This Gorgeous 20-foot Tiny Is What a Contemporary Beach House Should Be Like

The Kill Devil Hills was delivered as a custom-made tiny house hotel by the beach 18 photos
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Compact, easily transportable, yet also ultra-stylish and exuding a relaxed vibe – this is what today's beach homes and weekenders in general should be like. Tiny houses like the gorgeous Kill Devil Hills give us a glimpse into a reinvented vision of what a sustainable, affordable beach lifestyle looks like.
Kill Devil Hills is a name that instantly brings to mind touristic destinations and dream vacations. The Outer Banks town became the inspiration for this chic and cozy home on wheels, destined to become a tiny house hotel. Tiny houses are becoming increasingly popular in tourism, and this particular model fits perfectly in North Carolina as a welcoming and friendly vacation rental.

The Kill Devil Hills was delivered five years ago to its owners. Even though it was custom-built from the start as a vacation rental, it was perfectly suited for permanent accommodation as well. The major difference compared to standard tiny homes was the lack of full-size appliances. Still, it was structurally built to have enough room for these, which meant that it could easily transition to full-time accommodation with only a couple of tweaks.

Whether we're talking hotels on wheels, mobile weekenders, or private beach houses, the Kill Devil Hills is a timeless source of inspiration. An understated coastal elegance was seamlessly infused into the tiniest details of this beautiful abode – it brings back the nostalgic feeling of traditional homes by the beach, yet it feels fresh and unconventional at the same time.

Kill Devil Hills Tiny House
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Old-school shiplap walls and ceilings (in bright white, of course) contrast the dark-toned, chocolatey cabinets, drawers, and shelves throughout. The result is a powerful visual effect that makes this tiny house instantly modern. It's not surprising, considering that this home's builder, Modern Tiny Living, is all about offering future owners the best innovations available in this field. Plus, the team behind this successful brand believes that tiny living is the ultimate modern way of living, hence their fresh, ingenious interpretation of the beach house concept as well.

All throughout the house, this gorgeous color and texture contrast offers a unique take on the popular clean aesthetic that's so prevalent today. The Kill Devil Hills home feels modern and even luxurious but still has a classic touch. Guests are welcomed into a lovely lounge area with an elegant sofa and big windows that amplify luminosity. Apart from being stylish, this lounge is surprisingly generous in terms of storage, considering the home's overall size. A beautiful open-shelf cabinet takes up the entire width at one end of the home, also serving a decorative purpose.

On the other side of the sofa, a couple of tiny shelves add storage and create a balanced symmetry. A pop-up table becomes a wonderful surprise and an elegant way to add functionality to a small area. Plus, the sofa also reveals ample hidden storage underneath, making this one of the most well-equipped tiny lounges that still manages to look and feel effortlessly elegant.

Kill Devil Hills Tiny House
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A well-placed wall discretely separates this social area from the kitchen for a boost of privacy and a more relaxed ambiance. Behind it, guests will be happy to find dedicated storage for their clothes – another unexpected, ingenious feature that uses every inch of space in a thoughtful way.

More built-in shelves add storage without closing off the space. The contrasting color and texture create visual depth, which makes each one of these areas seem bigger. In the opposite corner of the kitchen, a couple of tiny shelves were mounted on the wall, showing extreme attention to detail and an eye for beauty and functionality.

Right next to the wardrobe, the bathroom reveals a simple, practical design with all the basic appliances and a few of the same shelves for convenient storage that takes up almost no space at all. While the kitchen is certainly not a family-style one, it's a lovely oasis for a couple. The grey-white countertop provides a generous cooking surface and adds a contemporary, premium touch, creating a striking contrast to the solid wood cabinets underneath. Big windows keep this entire part of the house filled with natural light, while the outdoor views create the illusion of wider, uninterrupted spaces.

Kill Devil Hills Tiny House
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The Kill Devils Hills is a one-bedroom home designed for cozy accommodation. A comfortable staircase (with even more integrated storage) leads to the loft bedroom with a two-person bed and a full-length bench. Both the handrail and safety wall beautifully combine sold wood with mesh for a sense of transparency that maintains an overall feeling of openness.

On the outside, this adorable tiny house hotel sports a happy, colorful look that matches its vacation vibe. It's only 20-foot-long (six meters) and lightweight enough to be easily transported to different locations. At the time of its delivery, it was priced at $69,000 with appliances. The Kill Devil Hills was a custom-made tiny, but the Mohican platform on which it was based is still available at Modern Tiny Living and ready for many other fresh, contemporary interpretations.

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About the author: Otilia Drăgan
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Otilia believes that if it’s eco, green, or groundbreaking, people should know about it (especially if it's got wheels or wings). Working in online media for over five years, she's gained a deeper perspective on how people everywhere can inspire each other.
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