10 small houses for single-level living

The Edge, a tiny one-bedroom beach cottage in Cornwall. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

We frequently receive emails and comments from readers asking for small houses with a ground-floor bedroom. Stairs can be challenging for many people, and take up a lot of floor space regardless. So, we decided to gather together ten of the most popular homes for single-level living that we’ve featured. Some of them have a second loft bedroom, but all have the main bedroom and the bathroom on the lower level, and all are under 650 sq ft. Clicking any of the photos will take you to the original article for that house.

This timber framed cabin has modern lines and an energy-efficient shell. There is 1 bedroom in 550 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The TimberCab 550 is a prefab timber frame cabin with modern lines. The openness of the one-bedroom floor plan helps make it seem bigger than its 550 ft2 (51.1 m2). Click to read more

With a ground-floor bedroom, this tiny cottage on the Oregon Coast supports single-level living. It has a 416 sq ft main level plus a sleeping loft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

This tiny cottage on the Oregon Coast has one bedroom on the 416 ft2 (38.6 m2) ground floor, with additional sleeping space in the loft. Click to read more

PDX Eco Cottage, a sustainably built Craftsman-style backyard cottage with Mid-Century Modern interior. It has 1 bedroom in 550 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The PDX Eco Cottage is a sustainably-built Craftsman-style cottage with Mid-Century Modern interior. It has one bedroom in 550 ft2 (51.1 m2). There are a couple of steps between the living area and bedroom, but it could easily be built with no steps at all. Click to read more

Modern backyard cottage in Seattle with one bedroom and a loft in 650 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

This modern “granny flat” allows a grandmother to be close to her daughter’s family. The 650 ft2 (60.4 m2) backyard cottage has one bedroom on the ground floor plus a loft for the grandkids. Click to read more

The Birdhouse Treehouse, a tiny wooden cottage in a woodland clearing. It has an open floor plan with a semi-separate bedroom space. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The Birdhouse Treehouse is a tiny wooden cottage in a woodland clearing. It has an open floor plan with a semi-separate bedroom space, although the bedroom could be completely closed off if you prefer. Click to read more

The Edge, a tiny one-bedroom beach cottage in Cornwall. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Nestled into a seaside cliff in Cornwall, England is this tiny cottage with huge views. It is the smallest home here with one bedroom in just 30 m2 (320 ft2). Click to read more

The Waterhaus, a tiny sustainable prefab designed for a healthy indoor environment. It has one bedroom in 450 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The Waterhaus is a prefab home designed with a focus on a healthy indoor living environment. It has one bedroom in 450 ft2 (41.8 m2). Click to read more

The Freedomky 2 PLUS Classic, a small prefab house with 1 bedroom in 465 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The Freedomky 2 PLUS Classic offers one bedroom in a modern prefab design with 42.4 m2 (465 ft2) of floor space. Click to read more

A tiny "shotgun" cottage in the Irish Channel neighborhood of New Orleans. It has one bedroom in roughly 400 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

This tiny shotgun cottage is located in the Irish Channel neighborhood of New Orleans. It has one bedroom in roughly 400 ft2 (37 m2). Click to read more

This small beach house, elevated for protection from storm surges, has one bedroom and a loft in a 24’ square footprint. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Pye’s Beach House is raised up on stilts for protection from hurricane storm surges, but it could be built on the ground in other locations. It has one bedroom on the 576 ft2 (53.5 m2) lower level, plus a small second loft bedroom. Click to read more

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