Kelley Lewis Ebert is a single mother to three small children and recently finished building her own tiny cabin on Lake Sylvan in Ohio. The 192 square foot house is currently only an off-grid weekend home; Kelley lives in a town nearby so her children can go to public school. She is selling the cabin plans (in conjunction with a charity) for only $45.
The 16×12 foot cabin features both a front and back porch and the 16 foot ceilings accommodate a sleeping loft with two full sized beds. The downstairs has an open great room, a kitchen with bar, and bathroom with a sink, standup shower, and composting toilet. The cabin sits on 1.3 acres of stunning lakefront property.
The cabin is off the grid and powered by a gas generator and will have a water pump and filtration system with water being pulled from the lake. The family keeps warm with a woodburning stove and they are building a stone hearth — the children help with small house projects.
The building code restrictions in the area had a maximum of 200 square feet. Kelley did not want to have a house on wheels, but still wanted to kept the design small. She had not worked in construction, but did have home improvement experience. Kelley hired a shed-building company to set the foundation, platform, frame the walls, and get the cabin under roof. With the skeleton in place, she was able to take the project from there.
Many of the building materials came from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Craigslist. The Cabin Chick Tiny Cabin Plans are for sale for only $45 and 50 percent of all proceeds goes toward building a school with Pencils of Promise. The plans comes with professionally drawn architectural plans, a supply list and email support from Kelley.
Photos by Kelley Lewis Ebert