Our answer to tiny homes, but zoning and code compliant.

Zak’s Simple Homes is ideal for many situations—living minimally, living mortgage-free, building a guest lodge on your acreage or a cottage on lakeside property, having a simple or off-grid shelter for hunting, or building affordable housing for seasonal workers. With two generations of building experience, Zak’s will take care of everything from permits to placement for your Simple Home.

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What is a Simple Home?

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Smaller than Zak’s Homes and Cottages, Simple Homes are for the minimalist at heart or the budget-conscious builder. They’re built like tiny homes but, unlike tiny homes, Zak’s Simple Homes are code compliant and meet zoning requirements for most cottage and acreage properties.

Is a Simple Home Right For You?

If you’ve always wanted an affordable home, or a home away from home, or if you’re a minimalist who just likes to keep things simple, then a Zak’s Simple Home might be just what you’ve been looking for. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I want a getaway cabin, retreat or starter home that is considerably more affordable than a typical cottage or house?
  • Have I always wanted to live a more minimalist lifestyle or leave a smaller environmental footprint?
  • Do I have a small lakeside or acreage lot that won’t accommodate a standard-sized building?
  • Do I want a simple shelter, starter home or home away from home, whether it’s for hunting, for my farm or for seasonal workers?
  • Do I want to lower my debt or live mortgage free?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a Zak’s Simple Home might be just what you need.

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What’s Included in a Simple Home?

Zak’s Simple Homes currently come in six models, each one uniquely and intelligently designed for a specific purpose. Their names speak for themselves.


Small and simple, the Getaway has all the basic amenities you need. It’s ideal for hunters, seasonal workers, farmers, and anyone living near minimal services. Easy to run with a generator or off-grid system, with plenty of storage space in the loft.


A compact home with a little extra room to play, this Simple Home has a covered deck outside and storage loft space. It has all the basic amenities, ideal for hunters, seasonal workers, farmers, lake-dwellers, and anyone living near minimal services.


This 2-bedroom home might be the quickest way to live mortgage-free. There’s just one bathroom, but with an extra entry off the master bedroom, it feels like an ensuite. This home boasts an impressive kitchen for a “tiny” home, great for home cooking.


There’s room for the whole family—or even extended family—with three bedrooms elegantly designed into the home’s 722 square feet. Majestic high ceilings and large windows welcome in the sun and make you forget you’re in a tiny house.


A functional and attractive cottage that’s ideal for families, the Escape boasts two stories with two living rooms and two bedrooms. A vaulted ceiling in the open-concept living, dining, and kitchen area will make you forget this home’s small size.


Our largest Simple Home, this cottage includes three bedrooms and plenty of space for family and guests. Large windows and vaulted ceilings give you an expansive feel and great views of the outdoors while letting in plenty of natural light.

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Benefits of Simple Homes or Cottages

Simple Homes are your best choice for a starter or lakeside home. Here are five solid reasons for choosing Zak’s Simple Homes & Cottages.

They’re Affordable

Compact and simple, a Simple Home is a scaled-down version of a Zak’s Homes & Cottages build. It’s just smaller—and easier on your budget.

They’re Attractive

Thoughtfully designed and built by our experienced team, you still get Zak’s superior quality and workmanship, executed on a smaller scale.

They’re Adaptable

There’s a Simple Home plan and design for everyone. From the one-bedroom Getaway to the 3-bedroom Retreat, choose the size you want for the home you need.

They’re Legal

Tiny Homes don’t conform to zoning bylaws and building codes, but Simple Homes do. Now in the building business for decades, Zak’s knows how to build to code.

They’re Portable

Because of their small size, Simple Homes are that much easier to move and place, whether it’s on an acreage or a lakeside plot.

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Simple Home Designs

In order to provide the best possible value to our customers, we encourage you to purchase the units as we have designed them, with no changes.  They come in three different choices for finishing: Grey, Tan, and White (as seen below).

We can also assist you with designing a custom Simple Home and Cottage – of course, this will result in increased costs.


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Talk to us about a simple home

Does a Simple Home sound right for you? Fill out the form below, and we’ll get back to you within two business days.

We’re a second-generation, family run business, and we look forward to talking with you and answering your questions about Simple Homes! If you choose to build with us, we’ll provide you with a free, no-obligation quote. You’ll also have access to our experienced design team, who can help you choose the model, layout and styling options that are right for you.