Small House that Feels Big: 800-square-feet Dream Home?

I just can’t get enough of small houses that are well designed like the one you’re about to see here.

It’s a timber frame beauty by Nir Pearlson in Oregon. His firm specializes in green designs.

In this case, his clients wanted an energy-efficient small home made out of sustainable materials.

The clients are an aging couple who are nearing retirement so they wanted a single story design that they’d love.


Photo Credit Michael Dean Photography

I encourage you to learn more about this house and get the full photo tour below:





It’s amazing how many talented people it takes to put something beautiful like this together. I know I couldn’t have come up with something this nice by myself (without an architect).

So the clients chose Nir Pearlson as an architect and Six Degrees Construction as the builder. And the finished product looks pretty marvelous if you ask me.


Photo Credit Michael Dean Photography

I love the covered back porch and how the home has several entrances/exits.. That along with all of the deck space that you get outside. Also notice the solar panels on the roof.

Open Front Porch


So far, so good right? It gets better. Let me take you inside.

Beautiful 800 Square Foot Small House Interior


I love timber frame houses. There’s something about it especially when the beams are exposed that looks so great to me. It’s too bad that building like this costs so much more nowadays. But I still think it’s worth it. Especially if we build smaller. And smarter.




Simple Kitchen in a Small House


I wonder if they also hired an interior designer? Everything came out so perfect.





I would LOVE to live here. How about you?


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I can’t even think of anything I would really change.



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Notice how the bedroom has its own exit out to the deck. I think this is a great feature that most of us would enjoy every morning.


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River Road Small House Floor Plan


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What did you like best about this small house? At 800-square-feet, can you see yourself in it? I sure can.

It’s a great home for a relatively small family. Or any couple without children. Or maybe even for a single person who works from home?

I love tiny houses but I also love small houses and I hope that the tiny house movement can also encourage the design and development of more homes like this one.