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The Incredible Hiatus Tiny House Built for Tiny Cottage Community in Bend, Oregon

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This is to announce that the first model tiny home is en route to the Hiatus Tiny House Community in Bend, Oregon by Tongue & Groove Homes, according to a recent email from Tiny SMART House.

We’re happy to report that the Hiatus model home is complete and has made its way to Bend, Oregon. As requested, we’ve included some finished photos below!

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The Incredible Hiatus Tiny House by Tongue & Groove Tiny Homes for their Cottage Community/Development in Bend, Oregon – Built by Tiny SMART House

The Hiatus House was designed by Tongue & Groove Tiny Homes for their cottage community in Bend, OR. Tiny SMART House was hired to build the houses for this development, and is proud to announce that the model home is officially complete!

Please request more information about this tiny house here. If you’re interested in moving into this community, you can find some information on how to get started with that at the bottom of this page right here. At the moment, I see four lots available. Lot 5 | Lot 6 | Lot 7 | Lot 8.

Unfortunately, all lots seem to be sold out at the moment. But you can check the resources below to learn more about this tiny house design, community, and project. There may be more upcoming lots available as the community is developed. If you are interested, fill out your information over at their website, Tongue and Groove Homes.


  1. https://www.tinysmarthouse.com/models/hiatus-house/
  2. https://www.tinysmarthouse.com
  3. https://mailchi.mp/453f40c1026b/hiatus-cottage-community-opening-in-bend-729089?e=135232a82a
  4. http://tongueandgroovehomes.com/

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  • ATBScott
    March 4, 2019, 4:05 pm

    Wow – I really think this is nice. The wider layout makes for a real “liveable” space. Since it doesn’t appear to be a towable home, I think I would have added a little height to make the loft area stand-up, but that’s a detail I am sure. I love the bicycle garage and outdoor area. Very nice. I wonder what this build costs?

    • James D.
      March 6, 2019, 3:54 am

      Well, as a PreFab house it’s not on wheels but it was still delivered to the site and could be moved again the same way… So it can only be as tall as what’s allowed on Oregon’s roads, which is 14’… Colorado and Nebraska go up to 14′ 6″ and Alaska is the highest at 15’… There are areas you can go higher and beyond what’s allowed for the rest of the state but if you have to transport it any significant distance then that can be a restriction, especially, if crossing state lines, and is why most limit to 13′ 6″ so they can be delivered anywhere in the country.

      Mind, the difficulty of getting it past street lights, power lines, bridges, and other vertical obstructions if it’s over height…

      So it would have to be either site built or modular to get around that limitation, as then it’s just a question of what the building codes/zoning laws allows for maximum height in the area and in Oregon that’s usually up to 30 feet for a residential home but ADU’s may have a lower limit, if you’re adding it to an existing property…

      Though, thanks to Oregon’s Reach Code, there’s usually more options than you would get in other states for both Tiny Houses on foundations and on wheels… Even the option to take a THOW off its wheels and put it into a foundation as long as it meets the 2018 IRC ICC…

  • JoAnn
    March 4, 2019, 4:37 pm

    WOW! CAN i HAVE ONE!!!!!!

  • Kaye Burke
    March 4, 2019, 5:49 pm

    This is a really fantastic looking tiny house. You don’t give the square footage so the price tag seems extremely high for such a small space.

    • James D.
      March 6, 2019, 1:48 am

      You have to follow the links for the details, article is only a summary…

      But, basically, a tiny house community hired a tiny house builder to make homes for the community and they’re selling the homes and the lots they’re on for people to own and live in the community… So price isn’t just for the house but the lot of land it’s on…

      It appears they had 4 lots available but one is now listed as sold and it closed at $229K. So the $249K for the other three may actually be negotiable a bit.

      Each home is listed as 477 Sq Ft on 0.05 acre (2178 Sq Ft) lot…

      The builder they hired is Tiny Smart House, they don’t list the price for just the house but if you order this model direct from them they indicate they can be sized from 16′-44′ length and either 8′ 6″ width or 10′-12′ width… So they can basically go from about 128 Sq Ft on up to 528 Sq Ft, not counting the loft… and you can fill out the contact/info request form on their site to get a quote…

      Both the community and the builder are based in Oregon…

  • keepyourpower
    March 5, 2019, 1:10 am

    What are the dimensions of this house?

  • rick
    March 5, 2019, 10:04 am

    I love the interior of this. any idea where the vanity is from?

  • Eric
    March 5, 2019, 9:54 pm

    Wow…. WOW…. Woooooowwwwwww. This is incredible. So spacious looking (reality might be different though) and only negative, and its a personal one, is the tiles. Hate with a passion tiles laid at 45°. Actually, I don’t like tiles much anyway. But this place really does blow me away. Look out Antarctica here I come. Wooosh….

  • Steven Ouellette
    March 8, 2019, 11:12 am

    Can anyone tell me what kind of couch this is? Thanks

    • James D.
      March 9, 2019, 12:08 am

      It’s a Ikea L shaped sofa bed…

  • Allen Roper
    March 18, 2019, 9:52 pm

    This is a very nice tiny home..Very elegant yet rustic. I was reading the comments above and would like to know the size of the lot and the separation of lot price and home price? Also does the lot have electric water and sewer already set up.On a side note I agree with you both about price.If one looks at what some builders are charging for some new tiny homes the price is equal to if not much more per square foot then a traditional built home.Ive had this issue in the past when pricing a traditional type trailer versus a teardrop style. Know matter how much I twisted the logic the 25k to 35k for a teardrop just cannot be justified.So in this situation if you took the lot price of say 75k and then built a traditional style home with what’s left out of the 249k what would you get? Again that’s just my logic as for me smaller should not mean more expensive per square foot.

    • James D.
      March 29, 2019, 11:45 pm

      You’d have to contact the builder to find out what just the house cost but this isn’t on a trailer, it’s a prefab house.. Prefab and modular houses are just like regular houses. They’re just constructed in a factory and delivered to a site but once placed on the site it’s considered the same as a site built house… So meets local building codes, has standard utility connections, gets put on a type of foundation, etc.

      While it should be understood that cost per square foot is a mostly useless metric that doesn’t actually tell you anything like the actual value of the home, how well built it is, how it will perform, etc. and it’s especially misleading when comparing dissimilar structures because costs of a house is not linear or always for the same things.

      For example, things like the kitchen and bathroom are typically the most expensive parts of a house but for larger houses they represent a small percentage of the total square footage so the lower cost parts of the house brings down the average, which is all the cost per square foot really tells you is the average with no details or context on anything else…

      While in a tiny house the kitchen and bathroom can represent over 50% of the whole house. So there isn’t as much to help lower the average with a tiny house so it can have a higher cost per square foot even if it cost only a fraction of what the big house cost to build…

      There’s also a world of other things it doesn’t tell you… Like how much it cost to actually own and live in it because the additional and ongoing costs of a house can add up to multiple times what it cost to purchase the house over the years you’ll be living in it…

      Thing to understand is tiny houses reduces virtually all of those additional and ongoing costs… You pay less property taxes, you won’t need to pay as much for insurance, won’t need as much furniture, you won’t need a lot to properly heat and cool it, it will generally use a lot less utilities, it will be easier to maintain and keep clean, and it can allow for lifestyles a larger house may not even allow… Even the cost of renovations are less…

      And there’s lots of different things people can get out of it besides just cost savings… Like making sure it’s a home that’s actually healthy to live in, the ability to live in places they may otherwise not be able to, the ability to have a home that’s tailored to their needs and lifestyle, among many other things that people can’t always find in the traditional housing market…

      So there’s just a lot to understand about how it all actually works and what people are actually getting out of it… Because there’s a lot more that effects costs than just size…

  • Peggy McCauley
    March 26, 2019, 11:57 pm

    I just want to respond to the remark about the government owning land that can’t be built on. I’m referring to many millions of acres set aside for eternity. They’re called national and state parks. Which actually are owned by all Americans. The grizzly bears say thanks,
    . The wolves say thanks. The buffalo say thanks. And on and on. No houses, too bad.

    • James D.
      March 30, 2019, 12:52 am

      Yes, national parks are included in government owned land but they only represent about 11% of it…

      Understand, the federal government has done things like use Nevada to run nuclear bomb testing for a good portion of the 20th century… The federal government tend to declare a lot of land protected simply because they don’t want anyone else to use it but that doesn’t mean it’s being put to good use…

      The government is actually the worst producers of pollution in the country… Just for military bases we have things ranging from cancer-causing depleted uranium ammunition and armor, to perchlorate rocket fuel leaking from literally hundreds of military plants and installations into the groundwater of 35 states, to the military’s unquenchable thirst for fossil fuels… Massive bureaucracy and mismanagement also accounts for billions in wasted resources every year…

      Other factors also contribute to the impact of federally owned land, like it’s locations and how it can divide up the remaining land… So there can be additional limitations placed on what land the state still controls, like portions of land can be surrounded by federally own land and thus can’t be as easily linked to other communities or be sized up as much even if there’s otherwise enough total acreage…

      There’s also the issue that the federal government isn’t as directly answerable to the people as the local government and is less responsive and efficient at protecting the environment than the local government would be…

      While forcing more people to populate a limited area of land generally generates more waste and pollution and makes people care less about the environment…

      So hardly an ideal situation…

  • twocrows
    April 5, 2019, 8:28 pm

    Lovely home and looks to have a number of options that could be customized as mentioned above — for a price, of course.

    That said, I do have one question. Seeing as how this was made to be placed in Oregon, I don’t understand why there isn’t a roof over the front door. Fumbling for keys while being rained on isn’t fun here in Florida — add cold rain seeping down your collar and — yuck.
    This is a small detail and probably easily remedied but I do wonder why it wasn’t included as a matter of course. Yes, the lines of the porch are aesthetically pleasing but this IS Oregon, after all.

    • MaryEllen Stesney
      August 10, 2019, 1:52 am

      Bend is high desert. You will get some rain, especially during thunderstorms, but depending on which end of a Bend you’re in, is going to determine snow vs rain. Surprisingly, the south end is higher and snowing.

  • Michael L
    May 20, 2019, 8:57 pm

    The house is beautiful, a little pricey for my budget. But considering the location and finishes, it’s amazing.

  • BJ
    May 20, 2019, 9:13 pm

    If it comes with land . If it is too big. Make room for tiny house not model homes. You could get more homes in there. Or have room for tiny home with a mini garden. I can get a nice Tiny house for $44, 000 and be tiny. Doesn’t need a big loft. . And besides some are on wheels to keep the cost down. I guess it could be a retirement community since it’s permanent. I’m sure the lot utilities and does it have a hoh fee since it’s only one owner with only one builder? Don’t you find that strange not to have at least one other builder. What if you want to live there but have a nice $ 50, 000 tiny house. ? One builder . Really?

    • Nancy
      January 13, 2020, 12:33 am

      I’m sure this is some kind of ‘Assosciation fee’ along with the $229K…. WAY too expensive…

  • Dan Spurlock
    May 20, 2019, 10:39 pm

    I can agree with most of the comments in this article. The first is the price. $249,000 is very overpriced for this type of unit. The majority of people looking into Tiny Houses are looking for very inexpensive housing. You have compared the cost of your home with the surrounding real estate. You cannot compare a 470 sq foot home with one that is 2000 sq feet in terms of price. Remember the purpose of a tiny home is less. Less cost and no mortgage. Your home offers neither. You should go back to the drawing board and design a home for less than $50,000 then you will reach the Tiny House market. Get rid of the high price add ons and you with be on your way.

  • david beinke
    May 20, 2019, 11:30 pm

    The beauty of tiny homes is we are not limited in how we think of them. We are only limited by our own creativity. This site we are on welcomes the full range of voices and opinions in the tiny home comunity

    There are expensive ones and less expensive. Our first tiny home (THOW) ( 16ft) was a total cost 16K, 11 on materials , 5 k on labor. Some on this site are even cheaper.

    The home in this thread is obviously high end but that is what some folks are looking for….so no worries

    If love it, you love it, if not, that is ok too as we are all here intentionally to share and help each other grow and get bigger in our knowledge of tiny


    • Roxann
      March 4, 2021, 9:49 am

      I sentiments exactly, DB. Something for everyone! Some like tent camping and some like high end motor homes.

  • Michele Bellon
    May 21, 2019, 2:01 am

    It is a very nice space. Not a tiny house at all, but a very nice space. I hope the trend isn’t toward tiny house

  • Scott
    May 21, 2019, 3:34 am

    Neat coffee table

  • Kacmor
    May 21, 2019, 10:40 am

    After looking at the pictures, I read the comments. Wow! I have to be from another planet altogether. I’m NOT happy with this house at all. Everything is designed to appeal to and appease the folks looking for small, yet environmentally friendly living. As for inexpensive…. forget about it!
    Yet everything is designed to just pretend. Practically, the only thing I liked in this design was the placement of the sink. Near the stove, where it’s needed the most. I don’t need to look out the window doing dishes, while the droplets of filthy water make ugly designs on the glass, windowsill and curtain. My current kitchen has a window above the sink and the cleaning of it is from hell. And I can’t even open the window quickly, because accessing the lock is very hard, even for a tall man. But that sink placement is one of the very few things I appreciated in this “housie”. The bathroom, for me, is a disaster. In the showroom, those black lines between white tiles look cool. Start to use it and you don’t know if the mold that ALWAYS try to make a living in the moist, warm places was scrubbed away completely. Black is NOT a color for places, that should be as sterile, as possible. But that is a much lesser issue than the shower is. In he 21st century, offering only a fixed showerhead s a joke! Is that bathroom made to clean the person, or to spread and smudge the dirt around?! Yuck! Oh well, at least they didn’t get rid of the bathtub.
    Their use of plywood is just criminal. Aside from the added weight, there is this environmental problem. The glue between layers is making people sick. While using it in your garage or workshop, for shelving is ok, offering such in a small living environment is just plain criminal. And I mean it. But the builders made sure, you are sold on their environmental health concerns. Look at that carefully placed for the photograph glass bottle of soap with a stainless steel dispenser. Disgusting attitude.
    In my opinion, for a quarter of a million everyone can do better. Everyone! What a shame!
    If we don’t protest such blatant thievery, we deserve all we get.

    • Chris
      May 27, 2019, 1:29 am

      Kacmor when we don’t like we move on to another.

    • Monya Churchill
      April 20, 2023, 1:46 pm

      Kacmor, all i can say is WOW! the house is WOW but your comments: OMG! at least say one thing nice or positive, dude!

  • S Roberson
    May 27, 2019, 6:36 pm

    I LOVE THIS. Thank goodness for progress/creativity or we wouldn’t have Tiny Houses. This company thought/designed differently & it came out beautiful. There is room at the table for every kind/design/price/size of Tiny Homes. Tiny Homes are great for people who don’t have a lot of savings or income but it isn’t limited to that group. They’re groups of people who want a small vacation homes, who want rental property, etc. (like me!) And there is land, lots of land in the United States, maybe not over looking a beautiful lake, etc but there is lots of land for generations to come to buy, rent or build a house on. The plywood is fine (cats make some people sick but we don’t do away with cats!) & decor choices looks great (anyone can do their thing). Supply & demand will determine if this builder can sell his Tiny Home.
    BTW, in order to have homes, even Tiny Homes, companies have to make a profit & that is not GREED. No profit means no homes being built, any where, any time, any place, for any price. One meaning of GREED is : something for nothing. No one in his/her right mind would build homes for people & not make a dime, supply & demand is one of the factors to determine a sales value… location, amenities, taxes, material costs, customer segment, etc. are other factors to name a few. If this home is too expensive then go to another company who has what you are looking for or build your own.
    Just saying…

  • Sheila
    August 11, 2019, 1:57 pm

    It is beautiful, but at $229k it’s so far out of reach for many, many Americans. I get that includes a half an acre, but that’s still quite a lot of money and doesn’t resolve the issue of living with considerable debt.

    I’m sincerely happy for the people who can afford this, and clearly there are those who can. All lots appear to be sold. But I’d love to see a tiny house community that is within the reach of people of more modest means. And to be clear, not a trailer park: some acreage with a well-planned layout that both provides a measure of privacy for each homeowner AND encourages community with shared spaces.

    • JF
      January 9, 2020, 6:03 pm

      It doesn’t include half an acre. It is .05 of an acre (not 0.5). But people have to understand this is Bend. A 1500 sq ft house is probably going to cost you between $350-$650K, depending on the quality of finishes, size of lot, and location. You have to pay more to live in a place that is desirable. You literally cannot find a house to buy of any size in Bend for less than these houses (other than maybe a single wide 30 minutes out of town).

      • Dustin
        January 23, 2020, 12:22 pm

        There is a good reason why only the investors have purchased these units. At $479 square foot the basic math makes no sense as an investment. If you can’t sell a handful of houses (going on a couple years now) that are supposed to be an amazing value you might just have your market wrong. A bunch of small rental properties with street parking that are crazy expensive because they have a “computer loft” everyone one needs a computer loft right…. I’m sure these are cash deals (or 20% plus down) considering a bank appraisal would come up far short. Not to rant but as someone who lives, builds, and knows the market well in Bend. These types of units are just what this town doesn’t need but everything that out of touch investors are trying to bring here.

  • Susan
    January 9, 2020, 6:48 pm

    I’m saving this one! It’s absolutely perfect. I’m happy to see more and more tiny/small communities. Wish there were more in my area…upper Midwest.

  • e.a.f.
    January 10, 2020, 1:05 am

    Lovely home and the wider size makes it more livable for many. it also appears to have a slightly higher loft so you could stand up. Having your own lot is amazing. Just great. could live happily in one of these, with of course the container for the rest of the stuff I haul through life. For many who like to spend time out doors and have a home with a yard, these are amazing. for people down sizing, fabulous.

  • Michael L
    January 10, 2020, 1:20 pm

    Beautiful! But certainly not within my budget.

  • Diana Angell
    January 27, 2020, 5:19 pm

    So this is very well done. No doubt the quality is there and the layout is nice and roomy. The thing I don’t like though and it isn’t just this particular tiny house….is that it seems the builders keep opting for black/white/grey combos which seem to be saying, hey everyone color is out, no personality, individualism is in. Colors speak loudly in our psyches and if everyone starts living in this kind of non color environment well…..not me, I do have white and black in my kitchen but I have added colors to my environment like turquoise and blues in the bath areas etc. Neutral is great if you add color, otherwise its sterile and really limiting and perhaps depressing at some point after living in it for years.

    • Diana Angell
      January 27, 2020, 5:20 pm

      Meant to say individualism is out, not in….

  • Jane
    August 30, 2020, 11:56 am

    Where can the sofa shown be purchased?

  • Donna Rae
    February 28, 2021, 6:34 pm

    This is the perfect size for many and whether or not it can be considered tiny is dependent on what you are downsizing from. Even if some don’t consider it to be tiny, it cannot be argued that it is more efficient than the McMansions we have all seen being built everywhere. And whether or not it is the right size also depends on perspective and what you were paying before. Here in Southern California, the average price of a house is so high that $250,000 seems really affordable. Maybe not so much in other States. We all know that people can live much cheaper in many other States but if you don’t want to move to those States, then $250,000 seems a great alternative. Of course, there are still some of us here in SoCal that think it is ridiculously priced for its size but we all have our own personal circumstances. The bottom line is if you think it is too much, don’t buy it. The other bottom line is that we all have personal preferences in materials used and if we had this built, we would use something different. These posts are meant to inspire and spur our own creativity…satisfy our own creativity. And that is wonderful! Sure the posts are meant to sell, too, and I’m sure some buy but that doesn’t prevent the rest of us from seeing the possibilities for what we want to build or remodel on our own. I see plenty in this house that I would change and if you see something different, then more power to you! Do it. Build it. Love it. I make plenty of comments that say how I would change things and I love reading everyone’s comments, too, to get another perspective and other ideas. That’s the beauty of this newsletter. It’s supposed to be informative and inspiring…and it is. Glean what positive things you can and if you have a suggestion to improve it, great! Share it, please, because you may see something I would never have thought of. On that note, I will make one comment of how I would improve this house…I would use the same wood for the all of the cabinets and doors. In a small space, it helps unify it and when you use wood with radically different grains, it breaks up the unity and flow. Some will love the variety. You do you! Let’s hear your suggestions!

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