Southern Fried Homes

by Kent Griswold on April 12th, 2012. 51 Comments
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I recently discovered another small/tiny home builder called Southern Fried Homes. Owned and operated by Tim Watson the company is located on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Tim has been building custom homes there for the past 22 years.

Small, affordable, and Southern Styled, Southern Fried Homes are attainable now, and you can grow them over time.

Oyster Wharf

You might also think of a Southern Fried Home as an Accessory Dwelling Unit. Whether used as a guest house, rental, or granny flat these units are a legal solution to your housing needs in a growing number of East Coast Communities. The goal is to keep these homes well appointed and low priced. They also can be delivered within weeks.

Tim uses a variety of materials for construction,

  1. Traditional Site Built
  2. Custom Modular Build
  3. Other Off-Site Methods: SIPs ,Panelized
  4. Combinations of the Above

Tim promises that if you live in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina or North Carolina we will build your Southern Fried Home for the listed price.

Check out the Souther Fried Home website to learn more.

Oyster Wharf  364 Square feet

Oyster Wharf 364 Square feet

HamHock house

Raleigh 2 Room Backyard Cottage 252 sf

Raleigh 2 Room Backyard Cottage 252 sf

51 Responses to “Southern Fried Homes”

  1. Mel says:

    Oh! I LOVE these!!!!!!!

    • Mel says:

      Just checked out your website – love the names of the houses. I’d have to build “the biscuit”, get a cat, and then say to my friends “my cat is makin’ biscuits in the biscuit”. har har. Where are the prices listed?

  2. Felix says:

    Reminds me of Texas cozy cabins

  3. Angie says:

    I am loving the looks of these. What a charm they have. Nice lay out also

  4. Glen says:

    Nice…. but no price range info, even on their website.

  5. G Leigh says:

    They remind me of the shotgun houses down east.

  6. Gina says:

    Have tried to look a few times . Get the “exceeded bandwidth” message. They should upgrade their plan.

  7. Heather says:

    LOL Guess they are getting to many hits. I’m guessing this post crashed their site. “Bandwidth Limit Exceeded”. Nice to know your having such a great effect on them. ;)

    • Kent Griswold says:

      Keep trying, they have some great plans on the site that I did not post and some other nice pictures. He only sent me a few…Kent

  8. Angie says:

    I really like the plans on that site, do keep trying it’s worth it. Sizes from about 150 sq ft to almost 1200 square feet. The have a charm aspect to them. And as someone else mentioned, they remind me of Texas Tiny Houses, only modern materials. They also have a flavor of old New Orleans on some of them, or a few remind me of the “Painted Ladies” of San Francisco.

  9. alice h says:

    I like that first floor plan shown here. It’s like having an ensuite but also keeping your bedroom private. Nice.

  10. Bill Rockhill says:

    Great looking little homes, cottages, guest houses…nice job …thanks …Bill…

  11. Kevin Daniels says:

    Website still down. I live in South Carolina so I sent him a message on his Facebook page. Have not heard back yet. This is great news !! Finally someone building tiny homes in the South instead of Washington, Cali, and the West. Closest tiny home builder to me was in Austin. Let’s get this movement started in the South, then everywhere !!

  12. Tim Watson says:


    You crashed my site!!! Thanks.

    Not sure what bandwidth exceeded means but I will find out.

    Thanks for all of the interest.

    Tim Watson
    Southern Fried Homes.

  13. Tim Watson says:

    My apologies to those of you that can’t reach the site. email me and I will let you know when it’s back up.

  14. Barb says:

    Web site still down – but I like what I see so far! beautiful!

  15. Pat in Eastern NC says:

    Kent, these are THE best plans I’ve seen on your site yet! Thank you for posting the. Mr. Watson, if you’re still checking the comments, this old Eastern NC gal is THRILLED that our sister state has something this wonderful. (The cottage names are PERFECT!) I visited your site this morning, and haven’t stopped talking to my husband about them since. I want one–the Oyster Wharf! Will spread the word.

    Kent, please keep up the good work. I appreciate your efforts and stop by at least once a day.

    • Tim Watson says:


      Thanks for your kind words. I was in the field all day and came home to my website “problem” Hope to have it fixed in a few hours. The Oyster Wharf plan can be had on your lot for around $50,000. Depending on what Eastern NC means. Little Washington, or Greenville that price works, Corolla or Rodanthe and I will need to add a few bucks.

      Thanks for clarifying “making biscuits” I’m a dog person, and was confused.

      Thanks for your patience with the website.

  16. BigRedATL says:

    I love tiny houses. Could I get away with one of there on Daufuskie Island? Historic Distric?

  17. Dave says:

    Lol, these look great! Too bad i read the site at night before bed, or i would get to see the nice houses before ya’all crashed the site!

    • Tim Watson says:


      Thanks for trying. Hilton Head Island is hosting the PGA Tour this week and I think my “webmaster” was out being a great ambassador for our town and as my grandmother would’ve said ” Making sure Mr. Guinness doesn’t tun out of money again?”

      After hoping for a magic midnight reset I will need to get technical help around 9 am.

      Don’t give up.

      Tim Watson
      Southern Fried Homes

  18. jipsi says:

    Dangit! “Bandwidth Limit Exceeded” (on the link you shared in the first paragraph, to the Southern Fried Homes website).
    I’ll snoop there later…
    Just wanted to say ‘Belissimo!’ The house in the first pic is a real Southern charmer, makes me think of Charleston, even Cottageville, where I have relatives… And it even looks like it can be transported as ready-built, on wheels (to destination and setup), right? I can’t read the tiny figures on the little floorplan to see what the basic dimensions are, but from the photo I’m guessing about 14X20 (not including 4′ for the porch, perhaps, making it a total of 22′ length?)…
    Thanks for sharing a new small-homes site to check out! ;-)

    • Tim Watson says:


      Thanks for trying. You have a good eye and came pretty close to the size of the Oyster Wharf. You are also correct that custom modular (sounds so much better than “on wheels”) is one of the methods we employ. An optimal shipping width that works in most places is a nominal 16′. In Western NC you are restricted to about 14′. We use these shipping guidelines to make a home the most cost efficient regardless of construction method.

      If you read Tiny House blog I don’t need to explain that custom modular is approved and permitted the same as conventional site built construction and in many folks opinion a superior method to build.

      Thanks again.

      Tim Watson
      Southern Fried Homes

  19. Tim Watson says:

    Nevermind. Back to the drawing board.

  20. MelD says:

    What pretty little houses!

  21. Gil P. says:

    Small houses are becoming very popular

  22. Dave says:

    It works!

    Some very cool “small” designs! I am a little out of your delivery area (Canada). But the homes look great!

  23. danielle weiner says:

    i am getting an error of some sort when i try to open the souther fried home website. are you having problems again/still?


  24. Karen says:

    Still doesn’t work :( What I can see, looks great.

  25. Tim Watson says:

    We are back online. Thanks for all of your patience.

    • Jess says:

      Still can’t get in…dang. I would like to know how far and wide you are willing to ‘build’ on your land. My dream place (I live in Charleston) is someplace in the foothills in Western SC to go to in Jun-Sept!

      • Tim Watson says:


        Thanks for your persistence It seems to go down on weekends. I am in the process of changing hosts. Never been a problem until the power of the Tiny House Blog was released.

        Hope to have bandwidth increased this week.

        To answer your question, yes we do work in the upstate.

        Tim Watson

        • Jess says:

          I totally understand…my blog was picked up on Apartment Therapy once, and holy.cow.

          Thanks for the reply, I have added you on facebook so I can keep in touch.

  26. Caroline says:

    Have any of these made it to NC and/or the beaches of NC yet? If so, where?
    So excited to know Southern Fried is around my area! At last!

  27. Anton Ross says:

    I know these tiny houses…they’re in Bluffton, SC, down near the historic Calhoun Street. They’re very cute, and part of Bluffton’s affordable housing project.

    They’re very much reminiscent of Katrina Cottages.

    I live on a sailboat (restored 1978 Soeverl 36 Sloop) in Beaufort, so I get to see lots of small (and not-so-small) homes in the area.

    Just found this site today, and love it.

    S/V Meridian

  28. I really love the look. The color seems to really fit in.

  29. Frenks says:

    I’ve been wanting to know about the price as well. Any information about it by any chance?

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