How About Tiny Living in Hawaii?

This 480 sq. ft., modern Bali-style cabin was built by an expert craftsman with custom details and high-grade materials throughout. Single-wall, 1 ½ ” tongue and groove construction, stainless steel appliances, solid mahogany interior doors, custom cabinets with lots of storage, washer/dryer hookups, engineered wood floor and LED, stainless steel light fixtures. Large windows let in plenty of natural light and trade-wind breezes, while the tongue and groove construction allows the house to ‘breathe’. Relax on the 8’x16′ lanai built with Trek decking and Ohia posts that were harvested off of the property.

Located just off of Pohoiki Rd in Lanipuna Gardens, this cabin is situated on a 1 acre lot (120’x365′) that backs up to a macadamia nut farm and includes a peek-a-boo ocean view. Other desirables include: dead-end street, county water and solar-power. Only 3 miles to Pahoa town for shopping and restaurants, and 3 miles to Pohoiki for swimming, surfing and fishing – this property is ideally located for both work and play.

The lot itself is level, fenced on 3 sides w/ a gate, breezy, has a wrap-around driveway w/ carport and an established front yard along with several fruit trees. Fruit garden includes: avocado, pineapple, lilikoi, orange, banana, lemon, tangerine, star fruit, mulberry, lychee, citron, rollinia, jaboticaba, Buddha’s hand and abiu.

Also included on this property are a 16’x12′ shop adjacent to the cabin, cesspool (approved), solar system consisting of high-end components (Outback charge-controller and Magnum Inverter) with room to expand, and approved plans for a 2br, 1200 sq. ft., custom-designed home.

Whether the ‘small house movement’ appeals to you and you’re looking to downsize, or you need a place to stay while building your dream home in paradise, this cabin is beautiful, quality-built, highly efficient and the property has wonderful potential.

Smaller homes are less expensive than larger ones in terms of taxes and building, heating, maintenance, and repair costs. In addition to costing less, small houses may encourage a less cluttered and simpler lifestyle and reduce ecological impacts for their residents. The typical size of a small home seldom exceeds 500 square feet (46 m2). The typical tiny house on wheels is usually less than 8 ft by 20 ft, with livable space totaling 120 square feet or less, for ease of towing and to exempt it from the need for a building permit.

Small houses may emphasize design over size, utilize dual purpose features and multi-functional furniture, and incorporate technological advances of space saving equipment and appliances. Vertical space optimization is also a common feature of small houses and apartments.

As small houses may be attractive as second homes or retirement houses which 2 out of five people are over 50, their increased utilization may lead to development of more land. People interested in building a small home can encounter institutional “discrimination” when building codes require minimum size well above the size of a small home. Also, neighbors may be hostile because they fear negative impacts on their property values. There has also been opposition based on this fact, due to concerns about increased taxes.

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