Tiny home enthusiasts across the country are trying to find ways to make it legal to build small homes on foundations — something to call their own and something with “roots.” These “Inzu” plans are for a one loft, one-bedroom (on the ground floor) tiny home on a foundation.
The house comes in at just under 500 square feet and packs in a first-floor bedroom, a full bathroom, a kitchen with a dishwasher, and a spacious great room for living and entertaining. The loft bedroom gives you room for kids, office space, or storage. If you had land, would you pick this layout?
When ADUs became legal in a small Central Kentucky town, Janet and her son/daughter-in-law saw a great opportunity! The son and daughter-in-law own the land and larger home, and Janet lives nearby with her grandkids in a backyard cottage. It’s 320 sq. ft. with no wheels and was built by a local traditional builder.
Minus the deck her son built later, the cost for the home came in at $60,000. She furnished it with compact IKEA furniture with hidden storage and has a garden shed as well.
Janet got in touch to show us her lovely 320 square foot foundation home that was built as an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) on her son’s property in Danville, Kentucky.
Although this tiny home wasn’t Janet’s “Plan A” for a retirement home, it ended up being the best one, she says. Now she lives in her happy L-shaped home just steps from her son and teenage granddaughters. She cooks family meals a couple times a week and yet has her own private space.
Thankfully Danville recently allowed for ADUs, giving Janet this great option for retirement! See pictures of her home and read her story at the end of the post.
Kris is a Tiny House Talk reader who was willing to share her gorgeous tiny home on a foundation in Alaska with us! It’s 500 square feet, and was built by a local contractor from a Sheldon Homes design (which, unfortunately, has gone out of business EDIT: We added layout sketches which you can see below). Kris owned the land the tiny sits on outright, and after a couple years of making payments on her home, now lives debt-free!
She moved from a city apartment with neighbors sharing her walls to her cozy home in the country with her own space where she can craft and garden. There’s even a stream that runs through her property and lulls her to sleep at night.
We got to ask her some questions about her tiny life, so be sure to read our Q&A with Kris at the end of the post!
Today I wanted to introduce you to Tiny Homes Ireland, a tiny house builder in — you guessed it — Ireland. They have a couple of standard models at this time but also create custom builds upon request.
This particular home below is a tiny house on skids with a downstairs bedroom and two more loft bedrooms, including one that’s completely closed off — sneaky! You’ll find a dinette under the bathroom loft adjacent to the galley kitchen.
According to their website, their designs cost between €35,000 – €70,000 (~$41,000 – $83,000). Enjoy the photo tour below!
This is Christine’s 16 x 32 lofted barn in Leesburg, Alabama and here’s her story:
Three years ago with the kids grown I decided to quit my job of 20 years as a medical assistant and join my owner operator husband on the road full time. We found a piece of land on Weiss lake with a camper on it and talked about downsizing.
This is a Tiny Timber Chalet that was for sale in the United Kingdom back in March of 2017. This page is now archived.
It’s on skids so it can be transported by crane or truck, and it’s a lovely and simple structure with a spacious loft bedroom, full kitchen a wonderful living room space. I really love the roof design because I think it adds some much-needed headroom in the loft. Read about why and how the couple built it on the last page!
This is Rebecca Froelich’s Modern Shed Tiny Cottage in California.
She purchased a pre-fabricated home from Modern Shed and transformed it into this backyard guest cottage that’s just stunning. The little space clocks in at 364 square feet and features a huge deck for lounging and entertaining. Read the full article on Apartment Therapy.
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