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She Built A Beautiful Tiny Cottage on Silts in Texas


This is the final complete build by Christine of Plum Construction, although she’s working on another project! LaLa’s Seaesta is a gorgeous black little house in Galveston, Texas just a couple blocks from the beach.

While the main living area of this house is awesome — with a full kitchen and bath, downstairs Master and upstairs loft bedroom — it’s the hidden under-the-house patio that really makes it special. You’ll find a hanging swing bed, a bar with swing seats, a projector screen, hammock and outdoor shower! Truly a special place to hang out.

Plus back upstairs in the little house, you’ll discover that the breakfast nook transforms into a full-sized bed with lovely window views by just sliding the ottoman over. How neat! Book your stay on Airbnb here, or contact the builder here.

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It’s A Seaside Cottage On Stilts by Christine of Plum Construction in Galveston, Texas

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

You walk into this brightly-colored, welcoming space.

Large comfortable couch and a signature Plum Construction breakfast nook.

Look! Now the nook is a full-sized bed.

The kitchen has everything you need for family meals.

That’s the ottoman that makes the nook into a bed.

Loft bedroom is perfect for the kids.

And downstairs in the Master bedroom.

Look at the awesome reclaimed wood!

Bathroom has a great walk-in shower.

Seating for two on the patio.

But here’s where things get interesting!

Ta-da! Look at this space.

Swing on the bed and watch a movie.

Have dinner or a midnight snack.

Rinse off after a trip to the beach.

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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, 8:29 am

    What a fantastic job, well done. The lower level is an added bonus ( you could live down there ). I appreciate the fact that it is not on wheels. Well done

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      August 3, 2020, 12:06 pm

      I thought the lower part was so neat!

  • Avatar Kathleen Schweickert
    August 3, 2020, 8:43 am

    What was the cost of this cute little home.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      August 3, 2020, 12:05 pm

      I’m not sure. Christine built it, but she sold it with the lot so I’m sure it depends on the price of the land. You can always contact her for a quote though if you already have land 🙂

  • Avatar Beverly
    August 3, 2020, 11:33 am

    I too would like an estimate. I know there are variables such as finishes and labor costs but a ballpark figure would be helpful!!!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      August 3, 2020, 12:04 pm

      I think it’s a bit tricky because Christine built this and then sold it with the lot — so the price would be largely dependent on the cost of land here.

  • Avatar Patricia
    August 3, 2020, 1:05 pm

    I love the house design, but I would have to find someplace where it would not need to be on stilts, other than that personal issue this is perfection for a lot of people. Have always loved the shotgun houses you see in New Orleans.

    • Avatar James D.
      August 10, 2020, 1:59 am

      You mean Pier and Beam Foundations (sometimes called Post and Beam)… Generally, just avoid areas that flood often enough to have that part of the building codes. Though, high ground is an alternative if that’s an option in the local topography…

      While designs can also put a garage below with walls that can rip away to let water flow through when it does flood and not endanger the structure but otherwise keep it looking like a regular first floor the rest of the time…

  • Avatar Claude
    August 3, 2020, 2:59 pm

    Looks like everyone around built on stilts. If she built the house herself, my hat off to her, she did a real professional job.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      August 5, 2020, 10:32 am

      Yes I believe the stilts are required in that area. It’s lovely!

  • August 3, 2020, 3:11 pm

    Same basic design so the need for the 1/2 bath and W/D stack unit remains the only issue. Nice cangeoption on the cabinets and having the cabinet depth fridge makes all the diference in small homes.

  • Avatar S. Roberson
    August 3, 2020, 4:28 pm

    Wow! Christine’s place is awesome.

  • Avatar aydene t Militello
    August 3, 2020, 5:12 pm

    One of the best efforts I’ve ever seen. No wheels makes a big difference. The space and the colors are a perfect put together. Bravo! The open living space underneath is a great idea.

  • Avatar Edie
    August 16, 2020, 10:39 am

    So lovely and much to admire…but…I see very little storage built in, no closet anywhere. Thank you.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      August 17, 2020, 10:07 am

      I think because she built these as vacation rentals, she didn’t focus as much on long-term storage needs.

  • Avatar Tammy Winter
    August 16, 2020, 12:31 pm

    It’s been a long time since I got excited by small house design and function. This place checks off all the boxes for me. LOVE IT!!! -T. Winter , Pennsylvania

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      August 17, 2020, 10:06 am

      So glad you love it 🙂

  • Avatar Eric
    August 20, 2020, 12:03 am

    …with walls that can rip away

    Blimey, reading that I heard the sound of velcro being ripped apart… LOL

  • Avatar Bonnie
    August 24, 2020, 6:02 pm

    Are the plans available for purchase?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      August 25, 2020, 1:18 pm

      Not that I know of, but you could contact the builder. She’s quite responsive on Instagram 🙂

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