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Graffiti Art Behind Clawfoot Tub, Inside Texas Shotgun Cottage

This is to show you some really-cool graffiti art done by Justin Lopez behind a clawfoot tub, inside of a newly-built Texas shotgun cottage by Plum Construction.

It’s one of the many small cottages with tiny house style designed and built by Christine and her crew, by Plum Construction, out of Galveston, Texas. What do you think? Pretty cool, right?

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Clawfoot Bath Tub with Graffiti Art in this Beautiful Tiny Texas Cottage

I think this is such a unique way to modernize the interior, especially with the clawfoot tub present.

The style is definitely not for everybody though, so I certainly understand if you don’t like it.

But what an awesome way to customize the space, don’t you think?

I’ve always thought, why don’t we build more houses around this size? You know, small houses?

So glad to see somebody like Christine making it happen with her Plum Construction company! How cool is that?

It’s always awesome when someone goes out there, and just does that thing that people think cannot be done.

And doing it beautifully, too!

I mean look at the details in this cottage!

Add some furniture, decorations, and lighting, and you’ll just want to call it home!

The bedroom looks super comfortable. The bed kind of looks like it is floating, doesn’t it?

Bonus loft with staircase access to just relax, read, look out the window.

The kitchen has exposed beams and open shelving.

A view from the top!

Doesn’t this look like paradise?

Cottages on stilts, like this, are my favorite.

If you ask me, this is how you do it!

What do you think of this cottage-build?

Ever wonder how a home like this is framed and built?

Here’s a look at the “bones”… 🙂

Designed and built by Plum Construction.

There’s a fun alternative to a ladder, I suppose.

They built this little cottage, and it sold in less than one day of being on the market!

That’s how badly people want more homes like this!

Contractors, developers, builders, are you out there, are you listening?


  • 688-sq.-ft.
  • Built in 2019
  • Sold for $235,000 within 1 day of being on the market!
  • Sleeping loft bedroom, staircase access
  • Add’l loft nook, ladder access
  • Custom-bathroom with clawfoot tub, graffiti wall
  • Kitchen
  • Dining nook
  • Living room
  • Built on stilts
  • Galveston, Texas
  • Built by Plum Construction

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  • Bill Gestwicki
    August 3, 2020, 1:14 pm

    This is neat and you won’t have to worry about getting flooded out which could happen in the Galveston, Tx. area.

  • Tim Emanuel
    August 3, 2020, 5:50 pm

    341.00 a sq. ft., a sucker is born every minute!

    • James D.
      August 4, 2020, 3:52 am

      Not in this case, costs and the reasons for them are just not always going to be what you expect.

      Like building a new property costs up to over 50% more than buying an existing property but as housing hasn’t kept up with population growth for decades now, it’s not really an option for everyone to just buy an existing property and never build a new one as high demand is one of the reasons so many people are ending up in apartments as there’s simply not enough houses for everyone…

      Different areas can also have different minimum costs, which can make the actual home only a small part of what you’re actually paying for and thus there may not be much of a difference in cost between different size homes if you’re mostly paying for the land and location…

      Building in areas that face the occasional natural disaster, in this case flooding, also usually entails costs to ensure the structure can survive those incidents instead of being a total loss and having to demolish the wreckage and replace the whole home, while finding somewhere else to live until it’s done.

      While costs also vary by how the building is done, a tract house is generally the cheaper way to go by basically mass producing them in large batches, versus custom building which tends to be the most expensive and can increase costs up to over 4 times greater than a standard build…

      There’s a long list of different factors to consider but suffice it to say everything has trade offs and reasons for costs that has to be understood in order to judge them properly…

    • Maria Kentala
      August 4, 2020, 6:41 am

      I agree with you. For that price where I live I can buy a 3 bedroom,2 bath, eat in kitchen,dinning room,living room,laundry room,and garage.

      • James D.
        August 4, 2020, 5:34 pm

        @Maria Kentala – Do you deal with flooding in your area or other natural disaster and are you prepared to replace the home if it gets destroyed? Do you have access to the same kinds of resources as would be available in that area? Do you enjoy the same climate? Do you have the same access to jobs and income as are available in that area? Are your long term costs that can add up to multiple times the original purchase cost of the home lower as well or much higher? Will your 3 bedroom be as energy efficient, easy to maintain and clean, and comfortable to live in or will it be an energy hog and often uncomfortable and need a lot of maintenance and cleaning? Is the home healthy to live in or was it constructed with lots of chemically treated materials that will contaminate the living space over time? Was the home custom built to your specification or did you have to adapt to the existing house and compromise your life around it?

        That’s the thing with making comparisons with different areas and types of homes… There can be a world of differences you’re not accounting for…

        • TerryW
          August 9, 2020, 8:42 am

          ‘For the Price’ James. That’s the point. Where I live in Arizona that price buys you a 3 bdrm 2 bath large garage, and a pool in a resort town on a lake. That Galveston little house looks like a weekend place, like a ‘park model’ at a nice RV park. I think it’s very cute but the price is seriously crazy.

        • James D.
          August 9, 2020, 12:15 pm

          @TerryW – I understand the point but my point is that price points doesn’t exist in a vacuum of no other concerns or considerations, otherwise you can compare a luxury mansion to a shed built with toxic materials without any concern of what makes them different and how that will effect living in them or what you get out of them… The extremes being the difference between a life long dream home that you can pass on to future generations from a unhealthy home that will suck dry your resources and may even shorten your life… and that’s only one form of differences among many that can exist…

          I think most people would care which point along that range their home actually falls into, which is one of the reasons why details always matter and comparisons should be equivalent to be relevant to at least most people…

          Take for example your example of a lake and pool, which is nice but how does that compare to miles of beaches and views of the sea?

          Galveston Island is widely known for its 32 miles of beautiful gulf beaches, the historic Pleasure Pier that is an iconic site that has appeared in a number of movies, etc. It’s definitely different but it’s not like it doesn’t offer anything and there won’t be reasons people may prefer it to other locations…

          Point being people often live in an area for reasons important to them and those reasons can’t just always be ignored for other options in other locations which may not work for them or isn’t what they want… Everything has different trade offs but different people can also have very different needs and priorities that will effect their choices… What you care for can be what someone else despises and vice versa… Like there are people who could consider even this small house too big and wasteful of space, just as you think it’s too little… Among other differences in what people may actually be paying for that may or may not fall on the list you would be concerned about…

          There’s a long list of other factors that can effect people’s lives, their choices, what options they can and can’t consider, what they value and what they don’t that will differ from other people and people in different situations with different priorities…

          Besides, at 688 Sq Ft most of the world would consider this a fairly normal size home… It’s something to remember that large houses have only been normalized for the last 60+ years, they weren’t the norm for the majority prior to the 1950’s, and that really only happened in 5 countries in the world… Some countries can even have more people per household than we do in the states in addition to having smaller homes on average. So there’s actually quite a range of what can actually work for people, it just depends on variables like what they are used to, what they prefer, and what type of lifestyle they have to support…

          While a Park Model is actually a lot smaller as they max out at 400 Sq Ft and don’t have second floors, only lofts that are less than 5 feet of headroom… So this home is 72% bigger, has full 2 story levels, and includes land, etc… and the builder can do them custom upon request…

    • Terry
      August 9, 2020, 8:57 am

      I have to agree about the cost. I thought tiny houses were supposed to be an economical way of living. With companies and people pushing the costs so high counties and cities look at these for their tax base and make it harder for those of us with less expensive thows to find places to set up for long periods/permanent times. I know this because the county I’m in won’t allow me to hook to the electrical grid. First excuse was it didn’t have a contractor’s name on it. Then the real reason came out. Put it on a permanent foundation we’ll give you power. This with knowing I’m on a rented lot. It’s all about the money!!! The more expensive you build them gets them looking for those for their tax base. They won’t even allow me to anchor it and under pin it.

      • James D.
        August 9, 2020, 1:17 pm

        @ Terry – Not quite that simple, money goes to many things. Among the valid reasons include infrastructure, road maintenance, fire department and emergency services. Ensuring safety and setting standards that help ensure the longevity of the property and reduces risk of its destruction/loss, along with that of the people who live in the area.

        Like being on an island, this property has to deal with occasional flooding and dealing with coastal conditions that can be more wearing on a structure that unless the home is built for it can result in drastically shorter life of the home and much higher risk of its destruction/loss.

        The system is designed for permanent structures as that’s the only way they’ve been able to ensure that they design and maintain for the needed capacity to support those structures but that goes out the window with temporary structures that can force them to either maintain too much capacity and spend more than they need or risk not having enough capacity and risking the system crashing or developing other problems but with no sure way of keeping track… Along with the issue that if you tie into the system but don’t support it then you’re basically making everyone else pay for you…

        That’s not to say the system hasn’t also become corrupted and developed over bloated bureaucracy but a lot of that is due to a long history of people making bad choices, improperly building their homes, passing that onto the next owner without their knowledge, forming HOA’s voting for changes in the law that benefit them but may have long term negative effect on the system as a whole, etc.

        Mind, we now live in a society that liability is a major concern. You can spill hot coffee on yourself and still successfully sue the company that served it to you, for example. So much of the system is just designed to protect itself from liability. Thus making any new alternative something that is automatically resisted because it takes away that protection and opens them to the liability again.

        We also have developed many stereotypes and biases on how people should live that generates the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) syndrome issue that just compounds the reasons why any change is resisted and it can be your neighbors that ultimately prevent you from living in an alternative option home and not the local authorities…

        So it’s more of a convoluted mess of both valid and invalid reasons, it really needs a complete reboot and total re-evaluation from top to bottom, with full on national debate to bring awareness to everyone, but normal change can take decades and we’re not quite to the point that the system will get a forced reboot any time soon.

        That leaves most people to still have to work within the existing system. Tiny living helps address many of the problems but not all and unless you can afford to hire an engineer/architect willing to take on liability, most alternatives are going to be very hard to get approved as those in charge are not engineers/architects and only have what has historically worked and been written into their codes and regulations to follow to avoid liability…

        Though, things like a beach front property costing more than a property in the middle of the desert probably will never change…

  • Ginnie Kozak
    August 3, 2020, 9:43 pm

    Depending upon where the house is in Galveston, FEMA, local building codes and insurers require new homes to be on raised (stilts) to specified heights, And that certainly adds to construction costs because they have to be built to meet pretty strict structural standards.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 5, 2020, 10:28 am

      Very good point, Ginnie!

  • Sheila
    August 4, 2020, 12:05 pm

    Real pretty home only why stairs and than a ladder? I do like it but not at that price. That is way to small of a house to pay that much for. 688 sq ft for $235,000? I would have to be out of my mind. Our home in Santa Barbara sold 1st day in 4 hours. Not a big deal. I couldn’t justify buying this place. It is beautiful though.

    • James D.
      August 4, 2020, 6:27 pm

      Reason for ladder instead of stairs is space savings as a ladder can be put away and requires very little space to use but stairs need a dedicated space that can’t be used for anything else and require a much larger footprint than a ladder. Mind, smaller homes need to make use of as much space as possible and anything that takes away from that has to be of significant use/import to justify it… Things like an attic, storage loft, etc. that you will rarely ever use won’t be something most people would want to prioritize at the cost of losing more usable space.

      While as to the price… Location, some areas are just going to add more to the cost for just the land and location and that’s going to be part of the deal for people who want/need to live in that area. Prices in Galveston, TX are generally higher than some parts of Houston, which is only around 50 miles away… but there’s a number of reasons why people would want to live there that puts it in more demand than other areas…

      Plus, it’s a new build… Existing homes can go for much cheaper than a newly built home. Especially, as new builds have to deal with more strict building codes and this is in a potential flood area and can’t just be on ground level, etc. and new builds can also add the cost of developing the property if it is previously undeveloped land and that can add more cost than building the house, which is one reason why more houses are flipped than built… and even when built we will typically see more tract houses than spec homes…

      Everything in real estate is tied to the land, local economy, what’s nearby, population density, available resources, etc. So, as long as the prices are consistent with everything else in the area, it’s not just the house by itself that is being reflected in the asking price…

      People choose locations for things like access to good schools for their kids, access to shopping areas or other places of interest, availability of natural resources, the climate/weather, availability of jobs, etc. So just the house is rarely the only selling point…

      Houses are also not all equal, size is only one of many variables like how well or badly it was built, how long it’ll last, how healthy it is to live in, how comfortable or uncomfortable it will be to live in, whether it’s a money pit or will save money for the life of the home, whether it’s insured or you’ll have to pay for any repairs out of pocket, whether it’s a disposable property or will outlast the owner, how durable and safe is the home, etc.

      Along with details like how large is the lot and how does that compare to the size of the house for how much outdoor space you’ll have to work with and use for other things… All details that can significantly effect the owner and their life with the home…

      So context is important to understanding what is actually being paid for and why…

    • Marcia
      March 2, 2021, 12:21 pm

      Cute for some… I am too old for ladders 🪜. Back in the day, I thought “shot-gun” was defined as straight “SHOT” front-to-back, no 2nd story? Again, it is cute, just I am not cut out for ladders 🪜 or even stairs. 😔

  • Bob H.
    August 5, 2020, 6:17 am

    This builder has it going on ! Fantastic build, has style. This house functions as one of much larger size. Sold in 4 hours price must be correct for the area. Why is it that many people think small has to be cheap ???? Lots of people going small have $$$

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 5, 2020, 10:08 am

      That is a good point, Bob. Sometimes small is about a smaller footprint, rather than tiny pricetag.

  • Susan
    August 9, 2020, 11:15 am

    It’s wonderful! I don’t care if I can get a bigger house for the price. I don’t want a bigger house. This home is much nicer than many “bigger” homes for the same price. It has absolutely everything I need and want. The upgrades are worth it!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 10, 2020, 1:39 pm

      Such a good point, Susan! Sometimes bigger just isn’t better!!

  • Donna E Bozza
    August 9, 2020, 2:22 pm

    This house has been posted a few times now. I think its amazing. The price doesn’t bother me as I rather have quality over quantity [i.e. more square footage] This doesn’t show the kitchen which is tiny. I’m not a big cook and that appeals to me. More room for the rest of the abode. Usually small/tiny houses have these large kitchens, comparatively speaking, and then the living area barely squeezes in a couch. Vive la diffe`rance! Two of my own opinions. While I love the look of the breakfast nook for one, maybe 2 people to sit out – they best be skinny – I don’t know how useful it would be in the long run. Though I think a little space can be stolen from the outside as you could push it back a bit and loose the tiny “aisle” that is currently on the porch in front of the nook. OR loose the nook and have a bigger, screened in porch. In a warm climate it would get a lot of use and could act as the dining room this house doesn’t have
    The reading nook above looks like a chair/futon could be placed there and provide a twin sleeper for a teen. It is a neat perch, especially if you have a cool view. But I would need to have a ladder/step combo that yes, steals some floor space. But like many tiny houses makes it safer to climb up. Some of the steps could have storage or the Ladder/Step combos I like, provide display space on the back of the ladder part. So functional in its own right and it makes the ladder less steep. [If you know what the heck I’m talking about.] Other than that. I could call this home.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 10, 2020, 1:34 pm

      Those are two very valid thoughts!

  • Laura J Smyser
    August 16, 2020, 9:32 am

    It’s perfect w the front porch swing. Need one in Ft Wayne, IN!!

  • e.a.f.
    January 30, 2022, 5:48 pm

    The house and the other small home are beautiful and certainly big enough for a family to live in. These types of houses make a lot of sense in today’s market and enviornmental crisis. Less materials, less heating, cooling, etc.

    Many of us do not want to live in apartments or townhouses. We want our own little plot of land and our house. We can garden, grow veggies, etc. all for a reasonable price. The price this house was listed for, in British Columbia, doesn’t buy you anything, well perhaps a samll piece of forest in the north.

    When I look at very old homes, over a hundred years old, many of them are the size of these small homes. People just didn’t have the money to build large. In the 1950s/60s many homes being built were 900 to 1200 sq. ft. Now new homes are 2K sq. ft. and up. Its not unusual to see houses up to 20K sq. ft. In British Columbia the provincial government ruled that houses on farms must be kept to under appro. 5K sq. ft. (exceptions permitted)

    The small houses are a solution to the housing crisis some of us are seeing in Canada.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      January 31, 2022, 8:32 am

      Totally agree! Bigger homes are more to upkeep!

  • TJ
    February 1, 2022, 8:04 pm

    Location Location Location … for Galveston, it’s awesome!

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