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 for those middle-of-the-night bathroom runs.
You can purchase plans to build your own from Small House Catalog here.
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Modern 20×20 Cabin w/ Two Stories
You walk in to an open living and dining space.
The kitchen takes up one wall.
Upstairs, bedroom one has a wardrobe.
Oh look! So does bedroom #2.
The cube house looks awesome.
- 790 sq. ft.
- 2 bedrooms
- 2 baths
- Width: 20’-0”
- Length: 20’-0”
- Height: 21’-6”
- Wall height: 9’-0” main, 8’-0” upper
- 2×6 R-21 + walls
- Trussed R-49 + roof
- Insulated slab foundation
- Mini-split heating & cooling
- Tankless water heating
- Wood or gas fireplace
- International Residential Code compliant
- Estimated cost to build is $150-200/ sq. ft.
- 10×16 Cube-Style Tiny House by Molecule Tiny Homes
- The Cube Tiny House by Little Byron
- Honeycrisp Cottage in Southern Vermont: A 280 Square Foot Getaway
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I’m surprised but I like the design of the exterior. I say surprised because I am usually attracted to more traditional exteriors but this is nicely done. Some landscaping with a few trees and shrubs would soften it a bit but very distinctive. Who doesn’t want to make changes to the interior to suit their own needs or preferences, right? In the spirit of personalizing it for me even though this design might work perfectly well for others, I would make that little porch a bit larger while at the same time making that adjacent shower equally larger…4′ instead of 3′ would be less claustrophobic and I don’t mind sacrificing a little coat closet space for that breathing room. I would also make the kitchen “L” shaped with cabinets along that interior wall. Put in a corner cabinet with a carousel shelf…which would add a huge amount of storage…and more storage/counters along that wall and it would be the perfect kitchen. Eliminate the little table and chairs and run a “bar” along the window wall where you could have some stools. Instantly you would not only have an eating surface but even more countertop if you were inspired to do some baking or maybe a flat surface for doing artwork. Make those changes and I would say this small house would be just about perfect! It’s an inspirational little house and I’m sure others will be able to see how they would customize it, too. Thanks for sharing!
Great ideas, Donna, thanks for sharing! 🙂
Like that there are two bedrooms and perhaps the use of pocket doors could add useable space to the landing or even add a couple inches to a bedroom. The exterior is very plain and perhaps more could be done to make it more pleasing to the eye. The width of the deck seems narrow, by the time a BBQ-grill is added it might be a problem. A corner cabinet in the kitchen would add lots of storage which is always a plus.
Great ideas! Corner cabinets are great for those don’t-need-often items.
I think I’d get rid of the hall/mud room entry and rework that space so I could put a washer-dryer in there. A glass door in the kitchen or great room could serve as a second entry.
I don’t love the cube look, but it could be fun in the right setting. I enjoy seeing different ideas, and also hearing how other people would revise them. Love this website, tinyhousetalk!
Thanks, Alison! I like your modification ideas!
I’d sure hope there’s a slope on the roof to aid with water shedding. Else you could have issues with water leaks. And you Don’t Want That.
Typically, a flat roof isn’t actually flat but just close enough to fool the naked eye. For example, in Florida building codes require a minimum two percent slope or a one-fourth unit vertical for every 12 units horizontal, which would be barely noticeable to the naked eye but easily missed if you weren’t looking for it and just looked at the roof line.
Flat roofs also require a specific type of construction, which usually includes a reinforced structure made of concrete or masonry, and it’s typically covered by some type of membrane, such as modified bitumen roofing or thermoplastic roofing (TPO or PVC).
Unless someone didn’t know what they were doing or failed to follow code, then there’s usually not going to be a problem these days. Though, you may still require more long term maintenance.