10 small houses for single-level living
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 offers one bedroom in a modern prefab design with 42.4 m2 (465 ft2) of floor space. Click to read more
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
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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small house, less than 1000 ft sq, 1 bedroom, 1 floor………. this is exactly what we need. Perfect. Thank you so very, very much!!!!
We are eighty years old but not ready for the nursing home just yet. Any one of these would work well for us especially if it could have just another 50 sq ft for storage.. What we would really like is to find a small development or affordable community of these for seniors. Keep these coming!
Dave, look at Ross Chapin houses and pocket neighborhoods http://rosschapin.com/plans/. Maybe you and some other seniors could put such a grouping together!
I am working on developing a mixed community for special needs young adults along with housing for typical residence. One of my thoughts was to utilize the “Tiny house” concept. Does anyone know who I can talk to about this. I am exploring expense, restriction requirements etc. Thank you