Tiny Houses Perfect for Your Mother-in-Law, Grown Kids or Guests

Whether you've got guests, boomerang kids trying to get on their feet, or an aging parent who shouldn't live alone anymore, where to put them may be an issue.

The increased popularity of tiny homes means that these days, there are plenty of talented builders and customizable options to choose from if you want to put a unit on your property.

We're not talking garden sheds, RVs or those old double-wides with peel-and-stick floors. Some of these tiny homes are so efficient, beautiful and unique, you might want to move in yourself. Here are some tiny houses worthy of the word 'home.'

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New Frontier Tiny Homes
New Frontier Tiny Homes

New Frontier Tiny Homes — If you didn't think tiny homes could be jaw-dropping beautiful, think again. New Frontier Tiny Homes, based in Nashville, designs custom homes, ranging from about 120 to 250 square feet, for delivery anywhere in the U.S.

This model, the Escher, brings the outdoors in with a garage-style rolling glass door.

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New Frontier Tiny Homes
New Frontier Tiny Homes

The Escher has a a standing-height king bedroom behind this gorgeous kitchen, with pocket doors for privacy, a luxury bathroom, a walk in closet, and an office/hallway.

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New Frontier Tiny Homes
New Frontier Tiny Homes

The storage is genius: storage boxes next to the steps convert into casual seating and even a more formal dining set-up.

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New Frontier Tiny Homes
New Frontier Tiny Homes

The Escher starts at $139,900, and this tricked-out version on their website comes in at $190,000.

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Timbercraft Tiny Homes
Timbercraft Tiny Homes

Timbercraft Tiny Homes — This is not your great aunt's mobile home. The 37-foot Denali, built by Timbercraft Tiny Homes in Guntersville, Ala., is billed as a luxury tiny home, and costs about $94,000.

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Timbercraft Tiny Homes
Timbercraft Tiny Homes

The Denali, and Timbercraft's other models, feature a custom fabricated trailer and butcher-block counter tops, and can be customized in almost any way that suits your taste.

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Timbercraft Tiny Homes
Timbercraft Tiny Homes

For heating and cooling, it features a ductless mini-split AC and heat pump, or gas wall heaters/fireplaces are also an option. Timbercraft delivers to anywhere in the U.S.

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MedCottage
MedCottage

MedCottage — If the loft and ladder won't cut it for Gran, this could be the solution to all of your worries about an aging parent. MedCottage is billed as an affordable alternative to a nursing home. It's designed to be placed temporarily on a caregiver's property for rehabilitation or extended care. It's like having a hospital room -- with remote monitoring -- right in your backyard.

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MedCottage
MedCottage

The MedCottage has an accessible bathroom, complete with grab bars and an emergency pull in the shower. MedCottage also offers a model that can be installed inside a garage.

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Wheelhaus
Wheelhaus

Wheelhaus — This 400 sq. ft. beauty, dubbed The Caboose, sleeps up to four adults and two kids. It's made by Wheelhaus, based in Jackson, Wyo., and costs about $118,500.

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Wheelhaus
Wheelhaus

The sleeping loft in the Caboose is 120 sq. ft. and is accessed by stairs or a ladder.

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Wheelhaus
Wheelhaus

The Caboose can include a fully covered front deck, sliding glass entryway, and an optional covered rear deck.

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Wheelhaus
Wheelhaus

Wheelhaus makes several other models that range in size and price, including one that has exterior siding built from reclaimed Wyoming snow fencing. They can be delivered anywhere in the U.S.

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Zyl Vardos
Zyl Vardos

Zyl Vardos — If your need is more toward something that looks like Mr. Toad's caravan in "The Wind in the Willows" then Zyl Vardos might be the company for you. They specialize in "forward-thinking, immediately appealing small structures," like this Bianca Caravan. It's $58,650 as pictured, 18 feet by 7.5 feet, and has a shower, kitchenette, Dutch door, and under-bed storage thats accessible from outside.

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Zyl Vardos
Zyl Vardos

Zyl Vardos, founded by Abel Zyl, is based in Olympia, Wash. The tiny houses range in price from about $55,000 to $105,000 and have cool names that reflect their unique designs, like "Fortune Cookie" (interior, shown) "Damselfly" and "Moon Dragon House."

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Zyl Vardos
Zyl Vardos

Zyl's tiny homes feature unique architecture and beautifully designed, handmade doors and windows. This is the Ark House.

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Zyl Vardos
Zyl Vardos

The stuctures at Zyl Vardos can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Check out their website.

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Blu Homes
Blu Homes

Blu Homes — This company, located north of San Francisco on Mare Island, a former naval base, makes high-end contemporary-style prefab homes, some that might be bigger than your main house. Their models run as large as 2,140 sq. feet ($545,000) down to the more tiny home range, such as this one. The Cabana is a 1-bed, 1-bath 605-square-foot structure starting at $195,000.

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Blu Homes
Blu Homes

The Cabana has a standard full-size kitchen, and can be used as an in-law unit, extended-stay rental, guest house, or whatever. Blu Homes is currently only building in Northern California.

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A Room of One's Own
A Room of One's Own

A Room of One's Own — If you prefer the rustic look, take a look at the craftsmanship of these tiny homes. Charles Finn, a self-taught woodworker and writer in Montana, makes custom-built micro cabins using reclaimed lumber and other upcycled materials.

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A Room of One's Own
A Room of One's Own

Finn's quirky, cozy cabins feature wood stoves, propane cooktops, metal roofs with skylights, and a graywater catch.

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A Room of One's Own
A Room of One's Own

Each charming little cabin is custom made like a commissioned work of art and comes with a pair of oil lamps and a complimentary copy of "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau.

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Tiny Heirloom
Tiny Heirloom

Tiny Heirloom makes luxury tiny homes starting at an affordable $39,995 for their non-custom models.

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Tiny Heirloom
Tiny Heirloom

Tiny Heirloom's compact mobile houses let you pick up and go at the drop of a hat with a bumper-pull travel trailer.

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Tiny Heirloom
Tiny Heirloom

Some models feature an undercounter fridge, single burner induction heat cooktop, and a 32-inch fiberglass shower.

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Tiny Heirloom
Tiny Heirloom

Tiny Heirloom, based in Portland, Ore. makes fully customized tiny homes too. Or, if you're a do-it-yourselfer, they make DIY shells starting at $15,000.

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Modern Tiny Living
Modern Tiny Living

Modern Tiny Living — Storage is no problem in this 240-square foot functional beauty on wheels dubbed "The Point."

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Modern Tiny Living
Modern Tiny Living

With gorgeous wood throughout, this little home features a queen-size loft, built-in bookcases, storage under the staircase and in the floor, and a bench that folds out into an additional bed. It starts at $69,000.

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Modern Tiny Living
Modern Tiny Living

They make homes ranging in size from 18 to 40 feet in length, have some that are already made and ready to go, and also make shells for DIYers.

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Modern Tiny Living
Modern Tiny Living

They're based in Columbus, Ohio, and you can check out structures at some upcoming home shows in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. ModernTinyLiving.com

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Carpenter Owl
Carpenter Owl

Carpenter Owl — Maybe you're looking for your own space to write that novel, meditate, or learn the guitar? Carpenter Owl, based in Bloomington, Ind., specializes in creating unique structures from natural materials, for either full-time living, travel or just as backyard studios. This one, called Shackteau, ought to inspire your next creative project.

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Carpenter Owl
Carpenter Owl

Something like the Shackteau isn't really meant for living in (unless you want your guests or grown kids to hit the road ASAP) so you can keep it for your own little creativity hideaway.

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Carpenter Owl
Carpenter Owl

Carpenter Owl does make fully habitable tiny homes. This one, Honey on the Rock, was created as a vacation home built around a family's heirloom whiskey still. Coming in at around $85,000, it features a two-story deck with a spiral staircase. The table on the upper deck folds down to reveal a vintage soaker tub.

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Carpenter Owl
Carpenter Owl

Most of Carpenter Owl's structures are custom. If you really just want to run away from it all, one of their excursion structures, like this "Gypsy Tug" is the way to go.

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