Orcas Island Cabin

It was designed around the concepts of space efficiency, view orientation, and solar access. Trees from the site were milled on island for structural members.

A 400 square feet cabin on Orcas Island, Washington. Designed by Vandervort Architects.



  1. Elizabeth St. John May 29, 2014 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    I am in
    LOVE!!! How much was this lil slice of heaven? And how much is the monthly maintenance? I would move in right now!! Absolutely gorgeous!! Please let me know if it ever goes up for sale!! :0)

    • Susan Bagley May 30, 2014 at 7:28 am - Reply

      This is the prettiest one I have ever seen! I am in love!!!!!

    • Rebecca Lane May 30, 2014 at 7:46 am - Reply

      Where is it located on Orcas Island. My sister lives in olga.

  2. Shawnra Cash May 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    I’d sure like to see the loft/ bed area.

  3. Alida Chacon​​ May 29, 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    This is beautiful.

  4. jean May 29, 2014 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I just wish I could see a floorplan for this lovely house

  5. Cordelia May 29, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Since it’s asked on nearly every post, it would be great if you listed the build or sell price of the houses featured.

    Orcas Island is not cheap. I wonder what the cost of the build was, the cost for the Seattle architect, etc.

  6. Renée Powers May 29, 2014 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Simply lovely! I, too, am very interested in more info about design & building costs, zoning (as this is much smaller than the usual UBC code allows, photos (sleeping area) and floorplan…pretty please! 😉

  7. Terry May 30, 2014 at 12:20 am - Reply

    nice! great workmanship outshines the lovely simplicity, but where is the heater? I see a stove pipe.

  8. MLM and REY Castino May 30, 2014 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Would SO love to know when this Heavenly place is Available!!
    After raising EIGHT children my Hubby and I are so so so TIRED and wanna find a place that’s like THIS to live in forever and a day!! We’re done with all the chaos and busyness that held us Hostage for so long.
    Thanks for any Info that you can share!

    Greatly appreciated~
    the Castino clan 🙂

    • Tiny House Community on the Diamond Hill Nature Preserve June 30, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      mid-2015 – FYI Re: Orcas Island Tiny House, a five and half acre site on the Diamond Hill Preserve of Orcas Island. The couple that owns the property have moved to Bali and will be putting their property on the market in mid-2015. It will be listed at under $250K. Interested parties may contact any Orcas Island realtor in July 2015 and/or wen.nuntius@gmail.com.

      • Diane Reed August 22, 2015 at 8:32 pm - Reply

        Oh wow, almost $650 a square foot, what a bargain, especially for a house that you have to use a ladder to get to the bedroom. Seriously, folks, it’s cute, but the price for tiny homes these days are ridiculous.

        • Paul November 27, 2015 at 9:14 pm - Reply

          I agree, it is very nice but wayyyy over priced.

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  10. KIKIK May 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Dream home!

  11. Candie girl May 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Love, love, love this……everything about it is wonderful! I could move right in….

  12. Claire May 30, 2014 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Wow – this is just beautiful – gorgeous materials and workmanship.

  13. Rico June 1, 2014 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Lot’s of nice clear fir.. hard to come by in many places.

  14. Tabi June 2, 2014 at 9:49 am - Reply

    I will own one soon 🙂 absolute dream home!

  15. Mary June 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Beautiful little house. I’ve love to see the more pics, including the sleeping area and more of the bathroom and kitchen.

  16. Br. Curt Beardsley June 2, 2014 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful home! It would nice to have a view of the bedroom, but I imagine it’s just as beautiful as the first floor. What a warm and embracing home. Orcas Island must be near as one can get to paradise. It’s probably very expensive to get property there, though.

  17. Accidental Travel Writer June 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    I would love to have a little house like that!

  18. Pascual June 10, 2014 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Es bella realmente. Me gustaria poder ver una foto del sanitario como asi tambien de la parte del dormitorio

  19. Nerida June 16, 2014 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Excellent quality workmanship makes such a difference. Saying this is beautiful doesn’t come even close to describing it. I am a definitly a fan of this one.

  20. Steve Moore June 25, 2014 at 8:50 am - Reply

    This was designed by David Vandervort Architects (http://vandervort.com/ruralprojects/orcas-island-cabin/). I say we all storm his office and hold him hostage until he builds one for each of us. If people had only done this with DaVinci we could all have Mona Lisa’s too.

  21. mjo August 22, 2015 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Ladders scare me at my age, but this little cottage is a true, blue gem! The most beautiful tiny house I’ve seen so far.

  22. Vickie August 22, 2015 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    I think stairs could have been in the plan. Otherwise, love it.

  23. Gracie August 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    At 250k, the land alone would account for most. A costly cabin.

  24. Sue August 23, 2015 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Is it for sale? What would the price be, and how much land is it on? Thx

  25. Jane Ferguson November 28, 2015 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Love to build a cabin like this on Bowen Island. BC

  26. Nerida November 28, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Nothing beats quality. It is beautiful.

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