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She Built A 688-sq.-ft. Cottage w/ Tiny House Style


Katie’s Kottage, designed and built by Christine Plum of Plum Construction, is a perfect example of a small vacation home with oodles of style.

At 688 square feet, the house features a front porch, breakfast nook and even under-the-stairs reading cubby that doubles as a single bed. Up a grand staircase you’ll find one queen canopy bed, and then downstairs is a second queen bedroom. The compact kitchen in the back of the house has everything you’ll need to cook up a meal!

The cottage sits in Galveston, Texas, and is available for rent on Airbnb. To contact Christine about your own tiny house build in this area, you can go to her website.

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Katie’s Kottage by Plum Construction in Galveston, Texas

We interviewed the designer/builder, Christine Plum, want to listen in as you enjoy this post?

Large living room for gatherings.

The book nook under the stairs doubles as a single bed.

Or climb into the mini loft to read.

Plenty of pillows make this a cozy spot.

Look at those grand exposed beams!

The staircase leads to the upstairs bedroom.

View from the top of the stairs.

A four-post canopy bed looks magical upstairs.

Perfect cozy breakfast nook.

The petite kitchen with all the necessary appliances.

It sits right next to the bedroom.

Here’s the downstairs bathroom.

While Christine has put a clawfoot tub here, the new owner of the Airbnb added this stand-up shower.

The grand Master bedroom with mini-split AC system.

Great use of a pocket door between the bathroom and bedroom.

And outside is this lovely patio area!

Highlights:

  • 688 square feet
  • Cathedral Ceiling, giving it a rustic/modern aesthetic.
  • Front Loft area complete with Bluetooth Vinyl record player (selection of current and retro classics Vinyls)
  • Reading Nook A selection of books and games provided
  • 2 Full Beds, Sofa and single bed in reading nook. Pillows and linens provided.
  • The second story loft bedroom, accessible by stairs, features a custom canopy full size bed beneath a 35 foot exposed beam ceiling.
  • Smart TV (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Ect.)
  • Bathroom includes a fully-enclosed shower (we provide shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bath linens and hair dryer)
  • The kitchen includes a refrigerator, electric stove (we provide pot & pans), SMEG coffee maker, microwave, kettle, plates, cups, mugs, wine glasses, eating and cooking utensils, etc.
  • Luggage storage available in closet and under beds
  • Private outdoor space includes outdoor lounge area, charcoal grill, additional lawn chairs, corn hole game)
  • The house is located in a quiet residential area, just off of the city’s main streets.
  • The private driveway can accommodate 1 car.

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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 Bob H.
    August 3, 2020, 8:36 am

    Wow, this builder gets it. Beautiful small houses. Not sure which one I like better. Maybe this one, raise it up and finish the lower level like the first.

  • Avatar Debbie L
    August 3, 2020, 11:23 am

    LOOKS INCREDIBLE! Would love to see a blueprint of this beautifully designed home.

  • August 3, 2020, 11:40 am

    You realize this is the perfect Alleyway rental for ‘Frisco, Puget Sound and New Orleans right? I can see it on a barge in the Portland water community or in the Delta or East Bay. The kitchen is almost too tight for fulltime living but with a pull out drawer type D/W under the sink would work slick. For that senior couple with visiting grandkids it would be a chore to get them to go home. With this many beds, a half bath/utility with W/D needs to be added somewhere, possibly in the entry have a hall with powder room split W/D and entry closet under that loft? You could use a commode with the built in sink on the tank? It’s a VERY RARE thing for me to find a small home that hits all of my buttons and THIS is probably as close to perfect as it gets. Plumb Tiny House is now my preffered builder/designer because she gets it, how to maake a home look like the classiest house in the ‘hood.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      August 3, 2020, 12:03 pm

      She truly did a fantastic job. I love how she made something new fit in with the “old” around it.

    • August 3, 2020, 12:16 pm

      I forgot to add when the sea rise overcomes this part of Texas later this century, this unit footprint will allow it to be trailerd to any high ground and saved. Can you immagine where this could go if ever a Park Model manufacturer had foresight, or even a shred of decency with the ability to ignore the GREED instinct? But alas, the OWNERS of manufacturing don’t live in their product much like the OWNERS of a certain political party have no care for unemployed or homeless…Or health issues for that matter with their leader crying HOAX with every new fact.IMHO…

      • Avatar J. Fanizza
        August 3, 2020, 2:19 pm

        Bill Burgess, why do you have the need to bring politics into everything. I just love this site, have watched everyone sent. First time I have written anything. because it just ticks me off that some cannot leave it alone no matter what. (And I am a huge politics follower)

        This home is so fresh and clean. Adding into my collection of favorits.

      • Avatar James D.
        August 4, 2020, 3:36 am

        Don’t confuse politics with facts, as the act of politicizing is the same as committing a hoax because it ignores the facts in favor of pushing a political agenda that ultimately doesn’t care what the facts are…

        Like in any other context, the wholesale lumping of people into a stereotyped grouping would be called an act of discrimination but that shows how the truth gets lost in politics in favor of political agendas and justifying them… So the actual truth can be very different from what you’ve been led to believe…

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
          August 5, 2020, 10:26 am

          I agree with J. — let’s talk about the tiny homes 🙂 And only the politics relevant to getting tiny living legal in more places! Woohoo!

  • Avatar S. Roberson
    August 3, 2020, 4:37 pm

    This is the second one of Christine’s I’ve seen. They are great!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      August 5, 2020, 10:26 am

      She’s truly fantastic.

  • Avatar Stephan of Arkansas
    August 3, 2020, 11:04 pm

    The designer and contractor/craftsmen/craftswomen of this house are SERIOUSLY TALENTED! If I didn’t have terrible arthritis in my knees, I would love to have this house. But, as a gentle suggestion, I would put a desk/work station under the stairs instead of a reading nook/bed. These comments are respectfully submitted.

    • August 3, 2020, 11:19 pm

      Yes that’s an issue. But as I stated this unit is made for families and grandparents with frequent grandkid populations. I suggested a 1/2 bath and stack W/D on the entry porch as one bath is not enough for more than two. I would also change out the kitchen range for a cook top and micro/Convection with vented hood over so a D/W could be used below. This would make a great Prk Model in a mobile Home setting as well as put on a 16′ X 40’barge for a floater in a marine setting. Any of the Plum houses are a natural for factory production….They have no fear(Plum Construction) as the OWNERS of factories do not live in what their plants build and would never consider being progressive. I imagine in a factory setting these units could be built in the range of $80 sqft with all of aminities pretty profitably as beer cans are about $50 sqft now.

  • August 5, 2020, 11:05 am

    The point was still valid, these type units can be relocated with relitive ease and costs making one more segment of value that a LOT of Galveston and all coastal areas will not have. As a nation we are going to need a BUNCH of Tiny Texas Houses Salvage training to secure a majority of the oldest and best of past buildings. IMHO…

    • Avatar James D.
      August 6, 2020, 2:55 am

      No, these aren’t small enough to be moved with relative ease and affordable cost…

      Even actual mobile homes/manufactured houses aren’t that easy to move, requiring special permitting, special license, site prep, etc. and can get expensive quick if you have to move them very far, especially anything bigger than a double wide, which is why most are never moved… Even moving a single wide within 50 miles will cost over $5000… Never mind triple and quad wide models, even though they can be taken apart…

      Unlike this house, which is all one piece and 2 stories tall from the first floor… and wherever you put it will still require a foundation…

      Closest to relative ease and cost would be a Park Model RV because they don’t exceed 400 Sq Ft and always have wheels. But they’re only built to the ANSI code and thus don’t meet most residential building code standards, which is one of the reasons why it’s illegal for them to be bigger than 400 Sq Ft as otherwise then they have to switch to HUD and actually meet an official residential building code standard to qualify for a certificate of occupancy to be legal to live in full time.

      While it’s RV manufactures who generally don’t use their own product… Many of the Manufactured House companies build for their employees, along with also making modular houses, which are just factory build residential homes. So have a lot more overlap with traditional housing market.

      • Avatar Bill Burgess
        August 6, 2020, 3:27 am

        As I design and live in a Park Model I recognize size restrictions and moving issues, the sqft of these units add the upper floors to the 400 sqft first floor and other than the steel frame they are set on, these units as a whole are much stroger that a Park Model. Yes there will be a lot of expense to move them, but they are sized to move better than most conventional homes. The scenerio was moving to escape sea rise, most homes will be a total loss but not these gems, they will have a long life and value.

  • Avatar Penny
    August 7, 2020, 12:04 am

    Last time I checked unless small enough and light enough to be moved easily by a fairly standard sized pickup (most people don’t own the heavy duty equipment required to move something like a mobile home) this isn’t going to get out of Galveston area before a hurricane hits. Roads are clogged with people trying to get to higher ground. Sometimes even then they can’t out fast enough tragically. Assuming these are built structurally well enough to stand a lot of wind rain and water and have good insurance. Like this design, just for me need 1 story. I have to see if she has floor plans on website. For elderly could put walk in tub. Like pantry in kitchen!

    • August 7, 2020, 10:53 am

      Penny you might check out my http://www.tugboatwilly.com site for plnning as a lot of what I put into my small home book series I share here. Almost everyting I deign has 1 1/2 Bath and pantry an I specify On deman H/W as well as a D/W and W/D is every unit for seniors. These Plum homes give an excellent Idea of proportion and style that can be obtained in that 400 sqft footprint. Usually I am more energy orientated with glass areas as most of my designs are for senior Mobile Parks and have very little views available so big windows are not required. The wonderful homes by Plum are meant to blend with the Galveston Victorian home styles and do it very well thus the window area is keeping in character. My comments bout the possibility of moving them was due to sea rise only and meant as a possible salvage operation.

  • Avatar Chris Winter
    August 21, 2020, 4:32 pm

    Really smart design and floor plan. Beautiful finish work too.

  • Avatar Nancy Bilzing
    August 22, 2020, 5:46 am

    Love the house but I can’t do stairs.
    What I really want to know is the name of that beautiful color on the bottom cabinets in the kitchen!?!?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      August 23, 2020, 12:50 pm

      I wish I knew! But you could probably contact the builder and ask her. She’s very responsive on Instagram.

  • Avatar Maria Kentala
    August 22, 2020, 6:09 am

    Nice house. But under the stairs I would have made that a closet.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      August 23, 2020, 12:50 pm

      Oh that’s a great idea.

  • August 22, 2020, 12:09 pm

    Maria if it were a full time residence I too would have used that space for a 1/2 bath and found room for a combined Washer/Dryer unit maybe. We had one of those W/D combined units in our last Motor Home and it was fine for two old folks. as we aged, we found we needed about 1/3 the clothes we though we needed and now a lot of my designs don’t even show closets as Armoires are more versatile and can be changed out as decore dictates. Even Wardrobes seem a better choice in these small 400 sqft homes as there is still some great antique units to be had with amazing colors and patinas. My lighthouse model has a wardrobe on casters that can be moved from the dressing area of the Master Bath to any room in the house as all doorways are 36″ wide in my designs. Take a look at http://www.tugboatwilly.com and you can see how this Plum Construction buildout lends itself to that factory style design system. She builds like factory homes should be built, style, craftmanship and terrific function….It will be interesting to see how they fare after the twin hurricanes as they may take a direct hit. I hope Nat and Alex do a followup.

  • Avatar Donna Rae
    August 22, 2020, 2:43 pm

    Definitely lots of great style! Love the finishes and color. LOVE that there is a bedroom on the lower floor. As someone who is getting older at what seems like the speed of light, ground floor bedrooms are the only way to go since stairs and ladders, though still doable, will become problematic in the future. No need for wheelchair access but second floor anything is not practical. I would like to make one change in the kitchen and not sure how to do it but a corner cabinet with carousels in each corner would be helpful for storage purposes (I’m thinking of it as a full-time residence and not a B&B). Perhaps a smaller stove would help in that corner but getting rid of a full-sized refrigerator would not be good. A floor plan could reveal how it could be adjusted. That little reading nook with a ladder is charming but completely useless to me. Just little tweaks like that would make full-time living more convenient. This would be perfect to put in the backyard of your kids so you could have privacy and independence while knowing that assistance, if needed, is close. I’d like to see more small houses like this that are geared to those who have some difficulties with stairs. Overall, this small house is a real gem with lots of beautiful style!

  • August 22, 2020, 3:33 pm

    Donna you might look at my http://www.tugboatwilly.com site as I specify a LOT of what this wonderful Plum Construction masterpiece has to offer. I agree on the kitchen but in reality itis only a one person space, replacing the stove with a induction cooktop and a micro/convection over would leave space for the Dishwasher most seniors need. Taking away the lofts is also a good idea for seniors as well as turning that understairs sleeping into a powder room with an all in one Washer/Dryer. Although the side wall in the bedroom was not shown it probably has a conventional closet which I substitute an antique Wardrobe and an Armiore for… but it’s pretty much my standard ‘J” Wall idea published earlier this year. I had been using the design since our 2008 trip to Galveston and viewing some Shotgun housing in New Orleans, while doing the eight year research for the book series.

  • Avatar Donna Rae
    November 8, 2020, 8:14 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. Nice finishes and materials throughout and so livable! Honestly, it is perfect except for one thing…the kitchen is shockingly small. I’ve seen larger kitchens in 200 sq. ft. tiny homes. It’s adorable but too small for the size of the home. Too small for almost any size home. I love everything except that. Nicely done, for sure.

  • Avatar Laura J Smyser
    November 9, 2020, 7:01 am

    The house is great but look at the one next door that is in disrepair.

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