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The Saltbox by Clayton Tiny Homes (450 sq. ft.)

This is another awesome one-story build by Clayton Tiny Homes in Alabama: The 45o Sq. Ft. Saltbox Model.

If you ever get lucky enough to find beach-front property, this is the house you’ll want to build (but honestly, it would look awesome anywhere). It’s sleek and sandy-colored interior, filled with windows to let in the sunrise, makes this the ultimate retirement pad.

You may have see the Low Country model yesterday, so you know that the best part of Clayton Tiny Homes will work to get your tiny home plans approved by your local government, and to help you build according to the zoning requirements in your town so your tiny home is fully legal! They can’t change the laws, but they can help you abide by them. Have questions about what that means? You can read all about those details in their blog post here.

In the meantime, enjoy the pictures, 3D tour, and details about the Saltbox model below!

Related: The Low Country Model by Clayton Tiny Homes

The Saltbox by Clayton Tiny Homes (450 sq. ft.)

So many windows to let in the sunlight and take in the views.

Looking from the French doors to the kitchen. Love the decor.

Simple white cabinetry and seating for four at the table.

Classy subway tiles and a residential toilet in the bathroom.

Spacious master bedroom with cathedral ceilings. Lovely!

Related: The Dreamwood Humble House Park Model

Click HERE to take a 3D tour of the place. You don’t want to miss it!


  • 450 sqft. (Heated & Cooled)
  • Sleeping Accommodations for up to 4
  • Large energy efficient Ply Gem® French Doors
  • Innovative Summit Appliance® combo washer/dryer
  • Subway tile tub surround in bathroom
  • Stainless Steel Summit Appliance® range, dishwasher, & 30” refrigerator
  • 3 walls of windows in living space make for 270 degrees of view
  • Generous ceiling height in the Bedroom of 9’-5”
  • Kitchen / Living / Dining ceiling slopes from 9’-6” to 11’-0”
  • Dining room table for 6
  • Covered porches with large overhangs supported by steel brackets
  • Materials
  • Premium standing seam metal
  • Stylish vertical Ship Lap wood siding
  • Horizontal board and batten exterior Lower body / Water table
  • Beautiful 7” Oak hardwood flooring
  • Modern quartz countertops
  • Energy efficient Ply Gem® windows and doors
  • Special Features
  • Private covered porch off bedroom
  • Optional 1000 gal above ground cistern to harvest rainwater for non-potable uses

Available In These States (As of Month Listed):

  • May – Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee
  • June – Georgia, South Carolina, Iowa
  • July – North Carolina, Kentucky
  • September – Florida
  • December – Texas

Want to talk to Clayton Tiny Homes to get your own Saltbox? Contact them here.


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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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  • Kim
    June 5, 2017, 10:02 am

    I think this is so pretty. I love this. I would choose different for the ceiling, but everything else is beautiful.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 5, 2017, 3:19 pm

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  • Silver Gypsy
    June 5, 2017, 1:12 pm

    I don’t know why they are calling this a “saltbox”. The term refers to a specific type of roofline that isn’t present here. A true saltbox takes a gable roof and extends and lowers one side such that seen from a side view is asymmetric. The saltbox was a New England invention from the 1600’s, the purpose of which was to shed heavy snow loads to keep the roof from collapsing in. This build is a double shed roof. Don’t get it.

    • James D.
      June 5, 2017, 2:34 pm

      This is part of their designer series, this particular model is their beach house model… Thus the name…

      • Natalie C. McKee
        June 5, 2017, 3:11 pm

        Yes I think it has to do with the “saltiness” of the beach 🙂

      • Silver Gypsy
        June 5, 2017, 6:44 pm

        Their designer program is messing with accuracy and confusion. Re-tooling historical fact isn’t a good practice, so: How about coining something new, something fresh, and something proprietary, maybe like “Beach Box” or “Beach Buoy” or “Sea Gables” or “Ocean Dream”? Feel free to help yourself; I waiver any rights to these options in favor of the designer. Hope this helps and great luck; nice digs!

        • Natalie C. McKee
          June 6, 2017, 1:56 pm

          Something new and fresh is always great 🙂

    • Silver Gypsy
      June 6, 2017, 2:40 pm

      I think “Ocean Dream” would go well here. This place is sunny and dreamy; especially if it is located near the ocean with all those panoramic windows!
      LOVE the patio just outside the bedroom and all the windows there, too. Even if you’ve are sick in bed, you get to enjoy all of the outdoors even on a rainy or snowy day! Fabulous!

      • Natalie C. McKee
        June 7, 2017, 1:59 pm

        So true! Didn’t even think about the “sick in bed.” Also, “Ocean Dream” is a great choice!

  • Bob
    June 5, 2017, 3:18 pm

    Clayton Homes is a mobile home manufacturer. From the list of material it doesn’t sound like this uses traditional 2×4 construction, more likely typical mobile home materials.

    • Phatkhat
      July 9, 2017, 3:18 pm

      Um, Clayton makes “manufactured housing”. No one has made “mobile homes” since the HUD regulations went into effect in 1976. Clayton is probably the largest manufactured company (owned by Warren Buffet) that also owns brands such as River Birch, Schult, Buccaneer, and Southern. They also manufacture Tru homes. They range from 25K entry level Trus to 200K triple sectionals that look just like regular houses. NO homes are made with less than 2×4, 16 OC, framing on the outside walls today. Usually 2×3 24 OC are used in interior walls. Homes can be really, REALLY basic, or finished drywall with all the bells and whistles. Not a big fan of Clayton itself, but Southern and Buccaneer still build some very nice homes. Educate yourself.

      • Kim
        July 9, 2017, 3:38 pm

        Good information. Thanks, it good to know. I also had poor thoughts of the construction of mftg homes. I lived in double wide years ago. It was nice but cheaply made.

        • Phatkhat
          July 9, 2017, 3:56 pm

          A lot of stick-built homes are cheaply made, too, LOL. Interestingly, there are no wind resistance codes for stick houses, but manufactured homes must be able to sustain 70 mph winds in Zone 1 (most of the US), 100 mph in Zone 2, and 110 mph in Zone 3 – hurricane prone areas.

          And NO, I’m not a rep for any manufactured housing company or association. I’ve just done a lot of research. Manufactured homes are just like any other – the basic structure is similar, except built on steel I-beams instead of simple joist systems. Joists are 6-8 inches depending on home size, they have drywall interiors, code wiring and plumbing, and mostly the difference is in the finishing – or non-structural bells and whistles.

          After much research, we are about to purchase a 740 sq. ft. single section, which is half the size of our current home. Looking forward to the reduction in electric bills, LOL.

      • Kim
        July 10, 2017, 11:03 am

        Thanks for all the information Phatkhat. I will stop being afraid to consider a small mftg home like this one listed here. It is beautiful.

      • Brenda Mason
        March 2, 2018, 5:57 pm

        My husband & I bought a brand new Mobile Home when we got married 7/1/94. It was the newest size at that time. Not a double but ( can’t remember exactly, I had a stroke & messes with my memory) But I do remember it was the cheapest made I’d ever lived in. Within few months, door knobs fell off, main toilet came unglued, doors came off hinges, we had to file bankrupicy after trying to repair it for 5yrs. BAD

        • Brenda Mason
          June 20, 2018, 6:03 pm

          I forgot to add to my comment above, to Phatkhat, that the Mobile Home / trailer was built by Clayton Homes in Lynchburg , Va. And like I said , this was 1994.

      • Greg
        August 10, 2019, 1:32 pm

        How are you liking living in your 740 s.f. manufactured home and what make and model is it, along with cost to purchase, if you don’t mind me asking? Thanks! Greg in Texas

  • Rusty
    June 5, 2017, 4:33 pm

    Beautiful, love the kitchen, floors, and bedroom.

  • June 5, 2017, 5:19 pm

    Just love this home! I love the coziness of the living room and the openness of the kitchen! Love all the windows! Along with the set up! Even the bedroom looks like a good size! The home is very inviting! Really like it! Thank You for sharing! Enjoyed touring it! 🌻🌺🌼🌸

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 6, 2017, 1:57 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the tour!

  • Sharene
    June 5, 2017, 10:16 pm

    I may be incorrect, however from what I can see it needs to have more power outlets. I didn’t spot any in the bathroom, I would need for a hair dryer although I only use it on occassion or charging the razors, etc. Even a little nightlight . I couldn’t tell if there were any near or at the desk or the counter for any mixers or anything. Don’t know about the living room either. The only other thing was the refrigerator. I’d have to make some kind of change in the kitchen for the refrigerator to be part of the kitchen and not a seperate area.
    Other than that, I really like the house.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 6, 2017, 1:44 pm

      Good eye, Sharene! Always wise to think about outlets. I do know building codes require a certain number, so there’s a chance that when made for a client it would have the proper number and this was just because it’s a model.

    • Victoria
      September 15, 2017, 10:14 am

      Yes, there is an outlet in the bathroom and 3 outlets in the kitchen. If you take the 3D tour, you will see more than you realize. Just wish it was available in NC already.

  • LaLa
    June 6, 2017, 4:43 am

    This is lovely! The windows let in so much light that this would be bright and cheerful all year long. The layout would work beautifully for me and it appears to be much less cramped than many floor plans I’ve seen for tiny homes. I hope this will be available in Virginia soon.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 6, 2017, 1:39 pm

      Yes it’ll be great if it becomes available in even more states!

  • Liz
    June 6, 2017, 11:15 am

    This home is HUGE!! I love it. So open and fresh!!

  • Joe
    June 6, 2017, 12:40 pm

    Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 6, 2017, 1:32 pm

      I agree 🙂

  • Susanne
    June 7, 2017, 2:29 pm

    Bob, I knew I heard the name
    Previously also!

  • Delia
    June 11, 2017, 12:31 pm

    Perfect house for the Pacific Northwest. Lots of great windows and the bedroom is conveniently located. Thank you for sharing!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 12, 2017, 2:30 pm

      You are so welcome 🙂

  • Beth Plantenga
    June 11, 2017, 2:52 pm

    This house is adorable but I think I would have a wall between the kitchen and front room. Then I could have my fireplace and tv on that wall. Maybe adding more windows then in the kitchen, by the table would help. Is there a closet for the bedroom? Can basements ever be added to these homes?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 12, 2017, 2:30 pm

      Those are some good ideas! If you click on the 3D tour link above, you can see every nook and crannie of the home, too! Not sure about the basement situation, you’d have to ask the builder.

  • September 29, 2017, 12:25 pm

    Isn’t the pricing on these 2 Clayton designer series homes more that $100,000? If not what is the base price for the Saltbox?

  • sara
    October 7, 2017, 5:33 am

    This is beautiful. Plenty of space. Could use more storage areas. But the thing that worries me is the rooflines. Looking at the photos and drawings on their webpage, water would flow down the lower roof back towards the higher roof and get caught in a V right there. That’s a recipe for leaks. I just had a ceiling cave in from that same configuration. But the house is lovely.

  • Susan
    October 8, 2017, 1:28 pm

    So love this house. Sad there are so many restrictions on small/tiny foundation homes in the US. This would be absolutely perfect for me!

  • michael kiser
    October 8, 2017, 7:27 pm

    Really adore this tiny house.. its spacious feels huge with the high celings and windows.. i cannot however find any pricing anywhere online.. do you know what sort of pricing these homes start at?

  • Mary Jones
    October 20, 2017, 6:44 pm

    What category is 450 feet? It is more than a park model home which is built by RV standards.. Is this a tiny home then? Also, as an FYI, I have been working with two different salesman, separately, for building me a park model home. Each one refuses to give me the cost of a tie down, elect and water hook ups…..those things. I got to the point of asking the last one directly three times for that cost and never get one. The third time he just never wrote back. So be aware should you use them…..park-model-homes.com located out of state of Washington with warehouses around the states. Also an established community in NC called Wildflower something. Was suppose to go on auction in August. They charged $$130,000 for a hook up just to them. When asked why so very very high he said we needed to pay for keeping up the roads and landscaping…etc. somebody must have been in debt, huh?

  • PBinSC
    March 5, 2018, 9:29 am

    I have contacted Clayton numerous times for information on these homes and I have not heard a thing. They say they are available in SC but cant find a lick of info. This tells you something.

  • Rhonda Johns
    June 13, 2018, 1:16 pm

    I really liked these 2 new Clayton homes as well, until I found out the price. Best I can remember, they start at about $135,000 plus site, plus delivery, plus hook up. AND most places won’t let you have them, there are usually restrictions on size. So I gave up on that idea. I was looking for a nice but affordable home about 500 sq ft. This was not an option for me.

  • Sam
    July 6, 2018, 8:15 am

    Gorgeous but price seems high

  • Suzanne Meub
    July 19, 2018, 5:04 pm

    Salt box says New England .. glancing at the states where this model might find a home , nary a one is in New England… beef up the insulation ,Clayton Homes …. .

  • Susan Schofield
    November 22, 2020, 12:13 pm

    Where is the closet in the bedroom in the pictures? It’s in the floor plan. Lovely little house. It’s expensive though and are you expanding to California?

    • James D.
      November 24, 2020, 7:07 pm

      They’re not shown in the photos, probably because they’re optional but would be built into the wall opposite the bed… While designer Prefabs are usually not going to be cheap, they’re designed by architects and can be customized per client.

      This is one of a two part cottage designer series that’s separate from Clayton’s normal offerings… Though, costs will vary because it will be affected by where they will be placed. Since, they have to meet local building codes, be properly permitted, just like any other home, needs a foundation to be placed on, site prep, distance to be delivered, hooked up to utilities, etc.

      You’d have to contact them to see if placing one in California is an option…

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