This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate
1 of69 A rendering of Rising Barn’s first home in San Antonio, located in Dignowity Hill on the East Side. Rising Barn/Courtesy Show More Show Less
2 of69 Renderings of the typical look of a Rising Barn home, which includes a main home, a box garage and an additional accessory dwelling unit. Rising Barn/Courtesy Show More Show Less
4 of69 Renderings of the typical look of a Rising Barn home, which includes a main home, a box garage and an additional accessory dwelling unit. Rising Barn/Courtesy Show More Show Less
>Click to see the most impressive tiny homes designed. Seriously, these abodes will make any suburb-dweller want to cut out the clutter and downsize.”> 5 of69 >>Click to see the most impressive tiny homes designed.
Seriously, these abodes will make any suburb-dweller want to cut out the clutter and downsize.
Show More Show Less
7 of69 Enviresponsible Shelter
Designed by Broadhurst Architects, this prefab corn crib-inspired structure takes its basic form from traditional American corn cribs, which were common farm buildings that served to store and dry corn. The chic, modern 250-square-foot structure is delivered and assembled on-site, and includes a sleeping loft, an expandable kitchen wall, a bathroom, and living room. An insulated glass garage door opens to a small deck, connecting the interior space to the landscape beyond. Made of sustainable and recyclable materials, the structure can be dismantled and relocated to another site.
Look inside the Crib at Strathmore.
Read more: Inside the happiest little 1,375-square-foot cottage CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
8 of69 Transforming A-Frame
Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com and built by Joe Everson of Tennessee Tiny Homes, this transforming micro A-frame cost only $1,200 to construct. One roof/wall is made of Tuftex polycarbonate roofing: Not only is it translucent to allow in natural light, the lightweight material is attached to the structure with hinges so it easily can be raised and propped on legs to expand the space from 80 square feet to 110. On the other side of the A, the purlins supporting the roof sheathing are placed horizontally to serve double duty as shelves. Two daybeds offer additional storage, a kitchen wall features a sink and space for a mini fridge, and a micro loft has a hinged “sunroof” for ventilation. Architect duo David and Jeanie Stiles drafted the build-it-yourself plans for this A-frame, which are on sale for $30. —ESN
Designed by Derek “Deek”
Look inside the transforming A-frame. Read more: 28 rustic bathroom ideas CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
10 of69 Dream Bungalow
The 204-square-foot “Wind River Bungalow” is the Chattanooga, Tennessee, home of tiny house enthusiasts Travis and Brittany Pyke, who started Wind River Custom Homes to help others fulfill their dreams of living simply in mini dream homes. Constructed of rain-screen cedar and hardy siding for extreme durability, the bungalow is full of custom features, including a pine and cedar interior, polymer concrete counters, and a loft ladder integrated into the shelving system. —ESN
Look inside the Wind River Bungalow.
Read more: 10 ways add colorful vintage style to your kitchen CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
11 of69 Living Large With Less
This is the Olympia, Washington home of tiny house pioneer Dee Williams, author of
a memoir that details her decision to downsize to an 84-square-foot house that she built from the ground up after a near-death experience. Constructed atop a metal truck trailer, the super-small pine-and-cedar bungalow houses a kitchen counter with a propane one-burner, a sleeping loft, solar-powered lights, a composting toilet, and a sink (but no running water). To help others realize their tiny house dreams, Dee also founded The Big Tiny, Portland Alternative Dwellings, a tiny house education, resource, and consulting company.
Look inside Dee’s home CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
13 of69 Floating Tiny House
This floating 240-square-foot cabin is an off-the-grid summer escape for Maine couple Foy and Louisa Brown. Assembled onshore, a foundation of plastic floatation tubs, Styrofoam, and pontoons was then towed to sea, and the cottage was built above it, using mostly pine shiplap. Louisa carries water out daily via canoe for a tank that fills the shower and kitchen; at night, candles, oil lamps, and solar lights illuminate the home.
Look inside Foy and Louisa’s floating home CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
14 of69 Oceanside Retreat
This darling red-roofed cottage sits in a grove of leafy trees near the water’s edge in Freeport, Maine. Designed by Mac Lloyd of
Creative Cottages, the environmentally sensitive abode packs in a full kitchen, bathroom, living space, sleeping quarters, gas fireplace, laundry, and a loft space, while still managing to seem airy and spacious.
Look inside the Oceanside Retreat. Trent Bell/CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
16 of69 Rolling Luxury Cabin
At first glance, the 400-square-foot Wedge, designed by
Wheelhaus, appears to be a tiny luxury cabin but it’s actually a mobile Park Model RV. Lofty 17-foot ceilings and a large sliding glass window at the front give an open feel to the rustic yet modern dwelling, which features a bedroom, bathroom, and combined kitchen/living room area. A 100-square-foot deck offers additional entertaining space. The Wedge is one of six turn-key models offered by Wheelhaus that start from $82,000. Not looking to buy? The Wedge is also available to rent at Fireside Resort at Jackson Hole Campground.
Look inside the Wedge CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
17 of69 Cozy Chicago Cottage
It’s hard to believe this cute-as-a-button 780-square-foot historic cottage sits in the middle of a bustling metropolis. The house, owned by David Hawkanson, the executive director of Chicago’s
Steppenwolf Theater Company, was built a few years after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, when the Chicago Relief and Aid Society began offering so-called fire-relief cottage kits that included pre-cut wood, a door, a chimney, and a room partition. While historians believe more of these tiny cottages exist in Chicago, all but a couple of examples (like Hawkanson’s) have become unrecognizable thanks to extensive renovations over the years.
Read more about this tiny Chicago dwelling. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
19 of69 Tiny Texas Lakehouse
Talk about a picture perfect country getaway: This custom built 336-square-foot cabin sits on 24 sprawling acres in West Point, Texas—just steps from its own four-acre constant flow lake, tiny lakehouse, and wooden pier. The rustic wood-paneled interior features a living space, full kitchen, bathroom, and two lofted bedrooms, all housed under a corrugated metal roof. The property, including the cabin and open-plan lakehouse (
pictured), are on the market for $434,900.
Look inside this rustic lakeside cabin Jeff Harris Photography/CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
20 of69 Mid-Century Retreat
Set in a wooded area, this 300-square-foot studio retreat in Chappaqua, New York, is nestled between two rock outcroppings—one is used as a backdrop and the other as a bookend to the deck. The design team at
Workshop/apd chose Dark Ipe siding and decking and walnut interiors for a natural mid-century modern look that connects the structure to its wooded surroundings. Windows wrapping the western facade frame the scenery and visually enlarge the intimate space. —ESN
Find out more about the Studio Retreat. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
22 of69 Quaint Cabin
One of 14 tiny cabins at the Blue Moon Rising ecotourism retreat in McHenry, Maryland, the 250-square foot Kaya has a rustic reclaimed metal and wood exterior. Built by the folks at
Hobbitat, the quaint interior features a living space, queen-bed nook, bathroom, and kitchen with a view of nature, all under a curved, corrugated metal ceiling. Rental rates per night range from $249 to $349. —ESN
Look inside the Kaya. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
23 of69 Mobile Ski Chalet
This 112-square-foot mobile cabin belongs to extreme skier
Zac Giffin, the host of FYI’s a show that features people from across the country who are living the tiny house lifestyle. The tiny abode is home to Giffin and his girlfriend, skier Molly Baker. Built on a trailer, the house features a little wood stove, living space, and a lofted guest bedroom and storage area accessed by a floating staircase. Tiny House Nation, Built by Giffin for almost $25,000, the structure took seven weeks to complete.
Look inside Zac’s home. Michael Dyrland/CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
25 of69 Wild West Wagon
Located near Watergate Bay in Cornwall, England of all places, the Sundance, a Wild West-themed wagon-style dwelling, is available to rent through
Unique Homestays. Decorated with a “saloon chic” aesthetic (think wagon wheel art and sheepskin throws), the quaint interior features a wood-clad master bedroom, a bathroom with a walk-in rain shower, and a full kitchen. After a day riding horses on the nearby beach, relax with a glass of wine while sitting in a rocking chair on the lantern-lit front porch. Rental rates are about $800 for a three-night stay.
Look inside the Sundance. TonyTimmington/CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
26 of69 Tiny House Hotel
One of six tiny houses—each built on wheels and outfitted with a bathroom, kitchen, and sleeping loft—at
Caravan—The Tiny House Hotel in Portland, Oregon, the Skyline cabin is one of the newest additions to the hotel. The 160-square-foot structure is constructed of mostly salvaged materials and houses two queen beds. Rental rates are $125 per night.
Look inside the Skyline. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
28 of69 Country Shack
Broadhurst Architects as a weekend retreat for a family from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., The Shack at Hinkle Farm sits on the southern slope of South Fork Mountain in West Virginia. With no electricity, the family relies on oil lamps for light and a small wood stove for heat; rain water is collected from the roof for the outdoor shower. An aluminum and glass garage door opens to a cantilevered wooden deck, where a removable canvas awning offers shade and shelter.
Look inside The Shack at Hinkle Farm. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
29 of69 Well-Appointed Cottage
Inspired by and built by the team responsible for the gorgeous cottages at the
Canoe Bay resort in the woods of Wisconsin, the 392-square-foot Escape looks like a high-end cabin but is actually a 28- by 14-foot Park Model RV on wheels. Vaulted ceilings and a large window wall give an airy feel to the cottage, which includes a living room with fireplace and kitchen wall and a separate bedroom and bath. Large French doors open to a screened porch that can be used as an extended living room, sleeping porch, or a dining area. The red-striped chaise lounge doubles as a bed with heated coils, perfect for naps on chilly days. Escape is available to rent at Canoe Bay, or can be custom-built for buyers and delivered ready to live-in. Prices start at $79,900. —ESN
Look inside the Escape. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
31 of69 Luxury Treehouse
1920s cabins and vintage Boy Scout tents, Camp Wandawega, located in Elkhorn Wisconsin, evokes the set of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. But the camp’s most charming feature is its three-level treehouse, built around a massive elm tree and outfitted with Pendleton blankets, tree swings, and Mason jar light fixtures. Used as a common space, guests can read a book in the treehouse’s library on a rainy day or spend a lazy afternoon on the bottom-level hammock.
Take a look inside Tom’s Treehouse. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
32 of69 Clothesline Tiny Homes
Carrie and Shane Caverly built their 200-square-foot house in the spring of 2012 after growing tired of paying mortgages and rent. Built on a trailer, the house features a low-maintenance steel roof, an on-demand hot water heater, an incinerating toilet, and a passive solar design. Carrie, an architectural designer, and Shane, a custom builder, now run
Clothesline Tiny Homes, offering downloadable tiny house plans, design consulting, and custom building. After living in their tiny house for 20 months in New Mexico, the couple has now moved to Colorado, where they’re building a 1,000-square-foot home. (Their tiny house will serve as a guest cottage.)
Look inside Carrie and Shane’s tiny home. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
34 of69 Luxury Farmhouse on Wheels
With authentic country character and hand-crafted, farmhouse-inspired details,
Tiny Heirloom Homes makes it easy to downsize and upgrade at the same time. This 192-square-foot luxury farmhouse is outfitted with a sleeping loft, kitchen, bathroom, living space, and even a laundry machine. The base model, similar to the one shown here, starts at $65,000 and includes delivery plus a one-time trip out to the company’s Oregon City headquarters to see its construction.
Look inside this tiny luxury farmhouse. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
35 of69 Rural Retreat
This serene tiny house in rural California is home to web designer Alek Lisefski, his girlfriend, Anjali, and their dog, Anya. Built on an 8- by 20-foot trailer, with three feet added for the back porch, the house features 10 windows and an all-glass door to opening up the
small interior space to the outdoors to feel less claustrophobic and more connected to the surroundings. Designed and built by Alek himself for about $30,000, he is now selling construction plans so others can can build a house of their own to the same specs. —ESN
See more of Alek’s house. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
37 of69 Countryside Hideaway
Surrounded by peaceful, bucolic farmland in Somerset, England, the
Shepherds Hut Retreat is comprised of four tiny “huts” available for rent. Each structure overlooks a nearby pond, and includes its own private deck and fire pit. Inside the 20- by eight-foot huts, you’ll find a fully functioning kitchen, a bathroom, a dining area, and a built-in bed. Rental rates start from around $243 per weekend.
Look inside the huts. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
38 of69 Vintage Sheep Wagon
This fully restored 1920s sheep wagon sits on the 30,000-acre Heward family ranch in Shirley Basin, Wyoming. The tiny wagon is outfitted with a full-size bed, two built-in cold boxes, a folding table, and a wood burning stove. Accommodating up to four people, the wagon can be moved around the property depending on the renters’ recreational interests (fly fishing, stargazing, and hiking are just some of the many options). Rental rates are $100 per night.
Look inside the 1920s Sheep Wagon. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
40 of69 Hidden Storage
The “Writer’s Block” cabin designed by
Cheng + Snyder features storage for a canoe under its bed and workbench space. Located in Westport, Maine on the banks of the Sheepscott River, the 190-square-foot hideaway features windows arranged to maximize views and allow for passive heating and cooling.
Look inside the Writer’s Block cabin. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
41 of69 Northern California Cottage
Though it clocks in at just 260-square-feet, this cottage’s bright and colorful design exudes a cheery atmosphere from all corners. Designed by
Richardson Architects, the tiny structure is situated on a dairy farm near the Northern California coastline and was constructed using non-corrosive and wear-resistant materials. The exterior features a large wraparound porch, a chalkboard, and ample seating, while the interior is filled with bright red and yellow hues.
Look inside this cheery Northern California cottage. Jeff Zaruba/CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
43 of69 The Matchbox
The Matchbox (
pictured, right), designed by Jay Austin, lives at Boneyard Studios, a tiny house community founded in 2012 in Washington D.C. with a mission to promote the benefits of small house living and support the tiny house community. Clocking in at 140 square feet, the carbon-neutral, self-sustaining house features skylights and wide windows for passiving cooling and earthen plaster for humidity control.
Look inside the Matchbox. Jay Austin/CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
44 of69 Agricultural Architecture
The Yolo County Cabin, designed by
Butler Armsden Architects, sits on a 400-acre farm in the rural Northern California town of Winters. With a structure inspired by the local water towers and lean-to sheds that dot the area’s surrounding agricultural landscape, the home’s elevated viewing terrace offers a 360-degree view of the land.
Look inside the Yolo County Cabin. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
46 of69 Tropical Treehouse
Set in a lush tropical paradise, the 250-square-foot Sunset Beach Treehouse Bungalow in Haleiwa, Hawaii overlooks one of the North Shore’s most famous surf spots. Renters climb a 100-step stone path to reach the structure, nestled among black lava rocks and a leafy canopy of Banyan, avocado, and mango trees. Featuring a full-size bed as well as a lofted sleeping area, the treehouse sleeps as many as three people, and includes a kitchenette and bathroom. Rental rates start from $1,200 per week.
Look inside the Sunset Beach Treehouse Bungalow. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
47 of69 Refined Woodland Cabin
This 400-square-foot cabin with a refined decor sits nestled among fir, cedar, and madrone trees on the East Sound of Washington state’s Orcas Island. Designed by architect
David Vandervort, the cross-shaped floorplan creates distinct alcoves for the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom, while a ladder provides access to the loft bedroom above the central living room. French doors lead out to a patio of flagstone, which is also used at the cabin’s entrance. (Building plans of a prototype of this cabin are available for purchase from Vandervort.) —ESN
Look inside the Orcas Island Cabin. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
49 of69 Victorian Farmhouse
Painted with six colors, The Painted Lady is an intricately designed micro farmhouse in Round Top, Texas, from
Tiny Texas Houses. With a Victorian style exterior, the interior measures 12- by 26-feet and features a built-in couch, full kitchen, Murphy bed, sleeping loft, and bathroom with a glassed-in shower with a river rock floor. The home is 99 percent pure salvage, including the beams, floor joists, studs, windows, doors, and interior and exterior skins. —ESN
Look inside The Painted Lady. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
50 of69 Tiny Texas Houses
Built from salvaged materials, no two of the homes from Luling, Texas-based
Tiny Texas Houses, which start at 120 square feet, are alike. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
52 of69 Charming Florida Cottage
Nearly every surface in
Fifi O’Neill‘s Sarasota, Florida, home displays some sort of collection: weathered accessories, antique linens, white pottery, vintage enamelware, more pottery—you get the picture. And yet, at only 1,375 square feet, the two-bedroom, two-bath cottage feels cheerful and open, not cluttered or over-crowded. Her secret? Putting her favorite finds to work, not just up on a shelf to be admired.
Look inside Fifi’s cottage. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
53 of69 Little House on the Prairie
This 336-square-foot original WeeHouse from Alchemy Architects was built in 2003 to house a family off the grid on the Minnesota prairie near Lake Pepin. With floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides, the modern micro home is flooded with light. The interior is completely wrapped in douglas fir and features Ikea built-in cabinetry and kitchen elements.
See more of the original WeeHouse. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
55 of69 Gingerbread Cottage
The historic community of
Wesleyan Grove in the town of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard is well known for its hundreds of adorable, colorful gingerbread cottages. The community began as a Methodist Church campground in the 1860s, where open air revival meetings were held during the warmer months. Church members eventually began building summer cottages, many of which feature ornate Victorian details and colorful trim. Wesleyan Grove is now designated as a National Historic Landmark District. While the cottages are privately owned, several are available to rent.
See more photos of the Wesleyan Grove cottages. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
56 of69 Quaint Bungalow
Armed with plenty of curb appeal, the Loring is a prefab small bungalow from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. With a ceiling measuring almost 17 feet tall, the model comes in 261-square-foot and 356-square-foot versions. The plans cost $759.
Look inside the Loring. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
58 of69 Bayside Bungalow
Brittany Yunker built her 160-square-foot home, located on the shores of the Puget Sound in Olympia, Washington, using Tumbleweed Tiny House Company’s
Cypress 18 Equator building plans, one of the company’s most popular designs. The house-on-wheels, which is available to rent, sits on an 18-foot flatbed and is equipped with electricity and a small RV-style hot water heater for the sink and shower.
Look inside the Bayside Bungalow. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
59 of69 Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
One of the first tiny house manufacturers,
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company now offers travel trailers and prefab cottages starting at 117 square feet. Pictured here is the company’s Harbinger model, which features a bump-out in the front that can be used as a sitting or sleeping area.
Look inside the Harbinger. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
61 of69 Rustic Salvage Cottage
Made from 95 percent salvaged materials, the Arched Zebu is a tiny prairie house from
Texas Tiny Houses. Measuring 12- by 18-feet, the house is built from materials that are close to 200 years old. Featuring beautiful arched windows, the cottage includes a lofted sleep area, kitchen, and shabby chic details.
Look inside the Arched Zebu. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
62 of69 Southern Charm
Katrina Cottages, this compact two-bedroom cottage has a 544-square-foot living area and a charming little porch big enough for several rocking chairs. The plan set and and building license are available for $850, while the company estimates that the cost to construct this model will range between $65,280 to $76,000.
Learn more about the KC 544. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
64 of69 Katrina Cottages
Designed as an affordable solution to the housing crisis after Hurricane Katrina,
Katrina Cottages start at 308 square feet. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
65 of69 Charismatic Dwelling
One of the largest homes from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, the two-story Sebastarosa model can be built as a two-bedroom (750 square feet) or three-bedroom (847 square feet) home.
Read more about the Sebastarosa. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
67 of69 Micro Farmhouse
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company’s Bodega model features a fireplace, a full bath, and a kitchen, with the optional addition of a bedroom that would take the space to 356 square feet. Designed to keep construction costs low, the plans cost $759.
Look inside the Bodega. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less
68 of69 Cheerful Yellow Cottage
Designed by Katrina Cottages, this charming little one-bedroom house measures 14-feet wide and 30-feet long, including a miniature front porch. The house plans and building license can be purchased for $575, and the company estimates it will cost between $38,000 and $46,000 to complete..
Learn more about the KC 308. CountryLiving.com Show More Show Less