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280 Sq. Ft. Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin with Covered Front Porch

This 280 sq. ft. solar tiny cabin design is part of LaMar’s tiny house design contest.

It’s designed by Adam who has plans of building his own 14’x14′ cabin to live in.

It will use solar panels to power the lighting inside.

And propane for cooking, heat and heating water.

Adam’s 280 Sq. Ft. Off Grid Cabin Design


Go ahead and enjoy the full 3D tour below:

Rear Elevation Views


Kitchen, Living, Dining, and Bathroom


Bathroom with Shower


Loft Bedroom


Floor Plan



More Details on this Tiny House Design

A normal well and septic system will be used for water and waste.

The living area inside would be approximately 10’x14′ (because of the front porch).

Upstairs you’ll find loft space with 7′ high ceiling at the peak (so you can stand up).

The first floor will have 8′ high ceilings.

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I’ve explained it all in this post before but you can head on over to LaMar’s site for more details on how you can get involved and how to win.

LaMar is accepting your designs that are:

  • 200 sq. ft. or less,
  • 201-400 sq. ft.,
  • Tiny Homes on Wheels,
  • House boats,
  • Caravans,
  • Van Conversions,
  • or Campers

Learn more and get involved here.

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  • Avatar jerryd April 8, 2014, 6:01 pm

    One shouldn’t have batteries inside one’s home as if a cell goes bad like with lead most use could teakettle blowing acid steam everywhere. Or even just gassing from normal charging isn’t good either. You really don’t want to breathe it even very, very low levels .

    Nor on the second floor as they weight 60-80lbs each.

    So keep them outside in a battery box, shed, trailer tongue, etc. A shed housing things like the RE equipment, batteries, heat storage, solar panel roof, workshop and even summer kitchen is a good idea for all homes, Tiny or otherwise.

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan April 8, 2014, 9:22 pm

    First, I agree with Jaryd about the batteries. Get them outside the main structure. Secondly, I love the house from top to bottom! What a clever use of space, and I love the roofline and the heater next to the front door. Can’t wait to see a finished version. By the way, you may want to keep the charge controller outside with the batteries because some charge controllers make a humming noise constantly which can be a little nerve wracking. And remember that the shorter the wires between panel, charge controller, and battery, the less power is wasted, and the longer your battery will stay charged. Good luck!

  • Avatar Tiffany August 11, 2014, 5:16 pm

    What is the cost for the solar setup for something this size? I want to one day have a tiny home maybe 500-900 sq ft though. But wanted to to get an estimate of the solar power part. Thanks,

  • Avatar Phil September 30, 2014, 9:16 pm

    How about dormers upstairs for more windows and a little more room.

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