Located near Millersburg, Ohio, this sweet cottage is a mere 450 square feet. But it looks so much bigger in the pictures…. maybe it’s because the homeowners follow, nay, embody the philosophy of “Live small to have it all!”
A couple named Sue & Ron live in this tiny cottage. They hand-built it themselves over a 6 year period.
Ron & Sue are old hands at tiny house living – married since 1986, the largest house they ever had was 900 square feet.
On their website, they make no bones about the fact that they are driven by years of experience, living small before it was even cool:
We are not young, idealistic dreamers, fresh out of college, thinking we can change the world.
We are old, idealistic dreamers, fresh out of youth, hoping we can change the world, but knowing at least we can share our decades of small living experiences and contribute to the conversation
Ron and Sue like to call it a “Movement Towards Rational Habitation.” The concept is to live richly with only what you need – an idea that has been gaining traction for a few years now, especially since the housing market went bust in ’08 and so many lost their homes to foreclosure.
The Shiny Tiny Mansion may be a mere 450 square feet but look at the delightful decor…
And it’s not paired down or minimalist in any way! There are lots of nooks and crannies for storage and beloved bric-a-brac is on display throughout.
The kitchen packs a whole lot of charm and utility into a very small space:
The bathroom/laundry area is a little larger than the kitchen, but no skimping on style here:
It helps that Ron and Sue are intrinsically creative people. Ron is a furniture designer/craftsman and artist, and Sue is a writer/artist and craftswoman.
Their whimsical and fun sense of style is found on every wall.
The cozy bedroom in the loft is the kind of place you just want to nest in all winter long…
The Shiny Tiny Mansion is a shining example of living responsibly with a smaller footprint – without losing the comfort of “home”.
Check out what Ron & Sue have to say on their websites:
It’s off the market now, but this little gem was on for sale as recently as this summer for $1,199,000.
Sure it has a stellar location in Montecito, California with over and acre of property. And it even has a historic pedigree – being hand-built and originally owned by members of the Bohemian Mountain Drive Artist Colony. But $1.2 million for a brick hut?
Heck ya, look at this sweet thing!
One more little cabin for all you tiny house lovers out there.
Blue Moon Rising is actually a vacation cabin rental business in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Their specialty is cabins built from recycled, vintage and eco-friendly materials. Several cabins are located on the lakeside lot but this cutie caught my eye – her name is “Kaya”.
“Kaya” has the whole Blue Moon theme going inside and out, starting with that crescent curve over the porch.
The interior is just as blue-moon-y. There’s no other way to describe it.
Walls, floor, ceiling, doors, and windows are derived from old house and barn parts.
Another project by David and Heather!
My Canadian house-loving friends in Nova Scotia have been busy little bees over the past few years. I’ve featured their work before here on House Crazy with their converted school house and beautiful seaside home that is now for sale. Another little side project they have been working on is the ominously named X-Permit Cabin.
The X-Permit Cabin (pictured above) is located somewhere in eastern Canada with a view of the ocean.
I can’t tell you exactly where it is because I have no idea. That is classified information.
I can tell you that the code word for the location of the X-Permit Cabin is “Pirate Harbour”.
So why all the precautions for this fun tiny home?
Here’s the backstory….
The X-Permit Cabin was built on a salvaged trailer frame. It is self-sustainable, off grid, and built without permits because technically it is a “travel trailer”.
The point of all this, as David tells us, “is to circumvent onerous permits and inspections that come with ‘permanent’ structures”. He adds that the X-Permit Cabin is “an exercise in civics, construction and innovation”.
Ever wanted to live on a house boat but not be bothered by sea-sickness? This place is the perfect solution…
Come on, be a rebel!
Listed for sale (or trade) in Kingston, Tennessee this unique take on small space living is priced at a mere $15,000.
It has 1 bathroom and 1 bed – well 2 if you count the “Amish style bunkhouse” also on the property.
The tiny galley kitchen has a propane stove and fridge, in addition to a pub table and matching bar stools.
It’s tight, but efficient (it is/was a real ship after all).
And someone had fun with the décor…