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Family’s 576 Sq. Ft. Stilt Beach House

This 576 sq. ft. small house is designed by architect Bruce Lanier of Standard Creative. It has a 24′ by 24′ footprint and sits on 15′ tall foundation piers. When you go inside you’ll find a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and a bedroom with a genius sliding barn door designed and built by Zack Giffin of Tiny House Nation that houses extra chairs and a dining table!

Since this tiny cabin sits on stilts you also get plenty of covered outdoor space underneath the structure which is a great feature in a small home. The family who built it currently uses it to vacation on their spare time when they get time off from school and work (which keeps them elsewhere). They also rent it out to others using Airbnb and HomeAway so if you wanted you can try out tiny living here. Cool, right? In the future they plan on moving in to live in it full time.

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Family’s 576 Sq. Ft. Stilt Beach House on Stilts


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  • Larry Schoenemann
    September 12, 2015, 3:05 pm

    Very nice home, built my original cabin on stills. I like the height you have. Mine was on a side of a hill, so I went from 4 ft to ground level.
    Like you setup, inside and out.

  • RB
    September 12, 2015, 3:13 pm

    So excellent!! Well done.

  • Patti Jo King
    September 12, 2015, 4:09 pm

    I love this house, although would like to see a pic of the bathroom. Are the plans available?

    PJ King

  • sandy
    September 12, 2015, 7:28 pm

    this was another house built by TINY HOUSE NATION.

  • chris
    September 13, 2015, 12:14 am

    This was a good episode of Tiny House Nation, the stilts HAD to be code, the mayor came out and approved of the notion of rehabbing the town in this manner as they had to apply for an exclusion to the minimum size codes, but with the mayor’s blessing, they proceeded. I think the son didn’t really like the upstairs bedroom that was his as it didn’t provide a decent sound barrier to give him some privacy. I liked it a lot as well and would love to have a vacation home just like this one, just not the price tag as it had to be made hurricane coded as well, so not in my budget as shown on the show.

  • Glema
    September 15, 2015, 2:53 am

    Headphones work wonders for privacy! 🙂 Just a thought!
    This house is nicely done. Thank you for sharing it with us! God bless
    all and happy trails!

  • Sharon seiber
    September 18, 2015, 9:23 am

    Would like to know price on this house and if it can be built on ground instead of stilts

    • Eric
      May 24, 2016, 2:50 am

      Price I can’t help you with. You do realise that piles are just very short stilts don’t you? Unless you want a concrete slab, and I can tell you after the disastrous Christchurch earthquake in 2011 concrete slab foundation houses were written off left, right & centre. Those on wooden piles (or short stilts : p ) mostly were rehabbed by jacking up the house and installing new piles.

  • Andrea Jasso
    September 26, 2015, 11:43 pm

    Always interested to see the comments, but sometimes they are a little generic, if you know what I mean.

  • Carol
    October 3, 2015, 11:52 am

    Not a fan of this house. Why are the ceilings so high? I can just imagine trying to carry groceries up those open (uncovered) stairs in the rain or snow. I would have kept the deck but I would have built the stairs up into the house from underneath.
    For the son (noise issue) they can add in sound proofing insulated walls.

    • Eric
      May 24, 2016, 2:53 am

      Hah, it’s on a semi-tropical island as I recall… don’t think they will ever have to worry about snow.

  • terry
    October 10, 2015, 8:51 pm

    Depending on the location I could be very happy here. Where do the stairs behind the kitchen go?

  • Liz
    October 22, 2015, 10:15 am

    How about that ceiling fan??!! Those are huge and can you imagine getting smacked by that? Lovely little home!!

  • mbanger
    October 22, 2015, 5:32 pm

    It concerns me that this is a vacation home and rental. I saw the show on t.v. and the drama of returning to her pre-Katrina site, where her former home that she loved had been. How she and her son and new husband were sacrificing and downsizing, etc. All of that was baloney, huh. So they didn’t downsize, they actually have two homes. Kinda not what I think the Tiny House movement is about. Does everything have to be dramatized to be on T.V.? How about straight out “We want to build a tiny vacation home on our old beloved home site.” What’s wrong with that?

    • Willa
      December 6, 2015, 1:24 pm

      Well said! My spouse & I are honestly looking to downsize and to reduce our overhead so that we can get to retirement and enjoy this time in our lives. I would still watch the show, even if they had been truthful about what they were doing.
      So-called “Reality TV” is just an excuse to have “Cheap TV”!!!

    • Lynl
      July 9, 2017, 2:11 pm

      Totally agree!

  • Mary Lynne
    October 23, 2015, 7:41 am

    I agree with my anger, why not just be truthful.

    • Lynl
      July 9, 2017, 2:09 pm


  • Mary Lynne
    October 23, 2015, 7:42 am

    My anger should read mbanger.

  • Glema
    October 28, 2015, 9:37 am

    This would work great if one could pull their THOW up to the back of those unused brick stairs. 🙂 Then one would have a homeport 15′ up and
    their THOW for traveling when they want to. I like that idea 🙂
    God bless and happy trails!

  • Bridget from Cali
    November 26, 2015, 5:29 am

    I completely embrace the idea of being perched above. The big windows are gorgeous, but doesn’t work in the city unless you don’t mind living in a fish bowl. Unless you were talking steel girders for building on some crazy steep hillside here, not sure about a house on stilts in Los Angeles.

    I would totally dig living above 2 single tandem garages that was all for my family! I once lived with a roommate in a 2nd floor condo that was around 1000 s/f. Our entire unit was situated on the back of the property above 2 side by side double car garages. The front unit had the bedrooms upstairs while everything else was downstairs. Their main public areas were in essence behind the garages on the lower level. The stairs to our unit was enclosed from the elements including the blistering hot sun, and our upper landing was a private place for delivery drivers to stash any packages. We could also keep the windows open 24/7 even when we weren’t home. We had absolutely no fear of evil doers crawling in our windows day or night to rob or murder us. Loved that feature! I would even sacrifice covered balcony space for that exciting bonus!

  • john falor
    December 4, 2015, 12:25 pm

    How much to build,lot price and what beach can I build one on!

  • Kelly Libert
    December 4, 2015, 3:47 pm

    Beautiful! I would want hurricane shutters over those large windows. I also like Carol’s suggestion of the entry stairs being placed under the house ending indoors. In the hurricane area I live in, we also get tropical storms and nor’easters. A solid house built to withstand a hurricane is mandatory.

  • vee
    December 4, 2015, 7:19 pm

    NICE!!!!! Especialy like the living rm. and bdrm in addition to
    the outside areas!

  • Melissa
    December 6, 2015, 10:19 am

    I think it’s well done, the kitchen and living room,I love the barn doors to close the bedroom off, love the colors and the bathroom looks large, I think they use the space well including the outside area underneath the home.

  • Deadrock
    January 7, 2016, 4:47 pm

    One of my favorite small house designs. They used the 576sf very well indeed. The built in table and benches are incredibly clever.

    However, for full time living (which it seems, despite the fake suspense and pseudo pathos of the original episode, is NOT what this house was intended for after all), the closet space is ridiculous. I think I’d want to bring it up t0 600sf just be sure I could put in at least one decent clothes closet. Also finding a spot to put a TV in the common area looks pretty challenging, although a drop down viewing screen or a screen that slides up from a console table in front of the couch, then disappears back inside when not in use, might work.

    As I would use the loft “bedroom” as an office, I’m not so concerned about the lack of privacy and the noise, but if it is to be used as a bedroom one day, I’d sure want to address that. If you like to sleep au naturel, the first person to hit the kitchen for breakfast in the morning would surely have a front row seat.

    Still, terrific overall, and with only a little tweaking would achieve perfection.

  • Barbara
    May 23, 2016, 2:55 pm

    My husband spent 9 months after Katrina working in New Orleans, helping with the trailer camps that were set up for the homeless. When I brought him home afterward, we drove the Mississippi coast line, taking pictures of the results of the hurricane, and the rebuilding efforts that were taking place. I have a photo of those steps long before they rebuilt, and did a PowerPoint presentation of that drive home, showing that picture. We will never forget the magnitude of damage to homes, businesses, and most of all, lives.

  • Holly G Clift
    November 25, 2016, 1:47 pm

    wow love this home/cabin

    • Natalie
      November 28, 2016, 8:51 am

      Me too 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Ken
    November 25, 2016, 4:23 pm

    Love this site Alex. There are so many great ideas here for our little home (660 sq ft). Keep up the good work.

    • Natalie
      November 28, 2016, 8:52 am

      So glad we could help 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

    November 28, 2016, 10:11 am

    Nice! I like the set up plan both inside and outside. But what’s with the brick stairs?

    • Natalie
      November 29, 2016, 10:00 am

      Maybe for a garden? Like with pots? Not sure! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • two crows
      August 19, 2018, 1:14 pm

      This is in NOLA. I’m guessing the stairs are what is left of the original house that was on that lot before Katrina hit. So they wanted to keep a piece of their old house as a memorial? Who can blame them?

  • Gabriella
    July 9, 2017, 5:21 pm

    Probably the architecture of the near future will be played on the exterior, perhaps by exploiting the morfology of the territory. Setting up the outside as a pleasant place to live. Especially at this moment the man discovers in nature all that positive charm he can not give up (escape from homes escaping from the probles). The outdoor spaces can be organized in areas such as: louge gazebo, cooking pen with wood oven and its dining area, play area, bowls, etc…. I could define it as “En Plein Air Architecture” or “Open House Architecture”. Could become a new business for land.

  • GR
    July 10, 2017, 11:03 am

    And, any way to see more pic’s or purchase plans of the sliding door with table and chairs? Thank you.

  • Sheila Plourde
    August 19, 2018, 12:47 pm

    This is nice. Very stylish and bright. Love the layout. I like how it is high off the ground.

  • Brendan
    March 7, 2019, 8:21 pm

    It looks like their URL changed to http://pyestinybeachhouse.squarespace.com/home

    • Alex
      March 8, 2019, 1:54 pm

      Awesome, thanks, Brendan, I’ll update the post to reflect that!

    November 3, 2020, 5:39 pm

    I really like the layout on this 576 sq fot home, how do I contact the engineer that drew up the plans to purchase. my email is [email protected]

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