The Little Bunkhouse in the Woods Plans - Tiny House Blog

The Little Bunkhouse in the Woods Plans

Joe Chipman who we covered a while back in a post called Tiny Bunkhouse in the Woods has put together an ebook of his plans and photographs of his actual build of the bunkhouse and is now offering them for sale through the Tiny House Blog.

This little bunkhouse goes along with our affordable tiny house feature we have been running recently. To view the other houses follow the links below:

  1. Deek’s Transforming A-Frame Getaway Cabin
  2. The France Tiny House
  3. Life inTents Bell Tent 
  4. Simple Pop-Up Cabin
  5. Sonoma Shanty

This 64 square foot, 8′ x 8′ bunkhouse also includes an additional 4′ x 8′ front porch. In his plans, Joe walks you step by step through the process of building the bunkhouse via pictures and a short explanation.

Joe also includes plans for the bunkhouse beds and demonstrates how to build them. For quite a small amount of money and some hard work you can have a neat little bunkhouse or other types of outbuilding ready to move into and use.

Joe is offering his plans and ebook for $17.00 and you can buy them right here.

* see interior photos below

The Little Bunkhouse in the Woods Plans
PDF Format – 35 Pages – $17.00
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Erik - January 20, 2010 Reply

It’s shack-tastic! Could fit on a trailer or better yet an airship!

    Joe in michigan - January 20, 2010 Reply

    The Bunkhouse was a practical exercise in style and techniques, a stepping stone to building my own little house on wheels this coming summer. So yes the bunkhouse would fit on a trailer even though the roof would have to be thinned down to 8ft 6in for towing down the road. A airship would be real cool, the little bunkhouse in the sky! Great view just watch that first step!

Ryan Mitchell - January 20, 2010 Reply

This is a great little shack, I love the front natural wood posts on the front. I would love to see a photo or two of the inside, just to get an idea how much space there is.

I noticed in the photos that the building is resting on cinder blocks, I usually see the pier blocks. In either case, I was wondering what happens as the dirt settles underneath them, I would assume that the dirt compresses, but at different rates. What stops the house from getting through off of level?

    Kent Griswold - January 20, 2010 Reply

    Hi Ryan – I’ll ask Joe for some pictures of the inside. They are included in the plans but on the small size for the blog. I’ll get some up as soon as I get them…Kent

    Joe in michigan - January 20, 2010 Reply

    The soil under the cement blocks is mostly sand, gravel and a little clay and very compact as it was left in very distinct layers in the last ice age 10,000 years ago. Poor soil for grass almost no black dirt even though the wild strawberrys love it. When I leveled and place the cement blocks I disturbed the soil very little so there should very little problems with settling. The only real problem and it is a small one is frost slowly bringing up stones and disturbing the cement blocks.

      Sandy - March 10, 2010 Reply

      Have you thought about putting thick foam panels under the foundation extened out from the house 2ft on each side to prevent heaving? as an experiment,I put foam underneath shed posts, worked for me,here in Maine

    George - January 23, 2010 Reply

    I suppose you could always just re-level it every year too. Shouldn’t take more than a couple hours to do with a small house.

ej - January 20, 2010 Reply

How to build an easy foundation on blocks:

    Kent Griswold - January 20, 2010 Reply

    That is a great and educational link EJ, thanks for sharing it with us!

    Ryan Mitchell - January 20, 2010 Reply

    I guess that settles that! The other thing is that by nature, tiny house are, well…small. Thus pretty light. A $40 car jack can be used to raise the house and shim it level if it does get really out of alignment. Most homes, even if built right will have some degree of not being level.

    EJ, could you tell me a bit more about your comments on the soil content having low clay content?

Anne - January 20, 2010 Reply

I like. A lot. The kitchen building in the original post is nifty, too.

    Ryan Mitchell - January 20, 2010 Reply

    The kitchen is nice! I would want something a little better than a Coleman stove if I were going to be there any length of time. I have used them on camping trips and while they are robust and work well, they have limitations. Overall, the open air kitchen is a great idea for the warmer months.

      Joe in michigan - January 20, 2010 Reply

      The Arizona kitchen was made for preping the food to cook on the campfire and lay out the food in buffet style. Also a great place to store pots, pans, plates, misc. The Colemen stove is great for scambled eggs or mac and cheese, but most cooking is done on the campfire. Besides the most important tool in the kitchen is the blender my “green banana” or “bullfrog” is just to die for.

ej - January 20, 2010 Reply

The link is not to my property, just one I admire.
You’ll have to get in touch with them directly.

Benjamin - January 21, 2010 Reply

Any suggestions of locating a local source for natural wood posts, rails, etc? I’d like to use them for supporting a deck and building handrails, but I have no idea of where to look (other than a forest).

Simple Living News Update - January 25, 2010 Reply

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Build Your Own Bunkhouse | Jordon Cooper Outfitters - April 19, 2010 Reply

[…] Over the next couple of years, Wendy and I plan to build something very similar to this for Mark at the lake.  It moves him and eventually Oliver out of the cabin and into their own space.  There are a variety of shed options we have looked at but I prefer this one over most of them.  For only $14.99, you can buy the plans to build this bunkhouse from Tiny House Blog. […]

Peter - September 28, 2010 Reply

Please resend the last news letter i deleatted on error

    Kent Griswold - September 28, 2010 Reply

    I sent it to you. Let me know if you don’t get it.

water extraction miami - June 30, 2011 Reply

that house is just im impressed.

Mark - December 10, 2011 Reply

How easy would it be to make it a 10×10 structure with an added 2-3 feet head space for extra storage?

Mujahid - May 17, 2012 Reply

How much did this cost to build?

Willhelm - April 4, 2013 Reply

Great job! Impressed and working on my own. Thx!

Sister Pauline Quinn - September 26, 2013 Reply

Dear Joe… could donate to our worthy cause where prisoners are building our non profit organization Bridges and Pathways of Courage a little house… I like several but I like your Hermit because I live as a Hermit sometimes… I would like to live in a little house for a year.. to write my book, to pray and to learn to do without. I start programs all over the country in prisons were inmates train dogs to help the handicapped. At age 70, I am finding the long drive home in a lonely stretch of road going north out of Green Bay, I am just too tired to do it.. and don’t have much money to stay in hotels… so, I have a place to put a little house but no plans on how they can build it.

Sister Pauline Quinn - September 26, 2013 Reply

Joe… I don’t mean donate a little house but the plans of your Hermit cabin… It would be difficult to find anyone willing to donate the house itself. I live in Wisconsin.

Melodyhome - September 3, 2014 Reply

I also want a small house like this.

Chad Pothier - February 25, 2018 Reply

The link to purchase the plans doesn’t work, is there another way I can get this PDF?

    Kent Griswold - February 25, 2018 Reply

    I’m sorry the buy now link was broken, it is now working. I’ll also send a link to you via email.

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