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Kanga 14’x20′ Tiny House in the City

This is a 14′ by 20′ Kanga Tiny House int he city! It’s great because since it’s built on a foundation, the design is not subject to road limitations. For most people, something like this would be a better long-term solution versus a tiny house on wheels, don’t you think?

Tiny homes like this are a great option and they can still be very versatile. In many neighborhoods, you might already be allowed to build something like this in your backyard. You may be able to qualify for it as a guest house, pool house, accessory dwelling unit, in-law suite, etc.

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280 Sq. Ft. Modern Tiny House in the City by Kanga Room Systems

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Photos by Kanga

Covered Front Porch

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I love Kanga’s style because it’s modern and simple.

Interior Tiny House Design

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Super Simple Shelving System in the Kitchen

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I’ve used the same type of shelving system and it’s easy to install and re-arrange so I highly recommend it.

Living Area with Beautiful Ceiling and Natural Lighting

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Kanga does an amazing job with everything (and no I’m not getting paid to say it).

Notice the window sill that’s being used as a decorative shelf while it brings in the light. Genius.

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Easy Shelving System

Some would never think that a kitchen with no cabinets would still look good, but it looks surprisingly nice to me and I think it even makes the space seem bigger because it keeps it open. Then again, some would argue about the clutter, right?

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You can take a better look at the “window shelves” below.

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Cozy Little Bedroom in a Kanga

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View from the bathroom looking at the living area and kitchen below..

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Bathroom with Shower and Flush Toilet

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Exterior Views of the Tiny Kanga House

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Interior Views

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Learn more: Kanga‘s Modern 14×20 Album on Facebook. Visit their website right here.


  1. http://www.kangaroomsystems.com/
  2. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.626762407337138.1073741826.136357766377607&type=1
  3. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kanga-Room-Systems/136357766377607

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  • Rebecca B. A. R.
    May 9, 2013, 11:13 am

    I really like this house, but I would want room for a stacked washer/dryer, and I would want to be able to close off the bedroom. Something like this could even be built over a basement for storage or storm protection, and the stairs going down to it could be outside–to save on internal space. A cozy little fireplace in the living room would be a great addition also.

    • Alex
      May 9, 2013, 1:52 pm

      Great ideas Rebecca thx for sharing!

    • zenLoki
      September 24, 2014, 2:48 pm

      the basement stairs could also be accessed through a trap door in the floor. I’ve seen this in a two story and its space-saving and gives you dry access in all weather.

  • cheryl
    May 9, 2013, 6:36 pm

    Obviously they put a lot of work into this house, and it’s well done – but it’s unfortunate that no one noticed during the initial planning, that when you walk in the front door, straight ahead is the toilet.

    That initial design phase can seem so simple… but it’s so crucial!

    • Jeremy Ellis
      May 15, 2013, 11:34 am

      I am part owner and one of the designers for Kanga. The original design did not have the toilet in that place. The plumber insisted it needed to switch places with the sink because of factors concerning the way the city wanted the toilet vented and ease of installation. We reluctantly conceded with our clients consent. We are always working to make our designs better and we really do our best to look at every detail in the initial design phase.

      • Alex
        May 15, 2013, 11:38 am

        Hey Jeremy thanks for coming by and answering our questions we really appreciate that!

        • Jeremy Ellis
          May 15, 2013, 11:50 am

          Your welcome, Alex & Thank you for sharing our design!

          I’m happy to answer any other questions

      • Court Kizer
        July 18, 2013, 9:14 am

        Do you have an updated more generic blueprint or plans for the house that you could sell? I want a similar small house with the high ceilings, but want to build it myself. I love your designs and if you had a generic plan available I’d happily pay $50 for something that I could use for inspiration or as a loose guide!

  • LaMar
    May 11, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Good use of space and well thought out design!
    I agree we need to focus on permanent small houses as much as houses on wheels as these will be the desired and needed houses of the future as land space becomes more valuable and environmental impact finally requires a significant downsizing in houses. The open shelving is a great feature and I used this in my cabin. makes walls seem farther away. The high skylights give light and openness to this design. No loft or stairs and a walk-in shower so this house will be functional as the owner ages. Very nice!


  • Dominick Bundy
    May 11, 2013, 12:30 pm

    A walk in closet some where would be nice. other than that it’s perfect and easy assessable to things .

  • Cahow
    May 11, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Back in “ancient times”, meaning the late 1890’s-1970’s, homes like these were plentiful in Duluth, Minnesota and called “Widow’s Homes.” Both my aunts lived in wee gems like this, high up in the “Crow’s Nest” hills of Duluth, over-looking the Lake Superior harbour. They were built for widows, who lost their husbands either from ship disasters or mining disasters in the iron ore mines. And the reason ‘why’ they were built high up in the hills of Duluth, known disparagingly as the “Crow’s Nest”, is that at that time, the San Francisco-like hills were viewed as the WORST POSSIBLE PLACE to live, since horses, walking and stick-shift cars stalled out, going to those heights. LOL How things have changed, since all those dear cottages are now gone and the BIG BUCK$ now have 10,000 sq.ft mansions over-looking the harbour.

    So many wonderful details to drool over, but hand’s down, my favourite are the wee triple windows. They stole my heart, instantly. <3

    • Cahow
      May 11, 2013, 4:14 pm

      Also wanted to add, love the skillion roof with itsy-bitsy clerestory windows! Such a nice touch; we have that style of roof on our breezeway and some of the windows are only 3″ tall at their highest, where the slope joins the rest of the cottage. We used Plexiglass on the clerestory so it was easier to cut and fit.

  • Dennis
    May 12, 2013, 5:25 am

    I’d love to find someone to partner up with and work on developing a subdivision of tiny homes likes this here in South Carolina. I think it’s the perfect place for something like this.

    • Court Kizer
      July 18, 2013, 9:30 am

      Sub Divisions? NOOOOOO! The whole movement is about sustainable living. Sub Divisions are bad. They are boring. Design a few dwellings together in a circle with no concrete around gardens without driveways.

      Everything needs to be re-thought, not just slapping a tiny house into an existing broken system. If we do this then the banks will eventually have us paying $200,000 in loans for tiny houses instead of allowing it to be something we can do on our own for cheep. The idea is to change the American lifestyle completely. To get away from big government, big subdivisions, big broken systems. Better to build communes almost than subdivisions. I see the lifestyle as people who would never consider living in a subdivision. I hope you just meant building some houses together.

      I long for a place with solar, no concrete roads, driveways, mailboxes, with huge big trees (i can’t stand subdivision’s lifeless yards, with mono-culture grass that never dies and that doesn’t exist in nature.)

  • jerryd
    May 15, 2013, 8:24 am

    Nice design.

    I mostly like the use of the Skillion/shed/angled roof and it’s high windows cutting light use and getting light into all the space. Such high windows making great lighting, making the place feel more roomy but ned little overhang to prevent overheating.

    The triple window is another nice touch.
    Making interesting windows from scratch can really make your TH pop in looks so well worth the effort in doing, placing and framing them right for both inside light, ventilation and out for looks.

    I took a free 2.5’x6′ likely store freezer door glass and built a 2×6 frame around it for a great almost no cost picture window.

  • Cahow
    May 15, 2013, 9:19 am

    I had to come and visit this sweet place again, because it’s such a Happy Place. One thing I noticed on this visit was the elevated profile of this home: 6 steps up from ground level. I’m curious: is the bottom a crawl space for electric/gas/sewer lines and they didn’t want to go below grade?

    I clicked on the Kanga link (HIGHLY RECOMMEND GOING TO THEIR SITE!!!) and they show every model at grade. The reason why the elevated model shown rang a *bell* in my head, is that I was thinking “How great this would be for a person with limited mobility…if only there were no steps!” Obviously, this owner had her reasons for 6 stairs up to the cottage rather than flush with the ground. Maybe high water table, maybe?

    That’s what I love about our cottage: you can literally shuffle into the front door; there’s only a sealer at the bottom of our two doors (keeps out cold and dirt) so no stairs to climb! After living a lifetime in the City with 2-4 flights of stairs to climb mulitple times per day, I’m beyond thrilled with NO friggin’ stairs!!!! Still love this house, stairs or no. <3

  • Sue Leavitt
    May 23, 2013, 9:19 am

    I like this one from all the tiny homes I’ve seen. For me a two burner induction, no oven just micro-wave and toaster oven. Washer dryer unit and closet and I’d be set. For one person great!!! Love all the windows.

  • Empress Lockness
    November 21, 2013, 3:28 pm

    I love this house however, I am not fond of the toilet being directly across from the front door. That has got to be bad feng shui.

  • Linda
    June 6, 2014, 4:07 pm

    Did anyone notice how the roof sits up off the walls with windows all around? I like that idea… brings a lot of light into the place.

  • Cosy
    June 6, 2014, 8:45 pm

    This home has so many great features. Like several of the other comments, I like the roof & elevated windows. I also like that it’s one level and still looks very spacious. I watched the video & Alex you have a great voice. I enjoyed listening to your voice as I viewed the home. You should do more!

  • Mare
    May 24, 2015, 4:45 pm

    I like the outside design better than the inside, especially the placement of the windows.

    As far as the kitchen goes though, it looks way too cluttered for my taste, it should be more streamlined, that’s where cabinets would come in handy! Now it just looks messy. Mine are glass with extra storage up above (about 2 1/2 ft. between the cabinets and the ceiling) and storage underneath the lower cabinets. Plus, I have a tiny refrigerator, that fits more with the size of my kitchen.

    As far as the entrance-way goes, I think it would look a lot better if there was some space between the front and the living room. I like what the architect (on another project) did with the Sarah house in Salt Lake City, they added an entranceway.

    The living room here looks kind of tight, not a place you could easily relax in. It would look a lot better if she took out some of those chairs.

    As far as the bedroom goes, I love the upper windows, but it seemed like the regular bedroom window was overkill. Plus, she seemed to have an awfully tiny bed. Even I have a full size bed in my tiny apartment! Another thing I didn’t like was the placement of her closet, it seemed to block the flow of the house. It seems they could’ve added a closet to fit in with the design of that house somewhere.

    About that bathroom, the lack of a door and a bathtub. What if she has company over? What about privacy? Another thing, I could NOT live in a house without a bathtub period. That’s the deal-breaker for me! I live in a small apt., but I still have one. Plus, I have additional storage above my bathtub!
    Lastly, I think the design of my vintage apt. has a much better flow to it than this one. But I do like those upper windows, that’s a keeper.

    Can you tell I’m in the planning stages of my own house?

  • Sue Moak
    September 5, 2015, 10:49 am

    Kanga is building a house this size for me in Austin. They are great to work with! I recommend them highly. I chose a different option. Rather than the space for the bed I had that as a utility room (Space for a stackable washer/dryer) and the bathroom then had space for a tub instead of the corner shower. They will work with you on making it what you want. Also, permitting being what it is it’s great to have someone that can navigate that part of the process for you. Mine is almost finished and I can’t wait!

    • Alex
      September 5, 2015, 2:51 pm

      Glad to hear that they’re great to work with! I hope you can share your Kanga home with us when it’s done too! We’d love featuring it 🙂 Congratulations!

  • Debby
    September 5, 2015, 1:02 pm

    the tiny house on wheels is a whole different thing than on blocks or a foundation… if it were on wheels you would not have had to deal with having to move the bathroom around. plus tiny houses on wheels can move when you want to, no need to look for a new one in a different geographical area… different regulators. different reasons.

  • Trish
    September 5, 2015, 2:57 pm

    I would definitely not put tiny homes in a subdivision where taxes would rise, privacy would be an issue, and the whole concept of tiny living would evaporate in the process.

  • Ahmed Caraballo
    September 9, 2015, 4:16 pm

    Nice. Very nice

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