Southern Fried Homes

Southern Fried Homes

Oyster Wharf

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

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Mel - April 12, 2012 Reply

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

    Mel - April 12, 2012 Reply

    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?

      laura - April 12, 2012 Reply

      Your comment just totally made my day. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your humour. 🙂

        Tim Watson - April 12, 2012 Reply

        I assume I do not want to know what making biscuits means?

        Tim Watson
        Southern Fried Homes

          Pat in Eastern NC - April 12, 2012 Reply

          Mr. Watson,

          “Making biscuits” means the cat is kneading its feet on something soft and is very content . . . at least that’s the meaning in Eastern NC!

      Angela - April 13, 2012 Reply

      I’m glad you didn’t say making a cathead biscuit!

Felix - April 12, 2012 Reply

Reminds me of Texas cozy cabins

Angie - April 12, 2012 Reply

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

Glen - April 12, 2012 Reply

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

    Kent Griswold - April 12, 2012 Reply

    I will see if I can get some price estimates.

    Tim Watson - April 12, 2012 Reply


    Once you get up around 500 square feet they are about $100/ square foot. The smaller ones are a little more.

    Thanks. Still trying to right my site.

    Tim Watson
    Southern Fried Homes

G Leigh - April 12, 2012 Reply

They remind me of the shotgun houses down east.

Gina - April 12, 2012 Reply

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

    Kent Griswold - April 12, 2012 Reply

    Yes, I’m afraid they are not used to the traffic that can be generated from this blog 🙂

Heather - April 12, 2012 Reply

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 - April 12, 2012 Reply

    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

Angie - April 12, 2012 Reply

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.

alice h - April 12, 2012 Reply

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

Bill Rockhill - April 12, 2012 Reply

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

Kevin Daniels - April 12, 2012 Reply

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 !!

    Tim Watson - April 12, 2012 Reply


    I look forward to speaking.

    Tim Watson
    Southern Fried Homes

Tim Watson - April 12, 2012 Reply


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.

Tim Watson - April 12, 2012 Reply

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.

Barb - April 12, 2012 Reply

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

Pat in Eastern NC - April 12, 2012 Reply

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 - April 13, 2012 Reply


    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.

BigRedATL - April 12, 2012 Reply

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

    Tim Watson - April 13, 2012 Reply

    Big Red,

    Of course. Daufuskie is one of my favorite places, and right in my backyard. I have done a fair bit of work there. Would love to talk to you.

Dave - April 12, 2012 Reply

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 - April 13, 2012 Reply


    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

jipsi - April 12, 2012 Reply

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 - April 13, 2012 Reply


    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

Tim Watson - April 13, 2012 Reply


Tim Watson - April 13, 2012 Reply

Nevermind. Back to the drawing board.

MelD - April 13, 2012 Reply

What pretty little houses!

Gil P. - April 13, 2012 Reply

Small houses are becoming very popular

Dave - April 13, 2012 Reply

It works!

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

danielle weiner - April 14, 2012 Reply

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


Karen - April 14, 2012 Reply

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

Tim Watson - April 16, 2012 Reply

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

    Jess - April 22, 2012 Reply

    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 - April 22, 2012 Reply


      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 - April 30, 2012 Reply

        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.

Caroline - April 22, 2012 Reply

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!

    Tim Watson - April 22, 2012 Reply


    We would love to work you in Coastal NC. I don’t have any homes that you could drive by unfortunately.

    Is there a plan of type of plan that interests you?

    Tim Watson

Anton Ross - May 25, 2012 Reply

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

Bilson Miles - August 4, 2012 Reply

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

Frenks - August 22, 2012 Reply

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

elizabeth - May 21, 2014 Reply

yes, I am a artist interested in getting a tiny house I can’t physically build my own due to health
problems with copd. but if I could get a shell and someone to help with the main parts of work
and pay them something and free meals too, I could probably do the cosmetic parts.
what my plan is, I have some land, I have to see if there is a natural clearing. I am doing this
because my parents health is declining and I try to help them as best I can I have a long distance to drive back and forth,so I need to be closer to them. What I need is a seating area big enough
for one love seat or day bed and a recliner chair for when I have to use my nebulizer treatment
One br on the lower floor, one real flushing toilet, with a shower and a bath, a loft br one could stand up in completly for my grand. kitchen I will just use one of those burners you sit on the counter, and a toaster oven a sink, and a mini small fridge for one. and storage. I just need a crawl space concrete block or others and cheap cheap, so if there is anyone out there that would be willing to work for small wage and free meals let me know, I still have to sell my home. I want just a place with a little room to move around about 300 square feet, but with the right design could be smaller, I am a simple person, don’t need to be extravagant, but with my health issues I will need to have good air quality. I am also a artist and trying to get a studio too, also interested in the environment , want to check into led lighting, solar panels. but also a budget…..I need a home that can meet code in the county of laurens in sc. I will need a small front porch but a good size back porch witch I can use as a studio until I can later own build a gazebo studio thanks for any help and or advice

elizabeth - May 21, 2014 Reply

and have some of my work on ebay and face book and nobull and more and in a gallery in Greenville, SC

Deborah Raymond - October 5, 2014 Reply

Hi Tim,
We are looking for land and a tiny home. We currently live in Bluffton in a townhouse and very interested in joining the tiny home nation. Any thoughts? Can you assist us in our journey?


    Tim Watson - November 12, 2014 Reply

    Please click the link above. We are crowd funding a green, floating home. Please check it out.

Mikey B - November 19, 2014 Reply

we are doing a small house, they are nice starter homes at a pretty decent price point

diane petilli - January 27, 2016 Reply

Are they located in a nice area?

Summer Crawford - September 10, 2017 Reply

I’m interested in buying/having one built custom to my needs. I’d love some more information, but I’d like it in the upstate of SC or possibly Asheville NC area

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