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336 Sq. Ft. Modular Prefab Micro House: WeeHouse by Alchemy Architects


This custom built modular prefab home has the most amazing windows I think you will enjoy.

Built in 2003 for approximately $60,000 by Geoffrey Warner and his team.

A humble little abode is where a violinist of the Minnesota Orchestra finds a peaceful off-grid retreat with her family.

WeeHouse Modern Prefab Micro House

Exterior of the Micro Home in the Snow

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Amazing Modern and Space Saving Kitchen

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Window View with Fireplace

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Hidden sleeping areas

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Floor Plan

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Image credits: Alchemy Architects

How Would You Use this Home?

This design would make a great backyard guest house but it would also work great as a main house for simple living whether it’s in the form of a studio apartment, garage conversion, or modern cabin in the woods.

If it were up to me (and I had unlimited funds to work with) I’d buy a plot of land on the beach to put it on for full time beachfront living (the simple way). How about you?

What do you think of this modern prefab house? What would you use it for exactly? Is there anything you would add or change? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Avatar Alberto

    Where is the bathroom? 🙂 Aside of that I love it.

    • Avatar Byron

      Look out the window. See that cluster of trees……

    • Avatar Gord.

      Called a ( one holer) 😉

  • Avatar Janine

    Lovely windows. As an avid kayaker I would put it right beside the Ottawa River in Beachburg, Ontario Canada so I could paddle from the shore to the middle channel and find some rapids.

    • Avatar Alex

      Sounds lovely Janine, thanks!

  • Avatar Brian Ansorge

    60 THOUSAND bucks?

    Geesh! Where’d all the money go?

    Mini or micro budget, not!

    • Avatar Alex

      Brian I think it’s because they paid architects and builders to do it all for them. And I bet that figure didn’t even include the land. But expenses on materials alone was probably not too bad. $60k likely includes construction labor, designers, etc.

  • Avatar Brian Ansorge

    [and NO bathroom!]

    Value = FAIL

  • Avatar Alex

    In the first photo there seems to be an outhouse structure you can see off to the right. I wish it had a bathroom w/ shower inside.

    • Avatar Cooltruth

      That outhouse looked like it had a lot more privacy than the main house had, to do what has to be done in an outhouse. It looks pretty inside. Other than lack of any privacy due to the extra large windows…

  • Avatar Patrick

    Pretty design…. has some good things going for it. But a dwelling structure of that size and expense ought to have at least a small bath of some kind included. Definitely a design overlook, from my vantage point. I’d dispense with the upper bunk bed and cabinetry below, placing at least a half-bath in that corner. Either that, or shorten the generous kitchen counter top and locate a bath where the stove presently sits, so as to share a common wet wall. Guess it all depends on what the owner wants: appearance or function, or both.

  • Avatar Carol Taylor

    Are those quadruple paned windows?

  • Avatar Joni

    How does one get pricing info on these homes? Where is the bathroom and can these homes be built in a city lot? I live in Austin Texas

  • Avatar CathyAnn

    I think a place like that could be built quite inexpensively, and all of that glass on the two ends isn’t necessary for the design. All of that length of kitchen isn’t very well utilized to my way of thinking. A small toilet/shower could be installed on one side so that all plumbing is in one wall.

    The high bunk bed is a waste of space.

    I really like the design overall. With a few changes in layout, I could live in one of these full time.

  • It reminds me of another house.
    http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/products/mica#ad-image-0

    It is a really nice. I think it would make for an excellent artist studio.

  • I like the way it gets your creative mind going. I would put a wet bath where the bunk is and turn the bed facing out so you can walk down each side to get in, add a closet between the two and finish with giant sliding walls (doors) to hide each of these areas. Easy Peasy. I would imagine this home vould be built for less than the amount stated with a little know how.

  • Avatar Jenifer

    The change that I would make is to put the bed-wall into a closet/bathroom space.

    The closet would then hold our bedding (since we sleep japanese style on futons that we put away during the day), then it would also provide any additional storage that we would need.

    We live on the floor otherwise, so it would be great.

    That being said, we have found that having a bedroom — a place that we can close off — is often helpful. DH needs his “ALONE TIME!!!!!!” (he usually freaks out like that), and so he goes into the bedroom and closes the door. I don’t know what his issue is, but he can’t seem to block out DS’s play-chatter like I can. I actually enjoy it as “background music.”

  • Avatar vstanley

    60K without bath,HA!!!
    Its too blank for my taste.
    In certain climates flat roofs and open underneath dont work.Fail.

  • Avatar Paul

    Lessee! Floor to ceiling glass… outside snow… no curtains for floor to ceiling glass. Epic Fail! What kind of nut would do that? Oh, sorry, forgot, American Architects! //

  • Avatar Doc

    It seems some missed that this was for a family, so you cannot simply dismiss the second bed, or your sleeping with the kids!

    Still, for that price, you really should have a loo! At least a pot to p– in! Yes, it has an outhouse, that’s a long, really long walk at midnight, in January, in hip deep snow here in Michigan. Needs a pot!

    Love the windows, just not practical for anyplace that is cold enough to get much snow. They are always so pretty but act as a whole in the wall for heat loss.

    Nice modern design, just not for me.
    Hope the family likes it just fine.

    • Avatar Princess Mom

      They must be practical windows, since this home is in Minnesota. We got five feet of snow this year. I don’t think you need curtains if you don’t have any neighbors. It really should have a bathroom, though.

  • I have discovered Tularosa, New Mexico…a place of vineyards, wineries. and beautiful old adobe houses. It is an old Mexican village that is quite and a perfect place for my art. A perfect place to create and build a small house and studio. A lot of great ideas on this site……thanks!

  • Avatar katydidit

    Wow lilt kitchen! Bit of a stretch if that is the bathroom facilities outside! What about lighting, not that much is needed except at nite. I’d be in on having such a space at a beach area.

  • Avatar Liz

    I will never understand why anyone would ever build something like this without a bathroom. Without one, it’s a complete waste.

  • Avatar david

    would look better with a pointed roof

  • Avatar Cynthia

    After seeing this all that quickly came to mind was that Charmin’ commercial with the bears going behind a tree with the TP hanging on a limb. Seriously? Love the look but not for me with no toilee!

  • Avatar Brian

    At first sight I said Weeeee, a design I liked. Than I noticed the Wee house has no Wee house which for $60k is a Wee bit expensive. Their website have many options listed for the Wee house but a Wee house is not mentioned. This is a Wee bit unfortunate as they wont sell many Wee houses without a Wee house. Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Australia

  • Avatar Nicole

    sixty THOUSAND??

  • Avatar Jeremy

    I’ve always loved this house as it was probably the single most influential dwelling that got me interested in small houses. From a practical standpoint I would add a washroom, but I love this house.

  • Avatar rusty

    It is a nice box ! I like that it’d be a nice place to hang out in with the fire going and so on . I’m sure some design flaws to us aren’t a problem for the owner . I like it .

  • Avatar Hans @ Qberry Farm

    I think they wasted the space that could have been used for shower and toilet on the front deck. With this design just open the sliding glass and the whole building is a deck.
    To prevent radiant heat loss at night I would put a reflective role up on each side.

  • Avatar LK

    Love the house, love the furniture, need inside toilet since bladder, eye sight, & memory might fail on the restroom hike. As a person who has difficulty with some home decor that is distracting (what is comforting to many is a problem – I have a problem focusing) I love clean lines and see great beauty in it. However, when I visit homes that have more in the way of decor, I also find that beautiful. I just know that I cannt live with it.

    The home looked lonely to me at first, but then I saw the home surrounded by snow, and wow – how beautiful. I appreciate the ideas that I find on this website – some are for me, some are not – but I am grateful on this Thanksgiving day for those who share their homes. As Gary said, a lot of great ideas in this home.

  • Avatar Dick

    I love it, I’d buy three, one for kitchen/living, two for bedrooms, connect them with skywalks and place them at beach or lakefront property.

  • Avatar kristina nadreau

    This house was years years ago on a pricey piece of property. It was the beginning of the “wee house” designs. they used SIPs which should have been cheap. I love the location and glass. The interior design sucks, because there is none. No bath or closets, no water in kitchen…… This is a shoebox with 2 beds. Apparently it was unique at the time it was conceived and built. Compared to the beautifully designed and crafted Tiny and Small houses we see now, this is a complete loss. She could easily add water by drilling a well and a septic. How about going all out and getting some electricity???? Solar if the cost of running lines in the country is too great…. some interior design which included a bath and storage, and even comfortable seating is possible. I wonder if the woman still lives in it like this. These pictures were taken in 2003, when it was new.

  • Avatar Susanne

    Yeah after adding everything Kristina just mentioned it’s how much beyond $60,000?!? Not including the land. This isn’t saving money. Expensive as a regular home but lacking the footage.

  • Avatar Rich

    When I first saw this “weehouse” years ago I thought it was decent and simple but by now I would think that the architect/builders would have offered up some improvements to make it more livable and a better value. Here are my suggestions: put a wet bath where the single loft bed and the closet are located; replace the double bed w/a small kitchenette next to the wet bath (with shared plumbing); line the opposite end wall with one or two “murphy” beds. Reduce the glass wall to one, 8ft wide (triple glazed) flanked by 2 closets facing South. Voila! You might even be able to reduce its cost. See tumbleweed’s Mica or Jay Shafer’s original z-glass model for more ideas.

  • Avatar AVD

    If you click on the architect’s link in the article you can see more pictures. One shows the prefab unit being delivered on a flatbed trailer to the construction site. There is ample room left on the truck bed to accommodate a longer unit that would have easily been sufficient to include a 3-fixture bathroom and other amenities. One-off prefabs are still relatively expensive, but the unit-price drops if the design goes into full production and multi-units are fabricated. The crane capacity may be the other limiting factor. But the crane in the photo looks like it was capable of lifting and placing a unit that would have been 10-12 feet longer.

  • Avatar Laura

    For 60k there should be a great bathroom & sauna.

  • Avatar María Cristina Negrón Martínez

    I like very much the architecture, but it´s very expensive and…with no bathroom inside! Can´t understand that.

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