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Steve’s 400 sq. ft. Cabin Off Big Twin Lake in Winthrop, Washington

This is Steve’s 400 sq. ft. Cabin off Big Twin Lake in Winthrop, Washington that he built as a retirement home.

In order to build just fifty feet from the lakeside, Steve had to build “tiny” and so he has his cabin on a 20 ft. by 20 ft. slab. The self-contained space has a composting toilet and shower in the bathroom, pull down stairs to bed loft with window dormer, and handmade furniture that includes a futon bed.

Steve said it’s built with a log post structure and 6” walls covered with 1” styrofoam and stucco. His kitchen has an apartment size fridge and range and he enjoys a built-in indoor-outdoor sound system including a sub-woofer. Best of all? There’s a dock for relaxing or fishing!

If you have questions for Steve, ask in the comments!

Related: Little Sunriver Cabin in Central Oregon

Steve’s 400 sq. ft. Cabin Off Big Twin Lake in Winthrop, Washington

Images via Steve

Awesome exposed log beams and groovy furniture.

Great bar seating by a picture window and quaint tiny kitchen.

Looking from the couch out to the deck.

Love the stone wall. Masonry is just lovely!

Backyard patio with a fire pit for roasting marshmallows.

How cute is this little cabin on the lake?

There’s your dock for relaxing for fishing!

Images via Steve

Related: 493 Sq. Ft. Fawnskin Cabin

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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 three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Janine Sherman
    May 26, 2017, 3:54 pm

    What your price which include land and dock. Just where located and had power or is total off grid.

    • Eric
      May 29, 2017, 4:25 am

      Janine, it isn’t for sale. He built it as a retirement home. And I reckon that a lot of his costs may have included scrounged recycled materials to boot.

      And, seeing that there doesn’t appear to be any solar panels on the roof, or showing on a ground based stand I’d say that he is probably on grid.

      • Steve
        May 30, 2017, 11:09 pm

        Yes we are currently on the grid.

        • Kavio Miles
          August 25, 2021, 1:50 pm

          Was thinking of doing the same in winthrop or twisp. What laws did you have to follow and permits ?

  • Marc
    May 26, 2017, 4:46 pm

    Great footprint and lovely looking tiny house.
    With all the metal roof surface, I am surprised not to see any rainwater catchment. Is that on purpose or yet to come?

    • Steve
      May 30, 2017, 11:02 pm

      Thanks Marc. we can easily get three feet of snow in the winter months so gutters are not really an option. The 7/12 roof pitch helps to shed snow at a rate of about six inches on its own.

  • Diane the Designer
    May 26, 2017, 7:47 pm

    This is an adorable cottage. I like the wood tones as I get tired of all white interiors. This one has warmth and charm. Nice areas to sit outside too. Beautiful trees to break the breeze off the water. Nicely done.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 29, 2017, 4:17 pm

      I love wood tones 🙂 White makes me sad!

  • Jackie orszulak
    May 26, 2017, 8:23 pm

    Steves 400 ft cabin
    Live it! Price?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 29, 2017, 4:16 pm

      It’s not for sale, I’m afraid. It’s his retirement home that he shared with us to enjoy looking at and taking inspiration from 🙂

  • Linda Tracy
    May 27, 2017, 8:28 pm

    Another I love

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 29, 2017, 4:08 pm

      Me too 🙂

  • Nanny M
    May 28, 2017, 5:16 am

    So beautiful, inside and out!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 29, 2017, 2:33 pm

      Agreed 🙂

  • Keith S
    May 28, 2017, 8:35 am

    Nicely done. I have been planning on doing exactly the same thing in Winthrop. How was it getting such a small house permitted? I’d love to talk to you further about your experience.

  • Steve
    May 30, 2017, 11:07 pm

    Sure Keith, you can message me on FB under Steve Stafford (Burlington WA)

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