Slabtown Customs Cube

This Slabtown Customs creation is based on the popular French Cube with some modifications, the biggest being the size. This unit is a 12′ cube, 12×12 footprint and 12′ tall with a very roomy second level for sleeping quarters and storage/closet space, with stair access to upper level

The attached pictures were taken before total completion of the unit so there are some things yet to be done such as a little trim, bathroom door, as well as some kitchen items I mention below.

The house is constructed on wooden skids, it has 2×8 floor joists, 16″ on center with steel hurricane ties on each end of every joist, 3/4″ thick floor decking, standard site built house framing, metal roof, 36″ entry door with window. The house has two 3×3 windows as well as a 2×2 plus the window in the door on the lower level and two 3×3 plus one 2×3 window in the upper level filling the house with lots of natural light. The house is fully insulated with fiberglass in the floor, walls and ceiling, it is wired and plumbed like a site built home but set up with rv type hook-ups including a 50 amp 110v electric service.

The bathroom has a 32″ shower stall, full size toilet, and a 18″ sink/vanity
The kitchen has a small sink, fridge with top freezer, 45″ overhead cabinets, 36″ sink base cabinet, yet to be installed in kitchen and not seen in pictures are a two burner cook top, microwave and large toaster/convection oven.

The house has a 19 gallon water heater. There are some storage items already installed in the upper level. Also to be done in the upper level are finishing touches to the closet space which will include nearly 6′ of hanging storage, approx 2′ of shoe/clothes storage. To be added before delivery will be a 110v RV type washer/dryer combo, this will be set in place above the water heater as seen in the pictures of the upper level. Another item to be added before delivery will be a heat/air unit that will be installed in the wall about halfway up the steps leading to the upper level allowing air flow to the lower level, upper level or a mix.

Interior walls and ceilings are finished with a bead board pine panilling, lower level floor is a cherry finish hardwood laminate, upper level has carpet.

This is a trial run to test the waters on this design, this could be the first of many or the one and only, I am hoping for a quick sale and looking to move it out ASAP the house is priced at $13,750 with everything mentioned above. Delivery is available anywhere in the continental US for $2 per loaded mile.

Contact Scott Stewart at 870-213-5310
Mountain View, Arkansas
Email: ozarksbest@yahoo.com

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TM - June 18, 2011 Reply

I love it . It looks great . I wish it closes to me so I may buy it . Thanks, TM.

Jaie - June 18, 2011 Reply

This is nice. Not as classy as the French cube but a great example of what can be done with a cube shape.

Eric - June 18, 2011 Reply

I live in Missouri and if this guy is still making these houses in 1-3 years, I will definitely buy one from him. This would make an AWESOME little lake house/cabin.

    Scott Stewart - June 19, 2011 Reply

    Thanks Eric,
    this unit would work great as a lake house, it was built with the idea that it had many many potential uses from weekend to full time living as well as all sorts of rental options including dorm room alternatives.

    Thanks for your posting.

    Scott

Angie - June 18, 2011 Reply

Add a front porch when you get it to the final place and some touches of custom paint on trim or something, and that can be really cute and functional.

jack gladstone - June 18, 2011 Reply

Love it, but why not a Flash Propane Heater,it will free up much space..and is much more efficient, other than that I love the home. Good Luck.. Jack

    Scott Stewart - June 19, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jack,
    the flash heater is a good idea, but not for everyone and when doing a spec unit we usually try to stay away from anything that requires propane use, however I am always glad to install such products and would be more than happy to switch heaters out, from my point of view as a builder those types of details are easily changed.

    Thanks for your comment,

    Scott

Meg k - June 18, 2011 Reply

Maybe the flash water heater was a big investment on a spec project.

robin yates - June 18, 2011 Reply

I much prefer this cube to the French origonal.This cube has the look of a real home. A big round of applause to the builder of this little beauty, A great concept which will sell, sell, sell !

Janice - June 18, 2011 Reply

Looks great! I want one! 😀

    Scott Stewart - June 19, 2011 Reply

    Hi Janice,
    all I need is an address and a deposit!!!

    Thanks for your words, its good to hear comments like that as you just never know how people will react to new builds and your statement was short and sweet and to the point.

    Scott

Monique - June 18, 2011 Reply

omg my perfect ideal of a tiny house! luv luv luv it! Wish i could buy it! Good price for it too!

Bryan - June 18, 2011 Reply

The French cube is lovely, but this looks like something I would actually live in.

I’m curious about the ceiling heights. Are they equal between the floors? It looks like more on the bottom and less on the top which would be ideal since most of the time up there would be spent lying in bed.

A pocket door to the bathroom would be a real space-saver and I like the lack of a cooktop. Just leave room to place an induction hot plate, crock pot, deep fryer, gyro machine… whatever.

    Scott Stewart - June 19, 2011 Reply

    Hi Bryan,
    I agree that the French Cube is a great looking unit but its a bit small for full time living. I wanted to build something that I myself would be happy living in full time and I belive this has enough room to do so.

    The ceiling height on the lower level is 6.5′, the upper level is around 4.5′
    A pocket door is an option for the bathroom, we actually had one planned for this application but it was damaged and I do not have quick access to them here in my part of the world.

    Thanks,

    Scott

      Mark - June 19, 2011 Reply

      Only 6.5 feet of clearance down below? Too bad I’m 6’6″.

      Would love to see what you’d do with a 16′ cube. 😉

leah - June 18, 2011 Reply

I really liked the french cube concept and Scott has done great job with this tiny house…. it’s very functional and extremely affordable!

Tonita - June 18, 2011 Reply

Scott,
Your work is amazing. I am really looking forward to getting my tiny home from you this summer. I will girl-ify it and then display my chick shack for every one to see. I am so glad i picked you to build my tiny home and this latest project confirms it. At this price, I would think someone would buy this in a heartbeat. Here in the Northwest that would sell for much more. Even after having it delivered to anywhere in the United States it seems to be a great deal.
Tonita

    Scott Stewart - June 19, 2011 Reply

    Hello Tonita!
    Thank you so so much for the comment. We will make sure your house is worthy of a posting upon completion here and I will be very anxious to see what kind of transformation you put it through back in WA

    Thanks very much,

    Scott

cj - June 19, 2011 Reply

Nice work and an excellent price.

Kevin - June 19, 2011 Reply

At under 14K you certainly get what you pay for. The finishing touches are as basic as you can get (needs hand rail on stairs). Not sure if the electrical service should have been so close to the kitchen sink and can’t tell if those are GFCI outlets either. You can see the seams on the exterior siding already. With no overhangs, quality wall construction and being weather tight is crucial. What’s the roof pitch and load capacity? I am also wondering if it will be less than 13’-5” once set on top of a trailer for transport, not to mention the width will require an oversized permit during transport. Best of luck.

    Scott Stewart - June 19, 2011 Reply

    Hi Kevin,
    thanks for taking time to post.
    You are correct that the finishing touches are basic, the idea behind this unit was to be a very quick build and to be as affordable as possible and still offer all you would need to live.
    As for a handrail, that can easily be added and was part of the original plan but its not needed, atleast in my opinion it isnt because the lower level ceiling height is only 6.5′, once you are on the first step you can put a hand on the upper level floor, but again adding a handrail is a very minor detail and this is the sort of thing I would do at no extra cost.

    As for the electrical service….you just struck a nerve with me here as I have been dealing with electrical inspectors that have no conventional houses to check out so they are visiting me all the time and holding me up as well as costing me extra money so I can assure you that box is in one of the few spots it could be to both be approved and accomodating from the build standpoint as well as cost effective for the buyer to be able to “plug” this house in.
    Those are GFCI outlets, as a matter of fact there are five GFCI outlets in this tiny house!

    You are correct about seeing some seams on exterior siding, actually you are seeing seams on only one piece of siding and that is because that particular piece of siding is covering the spot where the ac/heat unit is set to go and it has not been permanently installed and wont be until after the heat/ac unit is in place….when I read your comment about the siding I had to laugh because when I snapped those pics I told one of my guys that someone will notice that siding being loose, he said nah, and here I am responding to that very thing.

    The house is weather tight, no doubt about that, we produce many structures here from storage to houses and they are all weather tight, this house has already been through two storms and downpours and I can assure you it is sealed tightly, the roof pitch is extremely minimul, but after lots of thought I decided to go with a metal roof with a small slope as opposed to the flat roof with rubber covering as I know what the metal will do, the rubber is still a new thing for me and we are experimenting with it. As for load capacity, I could set another cube on top of this house and have no problems.

    This house will not be under 13′ 5″. It is true that the width will require a permit, anything over 8’6″ requires one, as for height you are allowed 13’6″ with no permit required, this house will be well over 14′ once loaded on a trailer but that is not a problem, it just has to be listed on the permit that way. I had no expectations of the buyer of this house to be picking it up themselves so going above the legal height wasnt a concern, I have a stack of permits knee high, I have moved loads upto 16′ wide and upto 16′ tall, just another minor detail to deal with and on my end, not even worth mentioning as it has become just part of the daily routine so to speak.
    This house obviously was built to be moved into place and left there, had this unit been built on a trailer it would come in at legal height with the expectations of frequent moves.

    Kevin,
    thanks for your comments, I am sorry if I came across as a bit harsh on this particular posting, inspections and permits are a big pain in the neck for me so I may already be a bit wound up on these categories, as we all know times are tough and there isnt much going on in this economy, especially where I am so I am under the microscope more due to the simple fact that I am one of few with much work going on, I have no problem being inspected, I have nothing to hide but I like for things to be quick and efficient and inspections and the permit process are not always so quick.

    Thanks, and sorry to all if I shared a bit too much!!!

    Scott

    One last thing though, your first line was at just under $14K you get what you pay for…..
    I gotta be honest here and say that comment bothers me because I know what is invested in this house and although it has some basic features as you mentioned, it is a well built house and if the asking price is not more than fair my future as a house builder is in big trouble. I know not everyone will like this house and I know there are imperfections in this house, but this house IS worth the asking price.

      Kevin - June 19, 2011 Reply

      Hey Scott
      Appreciate you addressing my comments. First let me say that if you put as much effort into building you homes as you do responding to comments, then it’s truly a quality product.

      In my opinion regardless of the size, the finishing Details are what make a house into a home. However installing the basics does allow the new homeowner the opportunity to customize and upgrade to their own particular taste without wasting money.

      Knowing what romex cost and at two bucks a foot for the big stuff your explanation seems perfectly plausible. Steel is a perfect choice for roofing but originally being from Colorado, snow loads and pitch are the first things when you hear the word roof.

      No apology necessary, you’re a man doing exactly what I have just been pondering. Perhaps a hint of jealousy peppered my comments. I have seen way to much shoddy workmanship in the construction industry. It’s nice to see a conscientious professional who is not afraid of permits and inspectors.

      As far as the 14k comment, that was a miscommunication on my part. Probably still being in shock over Jason’s one of a kind price tag was my comments inspiration. So allow me to rephrase.

      When the Slabtowns Custom Cube is finished to the level that Scott stated, it will then certainly be a bargain. This introductory price is only $95.50 a square foot. In my humble opinion the man is lucky to be breaking even, the next one will probably be more. That is if he actually wants to make a profit.

        Scott Stewart - June 21, 2011 Reply

        Good morning Kevin,
        thank you for your words. I was feeling as though I had said too much in my reply and kind of gotten off course a bit, anyway I thank you very much for your last reply and for all the points you brought up.

        Scott

    Tonita - June 19, 2011 Reply

    Hey Kevin,
    You mentioned “you get what you pay for.” Scott said in the post that he was not finished and had to add finishing touches. Even if he didn’t do one more thing to it, it seems to me that it is well worth the price he is asking.

    Just wonder if you can turn me on to anyone who will build something near to this quality for less than Scotts price? I live near Seattle and I paid $4,500 for a 10 x 20 storage shed that was built on my property about 3 years ago. The windows and french door were extra. I think the price for that cube Scott built is amazing and a steal. I don’t know of any builder who would touch a project like that for what he is asking. IF you do let me know.

    After much research and comparing tiny home builders and prices as well as calling people who have purchased tiny homes from Scott I decided to have him build one for me. I talked to a few people that purchased and live in Scott’s tiny Slabtown homes. I have heard nothing but raves and recommendations. A couple of the home owners read this blog.

    I have been following the tiny house movement for many years. I also read about lots of people that build their own tiny homes and I find it intersting to see how much they spend to build them. Because Scott is more than willing to customize a tiny home in anyway a buyer wants I don’t understand why people choose to pay more in materials, then have to build it themselves when they could order one built, customized and complete and cheaper than the materials, and sweat labor time it costs to build their own.

    Line up the Slabtown Anne Marie tiny home with a Tumbleweed or any other tiny home and show me a builder that can produce more for the money. I may buy a second one from them and start a collection. LOL.

    Scott- can I get a discount for all the raves..lol. Just kidding, I would feel guilty.
    Tonita

Beth - June 19, 2011 Reply

Love it; am in Tulsa and would love to see you workshop sometime. Perfect roadtrip !

Kae - June 19, 2011 Reply

An on-demand hot water system, maybe installed to the exterior would seem prudent, and issues with proximity of electric box and water of concern…. Having lived in Japan, I’ve learned to look at space management differently–maybe explore TOTO products for the toilet/shower planning…what if it were more adjacent to the entrance, too, so one does not track so much across the living area if stepping in for quick cleanup, say, at the lake…and I keep looking for that tiny house that is more contemporary in mood, maybe more of a window wall that frames a view, or orients for light capture either passive solar, or an artist’s working studio. And what about a ships ladder to the loft?

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for posting Kae,
    the items you mentioned such as the water heater, ships ladder and even the layout are all easily made changes that we could do to one of these units, most of which wouldnt even change the price.

    Scott

Eric Edwards - June 19, 2011 Reply

This is so cool and is much more functional than the French version. I love it. Price is reasonable too. Way to go Scott!

alice - June 19, 2011 Reply

I like this cube a lot more than the Scottish cube with the solar roof a while back, much more open and usable space. While the Scottish one (can’t remember the actual name of it) had fancier stuff in it the overall feel of this one is more homelike as well as being more flexible in how you can set up furniture. A person can always change the aesthetics but the basic unit has to be sturdy and functional and this one looks like it fits the bill. Seems to be a good price too. I can definitely see a small covered front porch on there, maybe a wraparound ground level deck and a nice deck up top (my granddaughter suggests a slide coming down from the top). Sounds like the construction is strong enough to take it. If I were building one for myself I’d have French doors all along the front wall and I’d add some more kitchen counter space but otherwise not a bad setup.

Lora - June 19, 2011 Reply

Love this house maybe in couple years I can save up enough to buy love it’s perfect.

freespirit - June 19, 2011 Reply

I have fallen in love with all of your work and wish I could have you up in WI as I’m close to being able to afford something this price and am making some connections for a place to put it!

I love the variety of choices you have given and the cube concept. As a tiny house dreamer and lifetime tiny apartment liver, here are my initial reactions if I were to live in it:

1. I like the layout, but if I were building my own, I would put the bathroom near the entry, so as to not track dirt in and out so easily. While tiny abodes are less to clean you do have to clean the floors almost daily with tracking issues.

2. With that thought in mind, “mud-room” space is often eliminated in tiny abodes. So little things, like leaving a little space behind the door to hang coats and put a vertical shoe rack and umbrella’s is REALLY helpful. Also the porch you mentioned can be used for that if it is screened in.

3. If I were living in this full time, I would want a little more counter space and a full-size sink. It seems that this would be possible if the counter and fridge area was extended towards under the stairs a little more. I once had a tiny kitchen that was “U” shaped that give me just as much space as a larger kitchen and it was very easy to work with, just spinning to do different tasks. The buyer could opt for fold down counter to achieve some of this and open the space later. Plus it could serve as a eating place.

4. I love the idea of the washer/dryer in the house and never thought of putting it in the loft. This is a great idea.

Thank you for sharing your work! I read the posting about codes. It seems like you are gaining a lot of experience. Perhaps you want to write up a little $5 electronic book for tiny house builders about working with code issues!

Good luck and keep up the great work.

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Thank you for your reply, you know WI is not a problem for delivery!!!

    All the modifications you mentioned are good ideas and are all more than possible, customizing to fit each buyers needs is what its all about for me.
    As for the code book……not sure about that one, so many differences from one town to the next and its a rather depressing subject, but I will keep gathering info and notes on what we run into, maybe someday I will have enough useful info to be beneficial for others.

    Scott

      freespirit - June 22, 2011 Reply

      Hi Scott,

      I know that WI is not out of the question for delivery, but I would expect the cost is pretty high. Also, it seems more eco-friendly to find someone willing to help build locally.

      I do have a lot of experience with living small and have a lot of design ideas from that perspective, however. I would be happy to send you some of my ideas for you to implement if I can get my scanner working on my new computer.

Sally - June 19, 2011 Reply

This is a great little house at a great price. You are on the short list for my someday dream property.

Great job.

Bill Farthing - June 19, 2011 Reply

I am very interested. If I had a property with septic, well, and anchor piers, could this go right on the property?

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Bill,
    yes if you had a spot with the utilities ready it would be a quick set up and you could be ready to move in right away.

    Please let me know of any other questions or ideas you may have,

    Scott

Amanda - June 19, 2011 Reply

Scott – I generally love your work and especially appreciate taht you keep things affordable. In this case though I’m not sure. I think the kitchen lost a little in translation. I think the upper cupboards in the French Cube are more functional, althouhg admittedly not as bright without the window. I also think I like the bathroom set-up better in teh French Cube because you don’t have to step over the toilet to get to the shower, and there was room fro a small closet taht way too. What I do like about this one though is that ther eis more room in the loft I think and it’s much brighter with the larger wndows.

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Amanda,
    thanks for your posting. I would have problem at all in doing the layout a bit differently to fit the specs you mentioned.
    One of the best options for the bathroom to take care of the toilet position would be one of the sink/tank lid combos for the toilet allowing it to be set on the opposite wall of the shower, I wanted to go this route here but didnt have enough time to get one of these items. There is actually more room getting in the shower than it appears from the pics, I am a big guy myself and I can funtion in the bathroom, but again, a different layout wouldnt be a problem at all.
    As for the kitchen, if I had it to do over again I would have moved the window to the side and had the upper cabinets there and probably brought the base cabinets around under the stairs, but from my point of view as a builder, those are minor details for the next unit.

    Thanks so much for sharing, its always nice to hear other ideas and find out what people would like.

    Scott

Dustin B. - June 19, 2011 Reply

Pretty slick. Definitely something I’ll try to keep in mind for when I manage to get away from my current diggs.

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Thanks Dustin,
    these kind of comments are fuel for me as a builder to keep trying new things. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

    Scott

Krystal - June 19, 2011 Reply

Wow, this is really nice, even though the stairs are right in front of the door. In my culture, stairs right in front of the door is seen as bad luck. I guess you can compare it to bad feng shui or something. But nonetheless, it looks cozy!

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Krystal,
    stairs are like the bathrooms in a tiny house, they are a huge pain in the neck to find the right place and layout so as to not rob too much room from the rest of the house.
    I wasnt aware of the bad luck associated with this placement close to the door, in this particular house the stairs could easily be moved to another wall, to the left of the door for instance and solve this dilemma.

    Thanks for the info,

    Scott

Andy - June 20, 2011 Reply

Scott,

Wonderful work. Your prices are very low…. I find it hard to believe some people think you charge too much.

Keep up the good work and someday you will build for me.

Andy

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hello Andy,
    I really appreciate your support. I know you cant please everyone and I too am in shock sometimes when I hear comments about the pricing being high, but when I get to follow them up with posts like yours and the others on this thread it puts the smile back on my face.

    Scott

Mel - June 20, 2011 Reply

Love this! Something different from the house on a trailer model….more inspiration. 🙂

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Mel,
    many times the houses need to be on trailers due to the need to be mobile or to skirt around zoning or even for insurance purposes, but most of my ideas and unique plans and designs are for houses built like this unit which are portable but not perm on a trailer. You just have more flexibility like this. Each build comes with its own set of criteria to make it doable and we just have to find a way to make it work.

    Thanks for posting,

    Scott

Susan - June 20, 2011 Reply

Hi Scott,

I was wondering about the legalities of small houses. Do I need inspections and permits if I bought one? Do you help take care of that as well?

Thanks!
Susan

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Susan,
    the legal stuff associated with the small houses is different from town to town and you have to be so careful, lazy code enforcement officers many times will be too quick to say NO when you ask if you can do this or that, its much better to research the acceptable rules for the particular area you want to set up in and just make sure it falls within these guidelines.

    I will be happy to help on this, if you are looking to do something and know what size you are thinking about feel free to give me a call anytime and fill me in on all the specs and location and I will do some leg work for you.

    Scott

Deek - June 20, 2011 Reply

Hey Scott,
Good stuff, a very reasonable price, and good to see that you’re keeping very busy. Some day, if we ever hit that area, we’ll have to film/interview you, etc.

-Deek
Relaxshacks.com and Tiny Yellow House(Youtube).

Best of luck with all!

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Deek,
    thanks so much! I would love to give you the quick tour of my sawmill site, tiny house facility, in fact you could probably find enough old wood and junk from the sawmill days to build a relaxshack to take home.

    I love your work and your videos, especially the upbeat positive take with a little humor added.

    Scott

freespirit - June 20, 2011 Reply

Just an observation after I thought about the design a little. Switch the door to the space where the window is by the bathroom and leave enough space behind the door for coats and shoes, which will greatly eliminate tracking dirt in.

Extend the counter to below the stairs, leaving a little space for a stool and eating space and put a lazy susan in the corner cabinet to increase kitchen storage space.

Bob H - June 21, 2011 Reply

Price is fantastic. Not on a trailer. I think I will wait for the 16X16 or 20X20 cubefor my getaway. I am sure the larger could also meet code requirements. Great small dwelling.

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Bob,
    a 16×16 or 20×20 would be a great great house, I have played with a 20×20 layout quite a bit actually, just needs to be built in two sections to be able to move it but I have done that many times, in fact we have done four sections recently.

    If you ever have any ideas feel free to hit me up,

    Scott

David - June 21, 2011 Reply

Why is the exterior so damned UGLY?!
The proportions, the confused historical references, and the lack of detail show blatant design withdrawal.

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Wow!
    I usually thank everyone for their posting and taking time to do so. At the risk of coming across as a poor sport Im not going to do that with your comment, all I can really think of is to say I think your glass needs just a touch more water, I get the feeling its half empty.

    David, just to clarify for you and all the readers, I am smiling and chuckling as I wrote that and when I read your comment, I am not upset in the least, its obvious not everyone will like every unit we build, I am ok with that, luckily my pride is ok on this build with the other comments that have been posted.
    Maybe next time we will have something you like as well,

    Scott

joanne - June 21, 2011 Reply

Scott,
everytime i see any of your tiny homes i just love them! Your prices are impossible to beat…GREAT JOB

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Thanks Joanne,
    I needed that comment with “love”, “GREAT JOB”
    and an exclamation point in it after the previous post!

    Thanks for the boost,

    Scott

Jake - June 22, 2011 Reply

This little house is so awesome! I would be comfortable living in it full time. You have done a great job with this and hope to buy one someday. Do you have a website with floor plans and other constructions?

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jake,
    thanks for the post, I do have a site, its slabtowncustoms.com
    It is still under construction so to speak but you will see a few builds there, I can also send you many more pics via email as well as a link to more pics.

    Just let me know how I can help,

    Scott

Brianna Olds - June 22, 2011 Reply

These are really cool! We’ve got a whole category dedicated to products designed for small spaces, do you have any suggestions for items like that?

Brianna Olds
CoolProducts.com Social Media Marketing Manager

kyle - June 22, 2011 Reply

I WANT ONE! question can two be delivered together, the 12×12. also can full sink be put in, or is it just not practical. oh im in south Texas. if i was near you id be living in it already. probably have to get20x20 for the wife. she 6’1. would queen fit, waste of space for most but her height we arent comfortable in double

    Scott Stewart - June 23, 2011 Reply

    Good morning Kyle,
    thanks for your reply. Its interesting that you mentioned delivering two at one time, this is something I have been looking at a lot, mainly for this particular building. This cube, in my opinion, is a perfect design for multi unit applications such as rentals of all kinds, dorm room alternatives and in cases of disasters such as Joplin, MO. Being able to haul two or even three units which is what we are trying to set up for would cut down on freight and allow me to offer even better pricing on multi unit orders as it is much more efficient building two or three of the same unit all at one time.

    As for the kitchen sink, no problem adding a double basin, especially if we do the L shaped layout.

    20×20 would be possible, but delivered in two sections

    A queen will fit with no problem

    Thanks again,
    let me know of any other questions or ideas,

    Scott

Shelia - June 22, 2011 Reply

I love it and would simply finish it to my liking once in place. One suggestion would be to extend the bathroom wall out enough to put the door on the kitchen side and move the electric panel to where the bathroom door is now. Think that might also open up more wall space for books, tv, etc.

Can you travel Highway 7 to East Texas or do you have to take a less direct route? I’m seeing about 400 miles or about $800 to ship to East Texas, but looks like it might be down Highway 7.
Thanks. Unbeatable quality and price.

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Sheila,
    thanks for your comment and question. There shouldnt be a problem traveling highway 7, I really wont know until I actually call in for the permits, there could be construction going on that could limit wide loads, if that was the case they will re-route me accordingly, but if that worked out then yes, the $800 would be correct.

    Please let me know of any other questions,

    Scott

whit - June 22, 2011 Reply

I recently asked another builder why there couldn’t be stairs (fold up) added for less agile ppl, and here you are! I love the size of this and I’m wondering, if it needed to live on a trailer, for code reasons, what would I be looking for or at in that regard. Not to mean it would actually be hauled anywhere! Also, yes on the U shaped kitchen, thereby using the under stairs space.

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Whit,
    we could easily set this on a trailer and I totally understand why it may need to be done that way. I looked at a trailer suitable for this yesterday as I had a possible sale for this unit that requires it sitting on a trailer and with this particular set up it would add $1450 to the cost of the house.
    Making the kitchen into the u shape would still be an option we can do, at no extra cost.

    Let me know if you have any other questions,

    Scott

Gregory Tart - June 22, 2011 Reply

Really fantastic in design and simplicity- Could you- and I know this might sound stupid- finish the exterior in stucco?

    Scott Stewart - June 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Gregory,
    that idea doesnt sound stupid at all, in fact I have thought about doing stucco walls on a tiny house quite a bit. I do think though the best way to do that would be to do it after delivery. Although I am confident my house is stout enough to not move enough to cause cracking, some of the roads are so so rough that during delivery Im not sure how it would work out, not to mention the added weight, of course with the weight issue aside, if you only had minimul cracks they could easily be fixed once delivered.

    I have wanted to do a tiny house with stucco, arched doors and windows and a spanish tile roof for some time, probably would go with a steel version of the tile roof though. My wife is actually from southern CA so she grew up around that style of house and I have planned to do one for some time, who knows, maybe it will show up here before long and I will know just how stucco works on a portable house.

    Thanks for refreshing one of the many ideas floating in my mind,

    Scott

Me'chelle - June 22, 2011 Reply

Drool this tiny jewel is perfect, if it was mine it would be 15x15x15 but this is great though Scott I was waiting when you would do something like this.

Good Job!!

    Scott Stewart - June 23, 2011 Reply

    Hi Me’chelle,
    thanks so much for the post.
    If you get ready to build that 15′ cube I would be happy to do some prefab and maybe put together a shippable kit for you……just a thought!

    Thanks,

    Scott

John from Texas - June 22, 2011 Reply

I recently purchased an Anne Marie tiny house with an enclosed 8 ‘x 8’ bedroom instead of the small porch from Scott and have been very pleased with it overall. Well, other than it took a bit longer to get here than planned and other than a couple of pretty small things (like not having a deadbolt as I see in the pictures above) that I can/did take care of.

The house was/is of a very good value for the amount that it was listed and of very good quality as I’ve gone through some rough weather recently (last night) and it came through it with no problem at all.

I have no problem recommending Scott for his work, and I even plan on purchasing another one of his tiny homes from him down the road.

And really? How many other builders take the time and personally respond to (pretty much) each and every comment posted here (or e-mail sent to him)? Plus, no matter the build (or anything in life for that matter), no one is ever totally 100% satisfied, but with Scott, you will be damn close to it.

    Scott Stewart - June 23, 2011 Reply

    Hi John!
    Good to hear you have been able to enjoy your house, hopefully you guys finally got some relief in the way of some rain down there.

    It means a lot to me to see your comments here, it is so important to me to build a house that people are proud of and happy with and reading your post just put a huge smile on my face.

    Thanks, I will be swelled with pride all day long!

    Scott

    Jason - June 26, 2011 Reply

    John,

    Any chance you could post photos now that you are settled in. I’d be really curious to see the Anne Marie with the front room instead of the porch. How are you using it? Are you living in it full time?

Daniel - June 23, 2011 Reply

Scott, keep up the great work!!!.
Gotta be honest…I find your comments very refreshing and a break from our overly critical masses.

    Scott Stewart - June 27, 2011 Reply

    Thanks Daniel,
    I know what you mean, I know there are good and bad points in everything, I just like to focus on the good and try to stay away from too much negativity, criticism is good, many times very helpful. Its depressing though to read a comment that gives you the feeling the author was only looking at the post to find something wrong with it. I am thankful I do not have that type of outlook on things and hope I never get to that point.

    Scott

Jason - June 25, 2011 Reply

Scott,

Could you put pull down attic stairs to the loft. Also, is there any way that you could have pocket or sliding doors that have seperate doors for the shower and bathroom? I like this cube much better than the French Cube, functionality wise, but that is a feature that I really liked on the French Cube. It wouldn’t have to be as fancy or expensive as the French Cube way, but if I lived in one of these I would like to be able to use the toilet while my wife takes a shower and not have us be in the same room.
Also, if you did make one of these larger, say 16 x 16, how much would that effect the price to haul… or even if you made the 20 x20 in two parts, would the cost to deliver be substantially more. I would be thinking of bringing one of these to Charleston, SC.

    Scott Stewart - June 27, 2011 Reply

    Good morning Jason,
    thanks for your questions. We can do the attic stairs not problem, in fact we have done this before and it works out very good.
    Pocket doors seperating the shower from the rest of the bath is a good idea as well, no problem there.
    As for the larger units, going to the 16×16 wont be a problem, the price would raise accordingly to how the 12×12 is priced, actually the per foot price would come down some as all the main items are already accounted for such as fixtures, appliances, etc. The delivery however for the 16′ unit will go up quite a bit as once you are in that range the delivery process will have some added costs such as escort vehicles and route changes which will add some time to the delivery.
    The two piece idea for a 20×20 should probably be looked at closely as overall costs of that unit compared to a 16×16 and its delivery charges may actually make the 20×20 a better buy, I will be glad to run some numbers and get some pricing to you if you are interested, if so feel free to email me and we can discuss this further.

    Thanks so much,

    Scott

Ms. Ann - July 3, 2011 Reply

Hello Scott,

I seen the the aol video of the family that lives in a 320 sq. ft. home. I loved the idea immediately. I have been looking around for land since. Unless I missed it in the aol article below the video I couldn’t seem to find the builder. Which was driving me nuts. Then I googled tiny homes and I found your web site but there wasn’t much to it. Finally I found an article that was written for United Kingdom that listed your company’s name. Then I found this web site that gives a little more. I would love to take a trip and see what your working on. Should i call you or email you for a viewing? Is any of your homes hurricane proof? I lived through 3 Hurricanes in Central Florida. What is your wait for a custom home since the Aol Published the article with your custom built home? Your prices are so amazing almost to good to be true! I can tell you love building these homes. Future Customer Here! I believe I have also talked my sister into buying one with me so you could get that double order. Sorry for all the questions. All my best…Ann

Travis - July 10, 2011 Reply

Scott,
I think it looks great and the price is incredible. My question is if I buy it. Could you install some extra counter top for some computer equipment. Also change the water heater to on demand. Any pics of the outside service hookups? How is the bottom insulated and protected from the elements? I got my pen on the check. 🙂 — Travis

lisa - July 12, 2011 Reply

This is great. I have been researching small living for quite sometime now and this is my dream. Great work. Do you have any pictures of the completed cube. I would really love to see it all together with full kitchen install, etc. Do you have plans to offer this as a kit home for DIY’s? The price is outstanding!

Jessie Stinchfield - October 29, 2011 Reply

I missed all the commentary in the summer, just catching up. Love the efficiency if this little house. I have a 10×20 “shed” that I’m redo-ing into a guesthouse/cabin/rental. This house has alot of great ideas aesthetically…like the wide beadboard, comfortable bathroom, compact kitchen, useable ladder, spacious loft…all good ideas. Thanks, Scott. I’ll have to check out your other work.

Don - February 4, 2012 Reply

I have looked at literally thousands of small and tiny houses, both designs and those actually built. I don’t know exactly why, but this Cube is one of my most favorites. I hope someday to be able to live in one.

dou dou - February 8, 2012 Reply

Hmm, let me sell some birds and I’ll be in touch – I want one!!

Rebecca - November 29, 2012 Reply

Is this sold Scott??

michael - January 12, 2013 Reply

i would add a front porch and build a garage and i would be set. can i get the plans though because i live in northern illinois

dawn - March 21, 2014 Reply

cute! i like the inside. think hot water tank should be in a corner somewhere. but all together cute. it does need a porch and a few thinks on the outside to make it look not so boxy! but he did say he was finished! i like it! great price too!

Bree - December 9, 2014 Reply

I really love the design! It’s gorgeously cute. 🙂 Altho, I have heard some nasty reviews from previous customers; not too sure if I’d want it built for me!

David C. - November 1, 2015 Reply

I would have gone with a tankless water heater and a full-sized refrigerator. Also, does this have a washer/dryer combo unit in it?

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