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Quirky East Side Beehive Tiny House in Austin, Texas

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This is the East Side Beehive tiny house in Austin, Texas.

It’s a quirky backyard cottage with an open floor plan in Central East Austin. What do you think?

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East Side Beehive Tiny House in Austin

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The ceiling is loaded with lighting in the kitchen.

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There are vaulted ceilings in the living area along with a wonderful wall of windows.

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This tiny house is built at a slant which is reflected in the kitchen.

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The open shelving and wood cabinets are giving me a zen feeling. What do you think so far?

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The bathroom has a glass shower with a window.

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 A skylight window in there as well.

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Did you notice how the mirror looks as if it is floating?

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The living area has a fold-flat futon for additional sleeping space.

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The bedroom is right up the steps going into the loft.

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There’s a cozy, queen-size bed up here with an elevated view.

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There’s even a little office nook up here. This place is perfect, isn’t it?

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Would you consider building or maybe just staying in a whimsical tiny house like this?

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You can actually book this tiny house on Airbnb if you ever plan on visiting Austin, Texas, and would like a unique and interesting place to stay.

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  • Austin, TX
  • East Side Beehive
  • Clean, Zen style
  • Backyard cottage
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Lots of natural light
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • Upstairs sleeping loft
  • Full kitchen
  • Indoor and outdoor shower
  • Workspace in the loft
  • Available on Airbnb
  • Featured on Tribeza
  • Designed and built by Studio 512

What do you think? Would you stay here? Would you build a tiny house like this?

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  • Eric
    May 7, 2022, 9:21 am

    Apart from because they can… what’s the point? Complicated shapes that are hard to fix and costly. Oh,what’s that I hear? Because I can? Pffft

    • James D.
      May 7, 2022, 10:28 am

      Well, it states it in the Designer/Builder link…

      “Architect and General Contractor. This 550sf apartment with 320sf footprint was shaped by impervious cover restraints, an angled utility easement, and careful tailoring in three dimensions to best suit the program. The Hive’s design draws inspiration from Dutch and Japanese precedents – two cultures akin to designing buildings within spatial constraints.”

      Basically, like often seen in Japan, there’s places that can require designs to work around local restrictions and limitations to try to maximize the available space and get creative with how it can look to help make it look appealing and intentional instead of the less than ideal results that conventional construction would have resulted in…

      Otherwise, the structure may not have been allowed or would be much smaller, feel more confining, be more limited in functionality and utility, etc…

    • May 7, 2022, 1:18 pm

      Couple of things Eric, It’s Austin…One of the few places in 800 miles that does innovation. AAlso as james d points out covenants or design requirements dictate..If you were just looking at function then, yes my 400 sq.ft. 1.5 bath with utility room is better in smaller area design and it can use off the shelf bargain windows and doors, it also has no plumbing run longer than 72″ saving labor costs and at least 30% on materials. But then even though I have designed it for the handicapped, Seniors, and Couples you would think the manufacturers of the Athens Sandpiper(makers of the 1.5 bath Park Model) would do a Proof-of-Concept in less than a four-year wait and the required $100K upfront. Looking at the overall concept floor plan, this is a very dated use as the plumbing is not sharing a wall, the Facade is the attractor.

      • James D.
        May 7, 2022, 2:11 pm

        I’m not sure that’s correct that they don’t share a wall, the bathroom is on the second floor but both the kitchen sink and the bathroom face the same right side of the structure from where the first photo shows the building…

        • May 7, 2022, 3:54 pm

          You are probably right James, l would like to see the print to be sure. Austin is producing a LOT of creative housing in that part of the world.

  • David Pedersen
    May 7, 2022, 4:02 pm

    That is a funny shape – and it works. I like how it give more volume to the upper floor. Though I have one thing, which I am not too happy about – the painting of the walls and ceiling. Seems like there is missing a coat or two. Looks very uneven and dark in the corners. Else there is nasty mold started to grow on the walls.

    • James D.
      May 7, 2022, 6:33 pm

      No, just the limits of the camera, along with lighting, as the photos were taken during the day where the interior lights competed with the outdoor sunlight and didn’t fill the interior evenly throughout…

  • vee
    May 7, 2022, 6:22 pm

    I am very impressed with this home. In addition to loving all the windows and light, the great wood used and lighting as well — etc., etc., etc. It is ultra modern, very attractive and unique. I’d deal with changes if necessary but otherwise — love it!

  • May 8, 2022, 3:04 pm

    It’s cute, but I wonder if I’d feel a little off-kilter with the angled walls and windows.

    • Carol A Danielewicz
      June 7, 2023, 2:35 pm

      I have OCD and that would drive me crazy (I hope that isn’t a derogatory term, in this case). The unevenness is like seeing a tilted picture on the wall & not being able to straighten it.

  • Christopher Stoney
    May 10, 2022, 8:13 am

    I am curious about the shape of the ceiling/roof panel adjacent to the large window wall. From the exterior it appears to be non-Euclidean, a hyperbolically curved ruled surface; but such curvature is not apparent in the interior views (except, perhaps, in the odd shading patterns noted by David Pedersen). If this is indeed the case, how din you manage such a smooth finish on the ceiling? Smoothed plaster over a custom lath? Or am I somehow getting the perspective of the exterior view wrong?

    • James D.
      May 10, 2022, 5:41 pm

      No curves, just different intersecting angles throughout… Think of it like an origami structure. The exterior just has the additional detail of the overlapping siding and roof shingles

  • Mary Low
    May 10, 2022, 2:45 pm

    I really like many elements of this house from the kitchen to the way the bed is situated. And yes, love the open shelves in the kitchen and the many windows for light and the view.
    I’m a big fan of straight walls though, these angled walls give me a bit of queasy feeling.
    I understand the why of it, but without any building restrictions, I would like a house very much like this one; I like the design more than most, actually, but with straight angles.

  • Marcia
    May 10, 2022, 5:57 pm

    Might be a novel concept, but the angles of the walls make me a tad nauseous. I was in a room once that was set up East to west and the b/w tile floor was north to south. Was a tad disconcerting, to say the least.

  • K. M.
    May 10, 2022, 8:37 pm

    Love the concept. Lots of room and light. Whimsical but not off-putting.

  • Benita Rodrigues
    May 26, 2022, 8:27 pm

    Floating mirror..where??..Ooooo..thought it was a fly! 😆

    • Eric
      May 28, 2022, 9:06 pm

      LOL, good one. Somebody has a sense of humour!

  • Marsha Cowan
    March 5, 2024, 2:33 pm

    I think I’m going to have to go with Eric on this one. I also wonder about the unfinished edges (or looks unfinished) on the counters in the kitchen and bath and desk area upstairs. Makes me a little off balance, too. Might be different when you’re actually standing inside it.

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