Agreed 🙂

  • Nancy March 5, 2017, 2:37 pm

    Amazing!!! Love it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 6, 2017, 7:35 am

      So glad you like it!

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN April 14, 2017, 7:52 pm

    Not bad…!

  • Vicki F. April 14, 2017, 8:00 pm

    Love the floor plan and the main floor bedroom.

  • Rusty April 14, 2017, 8:39 pm

    Love this small home especially the floors, porch, and utility room.

  • Shirley April 14, 2017, 9:13 pm

    I love the small spare sleeping area. I would love sleeping on that screened in porch. What a beautiful tiny home. I’d like to see a small soaking tub in that roomy shower though. Does anyone know where to purchase those tiny soaking tubs?

  • Joseph April 15, 2017, 9:59 am

    Wow! Very lovely home and what a gorgeous view! The side of the building with so many windows is a great way to keep the house bright.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 17, 2017, 8:01 am

      Yes! Love the windows.

  • Gail April 15, 2017, 2:01 pm

    really love this. Lots of room, light and beautiful backyard. Where is this place?
    Very very well done. Love it.

  • Susie September 24, 2017, 3:39 am

    Love this place!

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