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Hawk Creek ADU Tiny Cabin by Nanostead in North Carolina

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 Creek ADU: Tiny Nanosted Cabin on a Pier Foundation

Photos: Nanostead

This home is 12’x24’ with a 12’x10’ loft making the grand total 408 square foot.1

Photos: Nanostead

Haw Creek ADU

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.

    • Jeramy 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.

  • 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.

    • 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…

    • Chuck March 30, 2018, 6:26 pm

      Just get some kneepads!!!

  • 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.

  • dan O' 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.

  • Gabriella 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.

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