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She Built A Beautiful Tiny Cottage on Stilts 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 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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  • 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
      August 3, 2020, 12:06 pm

      I thought the lower part was so neat!

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

    What was the cost of this cute little home.

    • 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 🙂

  • 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
      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.

      • Jessica
        November 19, 2020, 1:17 am

        How much did the house sell for?

        • Natalie C. McKee
          November 19, 2020, 1:23 pm

          I’m not sure. She sold another one that was similar for $235,000. But that price could easily change depending on the exact location.

  • 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.

    • 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…

  • 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
      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.

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

    Wow! Christine’s place is awesome.

  • 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.

  • 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
      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.

  • 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
      August 17, 2020, 10:06 am

      So glad you love it 🙂

  • 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

  • Bonnie
    August 24, 2020, 6:02 pm

    Are the plans available for purchase?

    • 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 🙂

  • Elizabeth Marchak
    December 16, 2020, 8:57 am

    Very nicely done. Love the open down-under space and the nook as a kind of “away” space. The long sofa is a fabulous use of space. As someone who lives on a beach, however, I wonder about the wisdom of a black house in such a hot area. It’s extremely attractive and I’m sure it’s well insulated, but I suspect it attracts more heat than a lighter-colored home. Also, guests/renters need a few cubbies for storage.

  • SLA
    December 26, 2020, 7:28 pm

    You need to fix the headline. “Stilts” is misspelled.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      December 28, 2020, 9:23 am

      Thank you so much! Fixing now.

  • Husabergchamp
    November 22, 2021, 9:32 pm

    Someone mentioned flooding. I have a friend who has a getaway in the Florida Keys and most of his neighbors are also on stilts. The issue he and others recently had was the huge storm and flooding. Everyone got complacent and turned their area underneath into living areas with appliances, beds, carpeting, and many other amenities. All destroyed in the floods and now the insurance companies and the inspectors are being strict about restrictions limiting all those things. The end of a good thing I guess? The inspectors are being very hard nosed on what they will and will not allow. No living spaces!

  • Jauna L. Beeks
    November 23, 2021, 12:34 am

    It is a very cute house. My only problem with it is when you’re in the living area, you have to stare at the kitchen. The couch looks out of place where it sits. The bottom floor is awesome, wish it was walls instead of slats though.

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