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My Tall But Tiny House

This Tall But Tiny House is a Guest Post by Angie Campbell

Hi there,

I wanted to share with you my “tiny” house. I’m newly moved in as of Nov 1st and have been merrily working and living in my tiny footprint, but rather tall home.

It’s 18×20 and has 2.5 levels (around 870 sq. ft.). The bottom level is my reading clinic where I tutor kids after school. The main or 2nd level is my living room, kitchen and bathroom (with lovely high ceilings) and there’s a loft bedroom where I have the bathtub I couldn’t fit in my main level bathroom. I will attach a video I did in the fall and will attach some more up to date pics from earlier this week. I took the pics with my phone, so I apologize if they’re not very clear.

Angie Campbell
Annapolis Valley,
Nova Scotia, Canada

870 Sq. Ft. Tall But Tiny House


Images © Angie Campbell

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Images © Angie Campbell

Video Tour of My Tall But Tiny House

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  • Lynnette
    February 9, 2015, 12:57 pm

    This is just darling. And it’s evident that you are so happy in your new house! May I ask how you built this? And what was your ball park figure not including land? Was it something that you built DIY or contractors? This plan is very nice and one day you would even be able to make your first floor another bedroom if you needed to. It’s just darling. Congratulations!

  • alice h
    February 9, 2015, 2:32 pm

    Love, love, love the tub! Rest of the place is pretty nice too.

    • Angie
      February 9, 2015, 6:21 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Ralph Sly
    February 9, 2015, 2:50 pm

    Hats off to you girl! Love it all. (Brevity, damn I am getting good)

  • Ralph Sly
    February 9, 2015, 2:51 pm

  • Karen R
    February 9, 2015, 2:58 pm

    I can tell by this home that I would love to visit you!

  • Mary Matthews
    February 9, 2015, 2:58 pm

    I adore your tiny but tall home. Did you have this built, or was it a prefab? I’ve been looking for about a year but so unsure as to how to get started. I live alone, and basically a minimalist, minus the books and cds.

    • Angie
      February 9, 2015, 6:24 pm

      My builder and I came up with the plan ourselves after much deliberation 🙂 I had such specific needs where I wanted the structure to house my business too, plus a small budget, and viola!

      • Lucy
        February 10, 2015, 7:04 pm

        We’d love for you to share the specifics of the cost ‘as is’, Angie, minus the land. I read a LOT of articles and blogs in my search for a small place. Currently we’re in a roughly 150 sq ft and need something a little larger but the cost estimate is holding us back. It’s nice when the owner shares the nitty gritty.

  • Sparrow
    February 9, 2015, 3:06 pm

    Now this is awesome! Please tell us the costs involved. Congrats on your great little house!

    • Lucy
      February 9, 2015, 5:42 pm

      I’d like to know this also.

  • Loki
    February 9, 2015, 3:08 pm

    this is a beautiful house and I especially like the layout. the walls are thick. what are they?

  • 2BarA
    February 9, 2015, 3:22 pm

    Thanks for showing us your perfect little house. No wonder you are so happy with it!

    • Angie
      February 9, 2015, 6:25 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Marcy
    February 9, 2015, 3:29 pm

    I’ve been thinking of something like this for me. However, in my imagination it was not nearly a nice as this one! Bravo!

    • Lucy
      February 9, 2015, 5:41 pm

      So have I and was surprised at how nice it is. This is about 650 sq ft larger than what my husband and I are in right now. We’re looking at finding a larger place to have a regular kitchen and bath.

  • Cahow
    February 9, 2015, 3:30 pm

    Angie: are you my Long Lost Twin?!? There are too many examples of colour choice and furniture design and placement that duplicate my style of decorating to list. I kept shouting, “Oh! I have that chair! I have that colour paint!,” etc.

    At one point in my life, I could climb stairs. Bravo to you and your nubile body that you can do it without pain but additional Bravo’s to you for battling against ILLITERACY!!!

    “If you can READ >this<, thank a Teacher!" (truer words never written)

    You are a shining example of the BEST in Humanity. God Bless. 😀

    • Angie
      February 9, 2015, 6:32 pm

      Wow! Such lovely comments! Thank you so much 🙂

  • Rich
    February 9, 2015, 3:55 pm

    nice project. Good to see a place built for you and not just “the market”.
    What are land costs in Nova Scotia? Canada is looking better all the time 😉

  • CathyAnn
    February 9, 2015, 4:26 pm

    What a wonderful place to live. You are so fortunate. No matter the weather outside, inside, it is cheerful, like Springtime.

  • Christopher Flansburg
    February 9, 2015, 5:45 pm

    It’s odd that 800 some square feet is considered “tiny”
    I own and old floor and a half cape built sometime ground 1860.
    It’s no more than 800 Sq ft.
    My next door neighbor who is 90? Or so was raised in the house with 5 other children. Then she raised 4 children in it (my other neighbor)
    No complaints about spacertain from either.
    Nice tall house by the way. Lovely.

    • Mimi
      February 10, 2015, 8:29 pm


  • Erika Busch
    February 9, 2015, 5:55 pm

    This doesn’t really look like a tiny house tho… It’s over 800sq feet. Really neat tho. I love the height.

    • Michelle
      February 11, 2015, 9:44 am

      Considering her business is the whole bottom floor I feel this home qualifies as the living space is only the top 1.5 floors.
      It’s gorgeous. I love the tub upstairs.

  • Andreas Sprengel
    February 9, 2015, 6:59 pm

    Hi, I’m hoping to to build a tiny house in the near future. I doubt it would be as big as what you’ve built but I hope it will be as lovely and homey as your’s. I know you’ll be oh so happy living there! Yours truly Andreas from Toronto Canada

  • Pat O'Connor
    February 9, 2015, 7:53 pm

    High ceilings – great solution for a tiny house feeling small.

  • Lisa E.
    February 9, 2015, 8:45 pm

    What a fabulous house. No wonder you are so happy with it. Best wishes for a very happy future in your new tiny home. 🙂

  • Jayne DonVito
    February 9, 2015, 9:06 pm

    It’s beautiful, and if I were a single lady, I would love to live there. The tub in bedroom is a stroke of genius, too. So pleased for you to have such a lovely and functional space.

  • Trish
    February 10, 2015, 12:25 am

    LIKE … LIKE … LIKE …

  • Sara
    February 10, 2015, 7:15 am

    Love, love, love this one! Great job and thanks for posting.

  • Carole
    February 10, 2015, 12:50 pm

    I can hear the pride and joy in your voice. No wonder, it’s beautiful!
    I live in the Ottawa region, and have been debating forever if I could get a tiny house. Yours in not tiny but very small, just the right size for me. I am retired and could use your teaching room as a sewing room and storage. Wow for the great natural light. I love your house plan and hope you will share it as well as tell us how much it cost. Would really be helpful.

  • Trevor
    February 10, 2015, 2:09 pm

    Hi Angie,

    I am in the Annapolis Valley as well and am looking to build a tiny house as well this fall. Would you mind sharing the contact info for the builder? Beautiful house by the way!


  • Jessica
    February 10, 2015, 6:11 pm

    Everyone interested check out Bentley Built Homes (http://www.bentleybuilthomes.ca/)

    • Alex
      February 11, 2015, 9:22 am

      Thanks Jessica! They’ve built some other cool homes too 🙂

  • Angie
    February 10, 2015, 9:13 pm

    Hello everyone. Wow! Thank you so much for the wonderful comments and questions. The cost of the land was 20k and the cost of the house was about 125k. The walls are about a foot thick with blown in insulation. I didn’t use an architect. My builder and I worked out the plans. Trevor, the company is Bentley Built Homes. Thanks again everyone for your comments 🙂

    • Kristy
      February 11, 2015, 1:05 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing the details! Very inspirational!!

  • Mary J
    February 11, 2015, 6:33 am

    super nice, has great eye appeal. seems to have plenty of room too. should be fairly easy style of construction. like the touches of wood and has plenty of windows – bringing the outside in. stairs too which is a bonus.

  • barbara
    February 11, 2015, 8:00 am

    Thank you for sharing, my husband and I are in the retirement mode and downsizing, etc. Sharing you home puts another perspective on retirement

  • Lesa
    February 11, 2015, 4:08 pm

    What an incredible cinematic novella that you have taken the time to share with everyone. The incorporation of all aspects of your life are remarkable. It is definitely not too tiny or too big, but just right for your functionality. Good plan – great implementation – fantastic life.
    What you have accomplished, is inspirational.

    • Angie
      February 11, 2015, 4:26 pm

      Wow, Lesa! Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

  • Denise
    February 12, 2015, 3:34 am

    Very well done and cozy. I would feel like I was on vacation if I was here.

  • brackans
    February 12, 2015, 8:28 am

    Wow, i am impressed. Such a nice house!

  • February 13, 2015, 7:39 am

    One of the loveliest homes I’ve ever seen. This would be my dream space. Thanks so much for sharing. Haven’t seen your other videos but will certainly look for them to see how you arrived at this masterpiece!

  • Jane Irvine
    February 15, 2015, 11:06 pm

    I love your new house! The bold colors for the doors and walls really make the classroom downstairs pop. I do have one question though – what have you planned for a fire escape for the top floor? You could probably get some great ideas from your local fire department on that. Your home looks warm, efficient, light and inviting. Great place for a cup of tea! Good on Ya!

  • Sarah
    March 11, 2015, 11:27 am

    This house is very appealing outside & in! Very nice design. It feels very open & spacious. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Emily c.
    June 29, 2016, 5:11 pm

    I agree with all the comments. Such a great idea mixing work and living quarters. I especially love the separate entries for work and home space. While I was watching the video, I was imagining what I would do with the downstairs space as a work and hobby areas. Really gave me food for thought about how I wish to live in the future as I prepare to retire. Thank you for the tour.

  • Kim
    June 30, 2016, 2:20 pm

    I love your living area!! The first thing I look for in tiny houses are washer/dryers. I didn’t see one in your home. Did I just overlook it?

  • Larry Thompson
    July 6, 2016, 9:50 am

    Terrific design and use of space. I was thinking that a Daybed in the living room area would turn it into a 2 bedroom tiny house.
    Are there plans available? What was your cost to build.

    I like the light and the feeling of living in a treehouse or a fire tower in a National Park.

    One of the best designs I’ve seen. More space than I would need, but I could rearrange. With a Daybed on the first floor, to tops floor would be my ham radio shack and astronomy station. LOL!


  • Betty
    August 24, 2017, 5:04 pm

    Nice and cozy. 😁

  • Arlie
    August 26, 2017, 8:41 am

    LOVE YOUR COZY BUT SPACIOUS HOUSE!!! Love your decorations and carrying color of mom’s bowl thru-out!! Thanks for sharing!

  • August 28, 2017, 8:44 am

    Hi Angie,

    We loved your post – especially the video. We did have a couple of questions: First, were any parts of the house pre-fabricated? Second, how long did the construction of your home take?


    September 4, 2017, 2:47 pm

    Love this…

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