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Rustic 440-square-foot cabin in Ellensburg asks $149K

It’s easier to have fun with a tiny house

If you’re going to remodel a cabin, why not play with as many Western stereotypes as you can fit? The outhouse seat is a nice touch.

Relax, it isn’t a true outhouse. For one, it’s indoors. For another, it’s on a septic system. The house is a 1930 cabin that looks like it could be on a hundred acres, but sits on a 9,800 square foot lot in Ellensburg’s University District. (There’s more than one U District, you know.) Someone had a good time decorating the 440 square foot space. The toilet seat looks like it belongs in an outhouse, but that’s just for style. The claw foot tub has an old style tub table and wrap-around shower curtain. Rope trims the counter and wall panel. Swinging doors aren’t common for bathrooms, but the cabin is a one bedroom, one bathroom place; so, maybe privacy isn’t as important as style.

Despite its age, the cabin has modern lighting and plumbing fixtures, corrugated metal back splash, and stone slab counters. The appliances are definitely new, as usual. Even where something new was used, they’ve incorporated it into the western theme well. Someone’s art became those swinging doors, muraled wall panels, wind coverings, and furniture.

One of the advantages of tiny houses is that decorating themes can be carried throughout without becoming boring. From the inside, the cabin looks like a cabin's vision of a cabin. From the outside, it looks like a conventional, though tiny, house on a conventional lot. Do it right and neighbors may not even notice the outdoor shower - as long as you don’t start to sing or yodel.

One of the most appealing features may not be cuteness, quaintness, or an appreciation for art and craft. The price is $149,000, less than the down payment on some of Seattle’s houses. Ironically, a 20 percent down payment for an average house in Seattle’s U District would be $154K. What a difference a two hour drive can make.