Tiny House in a Landscape

Update: More photos of interior added below. Thanks Louise! Also plans are now available, go to the “Plans” link above.

This is the tiny cabin built and owned by a friend of mine.

He is extremely private, so I can’t tell you where it is located other than the inter-mountain west. It has a lovely compact kitchen and sleeping loft, with hot tub out back. The entire front has a porch for sitting and shooting the breeze. When we visit in our RV, we stay up the road a piece on national forest land, and leave him to his private, peaceful hideaway. -Louise

Fall

Winter

Floor Plan

Cabin under Construction

Cabin under Construction #2

Kitchen

Bath

Living Room from Loft

Completed Cabin

by Kent Griswold (Tiny House Blog)

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47 Comments Tiny House in a Landscape

  1. justin

    was jst curious.. did he design the cabin himself or did he buy the plans somewhere… looks like a perfect size… .. love the pics… Justin

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  2. MJ

    I was curious about the all year aspect too…some serious snow in them there woods (of course, I live in the tropics so it looks colder and deeper to me!).

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  3. Louise

    @Justin: He designed it himself and hired a contractor to build the cabin. It was a complicated job to keep as many trees as possible intact on the property.

    @Christina & MJ: Yes, he lives there all year. That wasn’t his original plan, but this past winter he decided to try to stay through the cold season and it worked out fine. The road is plowed within about a mile of his property, and he snowshoes the rest of the way in. Neighbors have snowmobiles that he could borrow in an emergency.

    @Kent: I don’t have the actual dimensions, but you can kind of eyeball it from these additional photos (added above):

    The one of the living area shows just about exactly half of the total downstairs area. I figure that rug is 4′ x 8′? (Feel free to move these photos into the main post if you wish.)

    While this house isn’t as teensy tiny as some featured on this blog, I am always struck by how spare and serene it is. To me, the appeal of small spaces is that they force one to clear out the useless stuff and really focus on what’s important. This friend, whom I’ve known since I was a teenager, has been a huge influence in my quest to declutter and simplify my life. I’m glad you’re enjoying the photos of his home!

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    1. Kent Griswold

      Louise do you think he might be interested in making his plans available to others? There is a lot of interest in this tiny home…Kent

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      1. TJ

        I love this cabin I wish there was some available any site
        that resist to the same cabins or any thing beautiful as
        this!!

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  4. Carol

    He did a great job designing it. It looks very well laid out. With out looking cramped. If he lets them become available it will be extremely popular, it looks fabulous.

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  6. Malia

    Just love this cabin! How I wish I’d thought about something like this a couple of years ago – before I bought a small condo. This would have been a much better idea. Thanks so much for the photos. Anyone want to buy a condo, so I can have a cabin like this built instead?

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  7. Matt Olds

    Without having to first order the plans, is there anywhere to see a picture of the actual floorplan for this cabin? I’ve seen the various photos of the interior and exterior here on Tiny House Blog but no floorplan pic. Would just like to see it to gain a better perspective of the cabin.

    (sorry if I repeated this post)

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  8. will

    I would like to build this cabin. I was wondering the kind of foundation you have and how tall is the structure from floor to peak. The reason is for mobility if needed.

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  9. Amber

    Hi there, beautiful tiny home. I am wondering if you know what this tiny home cost to build (materials + hours of labor). Thanks! Amber

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    1. Kent Griswold

      Hi Amber, I am asking Sam from Colorado Yurts to get involved in the comment section as I don’t have the answers. It is a holiday weekend so I’m not sure when he will respond. Please check back and hopefully some of your questions will be answered.

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  10. diane

    Having lived in a house with a loft, I found the loft unbearably hot in the summer and the downstairs unbearably cold in the winter – because heat rises. Skylights provide important ventilation as well as longer-lasting light.

    In the bath: Try a window beside the toilet and a linen cupboard over the toilet. A corner sink provides more floor space.

    In the kitchen: Upper cupboards could be replaced with windows to enjoy the outdoors. One set of dishes/pots and pans are all that is needed. A portable stovetop can be stored when not in use.

    Combination washer/dryers can also fit under a kitchen counter.

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    1. Alfred

      Here at 8,500′ summer is not a problem (the hottest I have ever seen it was 81 on the porch, and there is never a night when it doesn’t drop into the low 50′s)

      Skylight would be nice too, (in fact a few!) but snow load is an issue where the cabin is sited.

      There is a window above the toilet, and the bath can be rejiggered for personal preferences.

      I myself kind of like the stackable w/d in the closet in the bath, and I also use the Kitchen Uppers not just for dishes but for food (I have to bring in most food for the l;ong winters before the first snow as after that, it goes in on my back on a backpack as I ski in)

      All sorts of ways to modify the design though depending on preferences and where it is sited.

      Thanks for the ideas!

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    1. Alfred

      Hi, Betty!

      The house is heated with three hi-tech german heaters (electric) – one in the bath and two in the main area. Electricity in my next of the woods goes for appx $.10 a kilowatt hour. The house is all electric and it costs about $1,100/year for electricity.

      As for the woodstove, I know, I am the only one around who doesn’t heat with wood (and there are lots of trees around too). I could put one in the main living area if I wanted.

      Hope this helps!

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      1. Lori

        I’ve been looking at this plan and wondering if I should order it. My children bought a place in the country with 5 acres. Plenty of room for me to build. I think it would be perfect. Is the information included as to where to get the heaters? ALSO how do you cool it? Is it built on a slab?

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    1. Alfred

      uh, you don’t want to know…

      (and I probably don’t want to add it all up)

      Also, you probably need to clarify the question a bit.

      There is the land itself, the cost of the well, septic, bringing in electricity, creating access to build (and you’ll note that now you can’t drive up to the cabin – the contractors loved this), the final short driveway and gravel walks all of which are location specific.

      As for the structure itself as its at 8’500′ it was designed for heavy snow load (with engineered trusses, metal surface, custom fabricated crane set 28′ glue-lam ridge beam), cement board lap siding, etc. – you get the picture.

      It was also built by licensed contractors/tradesman to fairly high standards and I did none (well, almost none) of the work myself.

      Your situations is undoubtedly very different.

      Okay, to hazard a guess, to build just this structure alone now (2010), in a moderate clime, with easy access, without all the extra-stout stuff, with workers eager for the job, it could be as little as $40K or maybe as much as $80K depending on what part of the country you are in.

      I am not trying to be vague, but there are just too many regional and site specific variables to account for.

      To give you one illustration, the electricity (admittedly not part of the structure cost but illustrative nonetheless). How far do you have to bring it in from the road, 50′, 100′ 500′, 1000′? (The charge is usually by the foot.) How deep does the trench for the cable have to be (usually you have to dig it), or can you bring it back in on poles? What does a pole cost? What does someone with a backhoe cost to dig the trench? Are there rocks below the surface? Can anything else (e.g. water) be in the same trench.

      In short, lots to add in.

      Hope this helps!

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    1. Alfred

      no picture, but the walls are 44″ high before roof starts to slope up toward the peak. At the center of the loft, the height is appx 10′.

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    2. Alfred

      and….

      Thank you for your kind words!

      After spending a year and a half on this, it always good to hear that others like it as well.

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  11. Trevor

    This looks like a really great house. I was curious as to what drawings the plans include. Also, how many sets of plans have you sold? Nice work!!

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  12. Jessica

    Hi Alfred-

    I need to know how high the whole structure is to know if I can be permitted to build it in my area.

    Can you tell me how high it is?

    Also I have no building experience… are the plans detailed enough so that I could use this as a first home building experiment or would you suggest another project with plans developed for beginners?
    Thanks for your help!
    Jessica

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  13. Tim

    Does anyone know the shade of red paint used here? I’m building a Tumbleweed house, and want to paint it that same shade of red….

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    1. alfred

      Hi, Tim!

      I am flattered that you like it. And, I apologize for taking a few days to get back to you as I was out traveling.

      I wanted the cabin to be “barn red” and the closest I came up with is a red from Sherwin Williams #640345435, however that was back in 2007.

      I’d also mention that individual monitors render color differently, so it is hard to tell from the screen.

      Anyway, hope this helps, thanks for asking!

      —-alfred

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      1. Tim

        Thank you so much for the info Alfred — that is a huge help! I’ve actually looked at the photo on several different screens my laptop to my iPad, and the red renders beautifully (though, yes, differently) on all of them. I’ll pick up a sample strip from the local Sherman Williams provider. I’ll post an update later this year when it’s painted! Thanks!

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