Tiny House in a Landscape

Rustic Texas Victorian

This week’s Tiny House in a Landscape is called the Rustic Texas Victorian built by Tiny Texas Houses.

This beautiful 12′ x 30′ is a charmer that looks like its been here for a while, but it has only sat here a month on the site. Tung oiled antique pine siding, period 8″ matched and unique porch posts make for a wide open front porch. Enjoy!

Photo Credits: Tiny Texas Houses

Rustic Texas Victorian

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gmh - May 26, 2012 Reply

Oh, Texas Tiny Houses… what you do to me!

This is adorable and perfect and… sigh…

Chrystal - May 26, 2012 Reply

Now this is what tiny living is all about. I love the old rustic farmhouse feel to it. Beautiful!

Judith van Praag - May 26, 2012 Reply

“Tiny” only in Texas.

Karen - May 26, 2012 Reply

It may be larger than most Tiny Houses, but, it is SWEET!

Rebecca - May 26, 2012 Reply

What a beautiful tiny house! I love Victorian architecture. Ours looks more like Little House on the Prairie,but maybe I can add a few details like these.

Melinda Golden - May 26, 2012 Reply

I love it! Tiny Texas houses have so much character because of their salvage mining.

Michael - May 26, 2012 Reply

The tung oiled exterior looks great, any idea how it will hold up over time? Or how often it needs to be reapplied, if by roller or sprayer?

PAM - May 26, 2012 Reply



Tegan Ridgway - May 26, 2012 Reply

I’m disabled and I would love this home!!!

Sarah - May 26, 2012 Reply

This is beautiful. I can envision living in it with my two children… lovely!

Ava Worrell - May 26, 2012 Reply

I’d like to address the “not tiny” type of comment. Keeping it in perspective, we’re talking about a house 50 square feet smaller, yes that’s SMALLER than a standard two car garage. That’s not big at all. It does look big, but that’s good design, not actual square footage. Although a house this size is not “tiny” enough for some,it does fill a very real need. Not everyone can fit their lives or their families into a Jay Shafer style 125 square feet. For many, including myself, this Texas Tiny House size is doable. It is large enough for more than say 2o books, or for you to hang on to your power tools. Jay’s houses are adorable. For me, and for thousands of others, a picture of his house is the first thing that got us thinking seriously about living tiny. But let’s get real. That size is great but it’s not for everyone. For example: imagine you’ve just had a fight with your partner. No matter how much you love them, do you really and truly want to spend the next 24 hours sitting within 9 feet of them with no place else to go? Do you work at home? Realistically, can you fit your office into maybe 1 to 2 square feet of storage, or will you require more space for your books and materials? I’m starting an urban farm. Between seeds, reference books, files and supplies, I’ve already filled one cabinet even with an outdoor shed at my disposal. My friend has an old, carved wooden rocking chair, one of the few things she has left from her mother who passed away. There is no right or wrong decision here. If, in her place, you can give it away, you might be eligible for true 125 square foot living. If you find comfort in using it and plan to pass it on to your kids in turn, you might need a few more square feet to hold it. Things to think about. Many of us need to downsize. I know I do. We just need to think long and hard about what final size will actually work for us.

    jipsi - May 27, 2012 Reply

    Couldn’t have said it better myself!
    EXCELLENT point for the pro-‘little house’ movement as being every bit a part of the ‘tiny house’ movement as the tinies… there will ALWAYS be the extra small/small/medium and large of needs, so there has to be options to address those needs.
    In housing, ‘one size does NOT (and should not) fit all’: it’s about downsizing to a fraction of what used to be the norm but which now is considered excessive (as in, wasted space).
    We’re not talking about bringing on plans for two to three bedroom houses, now; we’re merely asking that there be allowances for special needs that a 100 sq ft house would simply not be able to meet: senior and disabled need wider openings/spaces to accomodate walking sticks/canes and wheelchairs (they also need lower countertops, unobstructed ‘paths’ to the tub, toilet, appliances, switches, etc. and regular ‘rooms’ to accomodate an electric or full size bed – they don’t have to be big rooms, just enough to allow for the bed, a nightstand and/or chest of drawers… a murphy bed is cute, but some of us (disabled) could never, in a million years, tackle trying to pull something like this in and out of a wall by ourselves, and certainly not nightly/daily), a small family of 2 adults, 1 to 2 children should be able to live ‘small/tiny’ too (the above pictured house would be a PERFECT option for them, with the loft being a just right place for the little ones), etc. etc.

      molly - May 27, 2012 Reply

      I agree that is it about finding out what size is right for each person. No one or their needs are the same. Imagine how incredibly boring the world would be if everyone was the same!

      I think it is important to be thinking critically and to be making conscious choices about how you live and why. That is what helps people get off the track of what is “normal” in our society and instead helps them find out what is right for them.

    Lynne - May 29, 2012 Reply

    Well said!
    My husband and I have lived ‘small’ our entire lives, although our current house is close to 1200 sq. ft. (we raised 4 kids here; the house is over 100 years old). We’ve thought about downsizing, but I’m an accompanist/piano teacher, a tabletop keyboard just won’t do, I also am a crafter for fun and profit (including practical items made from recyclables), I need space to spread my materials out, and most importantly of all, I do tons of food preserving as well as cooking for our food sensitivities, which requires large equipment and storage. My husband has trouble with stairs these days, there’s no way he’d be able to negotiate a ladder, especially if he’s sleep or groggy. But we love to keep up with ‘the latest’ in the movement, and use what we can from it!

Judy - May 26, 2012 Reply

Love this house!

Junebug Jones - May 26, 2012 Reply

I agree. Love the tiny house movement, and really welcome seeing slightly larger versions like this one. Really beautiful materials and finish. Thank you for sharing!

Nicole - May 26, 2012 Reply

I love this one. The details are incredible. When you create the tiny houses – do you decorate and furnish them as well or is this done by the buyer?

Is this place for sale? How much would a tiny home like this cost? Are they easy to move? Can people purchase design plans on specific models?

Mark E - May 26, 2012 Reply

Love this guys work. This home is gorgeous.

As far as size goes, this is more what I would be interested in.

Thank you.

Charlie - May 26, 2012 Reply

Thank you Ava. Tiny is not for everyone. I figure the smallest size I can live in is 16×24 which is a tad larger than this. My loft climbing days are over although I can store grandchildren there. Also when going small, I need porches, all way around if necessary to take advantage of the outdoors and not feel to confined. I’m afraid to ask the price, because quality like this usually costs. I have seen many “small” houses supported on this blog before and I’d like to see more. It seems to me that Ken once talked about a house 400 square feet qualifying as a Tiny house and even house large as 24×32 being considered small. I admire Jay and others tiny house and enjoy all the articles regarding them, but they are not for everybody.

wyndwalkr - May 27, 2012 Reply

Thanks also to Ava and the follow-up agreements as well. This home is 360 sq ft plus lofts. Although there are differing statistics, the MEDIAN new house size appears to have maxed out in 2010 at 2500 sq ft. So, if it feels better to call homes up to 400 sq ft “little’ instead of “tiny”, go ahead and do so.

My otherwise wonderful husband was expecting me to be a snowbird and spend 3 months living in an 8 by 25 ft. travel trailer (no slide outs). One month and I knew it was NOT for me. I know those things have low ceilings and low, small windows whereas a Shafer-style house would be much better in that respect, but still…not for me.

I could easily get rid of 3/4 of my kitchenware. Over half of my clothes as well.(And I already have WAY less clothes than most people.) But there are a few family antiques I wish to live with until I die. I have worked on plans and find 16X20 to be very livable to me.

I love the style of Tiny Texas Houses. In this particular one I would make the bathroom a little smaller so I could make the kitchen’s bar-counter deeper and the kitchen would contain a apartment size range or cooktop/convection/micro combination of some sort. That seems to be missing from the above kitchen.

More like these if you can find them, please!!

Barb - May 27, 2012 Reply

Gorgeous! It looks comfortable and truly livable over the entire circle of life. What a beautiful home!!

Benjamin - May 27, 2012 Reply

First time I’ve seen a foundation like that. From the photo it appears to be steel I-beams supported by steel tubes set in a concrete perimeter.

Lisa - May 27, 2012 Reply

Beautiful small home. It looks so much larger 360 square feet even though that doesn’t include the loft.

Leah - June 4, 2012 Reply

Wow!!! I absolutely love the style and detail in this house. It really helps me as I figure out how to optimize our little home. Just beautiful!!!

Amy S - October 31, 2012 Reply

When can I move in? Absolutely beautiful!!!

Cassie - April 21, 2013 Reply

Finally someone who has figured out how to live small and tastefully. This is just beautiful. I will be doing the same in the next 24 months. Its wonderful to see that someone else out there loves the tiny house/loghome concept. Beautiful warm and cozy.

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