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Two Tiny Homes in One with this Duplex Cabin


While you’ll be hard-pressed to find many municipalities allowing foundation homes under 400 square feet, more and more communities are accepting in-law apartments and ADUs that allow members of the same family to live on the same property. These duplex plans could be a great way to give in-laws or kids their own space while still keeping a small footprint.

This design has two mirror-image tiny homes glued together to look like a single-family dwelling. Each 340 square foot side has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, downstairs bedroom, and upper loft. The homes are sleek and modern, with plenty of windows for natural light. Would this setup work for you?

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This 680-sq.-ft. Cabin has Two Units! Rent one out, and live in the other? Or make it a family cabin?

Lots of clean lines inside this little home.

The big windows open for fresh air.

The homes are mirror-images of each other.

You get all you need on each side!

How do you feel about this design?

Details:

  • 680 total conditioned space (both suites)
  • 1 bedroom per suite
  • 1 bath per suite
  • 1 loft per suite
  • 340 sq. ft. per suite
  • Dimensions: 20’ X 38’
  • Wall height: 9’-0”
  • 2×6 R-21 + walls
  • Trussed R-49 + roof
  • Insulated slab foundation
  • Mini-split heating & cooling
  • Tankless water heating
  • Wood or gas fireplace, optional
  • International Residential Code compliant
  • Instant PDF download
  • License to build one house

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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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  • May 9, 2022, 10:51 am

    Love the lines on this house. The concept reminds me a little of the houses in New Orleans

  • Ray
    May 9, 2022, 12:28 pm

    Thanks for including floor plans. They are a great addition to the article.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 10, 2022, 2:36 pm

      Thanks, Ray! Whenever the builder provides them, I include them!

  • May 9, 2022, 5:02 pm

    Conceptually a great use of space. materials and appliance packages leave a lot of leeways to determine cost. It would be a great unit for the duplex shotgun systems of the French Quarter. It even has me thinking about how to adapt two of my designs to duplexes.

  • Margaret C. McCauley
    May 9, 2022, 5:44 pm

    I like the idea of the duplex but I do not like at all the tiny one wall kitchen or the 3 piece bathroom right across from the kitchen. I understand the need for careful use of space avoiding “halls”. But stealing space from one corner of the living room to make an L kitchen layout would leave only a short hall by the bathroom. Adding a tub might be possible with a bit of extra room.

  • Diane Harvey
    May 10, 2022, 10:24 am

    just what my daughter and I are looking for!!

  • shirley williams
    May 10, 2022, 10:27 am

    GOOD MORNING! THIS IS WONDERFUL! I’M GETTING READY TO COMMITT TO BUYING A TINY HOME IN TEXAS. WHEN I SEE THESE, IT MAKES ME WANT TO CHOOSE ALL OVER AGAIN!!! THESE HOMES LOOK PERFECT!! ALWAYS!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!— SHIRLEY WILLIAMS

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 10, 2022, 2:34 pm

      So happy we could inspire you, Shirley!

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