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Two Poolside Tiny Houses: High-End Humble Living?

Kanga Room Systems creates modern prefab tiny houses that I think you might like.

They are a housing company in Austin, Texas and their units can be used for working, living, or backyard studios.

In addition, they build playhouses, add-on rooms, and cabins. Customers can assemble the parts themselves or they can pay extra for professional installation.

With two of their units which you’ll see below they were able to create the ultimate backyard pool-side guest compound.

I really like the way that they set this up and also like the idea of setting up two tiny houses on wheels in a similar fashion with a shared deck.

Kanga Studio Tiny House

Photo Credits Kanga Room Systems

Kanga Studio Tiny House, Office, Guest or Studio Cabana

There are two poolside studio units joined together by a covered deck.

Kanga Studio Tiny Houses

Looks like a great bed and breakfast, doesn’t it?

Kango Studio Tiny Houses

Above you can see how it looks from behind plus get a glimpse of the main house.

Exterior of Poolside Guest Tiny Houses

Another angle above where you can see the wall mounted AC units and rear access doors that lead to storage.

Covered Deck

Aren’t they beautiful? Imagine having a couple of these in your backyard.. You could rent them out, live in them, or have family move back in so you can all live together and help each other out.

Poolside Tiny Houses

Storage Closet

Let’s go take a look inside..

Inside Looking Out

As you can see this unit includes everything you need for an enjoyable stay including a full service kitchen.

Backyard Tiny House Studio Interior

There’s even built-in storage underneath the bed.

Under the Bed Storage

The all wood look and feel looks great plus plenty of natural light comes in thanks to all of the windows. Let’s take a look at the other unit now..

Other Tiny House Interior and Entrance

This one doesn’t have as good of a kitchen but you still get a mini refrigerator and microwave.

Couch in Corner of Living Area

Bedroom Area

Bed Storage, AC, and Wall Mounted LCD TV


For more information on Kanga Room Systems visit their website and go “Like” them on Facebook.

Photo sources: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.516086141738099.136367.136357766377607&type=1 and http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.516086141738099.136367.136357766377607&type=1

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  • sesameB September 24, 2012, 12:00 pm


  • jerryd September 29, 2012, 1:35 pm

    Nice!! And nicely done.

    I think this is called a dog run house. It’s best point is by making each below permit size in many places you won’t need a permit and it’s hassles, costs, regulations.

    My 12’x12′ cabin on a 34′ mobile home chassis already legal and in place is designed to make another next to it with such a breezeway inbetween if that is what the buyers want.

    For instance my workshop is 2 8’x16′ sheds build next to each other and taled or screwed together with roofing tin overlaping.

    • Alex October 4, 2012, 5:56 pm

      Thanks for sharing Jerry. Would love to get to see pics of your set up.

    • zenLoki September 24, 2014, 2:36 pm

      a dog-run house has a central hallway with rooms on either side. the exterior doors are inline to promote ventilation.

    • Carol August 16, 2015, 2:03 pm

      Hey Jerryd, can we see some pictures of your set up? PLEASE?? 🙂

  • TomLeeM September 29, 2012, 7:34 pm

    I would live in one and have the other as a guest house. It is neat that they are near a pool. They are really nice.

    • Alex October 4, 2012, 5:56 pm

      I totally agree, thanks Tom!

  • Rachel September 30, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Looks like a southern dog-trot style home. Two units connected by a breezway. Love this style but I would screen in the breezway to have more outside time without all the bugs.

    • Alex October 4, 2012, 5:57 pm

      Good idea on the screened in breezeway Rachel. Down here in Florida near the swamp we’d definitely need it too!

    • Linda October 8, 2012, 6:31 pm

      These are perfect for my situation!!! including the pool. I definitely would screen in the breeze-way to keep the MS bugs from taking over!

  • TomLeeM October 1, 2012, 8:08 pm

    I like the idea of screening in the breezeway. Perhaps with ‘screen doors’ that can be easily removed? (make it easier to repair or have the option of having it off without a lot of effort?

  • signalfire October 1, 2012, 9:08 pm

    Bugs!? I had almost forgotten about bugs! Move to Oregon, it’s too dry here during the summers for bugs!

    • Alex October 4, 2012, 5:57 pm

      Sounds nice! 😀

  • Betsy May 7, 2013, 11:41 pm

    Wow, these are beautiful! I’d love to live here!

  • Dan Wasil May 8, 2013, 1:43 am

    This looks like the answer. We’ll likely have some kind of “storm windows” to screen in the breezeway. And likely put a bath/bedroom in one, kitchen/living room/create space in the other. Solar on top.

  • Lisa December 21, 2013, 5:14 pm

    Put one of these on a raft with pontoons and you have a tiny floating house (no pool maintenance ;D)

  • Otessa Regina Compton June 6, 2014, 12:20 pm


  • Lisa E. June 6, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Once again, Alex, AdChoice has placed its advertising directly on top of the pictures and text. PLEASE get rid of these people. They have no sense of good manners and their only consideration is themselves making money at the expense of others. Rude, rude, rude! This ad says AdChoice is an eBay product. Shame on eBay!

    • Alex September 25, 2014, 11:10 am

      Thanks for telling me about this Lisa. I got some help fixing it (thanks Kelli!!!) and this shouldn’t be happening anymore. If it does, kindly let me know. And it wasn’t eBay or AdChoice’s fault, just a little coding error I think. Anyway, thanks again Lisa.

  • Lisa E. June 6, 2014, 12:38 pm

    I’m very security conscious and usually I object to windows as safety gaps but I love the windows here. There is lots of light from the eyebrow windows that run between the roof and the walls, and the three-strip window display allows you to see outdoors without the fear of a break-in. Excellent idea!
    These are really nice units; they have everything to live quite comfortably in a tiny life. I can see where these would be excellent for Seniors; no stairs and everything easy access. Plus low maintenance and negligible housework. That’s a REAL plus!

  • Lisa E. June 6, 2014, 12:41 pm

    My only change might be to put in a Murphy bed for more than one occupant.
    This would require a higher roof, I think, and to reposition the overhead TV.

  • Carlotta Hood April 24, 2015, 12:46 am

    Tiny houses are how to get back to the get-away your playhouse was for you when it stood in the backyard of your childhood. You can go home again, just stay in the cool green of the swing set and the house of dreams and fun.

  • Jim Necaise April 24, 2015, 10:41 am

    Awesome house

    • Avi Hyman June 17, 2015, 11:55 am

      Tons of windows! The who top of the house is circles in them

  • Suz April 24, 2015, 11:29 am

    I love the outside look of these homes but the insides are very dark, doesn’t anybody else notice that? Hardly any windows. I’d make the storage spaces in the backs smaller and the home larger (maybe a larger bed would be nice) and then add more windows or a skylight.

    • Natasha June 17, 2015, 2:35 pm

      I agree, Suz…100%

  • Shirley April 24, 2015, 4:02 pm

    I love these. I would love to just have the first one shown as my tiny home. Not as guest house or any thing else. Just my home on a small piece of property. The first one fits my needs. Cannot have loft bed due to a disability. So had kitchen and bsth, table for eating. There would be room for a loveseat probably. Could even put tv on wall mount. I am looking for a house that has a bed on main floor or a pull out bed. I would be interested in the price.

  • Lori Goodpasture April 24, 2015, 6:07 pm

    FYI: If anyone ever makes it out to Austin, Texas, these are rentable.

    • Alex April 24, 2015, 9:34 pm

      Awesome!! Thanks for sharing those links, Lori, didn’t know that.

      • Lori Goodpasture April 26, 2015, 9:04 am

        They actually weren’t originally built to be rented out; they were built for in-laws to live in. They changed their mind so now we rent them out to help cover the expenses of them.

  • DG June 17, 2015, 7:51 pm

    Also check out http://www.studio-shed.com... Very similar and can save you more money by doing self-installation.

  • Catherine July 9, 2015, 9:29 am

    I would swap the kitchen and the bed around. Move the door over going into the bathroom. To have some built in shelves beside the bed. And access the outside closet from the inside to have a wall in closet. Put up a retractable curtain or panels to close off the bed area for separation and a small chair could go there for extra seating. Definitely close in the front porch area for outside dining area. Instant sq ft.. Cute and charming idea I would love to have one. Another idea would be to pitch the roof for extra widows for more light and head room. And it would appear larger.

    • Karen Blackburn October 26, 2018, 5:21 am

      Totally agree with you on repositioning the bed and kitchen. Would add an armchair or two as well, the table and chairs ideal for having a friend round for morning coffee and the armchairs to relax in after you and friend (or husband/wife if married) have eaten dinner while enjoying coffee followed by a nice liqueur. The addition of a partial wall between bed and the rest of the house would not only provide some privacy but would also add storage in the form of shelving, maybe some facing into the bed area and some into the living area for both clothing and books etc.

  • Milenda July 17, 2015, 8:38 am

    My main issue would be no air movement! The windows don’t appear to open so there would be no air circulation. Otherwise it looks nice.

  • Pam September 4, 2015, 10:48 pm

    Sorry, this style isn’t for me at all.

  • Janet. Switzer November 5, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Love all this tiny houses looking for perfad too have for my husband and i to live in full time. Looking for the best before I can make a plan i need to know prices and will they deliver to South Carolina? ? And all plans must be one level bedroom. I am handicapped. Thank you .God Bless. Janet

  • Kim September 14, 2016, 6:19 am

    Love the kanga houses. Their great for any plan

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN March 7, 2017, 8:30 pm

    Hay nice pool cabana, or at least that is what they use to call them…! I could see living in one of these down by the beach, it would be perfect for me….

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 8, 2017, 9:16 am

      Definitely a nice spot!

  • ROSEE March 13, 2017, 11:57 am

    N-I-C-E! Love the designs and a great idea for weekend guests or relations!

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