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FrameWork Architecture’s Tiny Cabin: Simple Living with a Modern Flair

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I really like this tiny cabin‘s modern look and feel.

Especially because everything remains simple. Really simple.

This modern micro house was designed to be a weekend getaway.

In it you’ll find a lofted sleeping area with a great view thanks to the cabin’s design.

There’s a screened porch area along with a deck. Take a look for yourself below.


I encourage you to go inside below:

Interior with View of Sleeping Loft, Dining and Living Area of the Tiny Cabin


The reason there aren’t any windows on the walls is because there’s a lot of storage built in seamlessly. That’s what gives it that ultra clean, minimalist look and feel.


Photo Credits FrameWork Architecture

Thanks to the large windows and sloped roof you can actually still get a great view when you’re up in the sleeping loft. And if that’s not enough there’s an additional window on the side there too.


  • Composting toilet
  • Board and batten siding
  • Wood interior
  • Solar-powered lights
  • Wood burning stove
  • Ice chest

More info on this structure is available here.

How would you like to live in a little modern cabin like this one? Tell us in the comments below!

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  • Pam
    August 31, 2013, 12:02 pm

    Thanks for finding this one, Alex. This clean minimalist style is much more to my personal taste for my home environment. I really like decor that puts the primary focus on the empty space that is the container for the ‘stuff of life’ that we need for our daily living needs rather than on objects. I tend to place my attention more on the formless rather than on form so open, uncluttered space really resonates with my own design aesthetic. I like seeing a space as ‘one whole thing’ instead of disparate elements. This is the type of tiny living I could really feel at home in, particularly if it was surrounded by the natural beauty of a forest, an open vista of distant mountains or the ocean. Heavenly!

    • Cahow
      August 31, 2013, 12:22 pm

      Pam: Yours is one of the more eloquently written posts I’ve ever read on this site. REALLY appreciated all you had to share and I mirror your and Alex’s aesthetic’s of Clean/Simple Designs for my personal enjoyment.

      There are SO many details to <3 about this tiny house! 1) I adore the nod to classic Post-Modern 1950's architecture. Very, very Pacific Coast construction which is what influenced me so heavily as a child to become an architect. 2) LOVE the mirrored shapes: circle cut out on deck roof and large circle lighting fixture inside of home. 3) Uncluttered, pristine interior that really focuses your attention on the outside, NOT the inside!

      Now, the following comments are NOT meant to be negative nor critical; they are just comments about how I would have to change this if this was my husband's and my retreat, not primary residence: 1) I'm horrifically claustrophobic so I would need to add windows in many more places than the few that are shown. Yes, I understand that it would compromise the design on one side but I couldn't be in here for more than an hour without getting the Heebie-Jeebies. 2) If this was used just for weekends, I could live and love the minimalist design. If this was used for more than that, I'd have to add just a tiny amount of art objects to make it my own.

      LOVE THE DACHSHUND, peeping in the window! Too cute. 😀

      • Alex
        September 1, 2013, 8:28 am

        I feel you on adding more windows but it’d be a tough decision for me between that and removing the streamlined storage that’s on the walls. So long as I can still get those big windows in the front I should be good. 🙂

    • Alex
      September 1, 2013, 8:26 am

      Thanks Pam so glad it was right up your alley. I’d enjoy living in it a lot, too. Enjoy your day!

  • alice h
    August 31, 2013, 12:08 pm

    It’s got possibilities but those bars on the porch would have to go immediately. A screened porch is great but not with bars that make you feel like a critter in an old style zoo. That would make me absolutely insane in short order, the less visual clutter between you and the view the better. Also would need a lot more windows. I’d replace the fixed dining island with a more flexible table and chairs. You never know when you might want to clear the floor for dancing or whatever. I’d also replace that dog with a cat (insert good natured but slightly mocking emoticon of choice).

    • Alex
      September 1, 2013, 8:29 am

      Great ideas Alice! I agree with you on the bars, too. As long as they’re not black or stainless steel.. I’m okay. But now that you said it, I’d rather remove them too.

      • Cahow
        September 1, 2013, 9:46 am

        I’m always fascinated reading people’s responses as to what is a Turn On and a Turn Off. Of course, there’s NO RIGHT WAY of designing aesthetics for a home; it’s rather like the old debate of “What do you like on your hotdog?” (LOL)

        It’s the very essence of the vertical elements (you guys are calling them ‘bars), that I find attractive. It gently encloses the space nearest the house footprint and may just be one of the more clever SECURITY measures to deter break-ins.

        I don’t see the vertical struts any more confining than being inside of a gazebo with it’s cross-hatch wooden slats. Now, how do YOU like your hotdog? 😉

        • alice h
          September 1, 2013, 12:31 pm

          It really is so much like the hot dog thing! One person’s cozy is another person’s cramped. I can see where some people would like the bars as a style element or whatever but I find the smaller my living space the less I like my longer range visual fields broken up. I used to love multi-paned windows and French doors but now prefer a larger expanse of clear glass.

        • Cahow
          September 1, 2013, 1:00 pm

          Happy Labor Day Weekend, alice h! Glad you liked the Hot Dog analogy; we’re serving them on the grill today so it was a natural tie in as I’m setting up the vast array of condiments for folks to add to their ‘dogs’. 😉

          And right you are about “One person’s X is another person’s Anti-X.” That’s what I love reading about in the comments, as long as they don’t turn really nasty. I’m a huge fan of clean, crisp, open spaces but can see the beauty in wood-paneled, highly decorated spaces…as long as I don’t have to live in them. That’s why one of Alex’s latest blogs about “The Pearl” has just set my heart aflutter. I am so keen on that place that I’d consider staying at that tiny house hotel the next time I’m out on the Coast.

          Have a fab holiday and keep on adding your great comments! 😀

    • AnnieinKC
      November 9, 2013, 4:28 pm

      alice h, you’re so funny! I’m just the opposite. I’d have to have both the invisible screen (mosquitos are hugh in the county) and the bars. My brother’s house was in the country – we’d be sitting on the wraparound porch when the family of deers would show up. And they’ll stand and snort at you if they think you’re too close to their little ones. When they’re right in front of you, you feel like it’s a bull getting ready to charge you! And then the skunk got under the porch…and you have alot of severe mentally ill who like to camp and hang out in the woods. The hawks will pick up a cat or small dog. So, yes, I’d need both. It’s our experiences that shape us! LOL! I absolutely love this cabin and it’s hidden storage, just not the sharp table corners!

  • Cahow
    August 31, 2013, 12:26 pm

    Random thought: Since I love the approach on the one side of wood/slats, perhaps the opposite wall could be solid windows for my crazy claustrophic needs? So, one side would be opaque and the other transparent; might make a nice contrast for a nutter like me. 😉

    I went to the project website, hoping for a floor plan but it was nothing more than what Alex has already shown us. Oh well, still gorgeous.

    • Julie Hagan Bloch
      September 1, 2013, 12:10 am

      Firstly, I’d let the dog inside! Otherwise, it’s lovely, but to me, seems cold. And I echo the sentiment stated below about having the table more movable, and with legs instead of solid wood’ not only is it more comfortable to sit there when you can put your feet under the table, but dogs like to have something solid to lie under, sort of like a little cave or den. And… how tall is that table? I’m short, and have trouble getting up into tall chairs. I can’t manage ladders at all, but that’s just me… Also, I would have rounded corners on the furniture. I am a rather clumsy person and tend to knock into furniture. Those sharp corners are just pointy disasters waiting to happen to me! And I’d have soft, colorful rugs. The little dog will need something comfortable to lie on, and I’d need the color! It’s quite pretty now, but in Winter, the lack of color would make me sad. But… it IS a lovely design! Easy to clean, for sure!

      • Alex
        September 1, 2013, 8:31 am

        It could definitely use a bit of color and personalization. Thanks for sharing Julie!

    • Alex
      September 1, 2013, 8:30 am

      Good idea! Yeah, I wish there was more too but not yet 😀

  • Charlie
    September 11, 2013, 4:20 am

    Reminded me of a prison cell…not that I’d ever been in one. Functional doesn’t have to be cold and stark.

    • Debbie
      July 7, 2014, 4:55 pm

      I felt the same way as Charlie. I immediately thought of a board room or an office in a prison….. It’s just not my personal favorite, I lean much more towards shabby chic/cottage/barn style. This is very nice though! 🙂

  • di
    September 15, 2013, 5:20 pm

    I’ve lived in a lofted home and two-story building. Because heat rises, the downstairs was always too cold and the upstairs was always too hot. An organized one-story seems the most efficient.

    However, it seems as if designers are still trying to cram a large home into a small space. More creative alternatives are needed to eliminate a bedroom set, living room set and office as well as cupboards, closets, shelving and all the things we enclose within them.

  • di
    September 15, 2013, 5:22 pm

    The height of the front of the house seems a waste of materials.

  • Earl
    September 23, 2013, 6:09 pm

    Unfortunately this design is just that, a design, and only a design. If you visit the architects web site you’ll see that the design was abandoned for a larger one, one that would fit the families needs better.

    I really like the design, but since it’s not been built there’s no way to know how some of those architectural details would work out in reality. The porch/deck/overhang area is the one that intrigues me the most. The interaction between interior and exterior, especially in this kind of dwelling, is really important and I wonder how this one would work?

    The porthole in the roof over the deck seems more whimsical than functional, although I can certainly appreciate how it brings lots of light into the deck area. Again, wondering about the practicalities of something like that.

  • Kate
    June 15, 2014, 12:11 am

    I don’t understand and perhaps it is just me…but when folks complain about this or that they don’t like and make things over…aren’t they forgetting that it is not theirs? When ever I look at houseplans, yes, I’ll make them over because the house would be for me. When I look at ready built places, I don’t bother to be concerned that this or that isn’t suitable to my taste…I just move on. I’ve found my place and yes, there are things that I’d like to see done when it is built. IE, build the second bedroom as a walk-in pantry. No big deal, just upgrade the electric. AND switch the commode and sink around to allow greater access to the walk-in tub.

    • Julie Hagan Bloch
      June 15, 2014, 2:41 pm

      Kate, I understand where you’re coming from, but I was under the impression that people submitted designs here so that they could get feedback. Was I mistaken?

      • Cahow
        June 15, 2014, 7:44 pm

        You are NOT mistaken, Julie. Alex invites feedback on his submissions and encourages it. 😀

        • Julie Hagan Bloch
          June 15, 2014, 11:52 pm

          Thanks, Cahow. That’s what I thought. For a while there, I was worried I had offended the designer. That certainly was not my intention! It’s basically a wonderful design, and should be commended. Just a bit of tweaking, is all… That said, I wouldn’t have been able to come up with such a fine design, so I appreciate those who can.

      • Kate
        June 15, 2014, 8:17 pm

        Critique is one thing but to c/o someone not thinking of this or that; it tends to get a lit’ ridiculous. If everything was thought of, it would be most likely to be too expensive to put together except by someone with only the deepest pockets. Some of these things were just found as being neat or having a sense of pride in what they’ve done and shared. There are a lot of wonderful efforts. I also hear a lot of good ideas, and just because I can’t climb a ladder to the loft, isn’t really all that important. Nuff said!

        • Julie Hagan Bloch
          June 15, 2014, 11:49 pm

          Kate, the only thing I associate with c/o is “in care of”; I don’t know what you intend it to mean in the comment above. So I don’t know what you are thinking is “a little ridiculous”.
          So… are you saying that only certain kinds of comments should be allowed? What criteria do you like? I never saw any kind of restrictions on what we could suggest. As far as I can see, nothing was said in a mean spirited way, so why do the comments bother you?

    • Cahow
      June 15, 2014, 7:42 pm

      Kate, in almost 100% of the blog postings that Alex shares with us, he states emphatically, “How would you like to live in an “XYZ tiny home” like this one? Tell us in the comments below!”

      I find the vast majority of the comments very educational and enlightening. Alex’s followers come from every walk in life and bring with them a boatload of experience and intelligent ideas. What one person suggests, another can ‘pick up’ and use in the own version of “perfect” when constructing their tiny homes.

      When you have a Comments section to a website, you invite in The World. For instance, I’m a highly experienced baker and frequent at least 10 baking websites. It’s incredibly amusing to read the gamut of comments about a specific recipe, ranging from “I made this recipe exactly as listed…”, to “Are you kidding me??? I’d NEVER make this recipe with all the fat and calories listed!”, to “I love this recipe and tried using X and Y and Z with wonderful results.” Now, the very last response is the one I’m looking for! Having someone suggest a variation that I’d never dream of creating has truly broadened my baking horizon’s and made some classic treats for my family. So, you see where I’m going here: Read the comments, ignore those that don’t make sense to you and glean from the ones that do.

      Hope this aids your understanding you originally posited.

  • Becky
    July 7, 2014, 8:20 pm

    I’ve been reading and loving Alex’s posts for a very long time now but have never before commented. Kate, I get what you r saying and I’ve thought the same thing many times. (Julie, I’m assuming c/o stands for call out). I always wonder how the designer/owner of the home feels when people call them out on things the reader doesn’t like/approve of. I feel the same way about the recipe poster! It’s too dark, too ligh, too modern, too kitschy, waste of space, waste of money, not enough this, too much of that or too dry, needs more spice, etc! The poster has poured their heart and soul into their project so it’s safe to assume they love it and it works for them. Like everyone I don’t like everything I see equally. I have been gleaning all the parts & pieces I do like and saving them for my future small home. I just hope my future home can incorporate many of the great ideas I’ve seen and still remain small!

    • Alex
      July 8, 2014, 9:06 am

      Thanks for reading and enjoying all these years Becky I really appreciate you!!

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