StyleBlueprint was invited to decorate a tiny home that was featured at the recent Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow. The home was empty, and we were given the opportunity to furnish it, so we partnered with Carriage House Interiors and set out on this adventure together. We learned of the opportunity on a Thursday, got to see the home for the first time the next Monday and had to have it ready to go on Wednesday. Let’s clarify this, Carriage House had to decorate this whole thing in 48 hours; we were just there to document and promote it.

For anyone who has seen the numerous television shows and Facebook groups dedicated to tiny homes, you are familiar with the extreme creativity, organization and efficiency of these dwellings. A typical tiny home only averages 8 feet by 20 feet, with about 500 square feet of living space. What we decorated was not your typical tiny home that you see on television shows, though. These are Amish-made cabins that are custom built and designed of white pine. The cabin that we decorated was a deluxe version, measuring 14 feet across by 40 feet long. Don’t be fooled by the “cabin” moniker on these homes; there is nothing about them that is crude or unfinished. They are deluxe, quality, handmade homes, but they are smaller than a normal home, hence the title tiny home.

These homes are built in Kentucky by the family-owned USA Portable Buildings based in Shepherdsville. They offer six models of cabin floor plans or you can customize your cabins. We decorated a Deluxe Lincoln cabin.

Here is what was included with our cabin:

  • One bedroom
  • One full bathroom
  • Screened-in porch
  • Electricity
  • Plumbing: kitchen sink, toilet, shower and sink
  • Full kitchen
  • Heat and air conditioning
  • Electric fireplace
  • Insulated windows

These homes are made by the Amish in a shop in Munfordville. Amish quality resonates throughout, with tongue and groove construction, use of only screws and no nails, handmade cabinetry and meticulous craftsmanship. They are constructed completely inside the shop and then placed (fully assembled) on a trailer and delivered to the owner. For this reason, because weather is not a factor, construction takes only about four weeks. The homes can be put over premade basements, crawl space foundations, blocks, and even piers, and they are designed to be movable. Also, they can be purchased from anywhere in the United States and delivered to you.

Who buys these homes?

Tiny homes like these range from $13,000 to $55,000. The home we decorated retails at about $45,000, with no furniture or decor.  These can best be described as downsized homes. They are bought for recreational use in many circumstances, often used as lake homes or beach homes, but they are also popular for permanent use. They are very attractive to empty nesters, who may be looking to downsize. On the other side of the spectrum, many young or newly married couples buy these as starter homes. Or some people buy them as second homes to place on their property for their aging parent(s) to live in — they are ADA-compliant and a more comfortable alternative to a nursing home or assisted living facility. There are even communities of these homes available for retreats and vacations; the most recent community on the horizon is on 30A near Seaside, FL.

Take note that we took these pictures at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, not the most idyllic surrounding, but you get the idea.

The Cabin Arrives

 

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These cabins arrive completely finished, measuring at 14 by 40 feet. This one even has cosmetic dormers and shutters. An Amish man has accompanied the trailer to make sure the cabin is assembled and delivered correctly.

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Here is a view of the screened porch, which measures 14 by 8 feet and is located off the front of the cabin.

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Here is the front view of the cabin while still on the trailer, hence the oversize load sign. They can be delivered all over the United States.

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Tongue and groove construction with white pine

The Cabin Before

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This is the interior view from the front door, photographed right after delivery.

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Before shot of the den

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View looking from kitchen to the front door/screened porch area

The Big Reveal

It was hard to envision how great these cabins could look while they were empty. In just 48 hours, Carriage House decorated this cabin in decor that is perfectly suited for the space. They created a wonderful lodge or lake house aesthetic that brought out all the quality craftsmanship of this cabin.

Screened-In Porch

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Here’s the screened-in porch. The cabin is sitting in the middle of the Louisville boat and RV show.

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Porch rules to live by

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This eating nook on one side of the screened porch features a table that can be expanded for more guests. Furniture Classics Westmorland Folding Table, $965; CH Classics Bentwood side chairs in black, $255 each

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On the other side of the porch are two cozy chairs and a nice copper ice bucket, perfect for your sunset cocktail. Furniture Classics Chatham Chairs, $683 each; copper bucket with stand, $285; hair on hide pillows, $119 each

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A sturdy front door, with an insulated window and a dead bolt, all crafted by hand

Great Room: Kitchen and Den

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It’s quite a different view when this space is furnished. It seems much larger with furniture than without.

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The neutral couch is punctuated by different seasonal pillows to create the centerpiece of the den. Century Essentials Phillip Sofa, $2,100; Stickley Mission Oak End Table with Drawer, Onandoga finish, $889; Furniture Classics Antique Coffee Bench, $929

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Check out the kitchen. The empty space will hold a cooktop and oven. Four Hands Hughes Collection Garrett Barstools, $319 each

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Another view of the kitchen shows the double sinks and lots of storage.

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This view of the front door from the kitchen shows the electric fireplace and flat-screen television.

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The electric fireplace gives off the perfect amount of heat. The rocking chair is by Stickley, the Mission Oak Harvey Ellis Rocker for $1,225

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Another view of the den, which has plenty of seating

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Yes, this seat will be taken. Century Trading Co. Brindle Leather Chair, $1,575

Bedroom

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Carriage House constructed this daybed out of reclaimed wood pallets and then constructed a nightstand from reclaimed wood crates. Reclaimed crates, $79 each; Bassett Mirror Co. London Task Table Lamp, $199; sweater throw, $160; Aztec pillows, $59 each; Fox pillow, $69; Fur Euro sham pillows, $119 each; Saddleman’s Medium Brindle hide, $355

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The bedroom is big enough for a queen-size bed. They opted for a twin-size daybed, so visitors could walk through the room. There is a closet located behind the door. Leaders of the Pack antler artwork, $299

Learning more about these cabins definitely changed our perspective. Bigger is not always better, and these tiny homes just may be the way to a more simple, relaxed life.

Want to see more cabins?  Check out the Amish Made Cabins website here, or drive about 20 minutes south to Shepherdsville and see them in person. Do you love the furnishings and decor? It’s all at Carriage House. And thank you to Amish Made Cabins and Carriage House for the opportunity to be a part of this fun project.

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