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A tiny house on Whidbey acreage is comfortable without compromise

Cozy woodstove inside, massive fireplace outside


A tiny timber house lives much larger thanks to good design, plenty of outbuildings, and more than nine acres of land. Put everything together for $410,000.

The sweet little cabin has 636 square feet of space, including two bedrooms, one bathroom, and no apparent compromises—except storage, but, there’s a barn for that.

The house was built in 1975, but has a timeless style that could be new construction. Wood ceilings and walls provide visual warmth, and also mean no painting. For literal warmth, there’s a wood stove and acres of trees of potential firewood. The moderate roof line means less heat lost to high rafters and a more intimate living space.

A compact kitchen has all the basics, including a dishwasher and range hood, a couple of pieces frequently lost to compromise in a tiny house. The dining area is tiny, too; but that may be just enough, especially with so much space outside.

There is room for a feast outdoors. Beside a broad, covered deck there’s an even larger covered patio with an enormous river rock fireplace. Unroll the installed curtains and block out the pesky intrusions local weather produces. When the wind and rain subside, roll the curtains back up and enjoy sunshine and breezes.

A log cabin deserves a bunkhouse, which is one of the several outbuildings. Give the kids their own place to stay, complete with skylight and enough distance from the cabin that they can make lots of noise.

Maintaining the acreage and working on projects is made easier thanks to a huge pole barn and shop.

Buying a tiny and living large is possible with the right package.