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12′ x 16′ Amish-Built Tiny House

In April 2014 this Amish-built tiny house was originally meant to be a massage studio for the owner. However plans changed and the owner now rents it out using Airbnb.


Located in Belfast, ME this tiny house is made of fresh local pine and offers guest a cozy cabin experience. With a open floor plan that includes a comfortable queen size bed, a small kitchenette and half-bathroom.

There is a full bathroom and shower available for guest to use. It has a private entrance at the main house and is for guest only so, it’s completely private.

The home has cathedral ceilings with a rustic pine beam in the center of the ceiling.  It’s a charming 192 square feet tiny house.

12′ x 16′ Amish-Built Tiny House

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Learn more: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5861511

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  • Holly Morrison June 11, 2015, 8:51 am

    God bless the Amish and their simplicity of design. This is so sweet and so utterly practical! I love it.

  • HUNTER June 11, 2015, 11:36 am

    this place is beautiful in its simple design. excellent workmanship as always by Amish carpenters/builders. with a single bed by wall and bigger kitchen area, this would be doable as a home. love it

  • Cahow June 11, 2015, 4:00 pm

    It’s adorable and reminds me quite a bit of our own guest room at the cottage. Years and years ago, I read an article that said, “Spend a WEEK sleeping in your guest room and you’ll KNOW how to outfit it for guests!” I took those very wise words to heart and both my husband and I spent a true 7 day week in the guest room. That’s why there’s a coat rack, a proper dresser with drawers/closet with hangers; a coat rack; two nightstands with matching lamps and two clock radios so BOTH guest can see the time/set alarm….and a micro kitchen! Coffee maker, microwave, and wee frig…it’s everything that we could think of to make it cozy…oh, and a flat screen tv with DVR, too.

    This rental bedroom would make many people happy but sadly, I take far too many trips to the loo in the night to be bothered leaving my cozy abode and traipsing through the tulips to use the bathroom. 🙁

  • SteveDenver June 12, 2015, 10:28 am

    Love this little space, and I use a full-XL bed, so the extra space would be great for a table and reading chair.
    The pictures on Airbnb are awesome! The parade looks like a riot.

  • Comet June 12, 2015, 11:59 am

    Gotta wonder—how long after you cut a tree down and mill it into a HOUSE does the “Fresh local pine” title pass it’s expiry date??? LOL!

    Cute but–do you have to LEAVE the cabin to find the bathroom? OR is that a separate door INTO the head? Around here our “zoning” laws DEMAND that you have TWO doors–so a tiny house I know of had to add one which is now behind the owners–bed. But this could have been a solution–and you don’t have to traipse thru all of the REST of the place to just take a wee when doing things outside—I have a door to the outside inches away from our main bath (the BR has two doors one to the main hall and one to the rear hall where the door to the outside is) and it has been a GREAT help in keeping stuff OUT of the house; taking dogs OUTSIDE after baths; bringing inside dirty things to be cleaned—and for wet muddy paws and wet snowy KIDS!!!! I did not think I would like it when we moved in but it grew on me as I used it for these things and more. An idea that more TH designers might use if they need to pass these zoning laws. If you don’t want to actually USE it you can always place storage in front of it.

  • Neil Hendricks June 12, 2015, 6:56 pm

    I like it.
    My wife and I are living full-time (8-9 months) in a 29 ft 2001 camper with 4×14 bumpout, front BR w Queen bed, rear Bath w/corner shower/shallow (6″ deep) tub. The flush toilet remains however we are using a very simple composting toilet (frame, top, seat, 5 gal orange bucket) using sphagnum moss for cover. The white 5 gal bucket with spin-on lid holds the cover material. We put gray water around the local trees every couple of days. My point is, having an alternative to a flush toilet is very doable and does not produce offensive odor, at least in our situation. For two guests, the “loo” is most likely more than adequate for a week’s worth of “reading” among friends. Nice look.

  • Varenikje June 12, 2015, 8:35 pm

    Interesting that it is described as Amish built. I wonder what that means? I have met a few ex-Amish that would rather not be identified that way. And being Amish implies good standing with one of quite a few churches. Curious.

    • brenda taylor June 29, 2015, 2:08 am

      In the midwest, “Amish built” speaks to a level of workmanship and quality of materials, in addition to being a statement of religious affiliation. In rural Ohio, the Amish community is admired for their impeccable work ethic, and products superior to the standard “big box” alternative. Holmes County is home genuine Amish families, many supplementing their farm income as carpenters, cabinet and furniture makers. Others are employed in the “hospitality” industry, running restaurants, bakeries, cheese houses and selling beautiful handmade quilts and craft items. Eight years ago, my husband and I purchased an “Amish” barn package, converting it to our our primary dwelling. The wood was cut to order by a lumber yard that employs Amish and Mennonite workers.The Mennonites have more relaxed customs regarding owning cars, using electricity and power tools, etc. In our area, is not uncommon to see Amish men working, easily identified by their traditional homemade clothing, beards and straw hats. Certainly, there are companies that have no Amish affiliation, that use the title , just as there are “Amish” quilts made in China. As in all things, buyer beware!

  • Theo June 12, 2015, 10:58 pm

    ‘Fresh’ cut pine? Wood is dried for a reason, could have issues down the line with ‘fresh’ wood. Warping, cracking, etc. Where is the loo that was mentioned? All I saw looked like it was at the main house.

  • Lulubug June 13, 2015, 11:20 am

    I similarly have a 12×20 Amish Built shed I have been converting into home. Where could I get more info on this build. I like that the bathroom has a door with window. Makes for a second escape, but also acts as a window in a small bathroom. I will use this idea in mine.
    By the way I love Tiny House Talk!

  • Crystal Austin June 16, 2015, 3:25 am

    How on earth does all that fit into 6′ x 12′? Is there a floor plan or something to help?

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