8 Tiny Vacation Homes That Prove Size Doesn't Matter

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When you’re traveling solo or in a pair, spacious timeshares just won’t do. These tiny vacation homes in the woods or on the beach are the perfect places for a weekend off the grid.
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This 1,000-square-foot house boat in Seattle underwent a massive renovation; the finished result is a Cor-Ten steel and cedar-clad structure with expansive views of Portage Bay.
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This compact house in Manhattan Beach, California makes its 30-by-30 foot footprint work with smart storage solutions like a kitchen easily hidden by sliding walls.
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It may be only 1,000 square feet, but this Connecticut guest cottage feels like a mansion, thanks to sliding windows that open up to the landscape.
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There’s not enough room to shower or cook in it, but this tiny glass shed in Finland makes for the ultimate sleeping space.
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The quintessential tiny vacation home — an Airstream — gets a surprisingly chic renovation in the hands of its resourceful owner. Parked in a Berkeley co-op, this 150-square-foot trailer benefitted from a touch of light paint and wooden cabinets.
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This cottage getaway in Maine is small but mighty. A rainwater collection system, solar panels, and a on-demand, gravity-driven water heater makes the idyllic space almost entirely self-sustaining.
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This summer home in northern Wisconsin, built using prefab construction, features open tall-ceilinged interiors that maximize its small footprint.
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It’s hard to believe this striking modern home in Stinson Beach, California has only 450 square feet of interior space. Decks on all sides of the house provide extra space to relax — plus picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean.