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920-sq.-ft. Small Modern House

This is the Alpine 2.1, a small modern house by Den Outdoors.

It is a 920-sq.-ft. design with 24-foot tall ceilings with two bedrooms and space to host guests.

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The Alpine 2.1 Modern Small House by Den Outdoors

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The 920-sq.-ft. cottage features 24-ft. tall ceilings.

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The living area opens up to the outdoors.

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The two-bedroom home features a full bathroom.

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The home is 36′ in length and 18′ in width.

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It measures 25-ft. high from the top of the foundation to the roof peak.

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Full size staircase to the upstairs area.

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The master loft is upstairs.

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You get views of the living area from the loft gazing window up here as well.

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Nicely positioned windows on the side of the structure.

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The home features a laundry closet upstairs.

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The guest bedroom is on the main level, right next to the full bathroom.

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The entry of the house takes you right into the kitchen. The kitchen acts like a hall to the living area which opens up to the deck and outdoor space.

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Can you see yourself in this small home?

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The approximate cost to build is $224,940 (subject to change). The main level floor plan is below.

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The upstairs loft area is shown below.

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  • 920-sq.-ft.
  • 36′ length
  • 18′ width
  • 25′ height
  • Sleeps 4 to 6
  • Master bedroom (loft)
  • Guest bedroom (main level)
  • Full bathroom with soaking tub (main level)
  • Full galley kitchen with 24″ cabinets
  • Laundry closet (second level)
  • Wood or gas stove
  • Mini-split for heat and air-conditioning
  • $224,940 cost to build
  • Plans start at $299
  • Learn more at Den Outdoors

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  • Husabergchamp
    June 9, 2022, 9:21 am

    Definitely not for me. It’s laid out for hindering interaction of the occupants. The kitchen is remote, not conducive to conversations unless you shout or actually get up to talk to the cook. I guess I’m used to the open concept house plan and interacting with family members. Seems sterile to me. But, to each their own. It will fit the bill to some.
    Serious lack of storage. It reminds me of a weekend get-away but not of an every day domicile.

    • James D.
      June 9, 2022, 11:05 pm

      The plans are optional and can be changed, the company basically works like hiring an architect except you can make the choices online and choose what package fits your budget and then choose whether you just need the basic starter package or go completely custom with the complete package option that also gives you all the cost estimates and can be submitted for planning approval and permitting process…

      The above is just one of many examples of plans they have to offer and each of them can be completely changed if you decide to customize it…

  • Stephan of Arkansas
    June 9, 2022, 2:01 pm

    Interesting house. I like the way it gently sets in the landscape surrounded by trees and a sea of uniform coarse clumps of grass. (If it were mine, I would have to scatter clumps of native shrubs about the grounds if for no other reason than to give birds a place to nest.) The master bedroom is upstairs without even a half bath on that level. Many people — including me at 73 — need to take a toilet break during the middle of the night. How unhappy it would be to have to navigate the stairs twice to do that. These comments are respectfully submitted. Stephan of Arkansas

    • Eric
      January 9, 2023, 7:53 pm

      Me, at 68, have to get up to go to the toilet up to 5 or 6 times a night. All I can say is that it is good exercise that I wouldn’t get otherwise. But I can think of other things I’d rather do for exercise.

  • Mary Shanklin
    June 16, 2022, 11:54 am

    After almost giving up our hillside-house hopes due to inflationary construction costs, we found Den Outdoor’s Alpine 2.2 with two bedrooms/two baths +loft space and we have revived our hopes. With 1,360 sq ft, it doesn’t qualify as a “tiny house” but still has an ingenious, elegant design that is a welcome alternative to the stereotypical modern look. Our builder likes it and we’re waking the sloping lot this weekend to see if it could work.

  • Susan
    June 29, 2022, 9:46 am

    I love it! I would need a bathroom, upstairs, otherwise, it would be perfect for me…

  • Susan
    July 21, 2022, 5:46 pm

    Love it, just the way it is!

  • Karen
    September 11, 2022, 7:30 pm

    I love this design for a smaller home!

  • Ray
    November 28, 2022, 9:48 am

    Looks nice but, way too much waste of space and loss of function for the price.

    • James D.
      December 29, 2022, 1:47 am

      Just a note but price estimate is for placing this on undeveloped land…

  • Liz
    December 28, 2022, 2:40 am

    Way too expensive for 920 sq ft at $244 per sq ft. Lots of wasted space and resources used for wasted space.

    • James D.
      December 29, 2022, 1:00 am

      Well, cost per sq ft isn’t a useful metric to use for comparisons because it becomes meaningless for anything different as it doesn’t account for build quality, functionality, efficiency, performance, or the actual true total price.

      So, regardless of the cost per sq ft, it won’t tell you if the home will be healthy to live in, whether it will be easy or hard to maintain, whether the structure will last or need to be demolished within your lifetime, whether it will be cost effective or money pit, and it will be very misleading when comparing anything significantly different as it doesn’t account for any differences like scale. Many do not even calculate cost per sq ft with the same variables, like often non-living spaces are excluded from the sq ft measurement.

      So homes with basements, garages, and attics will seem to have a higher cost per sq ft than another house with the same footprint but with more living space as part of the total, even if the two cost the same in total. While a contractor may quote the actual total sq ft of the property and give a figure based on that but will another may go with only using the living space or include on certain aspects of the total property, giving a wide range those estimates can go and basically none give you a straight answer on true total costs and what they really mean.

      It doesn’t help that costs are not the same everywhere. Everything from materials, labor, to the all the fees and services involved in construction will vary by location. Along with the local economy, which is another reason real estate prices will vary wildly across the country.

      Add, there can be very significant differences between one house to the next. Some homes are very basic and not intended to last, will be uncomfortable to live in, and will cost more in the long run. While others may have higher up front costs but will save much more in the long run, will last up to multiple generations, will be comfortable and efficient. However, such details will never reveal themselves by just looking at the cost per sq ft…

      Besides, you’re basing that on a cost estimate that includes building it on undeveloped land… So includes more than just the cost of the structure. Most existing properties don’t include the cost to develop, rather just sells the property at the present estimated value and the cost to build new is typically never passed on to later owners, which is yet just another reason cost per sq ft can be misleading at best.

      Something else to consider, is architectural designs not only consider functionality but livability and how living in the space will effect the occupant(s) both physically and psychologically. Terms like feeding the soul can be a factor in designs that may not seem relevant but can be to the person living in the space to the point of being the difference between it effecting their living conditions to either promote suffering or make them feel like they’re living in their dream home.

      It just may not seem that way to someone else as people can be very different and diverse. So calling something wasteful should be remembered is in many cases subjective and like art can depend on the individual… After all, homes are often an expression of an aspect of someone’s life and personality. So some designs may just only work for certain people and not others but that’s why it’s good to have choices and as previously mentioned, the plans can be fully customized and changed, along with alternative plans to choose from…

  • Donna Rae
    April 26, 2023, 2:46 pm

    Overall I like the design but when you have over 900 sq ft, you should be able to easily have two full bathrooms. Definitely need one upstairs. Personally, I like a kitchen that is at least partially blocked from the rest of the house because when you are preparing for guests, there’s usually a mess that is best left unobserved. Though the extra tall ceiling in the living area is impressive, I think I’d rather have more room upstairs. As James said, the houses can be customized during the design phase…and that appreciated…but the comments are about this particular model. And the changes I mention…and I think most people do the same…are based solely on personal preference. They are suggestions that are meant to give designers food for thought when designing in the future. Many will like the designs as presented but most people would like the opportunity to tweak a design a bit. As always, thanks for sharing! That I have a wide of designs in many sizes sent to my computer so often is really appreciated. And that I receive them for free is amazing. People put effort into these posts and they deserve our gratitude! Kudos to the designers for some nice ideas.

    • James D.
      April 26, 2023, 11:41 pm

      Food for thought is fine, but it shouldn’t just be for designers but also for others to consider with their choices. Since, among things to consider, is that people can be very diverse and simply not agree on all the possible tweaks. So there can be plans that are simply meant to be tweaked to deal with that diversity and the designer is just giving a starting point.

      While also part of the process is often choosing a designer because like an artist they will have their own style and preference. So it’s also about finding compatibility, which is the responsibility of both the designer and the client to ensure they can work together.

      People can also choose to be their own designers and just hire a structural engineer to make sure it all works…

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