Blankenship Small Homes in Alabama - Tiny House Blog

Blankenship Small Homes in Alabama

Royal one of my readers keeps me supplied with neat finds and this one is really neat and he shares some great advice too. Royal discovered these houses built in Ozark, Alabama and is going to give us a tour through them.

Last June, Mr. Blankenship of Ozark, AL constructed five small homes that are each only 500 sq. ft. They are 1 bedroom, 1 bath, with a nice front porch, living room and kitchen. According to the people living there, they are extremely well insulated and they can have their dogs there without any additional charge.

These were all constructed as rentals. (The housing market being what it is.) Each small house has a concrete parking area out front that is sufficient for two vehicles each. They are conveniently located within a block of the downtown area. They can walk to City Hall, the supermarket, the dollar store, the Methodist church, a couple of restaurants, and an art gallery.

The builder poured all the slabs in one day and once they started framing, they had all five of them framed, drywalled, and painted within 3 weeks. They have silver-colored metal roofs. And each home is painted in a different pastel color so it is easy to find which one is yours. The homes all have very small yards for minimal upkeep. And, it took less than 3 weeks for them all to be leased out for the year.

Mr. Blankenship was familiar with the local planning commission, wrote up the appropriate paperwork, talked with the commissioners, and had no problems getting it all approved. He is now considering building some more of them.

So, in a round-about way, I’ve covered most of the vital concerns: planning, location, construction, renting (just under $500 a month).

Recent Update: I managed to get a few interior photos of just one place … and drew a floorplan (NOT 100% to scale) to give you the idea of the layout. I understand that all five have the same layout. Even though the roof-lines and exterior colors are different. The guy I visited with says that summer or winter — his monthly electric utility costs are only $50 a month. The rent is $500 a month. All appliances, including the vertical stack washer/dryer, come with the place.

The guy who built these also built seven 1,000 sq ft shotgun houses on the intersecting street that rent for $750 a month. – Royal

Thanks Royal for doing all this research and for getting permission to shoot an interior of one of the rentals. These look very livable and maybe others can duplicate this process across the country.

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Mark Tisdale - January 21, 2011 Reply

Excellent! Love the style! - February 19, 2020 Reply

    “Even without air conditioning, the homes are quite comfortable, because they are designed with taller ceilings and cross ventilation, ” Butts-Ball says.  “By lifting the house off the ground, we keep them well insulated. These are very tight little houses; that helps them to be efficient without air conditioning, a foreign concept to Alabama.” Rural Studios’ 20K homes aren’t often in the spotlight — not because of their small stature, just 500 square feet — but because of the remote areas they target.

Eric Frisch - January 21, 2011 Reply

For $500, I would much rather rent something like this than the apartments I’ve been living in the past few years. Too bad they’re in Alabama… a long ways from me!

    Bob Dee - January 23, 2011 Reply

    Hi Eric,

    We would love to have you here in Alabama. We have lots of other great real estate values as well.


    Bob Dee - January 23, 2011 Reply

    Hi Eric,

    We would love to have you come and live in Alabama. We have many other great real estate values, and the lowest average property taxes in the nation.


alice - January 21, 2011 Reply

Dream rental!

    Jessica - July 4, 2019 Reply

    No doubt its just awesome
    my kids really liked it.

Zer0 - January 21, 2011 Reply

This is fine, but I really want the small house movement to allow for ownership. As in you don’t have to pay and pay for rent or a mortgage.

    alfred - January 21, 2011 Reply

    I hear you, but…..

    at $500/month this appeals.

    Something else to consider: as a renter, you are also not paying real estate taxes, nor insurance for the structure, nor are you responsible for repairs and maintenance.

    Given the choice of buying one of these five, even for say $50,000, or renting for $500. a month, I myself would rent.

      Jim - January 21, 2011 Reply

      You do pay for those things they are included in the rent. Imagine if the owner of a rental unit has his taxes and insurance increase by $50 a month. Guess who just got a $50 bump up on their rent.

    staci - May 31, 2013 Reply

    I’m with you on wanting to own! Totally worth owning and on a piece of land 😀 I absolutely see the lure of only $500/mo rent (holy cow – all those new appliances, too!) but some of oldsters want to be able to feel secure in owning.

    I love love love that the builder did this and hope he continues with these projects, wish you’d do this in California although I know the rents would be higher, they’d still be incredibly desirable. Apartment living sucks for many.

    Thanks for this great article and for the follow-up with a floor plan – whee! Keep writing, please!

      Court Kizer - July 22, 2013 Reply

      Or better yet take the $6000/year you would pay in rent and build one yourself. You can build the same thing easily for $6,000 if you have some help in the framing.

      Tiny house movement is about freeing yourself from rent and a mortgage.

        Bryan Booth - July 24, 2014 Reply

        Court, speaking as a homebuilder, you need to reevaluate your cost estimate. Unless you plan on having most of the materials donated, and having a licensed plumber, electrician, and HVAC tech donate their labor. There are many other labor costs involved too, site work, concrete finishing, framing, insulation, Sheetrock hanging and finishing, trim carpentry, roofing, painting, cabinetry, flooring, shelving. Are you going to carry any insurance while building, builders risk, work comp, general liability?Long story short, the materials alone would be more than $6000.

        Bryan Booth - July 24, 2014 Reply

        Court, speaking as a homebuilder, you need to reevaluate your cost estimate, unless you plan on having a lot of material and labor donated.
        You will need a licensed plumber, electrician and HVAC tech. Do you plan on caring any insurance while building, builders risk, work comp, general liability?

Anne - January 21, 2011 Reply

A man of vision! Particularly lovely little homes and very well priced. I am impressed.

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural - January 21, 2011 Reply

Those are just super-cute and adorable. I absolutely love them. How fabulous to offer tiny house rentals. That opens up so many new options to everyone.

Geoff - January 21, 2011 Reply


You mean to say, you dislike the profit motive?

Some folks don’t want to own because they’re tied to the property in a down market (e.g. the last 3 years). Don’t hate landlords getting profit…I need to earn money SOMEHOW with my capital when the stock market has become such a manipulated joke.

Stan - January 21, 2011 Reply

I keep trying to talk my Dad into doing this on his land, where he lives there are lots of single people that don’t want to rent a big house with a bunch of people or live in a apartment complex. I’ll have to show him this article.

mike - January 21, 2011 Reply

Cool. Although I would change the bathroom entrance so you don’t have to go through the bedroom…

Lisa - January 21, 2011 Reply

I wish these tiny houses would come to the Boston area. It’s very difficult to rent anything decent for under $1,000.00 a month. And it will definitely not be new.

    Deek - January 22, 2011 Reply

    Ditto on that notion Lisa- I used to live in downtown Boston years back (10 years ago)- the rent on a mouse-infested dump (3br- 4 people) went from $1500 to $1850 in a single year- then they wanted to raise it to $2200 the next year- INSANE. We left. There’s no rental-control laws in Boston- same with other cities. You can’t even rent the smallest of studio apartments now for under $1000.00.
    Houses like these would be great- but with Boston real estate, would still probably cosr $1000.00+ to rent.

    One other thought…

    Is all the hip-roof attic spaces not being used- those roofs look like their hiding some substantial space that could be used for a loft. Chances are its all pre-framed truss construction though- which would waste that space, but otherwise, its something to consider.

    July, 9th- 2011 is our tiny house/shelter workshop

      Court Kizer - July 22, 2013 Reply

      Rent is a terrible idea. I think tiny house’s are about changing your lifestyle. Why not spend $1,000 buying an race of farmland from a farmer near Boston. Use the other $5,000 to build this house yourself. It’s not as hard as you think.

      Spend $1,500 for solar panels, and $2,000 on a well. congratulations you are now above the system.

      Don’t move to a tiny home for the sake of condensing your lifestyle. Tiny homes are supposed to disrupt your lifestyle completely. It’s the chance to break free from the system. The system of mortgages and rent. The system of getting half your paycheck taken by the government, and then giving the other half to them in payments on a house you’ll never own.

      Buy land for cheep. It takes a few months of work to find $1,000 acre of land, but you can get them in any city (I even got 1 acre outside San Francisco for $1000)

      When you OWN A HOME, NEED NO UTILITIES FROM the POWER COMPANY and have a big garden, you no longer need a job, or have a single worry about what happens. You can work if you want, or just homestead. The hardest part of this, is simply choosing to drastically alter your lifestyle.

        Denise in Tennessee - August 30, 2013 Reply

        I’m not sure this is quite right: that if your house is paid, and you have a garden, and you don’t need for utilities, then you no longer need a job. There are always taxes on the land, and I’d like to have a bit of money to travel, give to good causes, pay for clothes for growing kids, and visiting to the doctor when/if necessary. My last was a high-risk pregnancy. The medical expenses would have been a nightmare without the insurance that happened to come with a good job.

        maryann - July 24, 2014 Reply

        where does one begin to look for land for $1000 ? I would love to be in NC, GA
        or TN Mountain area

        Rachel - July 24, 2014 Reply

        I’m actually having trouble finding Land, where did you find them for under $1000?

Kevin microhomesteadblog - January 21, 2011 Reply

This is an example of housing from a few decades ago that was very common in small town america.I live near a number of little towns that have small houses like these dotted all over the neighborhoods.
Now it seems frowned upon but should be a given in our economy.There should be a big market for smaller less expensive dwellings.People are tired of trying to support large house payments seems like some form of slavery. down with mc mansion’s !

    ginmar - January 22, 2011 Reply

    These are awfully nice, cute little homes. Not only are they great for rentals, but they spruce up the neibhborhood and add some appeal. This is great for everybody! I agree with what somebody else said, though: that attic space is being wasted and could be used.

Mary - January 21, 2011 Reply

I would have been sooo happy to find a place like this when I was just starting out. Really nice little places.

Chuck in Belpre - January 21, 2011 Reply

Great idea. Would be nice to have more room between them. Oh, someone needs to make the bed. 😉

SoPasCat - January 21, 2011 Reply

~~ That’s an AWESOME Small House !!!!

Roger - January 21, 2011 Reply

Excellent design and layout. I like the little laundry room nicely tucked away in-between the bathroom and closet. I wouldn’t mind living in one of those places.

Therese Z - January 21, 2011 Reply

If they weren’t thisclosetogether, they would be even better. The different fronts and the identical backs is very clever and the simple pad is good too, flexible and leaves the little land more open.

Sherri - January 21, 2011 Reply

Super adorable and really nice… ditto the “too close together” They do see just a little bit cramped together. Would have been nice to see them just a little more, well, moved apart a bit. Maybe even staggered about with little fenced gardens all around a little bit of common ground in the middle, that would have been super perfect!

JT - January 22, 2011 Reply

I like the houses but wouldn’t buy one of those. They are way to close together. I like a little elbow room.

Scott Stewart - January 22, 2011 Reply

I think the houses are great. From a builder/landlord standpoint I completely understand the houses being so close together, have to make the most and best use of the lot. Just spreading out a tiny bit more could possibly have put it in a situation of having to lose one house on that lot, cutting it back to four houses would probably change the rent to make it come out right for the owner. I think its so so so much better than a set of duplex units which are touching each other, these werent built to be sold, only rented, I think the issue of the closeness is irrelevant, its the craftsmanship that was put into a rental unit that I think should be admired here, lets face it, a plain jane thrown together shack, box, hut, duplex, anything really would probably rent for the same money. I think its a great and beautiful set up and is exactly in line with what is needed all across this country.
Well, sorry for the long winded comment, didnt mean to get carried away, I just like to focus on the good, I tip my hat to the builder, developer/owner as well as the tenants, the place looks great!!


Lester - January 22, 2011 Reply

These are adorable rental units! Their beauty would enhance any neighborhood. Having five small houses resting on a plot of land that would normally contain a single monster home is a brilliant idea, too. I would like to see more units of this type and size, constructed within our big cities.

Stpauligirlmn - January 22, 2011 Reply

These are great!

Perhaps they are so close together because they are rental properties all on one lot. Sort of like detached townhomes.

$500 rent for new construction. You just can’t beat that – I think anywhere! Good rental property is needed for those cannot or do not want to own a home. What a fabulous job!

Randy - January 22, 2011 Reply

I’m in the Atlanta metro and here, folks want mini-mansions. Deliver me! These little houses are way cool! With the economy so critical, I think “small” houses like this are a great solution that would help many and I hope we see more of these in other regions.

tully - January 22, 2011 Reply

If you look at anything long enough, one can find something to quibble with. But these
are great little houses.

My guess is, Mr Blankenship had to balance the contraints of the lot; his reasonable desire for
a fair revenue from his investment; and what is a viable monthly rent in his area. Four homes would have allowed
more room, but rent would need to be $625 to achieve the same income. Don’t know anything
about the rental market in Ozark, so can’t say if $625 would be reasonable. $500 seems more than fair, given
the quality of these little homes.

I like the kitchen set up, which is big enough to cook in, and the stained concrete floors. The latter makes
it easier for a landlord to allow pets, which is important for a lot of renters. As a renter who would be pleased if I never saw
wall to wall carpet again, a place like this would be fantastic. Insulation is good and the craftsmenship looks great.
It’s all one level, with no steps I can see, so appealing to older folks who might not want to deal with a sleeping loft.

Really like these a lot.

We need more Mr Blankenships, and housing stock like this—both rentals and for sale.

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural - January 22, 2011 Reply

As a dog owner, thank you for allowing dogs, and especially with no extra charge. How unusual.

Cheryl - January 23, 2011 Reply

Great idea…reminds me of the little place I lived in. It should be a role model for the rest of the country. I would rather own but see the point in affordable rentals too. They are very cute.

modular house - January 23, 2011 Reply

Wow..Thats areally very good style..i like it..but I really want the small house movement to allow for ownership. As in you don’t have to pay and pay for rent or a mortgage.

    Anne - January 23, 2011 Reply

    Luckly the ability to rent one has no gravity on the ability to own one…

MJ - January 23, 2011 Reply

Well done! Kudos to Mr. Blankenship for making rentals that are appealing, well built and affordable. They certainly are needed in these times and how wonderful to fill the bill so well. Hope landlord/builders like this will increase.

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Doug H - January 24, 2011 Reply

I’ve seen many sheds and mobile homes that people get excited about. However, this is a Tiny building that qualifies as a house (has plumbing!). Good to see the posting and hats off to the builder & designer. A true Tiny House.

deborah - January 24, 2011 Reply

Adorable! Only thing missing is a bathtub. (hate showers)

As one person here said, there are many, many, small homes in this country that were built after WW2. We have a lot of them here in Alabama and I remember a lot of them when I lived in IL…you just have to drive threw the older subdivisions.

    CarolAnn - July 24, 2014 Reply

    here where i live in a suburb outside Toronto Canada, those tiny WW2 homes are selling for $300,000 plus! 🙁 So cant even afford those. These tiny homes really appeal to me ..and i too would love to own one, not rent …

SteaksMom - January 24, 2011 Reply

I am especially interested in the “wrote up the appropriate paperwork, talked with the commissioners, and had no problems getting it all approved.” We need more information on how do persuade local communities to allow these small houses. Anyone have any ideas around that?

I like these because I want to have small but I want my own walls, I want a small back yard, and I want people around me.

Thanks for continuing to find and publish these articles!

Christi West - January 25, 2011 Reply

I definitely want to see the 1000 sq. ft shot gun houses mentioned here. Please update with pics and floor plans!!!

aiza@camelotvilla - February 14, 2011 Reply

i agree with you Christi West. i’m also excited to see those shot gun houses. hoping to see more pictures.manufactured homes

Doug Havron - February 19, 2011 Reply

I think these homes are great. They solve a need and they are eco friendly. If you want to buy a house, go make it happen. If you want to rent these sign up. I would like to build something like these in Nashville.

Mr. MR - March 15, 2011 Reply

These have an excellent style! The designer should sell this plan. I would love to build a row of them in Mississippi. I would add small storage room to it.

Mrs.Strickland - March 19, 2011 Reply

I love this. I grew up in Ozark, AL. My parents still live there and probaly know Mr. Blankenship. It probaly wasn’t the same one that made my wedding cake! Lol! If it is he is one talented man! Lol! We are actually looking for a small place to buy/build about 15 minutes outside Ozark! This would be perfect! Do you have is email, ect. ?

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Dean - June 7, 2011 Reply

These are adorable and the PERFECT size with all necesary features. It would be my dream to own one. The builder should sell them pre-fabbed.

Andrew - July 20, 2011 Reply

I’ve been wanting to do something like this in Huntsville for some time now. Would love to have more information.

MBee - August 18, 2011 Reply

What dreamy little houses! The colors remind me of taffy! Pure bliss. Thanks Mr. Blankenship…I hope you build more and more!

Alabama Renters Insurance - October 4, 2011 Reply

These homes are so cool, I want one now!

Ryan - October 31, 2011 Reply

Probably the nicest rentals I’ve seen for 500 in any market really. Only thing I’ve seen similar would be cabin rentals on lakes which are usually double the price. I really like his thinking and ability to pull off this quality at such a low price point.

cecil foley - January 23, 2012 Reply

Would like to know if you have one of these homes coming available in the next month. We are a retired couple, looking to move to Ozark to be near family. Please contact me at Thank You

    Kent Griswold - January 23, 2012 Reply

    You will need to contact the company as this is just a blog post about these buildings. Sorry I can’t help you more.

linda - August 18, 2012 Reply

Mr. Griswold, would love the name of the company to contact and get info. I’ve been wanting one of these tiny homes for over a year and still want. I live in Keller Tx. and the idea that Mr Blankenship did is what I am wanting in the area that I live, I am retired and on a fixed income and I have been downsizing so to find a tiny house.If I can get an address for Mr. Blankenship I will contact him directly. thank u linda

Marsha Cowan - December 2, 2012 Reply

They look like the adorable Katrina houses. Beautifully made and landscaped,especially for a rental. Trusses are a very economical way to build and the use of the is probably one of the reasons the owner was able to keep prices as low as he has. They are also very strong. Therefore, not a waste.

Carrie R. - September 15, 2013 Reply

I’ve been in love with tiny houses for years now. I’m in Huntsville, AL and would love to have one. As other have said though, these are a bit too close together. I guess I just need to find a builder who’s interested.

Nila Ridings - December 7, 2013 Reply

These are PERFECT! Rentals. It’s the way to go anymore since you can’t buy much of anything that isn’t located inside an HOA. Homeowners Associations are destroying home ownership for millions of people across the country. Being able to rent one of these would be my dream come true.

If anyone wants to know why not to buy in an HOA or condo they should read “Neighbors At War!” by Ward Lucas. His website is enough to make you run to Alabama and rent one of these little houses.

Eric C. - January 26, 2014 Reply

I’m curious to know what these little houses cost to build? Subtracting land costs and all. It’d be so tempting to get an acre out in the country and stop all this excess we’re living in now.

Marykay - January 27, 2014 Reply

I would consider renting one. I own my 450 sq. ft. home. As soon as this is paid off. I am looking for a winter place. At 500 per month. That’s not bad at all. And they are all adorable.

I wouldn’t even mind building some of my own as rentals. Cute as can be. Just make sure you get great tenants, that love their homes and really will care for them.

Darling concept, keep up the good work.

John - July 24, 2014 Reply

Who was the builder?
Can this be replicated?

Drew - July 24, 2014 Reply

Hi there,

I would love to rent one of these! I understand many people think that owning is the best way forward; but for someone like me (nearly 50, back in school with student loans, and no real savings) home ownership is probably not going to be an option. These are aesthetically pleasing, pet friendly, and affordable. Where do I sign the lease?

    Raul II Montoya - July 24, 2014 Reply

    Were do i sign? And can you give me info” about other designs like this type of tiny-home with options-features? And were you at?

    Tracey - July 25, 2014 Reply

    Couldn’t agree more!

    kay - October 12, 2014 Reply

    Please tell me where I may get the blueprints for these adorable houses. I have been searching for two years for a floor plan without a loft. I am an artist and this would be absolutely amazing to build this. Regarding the Blankenship small homes in Alabama!!!

      Kathie Lynch - November 14, 2014 Reply

      Just what I’ve been looking for. How do I get this home constructed for me in SW Florida?

David Wohlfeil - July 24, 2014 Reply

I’ll be damned. I posted a similar concept to this just about a year ago as a way of getting homeless families off the street and into a home that they can call their own. Not rental units but homes that could be purchased even if your only making minimum wage. My homes were designed as two and three bedroom units one and two story simple construction and full baths are the main differences. I am happy too see someone doing something on that order. This the wave of the future, downsizing and creating eco friendly neighbor hoods without any of the i’m better than you stigma that goes with so many of the new home wave people out there. Thinking because they leave less behind they are better than those with huge ass houses and big cars. Being that this development is up and running it should make it easier for others in the future to start up other projects just like it.

    Joe Murphy - July 24, 2014 Reply

    I’d love to see this in a 2 bedroom, maybe 1.5 bath version…..

      Bill Burgss - July 26, 2014 Reply

      I only do 1.5 bath models at my 4Fathoms Designs facebook page.

    Lyzz - July 24, 2014 Reply

    I wish this was available in my area of south fl.

Stephen Paden - July 24, 2014 Reply

My dream home. I started researching Tiny House living in 2013 and it is now a life goal to own one.

Alabama is a bit far from me. Is this located in an area with a tech industry? For programmers and such?

    Kym - August 3, 2014 Reply

    This is right next to Ft. Rucker ~ Army Aviation ~ flight school…. not many other jobs in Ozark however. I havent been downtown in a while as I pay my bills on the outskirts so I am going to have to find these. the area is pretty country though.

pernilla - July 24, 2014 Reply

I love it!!!

Eva - July 24, 2014 Reply

I live this concept, especially that it’s walking distance to town. I’ve never been to AL but renting would be a good way to give this lifestyle a try, plus we could afford it with my husband’s modest military pension. 2 additional requirements for us would be: close to walking paths and some green areas, and a place to grow a small amount of herbs and other plants, even if in containers. Very cool!

    Ben - July 24, 2014 Reply

    “Herbs”… wink wink!

      nikki - February 18, 2015 Reply

      could you not have waited ONE minute to post this? heehee

Gail - July 24, 2014 Reply

These would be so nice for serious college students who do not want to live with a bunch of partiers or for singles who do not want to have a roommate (too many screw over the other room mate). Love, love these homes and hope to convince my hubby that we should own one!!! My house is too big now that the kids are gone!!!!!

Wanda - July 24, 2014 Reply

I had a similar ideal. I have land no monies and need a grant or someone willing to invest. Emails welcomed.

    Joni Masse - October 13, 2014 Reply

    Where is your land?

      Wanda Dorsey - October 14, 2014 Reply

      North Carolina near Wilmington

        Vickie - November 15, 2014 Reply

        I would be interested in hearing more about your land and your ideas for investment! I use to live in Wilmington YEARS ago & loved it there! They had a Tiny House workshop there that I wanted to go to!

        Darva Kinney - March 14, 2015 Reply

        Hi Wanda, Just reading all this and looking at the amazing small house pictures. Used to live in Raleigh area, sure loved it and miss it! I’d be interested in chatting if you are still looking for help with your land and creating a tiny house. You can text me 717.557.9247 or find me on facebook if interested: darva oswald kinney

cathy ballou - July 24, 2014 Reply

Looking to downsize

Annamay - July 24, 2014 Reply

Please come to zip 23112 !! I want one!!

    Nancy - October 19, 2014 Reply

    I am in 23114. Lets start something.

PJ - July 24, 2014 Reply

My only criticism, if you could call it that, is that it would be more ideal for them to each be set back a bit from the other. Would allow for more light and privacy.

Carole Harbin - July 24, 2014 Reply

I wanna rent one. This is exactly what I’m looking for. I have a house in W.Va. I bought 3 yrs ago and it’s too much for me. I’m 65 and getting ready to retire. I want to sell my house and rent a tiny house. I also have a little pug dog. (my baby) This is so right for me!

    Vickie - November 15, 2014 Reply

    Where is your home in WV?

    Josie - February 16, 2015 Reply

    I’m almost 61. Not much savings but I can substitute teach. Any more in the future?

Amber - July 24, 2014 Reply

I love that these are more accessible than most tiny home plans. Accessible housing is a hugely underserved market, and many individuals who need it also have limited income. I can see this for an elder community as well. Or people who just want to downsize but worry about being able to use the loft as they age or in case of illness or injuries.

JC - July 25, 2014 Reply

This is what exactly like I want but two bedroom. I wished they built like these type of houses in New Jersey. I make over the minimum wage with high rate student loan payment, and basic bills. I’m a single mom but with my financial situation owning or renting in NJ is out of my range. I’m wishing to have a simple affordable home like this one!

BarbC - July 26, 2014 Reply

I would love to have one of these houses made for me and sent to Vermont! More information please!!!

Pam - July 26, 2014 Reply

Please contacts,iwant one !

Charlie M. - July 27, 2014 Reply

Thank you, Mr. Builder, for leaving the large shade tree in the back! I’ll never understand people who build only after clearing the landscape bare.

atale Coe - July 30, 2014 Reply

Can these plans be bought and built as homes for anyone? Any information would be appreciated 🙂

    alex - February 11, 2015 Reply

    I’d like the floor plans to these. where can I find them?

    heide-Marie Plansky - February 16, 2015 Reply

    I would like to live in Oregon or Washington State. How much would it be to build such a little beauty of a house for my self? I am 75 and I am looking for BEAUTY and easy living from now on.

Sabrina - August 9, 2014 Reply

Nice! I would love to do this with about 10 acres and rent them out in California!

Al - August 12, 2014 Reply

Any plans for miami area

Jennie - September 1, 2014 Reply

I wonder what the cost is of building these would be, remembering to keep them simple… A great idea for so many, especially seniors as well as the homeless. I would like to see them with a little more space around them but I know that in a city, space is at a premium. In smaller communities land is a little more reasonable so spreading out might be an option.

gail kirkwood - October 11, 2014 Reply

Anyone coming to denver?

Gary Principato - October 11, 2014 Reply

Great homes! Like the planning and overall finish of the whole project. Nice work!
I’d like to see a 2 bedroom or office area and a little more storage. My Wife and I are currently living in a 1950’s Cape Cod so we are somewhat accustom to living in a smaller home then what they are building today.

AVD - October 12, 2014 Reply

Nice small spec homes. A couple of small changes could have made them even even better small-homes.

1. Out-swing the front entry door and the backyard door. Makes the interior spaces better and avoids “door-swing” conflicts.

2. Pocket door for the bathroom.

Andrea - October 13, 2014 Reply

I saw this post a while ago…but I am still struck how the builder made the effort to alter the roof shapes……the different colors also is really nice but I think changing the roofs makes it look like little homes in a village rather than a motel strip….and took some extra work…..inspriring and hopefully will be copied!!

Andrea - October 13, 2014 Reply

ooh and one more thought….I would work on the tash bins out back…..maybe disguising them in a wood covered bin to the side so that the back has a chance to become a second sitting spot to have a cup of tea and plant some tall perenials between each back spot…Also appreciate that there are trees planted between porch and driveway spots…again some nice medium or tallborders there would give a cottage garden filter in front of ech house…but I guess youd have to have tenants into gardening or in could get very scrappy….

Marlene - October 14, 2014 Reply

How about an update on this article that is over THREE years old.. lovely concept but follow up is just as important?

– how many original tiny home dwellers are still there?
– what condition are the homes in now?
– accounts from residents? pros, cons, wishlists?

Thanks, it appears similar requests have been ignored – I have a $10 bill that this one will be ignored too. Pura vida.

    Kent Griswold - October 14, 2014 Reply

    I have attempted to get an update but have not been able to get in contact with the right people. I am on the opposite side of the country so I’m afraid it is not like I can go next door and get the answers. Anyone in the area who could make this contact and get updated info, it would be much appreciated!

      Kelli - October 14, 2014 Reply

      I live in Alabama, although not in Ozark, but there is a small private company called Blankenship Construction that says they build small residential homes in Ozark. It almost has to be them. Perhaps you could reach them here:

        Kent Griswold - October 14, 2014 Reply

        Thank you Kelli, I will see if I can learn more…

Wanda Dorsey - October 14, 2014 Reply

I love the whole concept of a tiny home community,I have land and would like some how to advice to make it happen.

Catherine - October 14, 2014 Reply

Good idea. What’s the cost of building these units?

CATRYNA - October 15, 2014 Reply

How excellent! And, also 1000sf homes, as well. My 3 brothers and I, lived with our parents in a 900sf house. Little works very well!

PJ Slade - October 15, 2014 Reply

Not only is this exactly the type of floorplan layout I’ve been thinking on, but as it happens, I hope within the coming year to be in a position to make this move… and knowing there is a small (mainly bedroom / retirement) community which would definitely approve this type of development, since the size visually of these would mean you could place 4 homes properly on 2 adjacent 80 x 180 building lots that I know are for sale, with water & sewer hookups already included & landscaping roughed in place, with an awesome view. I could see living in one myself w/ my dog, then either renting, or set up a rent-to-own arrangement, so someone on a lower or fixed income could afford to own, or even buy one in the conventional way, should they have the down payment & bank mortgage approval in place. I like the accessibility factor too, as I am 56, have mobility problems, & drive a small fuel-sipper, not some big sled from the 70s or big pickup truck.. though as one person pointed out, a little more setback from the road-edge would make these incredible! These are the houses where the future lies, for adult singles, or couples who do not want the headaches of looking after something larger, or for that matter a professional person who wants all their normal comforts without spending all their time doing clean-up & maintaining the outside. Space enough for a little barbecue out back, especially if you had a flagstone patio for simpler cleaning & installation. I wonder if the council in that area would allow 3 two bedroom units n a double lot, since I’m sure those would sell or rent so fast they’d be occupied within a week to ten days of completion. Those lots are in walking distance to 2 churches, the town park & swimming beach, 2 convenience stores, a drugstore, post office, & the town hall. It’s only 5 minutes to three full sized supermarkets, and 2 smaller malls, car dealers & other car-care shops, or within 15 minutes or so of a large mall, more supermarkets, and several new big box type stores, & a full general hospital, meaning as long as you have transport, you’re in reach of pretty much whatever, or in less than an hour into the city. I really must get in touch with Mr. Blankenship for an update as well as details about making those suited to the colder climate here in Atlantic Canada.

Linda - November 14, 2014 Reply

What does one of these tiny houses cost (not including the land)?

michele - November 15, 2014 Reply

What is the cost not including land, just construction for one of these five small houses?

winnie - November 15, 2014 Reply

You have small houses for rent in San jose,ca?if you do please let me know where.thank you and God bless.

eileen - November 18, 2014 Reply

could we all find out the cost of one (not including land, septic/water) also size, & can we buy any blueprints??? we were thinking about a log home but want to downsize to a small home. these are very very nice, a great layout & just right

Fern - November 28, 2014 Reply

What did something like this cost? Where can you get floor plans. I see all these questions but I see no answers to them.

warrenjurn - November 28, 2014 Reply

I love the whole concept of a tiny home community. It Accessible Best home builder alabama is a hugely underserved market, and many individuals who need it also have limited income.

eileen - December 7, 2014 Reply

questions are not answered. would like to purchase blueprints. i’m guessing no one needs the work. oh well

    Kent Griswold - December 7, 2014 Reply

    Sorry Eileen, don’t have a contact for getting the blueprints. Do some research you might be able to track the builder down and get them.

Richard Ellerman - February 8, 2015 Reply

Would love to rent a tiny house. Live on a pension and it would be perfect for me.

Linda - February 16, 2015 Reply

what was the cost to build..?

Vickie - February 16, 2015 Reply

Can someone please do this for senior citizens? If so let know.

karen - February 16, 2015 Reply

I would be interested in knowing how these rents compare to market rents for full size homes in the area.

CYNTHIA TAYLOR - February 16, 2015 Reply

Would like to see the 1,000 ft houses you mentioned with exterior and interior shots

jenell woodard - February 16, 2015 Reply

come on now 500 dollars a month in Alabama is pretty high for some people on a fixed income

mary - February 21, 2015 Reply

were youable to find outif the plansare available for sale???

Barney Creel - February 23, 2015 Reply

We have started a development on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We have built and sold 2 so far. 1008 sqft & 1152 sqft. Both are 3 bed 2 bath. $110K and $123K includes land and lots of custom extras. Only 500 yards to Beach

Margaret Pratt - October 15, 2015 Reply

I have a very large house (4bd,2 1/2 bath) about 3200 sf. I am a Sr citizen and cannot take of the house and yard. I am very interested in a 2/2 tiny home

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brenda - April 30, 2016 Reply

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Shari D. - February 7, 2017 Reply

OK, so $500 a month might be too high for some on a fixed income in Alabama. It could be too high for some people on a fixed income anywhere. Nowhere does it say that’s the market the builder was attempting to appeal to. He built small homes for one or two people each, at most, furnished them with all the necessary appliances, and even a few “unnecessary luxuries” such as a microwave oven above the stove, a dishwasher and a stacked washer and dryer. Lots of folks still wash dishes by hand in the sink, bring along their own $25 (or more) microwave ovens or even do without, and take their dirty clothes to a common laundry room or public laundromat to wash and dry them.

None of those things are required here. He even put mini blinds on all the windows so you wouldn’t *need* to buy or make and hang curtains or drapes unless you really wanted to, and even then they would really be strictly decorative, since the basic problem of adequate window coverings for privacy was already taken care of.

And, unlike so many other landlords, he not only *allows* dogs on the property belonging to their masters, but doesn’t charge anything extra for it! No pet deposits to cover damages to the house or yards, or even an extra monthly fee added to their rent. That is very rare. And I’m sure to devoted pet owners, highly appreciated.

Apparently the monthly outlay of $500 for rent, and $50 or so for electricity, according to the gentleman who was generous enough to be interviewed and allow pictures to be taken of the interior, wasn’t too much to keep them all from being leased within three week’s time! You can’t expect the man who built them all to charge less than it cost him to build them, plus the cost of the land, and ongoing maintenance. Plus add some profit to the pile to compensate HIM for doing so. So far, he’s already built the “Shotgun Houses” previously mentioned, and rented them for a very reasonable amount for brand new construction. So, the profit he’s made from one project has, in effect, greased the wheels for the one that followed.

That is his business, and a business can’t keep on running without a reasonable profit being made than you can expect a car to run on an empty gas tank, or a plane to stay aloft without jet fuel. Profit seems to be a dirty word to some folks, but business cannot exist without it. I’m not talking about outlandish profits being made at the expense of providing a living wage to their employees, at the expense of providing needed goods and/or services to customers for a reasonable cost, or at the expense of providing the goods and services that actually keep the business running at optimum level. I’m talking about the kind that provide a comfortable living to all involved. And before anybody tries jumping down my throat about that, I’m as left-wing liberal as they come, so don’t even go there.

This is a great idea, and it would be likewise a very profitable venture for anyone else who decided to take it up, because there certainly seems to be a market for it. And everyone benefits, from the builder, to the providers of all the various materials and supplies required to build them, to the property tax base, the utility companies, to the residents! They get their own bit of privacy at an affordable price, a little yard to play with, plant little vegetable or flower gardens in, set a small picnic table on, or just keep it mowed if that’s required of each tenant. What’s not to like?

Donna - March 7, 2017 Reply

Where is this is Birmingham Alabama? My daughter is looking for a tiny house to rent as she is just graduating with her masters from UAB and will most likely work there after graduation… We have been looking into campers, campgrounds and tiny house shows… Can anyone tell us how to get in touch with Mr. Blankenship as I have searched and cannot find anything anywhere. Maybe if were really lucky he might be in the process of building more, or maybe one of those will be coming available…any contact info or address of where these are located would be greatly appreciated

Noemi Mendez - May 27, 2017 Reply

I would like to have one built on my property for my mom. Who can I talk to? Is it even doable? I am in Foley, Alabama.

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Tammy - April 11, 2018 Reply

i would love to be able to rent a place like this. i live in another state but i would relocate if i had to just to have better housing.

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dorothy spires - February 17, 2020 Reply

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Sean Peterson - August 28, 2021 Reply

I liked those small Blankenship small home, how much does it cost to build and how much land is needed for 2 homes. I would love to receive more information!

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