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



Floor Plan

Cabin under Construction

Cabin under Construction #2



Living Room from Loft

Completed Cabin

by Kent Griswold (Tiny House Blog)

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Randy - September 12, 2009 Reply

Beautiful property and cabin, Louise. I don’t blame him! I’d keep that place a secret, too! 🙂

Bill - September 12, 2009 Reply

Nice looking cabin and location. It just needs a lake nearby to be complete.

Guy - September 12, 2009 Reply

I would have liked to see photos of the interior. All the same, great cabin.

Louise - September 12, 2009 Reply


I asked my friend for some interior shots. I hope he consents to send some, because it really is great inside!

justin - September 12, 2009 Reply

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

    Kent Griswold - September 13, 2009 Reply

    Hi Justin – This cabin looks like a Greystokes http://www.greystokes.com/ it may be the Skeena or Nicola but not sure of the actual size of the cabin. Louise if you can find out it would be great…Kent

Christina Nellemann - September 12, 2009 Reply

I really love this. It looks like a lot of the cabins up in the Sierra’s where I live. Very cozy. Does he live in it all year?

MJ - September 13, 2009 Reply

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!).

Louise - September 13, 2009 Reply

@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!

    Kent Griswold - September 13, 2009 Reply

    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

Becky - September 13, 2009 Reply

Are the plans going to be made available? That is an awesome looking house.

    Kent Griswold - September 13, 2009 Reply

    Becky – we are checking to see if they might become available and will let you know…Kent

      TJ - December 21, 2010 Reply

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

Carol - September 13, 2009 Reply

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.

Switcher - September 14, 2009 Reply

Are those engineered I-beams (3rd photo/down), for the roof framing?

Sharon Richey - September 27, 2009 Reply

Has the owner decided to share his plans? They may have been published here but I didn’t see them.


Little Red Cabin Plans | redneck-home-improvement.com - September 27, 2009 Reply

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small cabin - November 23, 2009 Reply

I really love to have a cabin house in the country side that I can visit every vacation. But I am still thinking of a nice plan. I hope someone can help.

Malia - December 26, 2009 Reply

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?

Angela - January 26, 2010 Reply

Beautiful! & so quiet and peaceful looking – I’d keep it a secret, too!

Matt Olds - January 31, 2010 Reply

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)

will - February 25, 2010 Reply

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.

Amber - May 30, 2010 Reply

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

    Kent Griswold - May 30, 2010 Reply

    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.

diane - July 30, 2010 Reply

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.

    Alfred - August 13, 2010 Reply

    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!

diane - July 30, 2010 Reply

Try an under-counter fridge.

    Alfred - August 13, 2010 Reply

    Good Suggestion! If I were doing this again, that’s is something I would do

Kim-HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs - August 7, 2010 Reply

What a sweet home 🙂

Betty - August 13, 2010 Reply

How is this house heated? Where would one put a woodstove?

    Alfred - August 13, 2010 Reply

    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!

      Lori - May 15, 2014 Reply

      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?

Brent - August 16, 2010 Reply

I love this place!!! Is there anyway to give a roundabout on how much this cost to build?

    Alfred - August 16, 2010 Reply

    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!

Brent - August 16, 2010 Reply

…and possibly a shot of the loft itelf…(may be asking too much)

    Alfred - August 16, 2010 Reply

    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′.

    Alfred - August 16, 2010 Reply


    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.

Trevor - December 21, 2011 Reply

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!!

Judy - January 11, 2012 Reply

Perfect! Who wouldn’t love it.

Jessica - February 18, 2012 Reply

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!

Tim - April 24, 2012 Reply

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….

    alfred - April 25, 2012 Reply

    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!


      Tim - April 26, 2012 Reply

      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!

Pam MCcreary - March 20, 2013 Reply

This is my dream, to have in the Cascades! Lucky guy!

BJ & Stephen Miller - September 15, 2014 Reply

Is It Possible to Get Pics Of The Inside … Like What the Living Area Looks Like, Eating Space, Bedroom, Etc. Maybe The Back Deck Where The Hot Tub Is??? You Can Always Send It To My Email. Thanks So Much!! Love What I Can See!!!! AMAZING 🙂

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