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255 Sq. Ft. Dakota Tiny House: Built like a House, Works like an RV

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I’ve been wanting to introduce you to Dakota Tiny Houses as well as show you one of their very first builds. The Dakota design is 30′ long by 8’6″ wide and 13’6″ tall. I’ll show you the floor plan down below. There’s even a 3′ porch in the front and inside you’ll find just about everything you’d normally find in a normal home or fully featured RV.

    • Combination washer dryer
    • Normal-sized toilet
    • 36″ shower
    • 3 burner stove with oven
    • Large kitchen sink

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  • Cabinets with storage throughout
  • Air Conditioner
  • Retractable staircase to the porch
  • Attached micro shed in the back
  • Ceiling fan
  • Couch
  • Refrigerator
  • A wall-mounted LCD TV with sound bar

In other words, this thing is fully loaded and absolutely ready to live in. And it does come with a price tag. But guess what? ALL of the work is done for you! It’s literally ready to go…

Retractable Front Porch Stairs

Dakota Tiny House with Retractable Stairs to Porch

Video Tour of this 255 Sq. Ft. Dakota Tiny House on Wheels

Dakota Tiny House Front

In Wall Unit Air Conditioner

Dakota Tiny House Front with Stairs

Interior Living Area with Wall Mounted TV & Storage

Interior with LCD TV Mount

One of the best parts of this tiny home is that it’s actually very livable even if you’re not a minimalist. There seems to be plenty of space for most of your favorite belongings, don’t you think?


Couch and Storage

I also like that there’s plenty of windows so when you’re in here it feels bright and spacious. I think some of you will also like the fact that there’s no sleeping loft in this model. That means high ceilings and a more spacious feeling throughout. And yes, there’s an actual bedroom in the back.

Kitchen and Living

In this one, they installed a tilt mount on for the TV so you can watch while you do the dishes or cook.

Adjustable TV



Combination Washer Dryer

Combo Washer Dryer

Lots of tiny homes on wheels are missing this. Sometimes it’s not a big deal because you may plan to park where you can share this appliance with someone else. But for some of us, a washer dryer is a must. If that’s you, you might want to check out my top 5 combo washer-dryers for small spaces.

Refrigerator, Microwave



Full-Size Shower

Full Sized Shower



Again no loft in this one instead you’ve got enough length in this house (30′ long) to actually have a first level bedroom that you can stand up in! That’s nice… I like the storage cabinets and fan too. 🙂

Storage in Bedroom

Floor Plan

Floor Plan

Micro Shed Built Right In to Keep your Propane Tanks, Tools, Etc.

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Pricing for Dakota Tiny Houses

The price tag? I hope you’re sitting down. The price varies depending on the options you choose but according to their (old) web site, the average house they build ends up costing about $55,000.

Optional Features

And there are so many options, like:

  • Radiant floor heating
  • Electric heat
  • Gas furnace
  • Dickinson Heater
  • 30-100 gallon tanks
  • Extra insulation
  • Wood or metal framing
  • Tankless on-demand- or 10 gallon- water heaters
  • Frameless- or framed- glass shower doors or just curtain rod
  • Composting, incinerating or RV toilets

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  • Comet
    October 31, 2013, 3:35 pm

    WHERE WHERE WHERE do those expandable STEPS to the porch COME FROM??? We are looking into RV living but as a physically challenged person this has been a huge stumbling block—none of the stairs/steps we have so far seen come CLOSE to expanding like this!!!! And the makers seem—uninterested altho their target market is older people!!!!! Any info greatly appreciated!!!!!

  • Bill Burgess
    October 31, 2013, 6:02 pm

    I like it a lot, not too happy with the price but most of the options and functions are better for seniors than most….of course with mine I got a CAT diesel, ability to tow a car or truck and an 18′ slide out kitchen/living room for that price. But I like it a lot for those that can’t manage a big motor home.

  • Ruth Vallejos
    October 31, 2013, 6:56 pm

    Not bad – very nicely developed. Still – hardly a stitch of storage. I would have to resort to putting my underwear in the kitchen!

  • jayne capane
    October 31, 2013, 8:40 pm

    I am glad to see some designs with same floor bedrooms. We are getting older and cannot live like a college student. Loft storage is one thing, but not crawling up to bed or sleeping on a mattress on the floor. No wheels either. How about some “small” home designs that are smartly planned and affordable, instead of tiny?

  • Nerida
    October 31, 2013, 9:59 pm

    Look s good I have to admit. BUT, after 6 minutes of blowing your own trumpet I turned it off. I dont want a testimonial from the builder I want a testimonial from a buyer who has gone through the process and lived in it for a period of time.

    I wanted to see the house and all the detail not someone standing in the kitchen/living room rabbiting on about other people and what other people want. If you are looking at this video you are already interested in tiny house living, you dont need to oversell the concept.

  • Wendy
    November 1, 2013, 12:40 am

    I LOVE, LOVE this Tiny House.. I have been trying to explain to family and friends that you can do this and not live like an uncivilized animal. The finishes are worth the 55k. Even adding additional resources to go off-grid, a $60k mortgage is less than what many substandard apartments rent for now adays. Why to go, it would be nice to see more Tiny Home developers team up with good design sense…

  • Jacki Frederick
    November 1, 2013, 9:45 am

    Are there any closets or such space? Did not see any in the floor plan. Just wondering. I would cut down on some of the full size (which are very nice) accouterments. Looks like they built it around the super large TV

  • alice h
    November 1, 2013, 10:29 am

    Nice enough, but again there’s that basic old style trailer layout of stuff lining the walls and a hallway between, largely determined by having a rear entry door. It would never work for me for long term living and at that price you want to get it right. A lot of these layouts focus on individual functions but fail to take into account overall livability. What I want to see opposite my main sitting area is a large window or even a set of French doors, not a big blank wall with a TV. This may be the ideal setup for some people, but for me the “lounging” area is where I spend a lot of my indoor waking hours and needs to be the most open part of the house, not tucked in a corner as an afterthought.

    When you’re in the kitchen or bathroom you’re usually busy and focused on your immediate surroundings. When you relax on the couch you might be just letting your thoughts wander, you might be enjoying a storm outside from the comfort of your home, you might be reading, whatever. That’s the time that you most appreciate having as much open space around you and as much vista as you can get. Not enough large windows either. Looking at space outside adds to the feeling of space inside.

  • Pete
    January 25, 2014, 1:11 pm

    Nice design, pretty efficient use of space, and my only comment is why is it ,I see a lot more a frame roofs on most designs why is it I do not see more dutch style roof/loft designs. Can someone fill me into that information?

  • Cynthia Brown
    January 25, 2014, 6:38 pm

    I agree with one of the earlier commentators – its very RVish … I have to say I prefer the charm and creativity of the self builds and with the loft bedroom up above. If its going to look like an RV off the lot – you may as well just buy one – and with a pop-out to boot!

  • Linda
    January 26, 2014, 12:16 am

    Seems to me that if you put the door on the side instead of the end, you’d get more room for your couch area at the end instead of cramming it up against the long wall and then trying to put furniture across from it. Not enough room this way. Also, if you put the door on the side, you could take in the porch area as inside living space.

  • Renée Martin
    January 27, 2014, 11:54 am

    This is easily the best tiny house I have seen thus far. I have to check out their site to see if the sell plans. I wonder if they can alter the plans to remove the porch to allow for more living space? It would mean a full sized fridge and removing the awkward placement of the sink.

  • Debbie
    February 23, 2014, 12:14 am

    I’m curious wouldn’t the ac unit which is right over the top of the front door outside drip from the condensation…?

  • AKAllerdice
    March 19, 2014, 12:51 pm

    With all the available resources at your disposal why you went with a standard kitchen, and a over stuffed RV sofa is beyond me.
    This is NOT worth $55,000.00
    There is no real storage, space or dining.
    What you created was a tail gate party wagon.
    Not impressed.

  • Sage K
    March 21, 2014, 9:53 pm

    Hrm. I feel like this is a classic example of putting BIG stuff in a tiny house. Big TV, Big countertops…where’s the storage? This seems realistic as a guest lodge, but not as a permanant home. It’s too clunky for my taste. I’m taking note of the sink-over-toilet concept, but here it looks like you’d be forced to lean forward to bump the back of your head. Maybe there’s a better way of executing this? I’ve also seen a toilet that has a built in sink in the holding tank which runs when you flush, also serving to fill the tank and a place to wash hands. It was imported from Japan or China I think. Very common there.

    • wryawry
      August 22, 2014, 9:55 am

      They have bathroom arrangements just like that in prisons …..

  • Glema
    May 1, 2014, 5:05 am

    Question please: Can that same style of retractable stairway not be used for a loft? Just seems to make sense as another alternative to ladders. hm ty.

    • Alex
      May 1, 2014, 10:01 am

      Great idea although I’m not sure it would be long enough for that but sounds like a great product for someone to create.

  • Kathi
    July 10, 2014, 12:08 am

    No way would I give up all that cube footage of storage/living space for a porch.

  • Leigh Jackson
    July 12, 2014, 8:21 pm

    First, I was wondering if you’ve lived in your tiny home, and second, I didn’t really see a picture or anything in the video that showed the bedroom, is there a reason you left it out?
    I love the idea of an overhang in the outer entry area but dose the lower area expand? it didn’t look like you could set a chair on it. One comment I red was that there were no stairs, couldn’t that be a slide under feature?
    I didn’t see a place to sit and eat, or a good use of space for food, eating items like cups, plates, pots and pans, no talking about your produce, dose it have AC and heat? are the windows triple glazed for cold weather? Did you think of screen on the windows as well or a screen door and maybe even a dutch door? I don’t know what else to say other then, if your going to build a tiny house and try to sell it, live in it for a year and let us know how that works out.

  • Kris
    July 15, 2014, 10:28 pm

    Does this company exist any longer? I can’t find it. Their website is non-existent and their phone number is a construction company who’s website domain is for sale.

    • Alex
      July 16, 2014, 5:04 pm

      Nope. They don’t seem to exist any longer.

  • Eldaka
    July 18, 2014, 8:08 pm

    It’s nice if you want to live in a tiny apartment with too much stuff in it. It wouldn’t be for me.

  • Frankie
    March 1, 2015, 1:52 am

    All their links don’t work. Did they go out of business??

  • di
    March 1, 2015, 10:19 am

    Their link does not function. They may no longer exist.

    • Alex
      March 2, 2015, 10:22 am

      Yes as far as I know they are no longer in business. I’ll update/remove links.

  • Wendel
    May 13, 2015, 2:35 pm

    Where did you get the trailer? Custom? Cost?

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