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The 180 Sq. Ft. Otter Den Tiny House

This is 180 sq. ft. The Otter Den Tiny House by a small home renovation company called Otter Hollow Design.

James Brookshire, the owner, built this tiny cabin with his inspiration from the tiny house movement.

This little cabin boasts a sleeping loft, bathroom, sink, kitchenette, and more. Please enjoy and re-share below. Thanks.

The 180 Sq. Ft. Otter Den Tiny House

180 Sq. Ft. Otter Den Tiny House

Images © Otter Hollow Designs

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Images © Otter Hollow Designs

James built this tiny house on his property near Atlanta, Georgia as a tiny house prototype. And it also serves as a tiny guest house, too. 🙂

If you’re in the Atlanta, Georgia area you can consider hiring the help of James for your tiny or small house project. Get in touch with him below if you want to.

Learn more: http://www.otterhollowdesign.com/tiny-houses/


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  • Larry Crouch
    May 25, 2015, 8:58 am

    Great idea !

  • zenLoki
    May 25, 2015, 11:50 am

    looks well planned and executed with some very fine details.

  • Hootie
    May 25, 2015, 11:59 am

    Nice home, but I think the railing in the loft should be higher. Looks like a good way to trip and get launched into the living room!

    • James
      May 25, 2015, 2:50 pm

      Good point, Hootie! We actually discussed that when I was putting up the railing. I think I made a very similar comment! However, we have a GORGEOUS view of our pond while sitting in bed that would be obstructed (albeit just a little) by a higher rail. If I was building this for a customer, I would DEFINITELY install a 18″-24″ rail .

      • Chris Wynn
        February 25, 2016, 1:20 pm

        Why not just raise the bed as much as you raise the railing?

  • SteveDenver
    May 25, 2015, 12:28 pm

    Very thoughtfully planned. I love the walkway leading to the home, the stairs and the more ample than usual headroom in the sleeping loft.

    • Patty
      May 26, 2015, 1:25 am

      Ditto, I love all those things and the rustic beauty, the view, and the feeling I would never want to leave. Great job!

  • Bev
    May 25, 2015, 12:32 pm

    I love this home–how it is designed inside and out. It is perfect for me with one bed and bath added (stairs are impossible for me) at the livingroom end and make the living room longer. I do believe that if this company would build more like this on individual lots, that they would make a fortune! Just perfect and so adorable. Living smartly and beautifully here!

  • Sally Schrock
    May 25, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Wow! This is one of the BEST tiny home designs I’ve seen in a long time, and with stairs to the loft too. My biggest bugaboo about the majority of tiny homes out there is the fact that they have ladders instead of stairs, which is neither safe or practical for a lot of us–especially during those middle-of-the-night forays to the bathroom downstairs.

    Too, the thought of trying to wrestle a double or queen mattress up a ladder gives me the willies, let alone a few knickknacks. This particular design is so thoughtfully and beautifully laid out and just flows from one area to the next. You can bet your sweet patootie I will be keeping my eye on this tiny house company!

    • Varenikje
      May 25, 2015, 2:08 pm

      I visualize my 20 something friends wielding the mattress up there. Like 20 or older, not 20 friends :o)

    • Judy
      May 25, 2015, 3:27 pm

      Lofts are a perfect place for Sleep Number Beds! Also, you can easily slip the mattress up there as soon as the floor is finished, before you put in the stairs/ladder/railings. After all, folks, you’re not lifting it the height of a story in a conventional house; it just goes up a bit over your head!

  • Susan
    May 25, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Pretty damn cute, and very well constructed for such a small space….and stairs, thank you very much! Is there a shower, inside or out?

    • Varenikje
      May 25, 2015, 2:12 pm

      Yes, is there a shower? Or stove? Or oven?

      • Varenikje
        May 25, 2015, 2:18 pm

        Just answered my own questions: no shower, no oven, no stove. Hmm…

      • May 25, 2015, 2:25 pm

        No shower or stove/oven. It is designed to be a guest house/private room on their property (says their website http://www.otterhollowdesign.com/tiny-houses/ ) so no need to cook, I guess, but nice to have a mini fridge for a cold beverage. Somewhere on the site I saw that they intend to build a shower and connect it to the bathroom with a door, but now I can’t find where I read that. (sorry) — If its a guest house, I would still have a microwave . . . even if just for making popcorn for the movie. 😀

      • Susan
        May 25, 2015, 3:29 pm

        Since this is a prototype, and meant to be a quest house, I’m sure it can be reconfigured to add a stove and shower, if you wanted to make it a more permanent home. I just love the location!

      • Varenikje
        May 25, 2015, 4:33 pm

        I read somewhere that they are going to build on a shower, but I don’t remember where I saw that either!

    • James
      May 25, 2015, 2:45 pm

      Thanks for the comments! As noted, this build was based strictly around our needs. The flexibility of the design would allow much more storage, if needed, and room for a proper kitchenette. We do intend on adding an outside shower. There will be a door to the left (facing) wall in the bathroom. You will step right into the shower stall, which will have a tin surround like the rest of the house. Our climate allows for use of an outdoor shower on all but the coldest of days (lucky us!). It would be fairly easy to put a small shower inside the house, as well, but was just not something that we needed. We really wanted an open feel…which is hard with so little space! We accomplished what we wanted, but also understand that if it were used as a full-time residence that some of that openness would have to be sacrificed. I have sketched out some pretty cool ideas for adding more storage and kitchen space without altering the shell. One thing I didn’t take a pic of is the generous enclosed crawl space that building on a sloped lot allowed us. I will update my site with some more detailed pics in the future. Thanks, again, for all the great comments and ideas!

  • Marcy
    May 25, 2015, 12:47 pm

    One for me, please.

  • Margaret Hoskins
    May 25, 2015, 1:29 pm

    I’ve started a notebook of my favorite tiny houses and this one will definitely be added. I ADORE IT!!! I WANT IT!!!! GREAT GREAT JOB!!!


    • AVD
      February 25, 2016, 1:23 pm

      Some suggested notes-to-self:
      Double out-swing doors to a very small deck is a bad idea – use a slider.
      The lack of a guard-rail around the deck will drive your insurance provider crazy.
      Swing the single “entry” man-door out.
      A door unto the “crawl-space” might make for some inexpensive useful storage space.
      Fake shutters are bad enough – but OMG they don’t match the size of the window.

  • Kathleen-Florida
    May 25, 2015, 2:00 pm

    Wow, actual stairs with an actual hand rail. In a house smaller than most. Kudos to the builder! <3 <3

    • AVD
      February 25, 2016, 1:35 pm

      Notes-to-self update:
      Oops! I see that the double swing-doors to the deck actually swing in rather than out. In-swinging doors in this design are even worse than out-swing doors. They consume a lot of floor space, and in this design will run into the furniture.

      One of the comments mentioned the lack of a heat source. It looks like there is a small heat unit in the corner near the sofa. Yes – the one with the plant sitting on top. I can’t tell if it is “real” or a “simulated” small wood-burning stove.

  • Varenikje
    May 25, 2015, 2:24 pm

    I like the full size doors and big windows and yes, the stairs to the loft. Would want a shower and more of a kitcheny sink (to do dishes) and did I see any kitchen cupboards for dishes/food?

  • Kathleen
    May 25, 2015, 5:01 pm

    It helps knowing it’s a guest cottage to understand why the bathroom and kitchen areas are so minimal.

    Anyone know who sells that futon/couch?

  • Jaymz
    May 25, 2015, 6:08 pm

    Love it.
    I could see a few of these scattered around a 20 acre property in the mountains as a great way for people to try out tiny houses for a weekend. Of course shower and kitchen would be necessary but a very easy addition to this great design.
    Well done.

  • Neil Hendricks
    May 25, 2015, 9:30 pm

    Sweet! This is one of the best looking small lodges I have seen to date here. I appreciate the style, attention to detail, materials used, layout, colors, and overall look. From a builder’s perspective, I may have increase the elevation of the pipe handrail and added a handrail to the deck. Otherwise, this is, from my perspective, a class act. Nice.

  • Kat
    May 25, 2015, 11:39 pm

    This one of my top favorites (with a few added necessities like a simple kitchen, shower, storage and laundry area- it’s do-able). It may even beat my all time favorite, The Pinafore. I keep my list of favorite features and houses along with a little secret dream that I may live in one some day…all by myself.

  • Patricia noll
    May 25, 2015, 11:49 pm

    Perfection on wheels. scale, utility, loveliness all in one.

  • nancy chisholm
    May 26, 2015, 12:42 am

    very nicely done…I love it!

  • Mike
    May 26, 2015, 1:31 am

    This looks to be about 10′ wide, 2′ wider than a typical tiny house on wheels. It looks to be about 12′ long. I like the width, and think it could be a few feet longer yet for full time living.

  • K Allen
    May 26, 2015, 10:17 pm

    We live in the Atlanta area, and while we don’t want a tiny, tiny house, we want some land and a house built with an RV Port for our motor home. We’ve seen some in FL in person, and on line in AZ, NM, etc. They are usually small homes so you have a more permanent place to live and can keep the RV with you when the weather is too bad to travel. Wish someone would start a subdivision in Forsyth County, GA for such homes.

  • Janet
    May 28, 2015, 6:37 pm

    I love this home, and the property is beautiful. I would need a one level, but this is great.

  • John
    February 25, 2016, 2:53 pm

    Hi I am building a tiny home and I am getting ready to deside what slideing to use. I like the slideing that you put on your home could you please let me know how you install it could you let me know

    Thanks John

  • Gabrielle Charest
    February 25, 2016, 11:23 pm

    A classic. Love the fact that it’s on a foundation. People need to petition local, county, and state governments to allow tiny house buildings on land. It’s obvious that government wants the taxes from larger homes, but there has to be a type of small community zoning that would work.

  • Eric
    February 26, 2016, 4:13 am

    I wonder whether the authorities looked the otter way when this was being made. But on the otter hand, it is a nice little place. But there are probably plenty of otter places this abode could have been established.

    Do they have to haul water up to this tiny den? Or do they have some otter means to get it there?

    But it must surely be a blissful place to live as all the otter neighbours must be living in lots of otter remote places too. On the otter hand maybe it gets a little too quite and they need someone, or something, to relieve the otter boredom that must inevitably set in.

  • Debbie Keithley
    May 25, 2016, 6:07 pm

    Love this!
    Are there possible options for bathroom w/shower/mini tub, mini kitchen (2 burner stove, microwave/convection?
    Thank you!

  • Rob
    May 25, 2016, 6:30 pm

    Very nice attention to detail

  • May 26, 2016, 4:39 pm

    The place is quiet, the bulding is impeccable, in its simplest form in the selection functionality of fixturest ( doors) that make the architecture, all in harmony with the combination of really elegant colors. It Strikes me Wanderfully

  • Marsha Cowan
    October 10, 2017, 6:45 pm

    Oh! I love this little house! So cozy and livable. Adorable!

  • Michael L
    October 11, 2017, 12:04 am

    I’m generally not a big fan of the all wood look! That changed with seeing this home… it’s beautiful! I love the exterior finishes. The only thing I’d change… make it into THOW dimensions! Great job!

  • October 11, 2017, 7:57 am

    What attracts us is attractive (evidently), and often what fascinates is alive art, this reminds me of a phrase by singer Adriano Celentano: ” A life without music is sad, but a music without life is terrible”; so is also the Architecture.

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