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Kvale Hytte Cottage at Conover Commons Pocket Community

This is a gorgeous Kvale Hytte Cottage in the middle of a luxurious garden.

Outside, you’ll notice a rustic split-rail fence portioning off a lush garden. The creamy yellow board and batten exterior are complimented by white trim and a burnt orange door welcomes visitors. Modern wicker furniture sits on the large front porch overlooking the rest of the Conover Commons Pocket Community.

When you go inside, you’ll see a bright white open floor plan home with beautiful pine floors. Light gray furniture and a cozy wood burning stove sit in the living area which is lit up with plenty of natural light from skylights. The kitchen includes a full stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator, as well as a large island for extra counter space. There is a window-encased breakfast nook with views of the garden. The master bedroom leads to a back porch through glass sliders. The spa-style master bathroom features the same clean white color scheme. Take the stairs to the loft, where you’ll find another bedroom with skylights and two twin beds, an office space overlooking the main living area of the cottage, and another luxurious bathroom.

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Natalie McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Michigan while finishing up college.
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  • Marcy February 13, 2016, 8:29 am

    Thanks for posting this, Natalie. It’s charming. And in the middle of tht gorgeous garden.

  • Brian February 13, 2016, 8:57 am

    Beautiful.

    550 grand for 1000 sq ft though.

    • Peter Piper February 13, 2016, 11:27 am

      Yep. It seems that corruption has drifted into the tiny house movement and priced them out of the range of those interested in them. I am a B-I-G fan of tiny homes but this is ridiculous highway robbery. I would prefer to purchase a back yard shed and convert it myself. No way would I (or ANYONE tiny house fan I know) be swindled by this corrupt system.

      • JMBarrett February 26, 2016, 10:46 am

        I agree with your comment wholeheartedly. I have seen many tiny homes online, and this isn’t one. And the cost! Are you kidding me? I live in 1600 sq. ft. and it cost under $105K and comes on a 10,000 sq ft lot. It seems the tiny house industry has been infiltrated by hedge fund managers looking to squeeze every dime of profit out of what was begun as a low-cost, small footprint model.

        The house is beautiful; that is not the point. As someone posted, it could be built for about $56K in Costa Rica, complete with lush surroundings. Why would you pay $500K??? Ridiculous.

  • Shane February 13, 2016, 9:46 am

    Love the interior as well as the layout. As Brian stated 500 thou do US is a bit steep, and would only be good for a summer cottage here in Canada.

  • david root February 13, 2016, 10:09 am

    what is price on this tiny house

  • Darla Kane February 13, 2016, 1:30 pm

    It says SMALL house not TINY house. I think it is amazing and perfect in appearance and size. I just couldn’t live in anything under 800sq ft. And that is still SMALL and perfect. I love the porches on these houses.

  • Steven February 13, 2016, 7:50 pm

    Are you sure that’s a wood burning stove? Do you have any info for that stove? I’m in the market for my small 500 sq.ft house.

  • Gabrielle Charest February 14, 2016, 12:09 pm

    My apartment is about a mile away from these homes. As pointed out by others, they are not tiny but rather more of a medium size, and they have all the amenities along with a shared plot of land. $500,000 may seem a lot, but this is Redmond WA, home of Microsoft, where a lot of people would find that price reasonable. New homes in the area have 3,000+ square feet and are selling for $900,000 and up.
    When I first started reading about tiny homes I was drawn in not only by their size but also by the creative people who were building them: hard-working, intelligent people who prefer to avoid the debt burden of mortgages so they can enjoy life. But, like any movement, it morphs. Although tiny homes are still being created, some are providing more luxurious homes suitable for the wealthier among us. I don’t think this is corruption but rather a matter of supply and demand. After all, no one forces anyone to buy a home. The bigger issue is to revise and expand zoning laws so those who want tiny homes won’t face so many restrictions on land use.
    Now that I am retired and on a fixed income, I view all of the designs just to take away ideas that appeal to me. Within a year I should be able to have something unique to my tastes and needs. I can’t wait!

    • Melody February 16, 2016, 1:35 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I always appreciate a local perspective. I live in Missouri and frankly almost all of the pre-built tiny houses are at a premium price when you can buy a small to medium house on a lot for 80,000 or less if you wanted a tiny house I’ve seen 2 bedroom, 1 bath homes go for as low as 29,000. In some places a tiny house would be a bargain I understand. It’s like you said supply and demand. I love the style and efficiency of the tiny homes. However, since I’m not nomadic, I will be building a home with concepts from the tiny house movement, or be remodeling an existing property. A tiny home isn’t feasible right now:) Who knows,things change.

    • kristina nadreau March 17, 2016, 4:10 pm

      thank you for a note of reality for all those people who think the price in the rural south is the price for all, everywhere.

      • Janice Izlar April 5, 2016, 5:44 pm

        I agree. The tiny houses would be a great idea to help the homeless, our
        forgotten veterans, the mentally ill, and other disadvantaged. I am concerned about the children. Every child needs a place to call home.
        I am a former teacher of special needs children, 2nd grade, and behavioral disordered.

        • jaykay April 8, 2016, 7:50 am

          Janice,
          Thanks for your comments; your big heart is evident!
          And thank you for caring for special needs/behavior disorder children. Having a profoundly disable grandson makes me appreciate all that people like you do for these special ones.

    • Vicki Lingle April 23, 2016, 2:47 am

      If this house were in Vancouver, BC, Canada, not far north of this house, it would cost more than a million dollars.
      The price has nothing to do with the type or size of the house. The price is directly related to the value of the land, regardless of what is sitting on it.
      Those who want a house, either large or small, that is
      inexpensive need to find it in a location where land values are low. Unfortunately, land values are often low because no one wants to live there, which means jobs are hard to come by. Or perhaps the area is a lovely place to live, but there are few jobs, so housing costs are low.
      This house is in the Seattle area, where there are lots of well-paying jobs right now, (although it wasn’t like that when I lived there), and housing is in high demand.

  • Elle February 15, 2016, 11:27 pm

    Wow!

  • Nanny M February 16, 2016, 3:28 pm

    As has been noted, this is not a “tiny”, just an adorable little house in an premium town. Such has been happening for centuries. Not related to “the tiny house movement”. This site just includes these other ideas for our enjoyment and information. No corruption involved.

  • Tadashi February 25, 2016, 12:40 am

    This is hardly tiny and much resembles my home which is 1000 sq ft. It is beautiful and functional though and I hope the price is simply adjusted to the inflation of the area but we live in a very metropolitan area and downsized to our home (saving money and a million hassles) and it was very affordable at around $200k. I can’t imagine paying much more though.

    I appreciate that storage and functionality features were well considered and placed though. Much better than always retrofitting (as we have done but we are a home of designers, engineers and organizers so this comes easily). Most people struggle mightly with figuring out solutions.

    • Sandi B March 18, 2016, 1:21 am

      This is not intended to be tiny, however, 1000 square feet is not large, but a small home and downsizing means different things for different people. The small/tiny house movement is not intended for everyone and the THOWs were created to circumvent zoning requirements. This is still small by today’s standards and looks larger due to windows and loads of white paint. It is a great and functional design with a lot of usable space, great porches and a garage.

    • Janice Izlar April 5, 2016, 5:36 pm

      I love this house. I have the land, and a builder who has agreed to build it.
      It will have to be handicapped accessible since I have early stages of Parkinson’s disease, possible Alzheimer’s or Lewey Body dementia.

  • Caterina B February 29, 2016, 1:21 pm

    OOOOhhhhh…..I wouldn’t want to live that close to the Cascadia fault/tsunami site that is going to come sometime in the next 50 years!

    • Gabrielle Charest February 29, 2016, 7:27 pm

      Seriously? I have lived in New England and experienced hurricanes, floods, and even a couple of tornadoes. When I lived in California I experienced an earthquake – but I’d move back there in a heartbeat if I could afford it. Now I’m here in Washington. I believe you can’t live in fear of what might happen. You could, and die slip, fall, hit your head in your bathtub. Does this mean you give up bathing?

  • kat greasby March 8, 2016, 9:10 pm

    i own in pahoa hawaii, an will build on the other side of island within a year. considering home packages, although to build a small house (7-900 sf) looks inviting. what would be the cost, ball park, …any basic prices i can go off….thank you

  • Trip_Dont_Fall March 17, 2016, 11:31 am

    This place has GREAT style inside! Great layout!!!

  • kristina nadreau March 17, 2016, 4:19 pm

    As soon as I saw the pictures of this gorgeous small house I knew there would be complainst about the price. It would not matter what the price was, if it was over $15k, a flock of posters would complain and make wild accusations about price gouging etc. and of course it was exactly what occurred. those posters are not going to read the responses from the people who live in the area and know property values. The design is great, regardless of the location. Stick built permant location, (not mobile) house prices are dependent on location. BTW I live in Central America and you would have to be very, very careful to get this house built in Costa Rica for $65,000 US dollars, as someone one claimed. That price would not include the land. and more importantly with the subtropical climate here, this is not the house design to build in Central America. and the electricical and water mechanical systems would be entirely different than what you would expect in Redmond, Washington.

  • Cat March 17, 2016, 11:08 pm

    This is the tiny houses newsletter, I do not think this is the kind of houses that people are looking for, if I am not wrong. Are we suppose to downsize and live better without worry about exorbitant prices that we have to pay for or worry about mortgages. Sometime I think people are taking advantage of living tiny!

    • Vicki Lingle April 23, 2016, 3:21 am

      Whether or not this is a down size/down price for an individual depends entirely on where the house you are selling is located.
      This house is $500,000 – that is down size/down price for many people and many houses in North America, and those people are also interested in looking at houses of this type.

  • Peter Piper March 18, 2016, 12:46 pm

    I’ve been so disappointed by tiny house communities lately. People have told me that they move in and find that the fees amount to about the same you would pay to rent a fairly decent sized apartment. My (and many others’) reason for purchasing a tiny house is to be debt free. Paying upkeep fees every month instead of mowing your own tiny lawn is not being free of debt.

  • Beth March 18, 2016, 4:22 pm

    Please don’t exclude those of us who are looking for larger tiny homes. Many days I only have time to check the sq. Footage of the homes on the newsletter and I only look at anything over 450 sq. Ft. that’s not on wheels. Surely there enough room for both types of shoppers? Or maybe us 450-900 sq.ft. “cottage-type home” hunters should have our own site? Just saying…

    • Alex March 19, 2016, 11:46 am

      Hi Beth. yes! Don’t worry, I won’t. Tiny is relative, I’ll always cover everything from micro-size to small. Normally as tiny as 30 sq. ft. and as large as 1300 sq. ft. to showcase all options for people from singles traveling/adventuring to large families who want to simplify or couples who want to entertain/have people stay over frequently.

    • Alex March 19, 2016, 11:48 am

      That’s a good idea! I may create a “small” home blog that solely focuses on 450 sq. ft. + and keep tinyhousetalk “tiny” but for now we have our small sectiion here: http://tinyhousetalk.com/category/small-houses/ anbd tiny houses here: http://tinyhousetalk.com/category/tiny-houses/ :)

  • Beth March 19, 2016, 12:40 pm

    Hi Alex, I really appreciate your inclusive attitude. There are a lot of us who are looking to simply downsize. I’m retired and in fairly good health but 200 sq.ft, off the grid, tiny homes on wheels are not for me. I’m researching cottage-type options that are easy to build and easy on the pocketbook. You guys do a good job of showcasing all types of options and providing good links to explore. So please, Peter Piper et al, share some of this good info with us — play nice! Thanks so much Alex, you guys are doing a great job!

  • Tari March 21, 2016, 2:13 pm

    Location, location, location!!!
    I too live in Washington State, specifically Vancouver (southern tip of WA, just across the bridge from Portland, Oregon which is a tiny house mecca). I can drive an hour in any direction and enjoy the beach, skiing, desert, windsurfing & forest hiking. For me the best part is no big bugs or venomous snakes! Shhhh… yes it rains but ONLY in winter months. Summers are dry & beautiful. Having beautiful living conditions plus Microsoft Nike etc has created higher property costs/cost of living BUT this forum is free as is adding to my wish list some of the fantastic & beautiful ideas this home presents!
    Keep in mind any ideas that are loved in “small” homes can be scaled down to fit “tiny” homes too. It’s the ideas that are important.
    What I love the most about this home is how it can be built nearly anywhere! If you have $550 to spend… then spend. If you live in Kentucky where property is more budget friendly then… more power to you! Great job with the small house.

  • Barbara March 24, 2016, 6:44 am

    The 9 months of cold misty rain I experienced living near Portland Oregon for 3 years cured me of any romance about the Pacific NW. Yes, it is incredibly gorgeous for 3 months out of the year, but when I began to grow moss behind my knees and in my armpits, we retired and moved to Florida. Hubs was raised in southern California and I in the SW and in Florida, and we were both miserable there. The soles of our shoes rotted from walking outdoors in the rainy winter! This morning’s temperature is 52F, and far too cold for us, so for months we’ve been planning our move to Costa Rica. One can choose the elevation and thus the temperatures that are most comfortable for living there, and because a Costa Rican resident replied about the cost of building there, I have already emailed him for more information. A house like this one – well, one without stairs, more appropriately, and within walking distance of the ocean (where one can actually swim in warm water), would be my dream come true. We need sunshine to warm our old bones, and we’re going to get more of it, and a lot more “pura vida” that we have ever gotten before, even in Oregon. I’ll happily trade the moose and elk for toucans, scarlett macaws, and monkeys and jaguars. The crocs won’t bother me either, because I know not to bother them. I swam and skiied daily all summer long in an alligator infested lake, and we regularly shoo them off the golf course here.

    • Lori March 25, 2016, 12:00 pm

      Hi Barbara,
      I’ve been researching and visiting which country I am going to retire to within Central America, for over 7 years now. And when I saw tiny houses for the first time, I, too, want to have my 450+ sq ft small house (no stairs) built in Nicaragua’s Central Valley. Costa Rica’s Central Valley is my favorite, but it’s too expensive for me to live there. I love looking at all the tiny houses each day = great job Alex. The ingenuity that goes into the blue prints and viewing the tiny houses after their built is amazing. Good luck Barbara. I know you will love Costa Rica

  • Patrick March 27, 2016, 4:58 pm

    I agree with pretty much all the previous posters; I can see and appreciate each viewpoint. Regarding cost, for Redmond, WA, it appears the asking price is within normal parameters for the region. It takes a substantial income to live anywhere near Seattle, these days. So corruption is not necessarily a factor in setting that price. (Bear in mind, the cost of everything is high in the Puget Sound region, including labor and code compliance.) In contrast, I live in a small farming town in Eastern WA, where property values are a pittance compared to those on the west side of the state. My 850 sq. ft. house, on a 10,000 sq. ft. double lot with detached 2-car garage, is valued at around $60,000. I have all the comforts of home, with ample gardening/landscaping opportunities, for the tiniest fraction of the cost of the Redmond house. But everything’s relative: there’s almost no cultural activities nearby (for entertainment, I listen for the tom pheasants crowing down the alley); and employment is a 37-mile drive away. Still, this suits my temperament and lifestyle. I don’t have a mortgage hanging over my head, the size of which only a millionaire could hope to pay-off in their lifetime. As costly as the featured house is, I still appreciate the design ideas it presents, so including it on a Tiny House site is (marginally) appropriate. I consider this site an idea and inspiration go-to place; not a site which prescribes how any of us should live. Keep the inspiration coming….

    • Gabrielle Charest March 27, 2016, 7:33 pm

      Great post, Patrick. You are living life on your terms, and I admire that. As for me, a retiree with fixed income, I view this blog for ideas and inspiration. Soon I will be moving into a family member’s spacious home, and I will be purchasing a shed to insulate and decorate so I can have my own special pod, a place to relax and enjoy my crafts. tinyhousetalk shows me creative and budget-wise ways to use space. Many thanks to Alex and the wonderful people who comment who provide me with perspective (and keep my brain thinking)!

  • rachel April 4, 2016, 4:18 pm

    sweet, but 1 on their site was 1000sf and listed for $583k, wow…..r

  • Gabrielle Charest April 5, 2016, 1:12 am

    To all those who are complaining about high prices and corruption in the tiny/small house movement: if you have lived in one place all your life it is difficult to contemplate seemingly overpriced homes. My answer? Educate yourself through travel or the internet to learn about a different state or area before you comment. Having lived in western Massachusetts towns, poor, rural Vermont, rural, eastern Connecticut and then California, I understand how the cost of living differs. After retirement and the housing crash I relocated to the Seattle area, near family. I have learned so much about people, lifestyles, employment opportunities, and housing over the past decades. What I want to get across to the readers is that costs are RELATIVE. It is less frustrating and more productive to focus on appreciating the homes we see on this blog. I love new ideas, creative solutions, and inspirational design. Thank you, Alex, for opening our eyes and minds.

  • Elizabeth April 13, 2016, 2:56 pm

    I do like this design. I know enough about construction in residential homes to make the changes that would work for me. As we all know, anyone that has been in construction for many years can build the home of their choice and it be a lot cheaper. Just know what you are doing before you start. My choice is at least 900 SQ. ft. living area + carport/garage/storage. Everyone to their own preference.

  • Carl Cooper April 20, 2016, 3:20 pm

    Well I have read many of the comments and as usual they are varied according to each persons viewpoint. As some of the commenters said TINY is really relative. Few of the commenters are people who have been in the construction and design industry and are trying to find their way. I have been designing and building many styles of homes for the last 40 years and find the NEW tiny home concept interesting as if it is new. Tiny homes have been around for the last hundred or more years. They are not new. Again what is VIEWED as something new usually is not. It is only new to those who have not heard of it before. Mobile homes are small manufactured homes and moveable. They can be tiny by some people’s standards. Yet affordable but because they have received a negative press over the years they are not viewed as attractive. Recreational vehicles are truly tiny and have been around for some time. I was brought up in a 7ft by 35ft. House trailer in the 50’s , that is 245 sq. ft. We thought it was huge. Two adults and two teens. Did I hate it no because that is what we had and were used to. Some years ago my wife and I had major health issues and lost everything and had to start over. We live in a 35 ft by 7 ft. fifth wheel for 10 years and loved it. I eventually wanted more room so I designed and built an 800 square foot modular home on a mobile home base for around 25,000.00. I could do that because of my back ground and ability. A big majority of the materials were recycled I had collected from jobs done. It incorporates access to the fifth wheel for guest accommodations and use. The point is those who cannot do the same must do their homework to know what they can accomplish and how to get the home they will be comfortable with. 550k for a small house you can afford is ok in its location. Location is the key. I live in Texas so you have to take heat into consideration here. Thanks for you site and the opportunity of sharing ideas. Love the cottage and will help my daughter build one as a guest house in Fort Worth.

    • Gigi April 21, 2016, 6:40 pm

      Thank you, Carl Cooper, for your sensible and rational overview. You are 100% correct to say that tiny is not new and that the cost of well-built homes is relevant. I’m sure your daughter is going to love her new guest house.

  • kristina nadreau May 8, 2016, 7:34 pm

    this house was priced at $583,000 when listted. It closed at $640,000.

  • Gigi May 9, 2016, 2:57 am

    Reality check: for homes that are not on wheels you have to look at the cost of the LAND rather than the square footage of the home. It makes all the difference. And if it’s too expensive for you, don’t buy it.

  • Saturday Sportsman May 10, 2016, 11:42 pm

    Do want!

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