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Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

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This is the Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead near Asheville, North Carolina.

It’s a 12′ x 24′ cabin built on a pier foundation.

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Hawk CreekAno ADU: Tiny Nanosted Cabin on a Pier Foundation

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

Photos: Nanostead

This Nanostead cabin is so beautiful inside-out. Hope you’re excited to enjoy it…

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

Wow, look at the beautiful custom staircase to the loft with built-in storage.

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

There’s even a built-in desk/office nook. That would be my spot…

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

This Nanostead tiny cabin really has it all… Even washer dryer. Wow, look at the staircase storage…

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

This tiny/small home is 12’x24′ and the loft is 12’x10′.

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

It’s approximately 408-sq.-ft. of tiny house goodness.

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

What do you think of this loft space?

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

The kitchen is classic.

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

Storage is simple, with no clunky cabinet on the walls. Compact, space-saving, apartment-size appliances.

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

The bathroom is just right if you ask me. It’s compact, but exactly what one needs. A nice window with a curtain, too.

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

Beautifully tiled shower.

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

This is what a 12×24 cabin looks like…with a loft!

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

It’s so beautiful, isn’t it?

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

And to be surrounded by all these trees…

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

Custom staircase to enter the tiny cabin.

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

In the back, a little balcony. How cool is that!

Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

So how do you like it? Wouldn’t it be great to build something like this?

Photos: Nanostead


  • 12×24
  • 12×10 loft
  • 408-sq.-ft. inside
  • Open floor plan
  • Hand-crafted stairs
  • Lots of storage throughout
  • Hidden compartments
  • Built for $68,000

Summary from Nanostead

This accessory dwelling unit features many windows looking out over the wooded river with a nice deck to hang out on. The decks wood is pine board and batten siding with Lifetime wood treatment sprayed on it. This home is 12’x24’ with a 12’x10’ loft making the grand total 408 square foot. This home has a very open floor plan with a beautiful set of hand crafted stairs with a ton of storage and hidden compartments for all your belongings. This home was built for $68,000.00.1

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  • Gigi
    September 1, 2017, 4:35 pm

    This is driving me crazy (and it shouldn’t). The siding mentioned here is board and BATTEN, not board and baton.

    • September 2, 2017, 7:35 am

      The word Batten was definitely mis-spelled on our site. Editor’s are fixing asap!.. thanks for noticing as we must have glazed over the typo.

    • Eric
      July 31, 2019, 5:13 am

      Understand where you are coming from. I am a self confessed grammar nazi. People using there instead of their, and vice versa really gets up my nose. Means of course I don’t have any trouble breathing because my schnozzle is now so large. ; )

  • Slim Pickins
    September 1, 2017, 6:32 pm

    Just wanted to say a big THANKS for showing more homes on “foundations”! While the “THOWs” are awesome and I really enjoy seeing them, I’ve been more interested in something more permanent. as Im an old retired fellow without the ability to move around much. Thanks again!

    • Cyndi ann
      September 8, 2017, 12:43 pm

      Me too Slim, me and 2 furry friends need stationary. I really feel that this home is ideal. Every thing one would need, storage everywhere, and the great walk-in shower. 😀

    • jerry
      March 30, 2018, 4:35 pm

      Yes foundation homes can cost less plus takes the temp of the ground allowing warm in winter and cool in summer in many places.
      I just built a 10’x24′ shell shed roof on slab and only
      cost $2500. Though as 2 sheds next to each other to avoid permitting, etc costs.
      And THOWS are so limited by their width, just making them 10′ wide makes a far more useable home.
      And not only ground style homes but ones without lofts which everyone thinks they love until they use them for a while.
      Far better to make a sofa/bed or even bedroom and use the material, labor to make it taller for a loft for 70-100sq more bottom floor.
      I have 3 TH on my lot now and the only use of a loft is storage with 2′ wide shelves ones running the full length of the TH at 6′ high.

      • Marcy
        May 6, 2022, 8:10 pm

        You are so right, Jerry. After having been in several 8′ wide THOW, I went into one that was 10 feet wide. You wouldn’t think 2 feet would make much difference, but it sure did. I am now solidly ‘team ten’ for building mine, and don’t care that I will need a permit to move it. Big deal.

    • Chuck
      March 30, 2018, 6:25 pm

      Yes, I would want to be on a foundation too.

  • Betty
    September 2, 2017, 12:36 am

    Love this, except for the loft. Just cannot see myself crawling around up there with my bad knees. 😊

    • James D.
      September 3, 2017, 5:13 pm

      Betty, note the guitar in the far corner for scale… You shouldn’t have to crawl in that loft unless you need to move around right around where the pillows are on the low roof side of the bed…

        February 18, 2021, 10:36 am

        Your reply to Betty misses the point. This bed is just a mattress on the floor. A person, especially an older one, with bad knees is going to have an extremely hard time getting up from the bed. And people rarely mention this, but it is very common for older persons to use the bathroom during the night. Who wants to go up and down these stairs in the middle of the night?

        • James D.
          February 18, 2021, 1:47 pm

          I understand the point, just offering that there is an alternative in that you don’t have to try to get up in the loft, avoiding moving in ways that are difficult and favor movements that are less so. I can think of a few ways to get to the stairs without needing to crawl, including ways to provide mechanical assistance if needed as there are options for people with even very limited mobility…

          While people have put a bathroom on the same level as the loft but if really an issue, just choose a different design that puts a bedroom on the main level, near the bathroom. The point is to built it to your needs and that just won’t look the same for everyone.

          There are just always trade offs, like the office/washing machines space or the living room may have to be eliminated to make room for a sleeping area on the main level.

          While it depends on what’s allowed with the local codes and zoning requirements. Designs often have to work around restrictions that limit what design options are allowed, like a height restriction is why you’d have to even deal with a loft and that’s usually coupled with a size restriction that can prevent having enough space to put everything on one level. Some areas may not even allow the ADU to have it’s own kitchen or bathroom.

          So location and specifics of the property can determine what you’ll have to work with and what compromises that will involve but prioritizing what you need can still make it work but it’ll often be specific to an individuals needs as someone else may require a completely different design to work for them. While some may need out of the box thinking to make work, like having the younger family members stay in the ADU and the older family members in the main house… Among other ways to do it and work around the limitations/restrictions…

    • Chuck
      March 30, 2018, 6:26 pm

      Just get some kneepads!!!

        February 18, 2021, 10:38 am

        Rather crass and selfish, Chuck!

        • Eric
          May 6, 2022, 4:16 pm

          Oh I don’t know… I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. As a senior with bad knees I can see the issue, but come on, a little bit of levity goes a looooong way.

  • Martha
    September 2, 2017, 3:04 am

    I love these Nanostead designs! Open floor plan, well-placed windows and storage features are all strong. And that beautiful blue sectional is so eye-popping. I love that it is real furniture and not just a bench with padding. Good job! I think there are communities here in the SF Bay Area that are increasingly allowing these accessory dwellings. Good job!

  • Theresa Perdue
    September 2, 2017, 7:57 am

    Beautiful home. I love all of it But I must ask, is that a heart shaped sink in the bathroom?

    • Eric
      September 9, 2017, 4:13 am

      No Theresa it is not. It just happens to have a ever so slight jut out at the front but the back is pretty darned straight.

  • JB Silver
    September 2, 2017, 7:49 pm

    First I must admit I’m a tiny house fan. But like Slim and Betty who I presume may be more mature in age like myself, I’m skeptical about the loft area and I am retired. I would need a small house with a bedroom on the main level. What surprises me more is the push on how movable these tiny houses are. Most people I talk to say if they were to buy a tiny house they would put it someplace where they plan on it being permanently placed. We need to see more of these type of structures. That being tiny houses made to be placed on a foundation. Where the head room on the loft can be expanded with a higher ceiling. I know this means hiring a builder to tweak the original design, but I feel it would be well worth it. However it would be great to have that option.

    • Dick
      December 29, 2017, 1:48 am

      @JB, you may already know this, but I’ll say it for readers who don’t: the original idea behind putting a tiny home on a trailer wasn’t for mobility as much as it was for getting around regulations setting minimum sizes for homes; a THOW is technically an RV and comes under a different set of regulations (see Jay Shafer’s Small House Book). That’s not the issue here because this is an ADU.

      That said, I love this house! I’d do better here than in a standard THOW (though I do like Molecule’s Cape Cod and Tumbleweed’s Cypress designs–and Brian Levy’s Minim). Two people could live in this one without having to take turns breathing, as in “so small that if you both inhale at the same time, the walls will collapse”.

      @Debbie (four comments below this one), you said these houses could be built for about half of the asking price, but (speaking as a former business instructor) could you do so, with the same materials, and still make a profit? People disparage the profit motive, but a business that doesn’t make a profit doesn’t stay in business for very long. This isn’t intended to be snarky; I have no experience in construction and since you do, I’m interested in your take on this.

  • September 4, 2017, 7:32 am

    Not to knit pick but the first building has the loft area as a considered Square Footage area and in the real construction world and by code, anything less than 7 ft or 6′-6″ is not considered habitable space.
    In your scenario, as in our current project, being on piers makes the building(s) a “permitted” space with a building department involved in inspections. Due to your projects nature the loft area is generally overlooked as added space but is not considered habitable (yet most will use it that way.’
    Please don’t take the above as a disrespect or a lack of interest in your project(s). Beautiful stuff, and keep up the good work.

  • Marsha Cowan
    September 7, 2017, 10:24 am

    Very nice! Yeah, I think that is a heart shaped sink. Nice floor design, and I like that one can stand and move around in the loft.

  • Matthew Wilkinson
    September 12, 2017, 12:15 pm

    I’m glad this newsletter has shown more in the way of permanent tiny home ideas. Not all of us are planning to create and build on wheels.

    The Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina is a spectacular example of building. The use of woods and tones they selected is very inspiring.

    The above design

  • Debbie
    September 30, 2017, 11:00 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the “tiny house” concept. BUT, that being said, the cost of these houses is a bit OVER priced. I’ve been in the construction business for over 20 plus years, and by my configurations, these homes could be build for nearly half the amount you are charging! How can anyone in their retirement years afford to buy yet another home, when you are living on either SSID, or Social Security? There IS a way to build these homes and build them without GOUGING the prices!

    • Lou
      March 31, 2018, 9:58 am

      I too have been participating in the remodel and new home industry for over forty years. I also agree the homes in the $200.00 per square foot is too much. For several years my goal has been to build ADU’s but the numbers are difficult when you REALLY put a pencil to it. All fixed operating costs are spread out over such a small square foot structure that it is almost impossible to build a “Quality” ADU home for the same price per square foot as our local average size homes go for ( $130.00 ). Now if you want to build it to “storage shed” standards, then you can do it. I refuse to do that.

  • Betty
    October 1, 2017, 6:39 pm

    Thanks jbsilver. Not ready to be put out to pasture yet lol, but if I can’t stand upright, it is a no go. 😊

  • Chuck
    March 30, 2018, 6:24 pm

    Totally love this esp the living area/sofa/windows…my cat would love them.
    But, at 70 years old those steps look a little daunting altho not as bad as some I have seen.

  • July 29, 2018, 12:45 am

    Certainly it can happen by ďistraction or by conscious “Pleasure”…to be kidnapped…., but then you may happen to feel “Butterfly in the Stomach”….like now….

  • Rich Brunelle
    July 29, 2018, 9:55 pm

    It amazes me that Tiny Homes (on a foundation) haven’t taken off better in the San Francisco Bay Area as they are the perfect option for making money from your property. Every Building Department in the area actively promotes building of ADU’s because of the areas housing shortage. And, the demand for housing is so high here that it will easily rent out at premium prices almost immediately. It just seems the ideal solution for so many people. Now, the square foot building costs of $130 per sf, while the recent standard for many a Bay Area Contractor, fits in the “If a company doesn’t profit” category, the increased property value to the Home Owner means the Contractor should also benefit from the value realized by the Home Owner. (I know lengthy paragraph long sentence.) While $200 per sf. seems a little on the steep side, present value to the Home Owner is likely an easy $300 per sf immediately after final inspection by the Building Department. Building Materials continue to cost more, local employee hourly rates have increased, and the risks in construction are getting tougher every day. (ok, not so tough.) But, folks gotta make a living.

  • Caroline Kudwa
    March 7, 2019, 11:58 am

    Been looking at tiny house for a few years to get ideas of what I want. I love these and now want to move towards getting one. My problem is where can I have one built. I want to stay in Southeast Michigan.

  • Mike Miller
    August 19, 2019, 5:18 pm

    I have commented on others before. I have 43 years as a R/E Broker and Appraiser. I love your newsletters and look at almost every link you offer. I just have a comment about many with upper levels. As an FHA Appraiser, I am required to note, and almost require,homes with stairs to have handrails and to point out unsafe situations. Most stairs tend to not have any protection for little ones or elderly who climb the stairs. At the very minimum, a single rope or pipe from top to bottom would be better than nothing. One step up would be appropriate netting. It just makes sense to me to avoid danger when possible. You understand that better when you are a little unsure on steps or have tiny tots in tiny houses. Thanks for the opportunity to comment. I like foundations, so I am happy to see more frequent small house newsletters. Mike Miller

  • Gene Wiley
    August 20, 2019, 6:35 am

    I enjoy seeing what people have put on here for us to look at. Why O why do people nit pick at spelling, when they know what the person was meaning to say. They don’t like this or that. People are just stuck on them selves and don’t appreciate what some one is proud of, and wants to share it with us. Set back take a breath and enjoy. Thanks for sharing you pictures of your neat little Tiny house. 🙂

    • Eric
      May 6, 2022, 4:25 pm

      Because not everybody “knows” what you are meaning to say… you have a point, but so do the people with criticisms.

  • Bob
    September 1, 2019, 8:18 pm

    I always wonder why not spend $50 on a handrail to the loft ?

  • Michael
    July 18, 2020, 5:50 pm

    How much is Hawk Greek ADU (high ceiling)?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 20, 2020, 9:51 am

      They don’t have prices on the website but you can email the builder at [email protected]

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