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The Maiden Mansion Tiny House by Pocket Mansions

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This is the Maiden Mansion Tiny House by Pocket Mansions. From the outside, you’ll notice a gable roof with back dormers for the loft, cedar shingles, and bright purple trim. Inside, you’ll find an open floor-plan with an l-shaped couch that turns into a dinette, a loft bedroom with stairs, a kitchen with a copper sink, and a full bath. Watch the video below for more details.

The cute little cottage has 1 bed and 1 bath, but accommodates 4 people. The kitchen is fully equipped so you can cook and eat there if you wish. The living area contains a sofa that comfortably seats 4 to 6 people. There is a bed in the upstairs loft, and one downstairs in the living area. A washer and dryer make it your self-contained home away from home!

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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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  • Christa
    March 21, 2016, 11:32 am

    Very nice. As a side note, I’d be very interested in knowing the percentage of tiny homeowners that actually live in them full time. I think the numbers are quite small 🙁

    • Sandra
      March 21, 2016, 12:38 pm

      I agree. You could live in them full time if you lived in a very temperate climate with plenty of outdoor time. A 20-28 ft unit could be okay in some instances. Mine is 8.5. X 16 and I’d go stir crazy if I lived in it year round (my summer cabin). It would take a special type of family to live in those close quarters.

      • Carhy
        March 22, 2016, 12:33 am

        My current home is 18 x 8 and I have lived full time in a tiny home since 2008. I live alone – I now have one cat – I started with a standard poodle and 2 cats. I do live in a mild-ish climate (the Pacific Northwest). Can’t say I’ve ever felt stir crazy, but this lifestyle is not for everyone. I don’t know that I will live in a tiny house for the rest of my life – maybe something a bit bigger in a few years – 200-300 square feet. I like keeping things simple. I couldn’t imagine living in my house with another person!

      • Dick
        March 29, 2017, 6:30 pm

        Megan, I imagine you commented when this article first came out, but there is at least one instance of someone living in a Cypress like this one in the Wyoming mountains, not exactly a temperate climate (lol…I don’t like the cold, either). See this article: https://tinyhousetalk.com/womans-triple-axle-tumbleweed-tiny-house/. From there, check out Ariel’s blog, as she gives some good tips on insulating and winterizing a TH.

    • June 21, 2016, 7:39 pm

      Well, I can only speak for ourselves but we do! There is myself, my husband, our six year old daughter and our German Shepherd full time in our converted bus, with my stepdaughter over every fortnight. We’ve been in it full time for four months now and we don’t think we’d go back to a full sized, four bedroom house like the one we moved out from. It takes a bit of getting used to, but we love it.

      • Connie
        April 2, 2022, 2:32 pm

        Yes! 325 sq ft is more than enough for 1 person

    • William Baird
      February 22, 2017, 7:58 pm

      I know this is not presenting a percentage, but my family of 5 has been living comfortably and quite happily in 440 sq.ft. for almost 3 years now. About 88 sq.ft. per person, not counting the 3 cats and a guinea pig. We love it! In fact we are about to move our house up to the mountains with us.

      • Natalie C. McKee
        February 23, 2017, 6:24 am

        Wow that’s amazing, William! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • March 29, 2017, 10:15 pm

      I am a 61 yr old disabled widow. I built my own THOW (144 sq ft) and live in it full time and love it!!! Wish I had done it 10 years ago:)

      • Liz
        March 30, 2017, 1:58 am

        Congratulations, Dani! So glad to hear your inspiring story. You give this retired person hope that tiny living might well be possible for me.

        • Evening Iris
          November 11, 2019, 9:55 am

          Ditto, Liz. I am living in a 400 sf block-and-slab and I’d love to have my own THOW. I dream about it constantly, but the hang- up is the land. If this country ever gets straightened out, I’m hoping that THOW’s will become standard fare in every town across the whole country.

      • Dee
        December 3, 2017, 12:25 am

        Hi Dani
        I was wondering the extent of your disability and your tiny house.
        I have Muscular Dystrophy and have been designing many THOW for my “dream home” while keeping my current and thinking future challenges in mind.
        Thank you

        • December 3, 2017, 12:44 am

          You can see it from the beginning on my blog thetinyhousethatgrandmabuilt.blogspot.com
          I have spasticity, nerve damage in my cervical and lumbar spine , a spinal fracture in my thoracic spine, nerve damage in my legs and one arm. Carpal tunnel in both wrists. I use a mobility scooter and wear a brace on my right leg. I am now trying to figure out a new way to get up and down to my loft. My Ortho said I can’t use my chain hoist and climbing harness as it is irritating my hips. So time to get creative again.

        • Dee
          December 3, 2017, 2:13 am

          Thank you.
          I am curious about your chain hoist. I’ve designed all my THOW’s with a 1st floor bedroom so I would not have to deal with steps, especially when I have bad days.
          Do you have a picture of it?

    • Vivian
      December 3, 2018, 1:38 am

      I don’t live in a THOW but my place is about 350 sq ft and I’ve lived there for four years now. There are times when I do wish for a little more space…especially around the holidays when I want a huge tree, or room for more books/art. But, for the most part, I’m happy with the size I have. I do find it amusing that if I design my own THOW, for retirement, it might actually have *more* space than I use right now.

    • B
      November 17, 2019, 9:12 am

      Very late to comment …thìs one seems quite lived in.😉

  • Linton Tomlin
    March 21, 2016, 11:33 am

    I’ve seen this one before and I absolutely love it. The attention to detail in storage and utility is amazing. That little fireplace is adorable, what kind is it? Love the staircase, banister and all the copper. So many versatile features. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Marcy
    March 21, 2016, 11:34 am

    Oh, so very nice. Attractive and nice use of space.

  • Samuel Rodela
    March 21, 2016, 12:09 pm

    How high is it? Hardly anybody ever mentions the height. Most of them appear to be higher than 13.6 ft., which is the limit.

    • Paula
      March 28, 2016, 10:28 am

      The video said it was just under the limit, so she could move it if she wants, but this was built on site.

  • Tala
    March 21, 2016, 12:14 pm

    Nicely done! Love those stairs too!

  • gale
    March 21, 2016, 12:35 pm

    Although I’m not a loft person…this is awesome!

  • Marsha Cowan
    March 21, 2016, 1:14 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Everything in it is cleverly done, and I love the kitchen, especially the copper sink. The decorating is superb and even books are well accommodated. The bedroom loft space is very roomy and well organized. Great job!

  • Cecille
    March 21, 2016, 2:03 pm

    Very impressive.

  • Tari
    March 21, 2016, 2:30 pm

    This is awesome. I do have a question about the loft edge. From the pic it looks like somewhat of a low wall or counter that’s open in the underneath for storage. Do you think that could be extended and made taller to act as a narrow or slim desk or even a vanity? Add a small chair or stool that slides under and out of the way? Do you think there’d be enough headroom? Thanks!

  • Theo
    March 21, 2016, 3:00 pm

    Overall, I like it. Woodwork looks nicely done. I’d kill the sleep loft tho, and use it for storage or office space. At least there is a bannister on the stairs, altho I wouldn’t put a huge amount of faith in it. And the purple trim would definitely have to go, otherwise it’s pretty nice.

  • Patriz
    March 21, 2016, 3:39 pm

    I really don’t see this girl swinging her own hammer to “build it herself.”
    It is nice, though, whoever built it.

    • Paula
      March 28, 2016, 10:31 am

      That’s a rather sexist assumption, don’t you think? Watch the video and you’ll see that she is now in business designing tiny homes for other people.

    • Rev
      October 11, 2016, 5:36 pm


      I was married to (almost) Hannah’s (almost) twin sister in Vermont. One January, with my two eyes, I watched her skin a bear at twenty below freezing.

      I had the heater going in the outhouse, and by the time I was done with the paperwork, she had its giblets in a Mason jar ready for canning.

      Was it truly a miracle? Was it skill guided by determination?

  • Gabrielle Charest
    March 21, 2016, 4:27 pm

    I love all the books, the staircase, the copper sink. The owner has made this house a home. Lovely!

  • Andy
    March 21, 2016, 4:32 pm

    Very nicely built and great woodwork..I think the inser porch is wated space when you could just make a flip out porch and awning. The gabled roof design makes for low head room..solution..slant and offset two roofs from the ends.

    • Megan
      October 12, 2016, 1:06 pm

      Andy, I was just thinking the same thing. Love everything about this tiny home EXCEPT that inset porch!! So many TH’s have this, and it seems such a waste of space, very limiting to what you can do with your living area.

      • Dick
        March 29, 2017, 6:21 pm

        Megan, that inset porch, as you call it, is an integral part of the Tumbleweed Fencl/Cypress design, which, I believe, is where Hannah got her original plans; she then designed the interior.

        Those small porches are just for getting out of the rain when fumbling for your keys…and the nook it provides is excellent for seating, as shown here, or even for a kitchen.

        That said, I’ve loved this home since the first time I saw it. All those books…and I’m a bookworm from way back.

  • Valerie
    March 21, 2016, 5:05 pm

    Very very nice. Love the stairs. Storage and spaces I could live in this. I would like the plan too.

  • Janice Smith
    March 21, 2016, 5:29 pm

    You stated you are now building tiny houses. How much would this one with very similar fixtures, finishes, etc. cost to build? I plan to be moving to Texas in 3 years when my daughter and her husband finally ‘land’ after being in the military for 25+ years and we buy a piece of property together with me in something like this in the back yard. This is beautifully done!!!

  • Connie Ringer
    March 21, 2016, 6:07 pm

    Love this, how much did it cost?

  • Bigfoot
    March 21, 2016, 8:29 pm

    This is one of the most all around complete builds I’ve seen to date. Very nice & feels like a home. She has really given a tremendous amount of thought & consideration to everyday living needs. If you haven’t watched the video, I’d recommend doing so as she really covers most all the features. Great Job! I’d be interested in what she comes up with for a non loft version.

  • jake
    March 21, 2016, 8:31 pm

    What a wonderful, eclectically appointed, well thought out house designed and built by a wonderfully effusive person — and yes she does look like she can wield a hammer, and a few other tools to boot.

    This is just really nice, from the wall of adult and baby windows, to the water pitcher for chasing the pee, a bathtub shaped soap holder, a fold-up counter extender/breakfast table/desk, LED strip lighting every where and under the open stairs, to the candle/sterno fireplace, pedestal-mounted tall refrigerator, USB and standard electrical outlets, hidden snack rack, Chronicles of Narnia water closet closet. and copper throughout. This lady and her house are a treasure.

  • Julie
    March 21, 2016, 11:44 pm

    It is nicely done, though I would be really curious to know how she uses the phonograph when it’s up above the entrance door? Seems like a strange spot for one to me…but then I am under 5’2″… Haha!

  • Carol Perry
    March 22, 2016, 10:30 am

    Hannah, Hats off to you! Your AirBnB is gorgeous!! I love all of your attention to detail! You are so creative! I enjoyed taking the tour of your place. I love your kitchen and all of your storage areas. You have a place for everything and everything is in it’s place. Awesome pantry unit that you have beside your refrigerator. What a great idea to have a laundry shoot! I love all the copper that you used throughout your AirBnB. I have the same copper measuring cups, and I made a couple of those ceramic cup cakes. I love your loft with the closet and all of the storage areas for your books. Great idea, to have couch, turn into a table and you can use it for an extra bed for your guests. It just amazes me with all the storage you have in your place. I bet your guests. Never want to leave!! Thank you for sharing it’s just beautiful! I will keep you in mind for when I’m ready to have one build.

  • jc
    March 22, 2016, 11:28 am

    Repost. But I still love the design.

  • Mike
    March 22, 2016, 10:22 pm

    Cozy and full of light. I’m not a fan of something too homespun, but this is done really well. The sterno fireplace is clever although I’m hoping there’s adequate ventilation for the space.

    An alternative might be some glass fire rocks mounded over a string of LED christmas lights on flicker setting. Not much heat but no fumes. And you could lay a couple of small half-burnt birch logs on top to complete the illusion with no risk of fire….

  • Sarah
    March 23, 2016, 12:33 am

    Lovely and cozy! Finally another bibliophile who proves tiny doesn’t mean having one or two books on decorative shelves.

    • March 29, 2017, 10:22 pm

      I have a very small collection of physical books and then 12,000 on one Kindle, 6,800 on another Kindle, about 3,000 on a third Kindle and 1,500 on a NOOK. togeather they take up about 4 inches of shelf space . Not bad for 23,300 books!:) My THOW fits them easily.

  • Gabriella
    October 11, 2016, 3:53 pm

    Very confortable and fully furnished with taste. It is a nice alcove for intellectuals.

    • Natalie
      October 12, 2016, 6:32 am

      Yes! Love the space. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Large Marge
    October 11, 2016, 5:53 pm

    Hey Hannah,

    a) We appreciate a nice library with an attached kitchen and WC and couple snuggle spots.

    What’s that disclaimer book club recruiters neglect to mention until AFTER you join the book club? Something about “You can join the book club, but nobody ever leaves the book club”.

    Darlin’, sign us up!

    b) We see similar hand-hammered copper sinks at the Saturday mercado in Baja. We like your 2m/7′ of kitchen counter. Because, sooner or later, every reader needs to eat.

    • Natalie
      October 12, 2016, 6:32 am

      Glad you liked it! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Dick
      March 29, 2017, 6:26 pm

      Marge, about the book club: cue the Eagles’ “Hotel California”…

  • David Remus
    October 12, 2016, 1:37 pm

    3 really good ideas Hannah has included in this design that all too often are missing. A fume hood to keep from coating everything overhead with greasy fumes from cooking and bring fresh air inside, lots of usable storage in the overhead spaces with shelves and hangers, and a hand rail on the stairs.

    Beautiful design, well done.

    Oh, the fourth good thing is to live in Seattle.

    • Natalie
      October 14, 2016, 6:36 am

      I agree 🙂 Those are all great ideas! — Tiny House Talk Team

    October 13, 2016, 7:36 pm

    Lovely and very feminine!

    • Natalie
      October 14, 2016, 6:36 am

      Yes 🙂 Perfect. — Tiny House Talk Team

    October 13, 2016, 10:57 pm

    It’s beautiful…! But remember it is just a tiny house like all others, with may be the exception of a few details… Everybody looks first at all the eye candy, the things in which makes it a home the personal touch of your belongings… Once you strip that all away it is a tiny house like most others of this type…! But she has done a remarkable job of making it look like a home, but I believe she said it was for rent through air b&b I believe… So it is now like one of those theam park rentals, staged to look like something it really isn’t…!

    • Natalie
      October 14, 2016, 6:37 am

      I think it’s staged to look like her own wonderful tiny house! It has tons of character 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Brenda
    October 16, 2016, 12:51 pm

    I love how you have your set up of your tiny house. It is so cute and workable. Every space is used.

  • Melissa
    October 16, 2016, 1:01 pm

    So many great ideas! This gal really thought out her space well. I live it♡

  • Patricia Chang
    February 23, 2017, 3:17 am

    This is such a nice TH. I really like the book storage and the built-in sectional that folds out into a bed. I like the staircase with the rail and the loft with all the storage and the bookshelf as a separation from the overlook of the loft. The little fireplace is so charming. The porch should be bigger so a rocking chair could be there. There is a place for everything and everything in its place.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 23, 2017, 6:15 am

      Yes I love how the bed/eating nook/couch is all one multi-functional unit!

  • Steve in Micco
    March 29, 2017, 8:18 pm

    Hannah, this is awesome….being a guy, the only change for me would be to replace the purple with teal. Love all the books! This place is a home run!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 30, 2017, 8:51 am

      I love teal 🙂

  • keepyourpower
    March 29, 2017, 8:27 pm

    I would like to know how a person gets up to the stereo/record player?

  • Darlene
    April 1, 2017, 9:37 am

    As a follower of tiny house talk this is one of my favorites and most comfortable. I could live there full time just add small heating system and air to accommodate Ohio weather. Everything you need is in this house. Well done

  • Michael L
    December 3, 2017, 4:20 am

    Wow! This is the first time I’ve seen a Tumbleweed style THOW that I could truly say I like. Very nice job!

  • april hunter
    December 3, 2017, 3:39 pm

    This is one of my favorites, by far. The conversion of the couch/dining/bed is fantastic. Having all those options makes a world of difference. I hate loft bedrooms, but having a railing, esp a wrought iron one with plenty of room upstairs is really nice. BOOKS. YES. Light, airy, ceiling fan and a washer/dryer. I could live here full time, no prob. Well done!

  • Vivian g
    December 4, 2017, 11:14 am

    This is really nicely done! It’s nice to see one where someone actually lives in it. I adore that bathroom mirror. It’s also nice to see someone else who loves books. Which has always brought up a question about weight. I know there are weight restrictions for building on a trailer. But if you have, for example, a lot of books do you have to take that into consideration when building? I apologize if that is a silly question.

  • Adina Hirschmann
    January 11, 2018, 1:03 am

    An actual STAIRCASE with a SAFETY HANDRAIL, on the correct side, facing into the space! No tripping over the edge on the way to the toilet! Wondering where the speakers are for the old-school stereo receiver and if the unit was structurally pre-wired for internet and media before the walls went up. Nice to see a turntable, but how is it accessed? BTW, how many amps does the combo unit draw on a circuit?

  • Dexter
    February 26, 2019, 1:50 pm

    What is the size of this house?

  • Maria Kentala
    November 11, 2019, 7:56 am

    Love this house except I would have an RV flush toilet. Well done. Want to build me one? LOL!

  • Benita Rodrigues
    November 17, 2019, 9:32 am

    Cute..just what you need for home away from home..but TOO many shelves which allows for TOO much clutter..too many things hanging on walls..seriously an open toilet for the photo?

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