Really Small House with Solar Power and a Pool

Swiming pool and bungalow

What do you think of this tiny little bungalow with solar panels on the roof? Or are they to heat the pool? I can’t tell for sure.

I know that for many of you this might be too big. But I also know that lots of you who are reading find that tiny houses are probably too impractical.

And that might be because you want to live with others or you simply need a little more space because of your hobbies/needs.

If that’s the case, I highly encourage you to consider something just a little bit larger. This might be too luxurious, but for some of you I’m sure you’ll find it just right.

Or maybe you can start tiny and over the years obtain something like this. I’d love to hear your thoughts on tiny versus small in the comments below if you’d be willing to share.

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  1. We started small with a 1100 sq. ft. house in the country, then added a 20×30 (600 sq.ft) addition. Now that utility rates are climbing a smaller, not tiny, home is more attractive because it would be less expensive to heat and cool. If the 20×30 addition was detached I might consider putting a small kitchen next to the bathroom to have a small house with 2 bedrooms and living room which are already there. And it would be less expense to install solar panel system on a smaller home than on one of 1700 square feet. Anything smaller than this would be good only as guest quarters or storage, at least for us.

    1. Well it looks ideal for my future plans, which are moving back to the Palm Springs area in a few years. A tiny house is a bit too tiny for us, the size pictured and other ‘small’ houses are what I am looking at. I’m curious about the costs of aquiring and implementing the solar panels shown. How much power are you realizing from them?
      The pool righjt off the rear porch is what really caught my attention as well, in the desert I must have a pool and the set up in the picture looks ideal.
      I’m not clear also about the sq footage of the home. Is it 600 sq ft? Are you getting 2 bdrms, sm kitchen, bthrm and living rm with it?

  2. I can’t get much of a sense how big or small the house is either, could be 350-500 sf? I do like it though, it’s nice to focus on a whole-living viewpoint as here, with the property, the pool, etc. It tells a lot about the residents’ priorities.

    I think these occasional forays into “not-so-tiny” houses are worth looking at. We need to be reminded of the context of our downsizing missions, and not everyone is going to come to the same place. I’m particularly concerned about where you can (and can’t!) build tiny houses, so a foundation-based house like this makes me perk up and take note. It looks “legal,” you know? That’s what I’m researching now. Thanks for the post.

    1. Thanks Keith. I also think it’s important to feature small houses and not just tiny because there really are several people out there that tiny just wouldn’t work out for them. It could actually potentially ruin their most important relationships because sometimes it’s just not practical or even possible. I appreciate your feedback!

  3. To me the pool would disqualify this as a tiny house. The idea behind TH’s is to dispense with these amenities! Your “pool” would be a mountain lake or stream or a more natural source somewhere.

  4. Ummm, David, with all due respect to your position on tiny houses, you have to remember that others have different reasons and different priorities. I would very much like to have a lap pool or stationary pool, and see no reason not to. As they say, different strokes for different folks. No pun intended, of course.

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