(In place less than a week, please forgive the lack of landscaping!)
My friend bought this house from Dana Beck in Iraan, Texas, and it is the first one he's built. It is 384 square feet and cost about $30,000. Unlike many of the little houses I've written about in the past, with this house you are responsible for arranging transportation of the house away from Iraan and for all the setup arrangements on your end.
My friend arranged to have her lot bladed and a foundation built with plumbing and electricity, ready for the arrival of the little house and she estimates that the total cost for the house, including transportation and setup was $45,000.
When I tour little houses I always ask myself if I could live there full-time. In this case, the answer is yes! The house was snug, modern and very livable. It consists of a living space in the front, kitchen and generously-sized full bathroom in the center and bedroom with two good-sized closets in the back. High ceilings, sacrificed in many tiny houses in favor of a loft, give a feeling of light and space.
(Looking through the house from the front. Bathroom door is ahead and to the right, across from the kitchen.)
(Regular appliances could easily fit in this kitchen area.)
(Bedroom with full-sized bed. Room for bedside tables on both sides.)
(Two good-sized closets in the bedroom are the main storage in the house.)
(Looking toward the front door from the kitchen. Note the high ceiling.)
As a guesthouse, my friend chose not to put the usual appliances in the kitchen but there is room for them. She quickly furnished the house with some extras she had but plans to re-furnish it with more appropriately-sized pieces in future, which will give her guests a little more room. Keep in mind she'd had the house for less than a week when I toured it!
Tiny houses are difficult to photograph. These pictures do not convey how spacious this house feels. It's a perfect guesthouse. As a full-time residence, some appropriately scaled, multi-use furniture with built-in storage would increase livability. Additionally, a place to put a stackable washer/dryer unit would be high on my list of needed additions!
Keep in mind that tiny house living requires a minimalist approach to possessions. A pared-down lifestyle would fit nicely into this space!
What do you think? Could you live here? If you'd like more information on this house, Mr. Beck can be reached at 432-302-0554.