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240 Sq. Ft. Mountain Hideout with 96 Sq. Ft. Loft

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This 240 sq. ft. mountain hideout is a tiny house design guest post by Robert Olson

Building a secluded off grid cabin is a dream I share with many others. One of these days its gonna happen. Until that time comes, I enjoy sharing ideas.

Below is a 12 x 20 rough draft plan I put together. I call this plan the Mountain Hideout due to its intended remote location.

240 Sq. Ft. Mountain Hideout with 96 Sq. Ft. Loft

Mountain Hideout by Robert Olson


Image © Robert Olson

Text reads, “Rustic hideout for weekend getaway or resort cottage rental unit. Target market, outdoor adventurer age 30 or under. 1 1/2 story. French doors. Wood burning stove. Two triple windows, full bath with tube skylight above corner shower, loft ladder to cozy sleeping loft, and a kitchenette.

* Notice the 9 foot long triple windows opposite each other to bring in light, making small spaces feel big, and create outstanding views into the woods.

* The double french doors open outward, keeping small interior spaces more functional when doors are open on nice days.

* A cozy corner woodstove helps heat the cabin on cold days, and a love seat futon by the stove folds flat for a guest bed.

* A real closet for your clothes with full length mirrored doors, plus a broom closet swallows up mops and brooms to keep a tidy cabin.

* An 8 foot long kitchenette, compact but functional, has a window over the sink and a full length window at the wall. Option 2 for the large window at the kitchen wall could be a door to access an optional back deck.

* Features a REAL bath with corner shower with tubular skylight over shower.

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  • Dean
    April 14, 2015, 2:37 pm

    LOVE THIS! Well thought out use of space.
    When I was younger, I wouldn’t have minded the loft (still wouldn’t, on a temporary basis), but these days I would like to see a single level version that would eliminate the loft and put the bedroom down on the ground floor.
    For those of us who are….over 30. =)

  • April 14, 2015, 3:11 pm

    12 X 20 log cabin kit with 8 x 12 sleeping loft , railing , ladder , 4 ft front porch with railing , all tongue and groove 2″ floor , ceiling , walls , loft . Pressure treated front porch. All hardware , windows , door, roofing and insulation for roof only.
    $7999.00 plus delivery Assembly available on level site.

    • star.light.made
      April 14, 2015, 10:30 pm

      Did I miss the builder’s name somewhere? Are there photos of a built cabin online?
      Many thanks!

    • Mo Swyer
      April 15, 2015, 8:07 am

      Does this include the french doors and two sets of 9′ windows?

    • David Green
      July 26, 2020, 6:02 pm

      The offer of a log cabin, 12 x 20. Please email me the info about this. My wife and I are looking at our options to build a tiny cabin on land we have.
      David Green

  • Pam
    April 14, 2015, 6:16 pm

    I like this design, as well. However, for the “over 30” group, I’d eliminate the porch, except for maybe 2 feet, move everything forward, and put a bedroom in the rear past the kitchen/bath area. Use the loft for storage or whatever. A porch can always be added/extended later if this is going to be set up on a perm. site. Price is very reasonable. I’m sure there will be some takers on this one. Very nice design.

    • Dean
      April 14, 2015, 8:29 pm

      I never thought about that. Do you think the porch is included in the 20′ part?
      Either way, good catch! =)

      • Jaime
        April 14, 2015, 8:46 pm

        No – the description said that the kitchenette was eight feet long – if that’s so, then the twenty feet length is entirely in the enclosed portion, and the porch is extra, assuming, of course, that the floor plan is to scale.

      • Robert Olson
        April 14, 2015, 9:11 pm

        Dean, the front deck is not part of the 20′.

        Pam, this is an expandable design by replacing the kitchen window on the back wall with a doorway to a bedroom added on the back.

  • Yape
    April 14, 2015, 7:08 pm

    Have to agree with the loft vs age. at 65 climbing isn’t high on my list. I envy those who still can. I notice so many tiny house plans put a sink in the bath. When squeezing life into 96 to 200 sq ft, I ask why? There is a sink in the kitchen only two more steps away. I don’t know about you, but even at 65 I’m still not that messy.

    • Jan
      April 16, 2015, 1:59 pm

      Many building codes require a sink in the bathroom. I agree with you though. 🙂

  • Karen R
    April 14, 2015, 8:13 pm

    VERY NICE!!!

  • Brenda
    April 15, 2015, 8:37 am

    Bookmarked this one!

  • Nathan
    April 15, 2015, 10:31 am

    Very functional! For those with concerns about climbing a ladder to access the sleeping space, lets not forget that there are plenty of loveseats/small couches that pull out to make a twin or full sized bed!

  • Bobbi
    April 21, 2015, 1:34 pm

    I agree to dropping the porch , add a bedroom and keep the loft for extra sleep area .

    • Robert Olson
      April 24, 2015, 8:58 pm

      The porch is not part of the square footage. This house is drawn as a studio loft, with an expandable design to add a bedroom to the back if you desire.

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