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Jess and Adam’s Mustard Seed Tiny House (with 2 kids and a cat!)

This is Jess and Adam’s Mustard Seed Tiny House.

They built it themselves and live there with their two children and pet cat.

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Jess and Adam’s Mustard Seed Tiny House (with 2 kids and a cat!)


Images via Jess and Adam

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Images via Jess and Adam

Video: Mustard Seed Grand Tour


  • Cat Mansion with litter box
  • Tankless water heater
  • Window air conditioner
  • 5 inch bleached hardwood floors
  • Built in storage stairs
  • Homemade counter tops made from 2×6 planks
  • Etsy valve knobs
  • Compact Appliance refrigerator
  • Skylight in the loft
  • Barn beams throughout
  • Split loft for two kids
  • Fire escape pole


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Evie
    October 28, 2016, 7:54 pm

    This is so fun! Love the “woodsy industrial” feel. It’s very homey, and your claustrophobia has served you well with the wonderful windows and skylights. Thanks for the tour! Enjoy your Tiny!

    • Avatar oxide
      October 30, 2016, 3:18 pm

      they didn’t enjoy their house for long. One of the Youtube videos shows that the family was served with eviction (in July 2016) after 6 weeks. They set up the house in a friend’s backyard. Two dwellings on a single property is against ordinance. I don’t know what has happened since.

  • Avatar Diane the Designer
    October 28, 2016, 10:34 pm

    Very nicely done. Good job. I also love the outdoor sitting area that you can see through the window.

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    October 29, 2016, 12:37 am

    Really cool! I love the eating area with the yellow metal stools. Looks good with the gray scheme. Very nice place!

  • Avatar Nanny M
    October 29, 2016, 5:04 am

    Beautiful inside and the yard. I feel such a lovely vibe. Your family should be very happy here.

  • Avatar Debbie Johnson
    October 29, 2016, 10:41 am

    I loved the tour, thank you. I do have a question though about all of the fans. Why all of the fans? I saw 2-3 in your loft alone, and one when you first walk in. Does the A/C not cool your tiny house, and if not why not get a larger one? Just wondering is all. Other wise your home is perfect.

    • Avatar Jessica McArthur-Smith
      November 1, 2016, 9:09 am

      It was an exceptionally humid day, we had a film crew coming to a tiny house, so with a window air conditioner I was just trying to pump the cool air around…especially with the door opening and closing so frequently.

  • Avatar Trish Dee
    October 30, 2016, 12:53 am

    The kitchen is very nice, however, I don’t understand the short door for the bathroom. I would need more privacy than that. I also am not fond of stairs sticking out into the room.

    November 2, 2016, 11:02 am

    Awesome….! Very nice job….!

  • Avatar Andre
    November 4, 2016, 2:02 pm

    Really excellent, fantastic work and in a lovely setting. There is nothing that I dislike about this house, it’s really special and a credit to the family.

  • Avatar joan
    November 5, 2016, 4:01 pm

    The idea of an outward opening door leading directly onto a set of steps without even a hand rail horrifies me. In many places this would be against code.

  • Avatar Danielle DiLisio
    December 30, 2016, 7:42 pm

    Great design and layout! I have cats and always wond what the vest way would be to handle the litter box – excellent!

  • Avatar Diana
    December 30, 2016, 11:53 pm

    Really lovely tiny house, loved the kitchen and all the skylights especially. Only thing I would want a closet for my clothes…but if it were mine the extra loft would probably be utilized for that. I found her to be totally annoying though.

  • Avatar jm
    January 1, 2017, 8:33 am

    Wonder if anyone is tracking the divorce rate for tiny home residents.

  • Avatar Kathy Khoshfahm
    January 1, 2017, 10:25 pm

    Absolutely love everything about this tiny home. Great taste!

  • Avatar Sarah
    January 14, 2017, 4:16 pm

    Am I dense? (Please, no answer required). I cannot locate the cat mansion. I absolutely love how they made this home their own. My favorite thing is when people’s tastes, personality, loves shine through. Great job!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie
      January 17, 2017, 12:01 pm

      Hi Sarah 🙂 You have to watch the video 🙂 It’s a little cat pod on the outside.

    January 16, 2017, 9:43 pm

    Beautiful tiny house…!

  • Avatar jm
    January 17, 2017, 3:58 am

    C’mon, am I to believe that they didn’t know the ordinances before investing all that time and money in the house? And without restrictions your neighbor would have twenty thows and be charging them. Who would want that? Cat is impressive however.

  • Avatar A S
    November 27, 2019, 1:39 pm

    Also from Wisconsin and I’ve driven past your place many times. Very nice!

  • Avatar Sheila Plourde
    November 29, 2019, 1:01 pm

    This is nice! Not liking the bathroom door. The toilet would be ripped out and a normal toilet would be installed. Don’t like the compost toilets. This is very pretty and the layout is real nice!!! Design of the tiny home is very appealing.

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