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Tiny House Shelters You for Cheap in the Mountainous Woods

Ahh, a tiny house in the mountainous woods. One that’s affordable.

If you’ve ever imagined going off grid in your own little cabin, read on..

Whether it’s to live in permanently or to use as an escape.

For me, this would be one of my favorite places to write, be inspired, and get some time with myself.

I’ve been meaning to show you this shelter for a while as some of you might use some of the ideas for your own future design.

In these photos you can tell that the cabin is still under construction but most of the exterior is completed. In the second photo you can tell that the interior still needs plenty of finishing touches.

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Tiny House in the Mountainous Woods

Photo Credit Benjamin Chun

The metal roof would allow you to listen to the soothing sound of rain while all the windows throughout bring in plenty of natural light to enjoy. The exterior wood siding totally goes with the environment.

Tiny House in the Mountains

Photo Credit Benjamin Chun


What could you see yourself doing with a structure like this? Would you live in it, use it for meditation/yoga, as a guest house, or maybe for your work/office?

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Helen
    June 20, 2012, 8:46 am

    I love this! However, being an older, single woman the first thing I thought about was security. I would set the house up higher off the ground and enclose the “porch”….I’m thinking of animals wandering in, which I’d prefer they didn’t do. Also, I don’t see a path or road….? I’m guessing access is off to the left? Or is it a hike-in?

    • June 20, 2012, 8:55 am

      Hey Helen- I’m actually not sure. I imagine it might be a hike in with a path somewhere but it seems like it’s up in the mountains most likely off-grid, etc. Personally I’d use something like this as an inexpensive get away for writing, working, unwinding, etc. Great point on security. Large windows make it feel less secure for sure.

    • d
      July 15, 2012, 11:13 pm

      Hi, Alex: fabulous cabin!! How can we get more information about this? It’s probably exactly what we’ve been thinking about!

      [email protected]

  • Liz
    June 20, 2012, 10:00 am

    I’ve been wondering why more tiny houses don’t have this kind of roof. It seems a really good fit for the problem of the almost-second-story that dormers don’t quite address. Dormers add a lot of work but not very much space or light, IMO. but perhaps this roof would be too high for transporting. In any event, for a stationary house, this look is gorgeous.

    • June 20, 2012, 10:25 am

      Glad you liked it Liz. I agree that it looks great but as you said might propose some issues on a trailerable version. Thanks!

  • Kat
    June 20, 2012, 11:26 am

    Alex, who makes this house? Are plans available? Would love to see the inside as well as know dimensions and possible wheeled options. Love the look of the design!

    • Dominick Bundy
      June 21, 2012, 12:27 am

      I agree, I like the looks and would like to see the inside also. Wonder what the square footage of the whole building is ?..

    • Gigi Pilcher
      June 30, 2012, 4:09 pm

      I am very interested in this home! I live in Alaska so I’d like to know if plans are available.

    • Stuart Hill
      October 12, 2012, 12:13 pm

      This is a great little cabin. Are plans or architect information available??

  • June 20, 2012, 12:24 pm

    It’s a great looking cabin for sure. I hope ours turns into a expertly finished highly detailed cabin like this some day! I’ve learned about what I want and don’t want staying at our small off-grid cabin for a few days.

    One lesson many newbs don’t realize. Nothing is secure in the woods! Unless you want to live in a fortress or shipping container w/o window or live there full time.

    People can take chainsaw to your cabin if they want to. So unless you want to live in a fortress, consider a cabin insecure, no matter how many windows. We have 2 5’x5′ windows in our 200sf cabin and it’s still dark.

    • July 19, 2012, 1:36 pm

      Valid and unfortunate point, isn’t it.. I’m sure it can be done peacefully somehow and in some place but I think this is one of the reasons a community of tiny homes/cabins would be more desirable. And also so you can be closer to amenities/grocery stores. Thanks for sharing, I know you had a bad experience out there with thieves.

  • Pat
    June 20, 2012, 10:06 pm

    Alex, this is a beautiful cabin and wonderful post. Thank you for finding and sharing. I agree with Solar Burrito about a house never being completely secure; however, I want to make an intruder’s attempts frustrating enough that he/she might go elsewhere. Helen, I’m with you though about not wanting animals to wander in. Black bears are enormous in our area of the country. They come up on our decks, so a screen at least lets them know they aren’t on the guest list. Please keep up the great work, Alex.

  • SteveR
    June 22, 2012, 8:51 am

    Alex, I’ve heard you say this often – “a metal roof allows you to hear the rain”. A properly built and insulated roof, clad with metal, sounds no different than any other kind of roof. Trust me, I’ve lived in metal clad roofed houses for 10 years in an area which received 6ft of rain/year. The true advantage is that it can last 100 years and snow/leaves/needles slide off easily.

    This is a nice cabin. I don’t understand the concern about security? An errant squirrel? A bear? It’s got 4 solid walls. As secure as anything you can get these days I would think?

    The interior needs some finishing – that’s an understatement – but this looks, so far, like a thought out building, well constructed with quality materials. I trust the interior will be just as well outfitted.

    Keep us updated if you can.

    • Helen
      July 19, 2012, 9:39 am

      I’m not familiar with bears, but I have a feeling a bear wouldn’t let 4 solid walls keep it from trying to gain access.

    • July 19, 2012, 1:38 pm

      Thanks, Steve!

  • Kat
    June 23, 2012, 3:48 pm

    Re: the security worry from Helen – if you are going to be leaving this for a length of time, my suggestion would be to attach sliding barn doors to match the siding, covering the large window/doors ~ or large shutters that can be closed and locked. Even if they are indoors – you may loose glass to critters, but they shouldn’t get inside. This is also good for most ‘country’ dwellings, or for those who don’t want to pay a company for alarm systems.

    This is an awesome looking cabin – not sure I would want to leave it once I got there. Great share, Alex.

    • Helen
      July 19, 2012, 9:40 am

      Great idea! thanks!

  • LaMar
    June 25, 2012, 8:13 am

    Nice design- would like to see the floor plan layout. Those double glass doors would not be my first choice for both security and they would be less efficient in cold climates but they do look good. Love the attached bench on the porch.

    • July 19, 2012, 1:39 pm

      Thanks, LaMar, glad you liked it. I’d love to see the floor plan too. I agree on the glass doors for security, but they are really nice. Might be worth the risk for me.

  • Charlie
    June 25, 2012, 9:48 am

    Please define cheap and inexpensive. It doesn’t look either.

    • July 19, 2012, 1:40 pm

      Hey Charlie, sorry, it’s all relative I guess. Cheap and inexpensive in comparison to something as beautiful but larger.

    • Charles Bradley Raceingfan247
      June 7, 2019, 11:05 am

      I’m looking for a lot to put my 24 by 12 house on

  • Gene
    June 25, 2012, 10:37 am

    I like this design – it would be great to see a floor plan and options. Good location to be inspired.

    • July 19, 2012, 1:41 pm

      Thanks, Gene! I wish I had the floor plan. We’ll see if I can get more info/details.

  • Nicole
    June 25, 2012, 11:00 am

    It would be nice to have more details. Maker of the house, cost and square footage for those who are looking for a tiny house of that kind of design.

    • July 19, 2012, 1:42 pm

      It’s a custom designed/built house.. Wish I had all the details to share with you all. If I can get them, I’ll update the post for sure.

  • Debbra W
    June 25, 2012, 5:29 pm

    The only problem with security that I saw right away is the door handles. Bears can and do enter unlocked cars. The handle is what makes it easy. A round door knob is impossible for a bear to “handle.” The European door handles are lovely and best for the inside, not on the outside of a cabin in the forest. I live in the San Bernardino National Forest and we have learned the hard way about door handles/knobs.

    The whole cabin is lovely and I wish I had it.

    • July 19, 2012, 1:42 pm

      Nice insight, Debbra, thank you for sharing!

  • Cal 20 Sailor
    June 25, 2012, 9:40 pm

    Wow! The concept of a “little cabin in the woods” sure has come a long way… I’d love to have a cabin like this; a very pretty design.

  • June 28, 2012, 1:18 pm

    Very nicely proportioned and finely detailed. You can tell it has been designed and thought about as it’s own object, not merely as a larger cabin shrunk down. I like how the deck is an extension of the interior floor plane and the way the patio doors open to the forest, there’s not really a definite threshold between “inside” and “outside”. The bench is a nice touch too!

    • July 19, 2012, 1:44 pm

      Hey Kelly thanks for the wonderful observations. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • d
    July 17, 2012, 1:42 am

    Should we contact the photographer?

    • July 19, 2012, 1:45 pm

      Hi d- yes, that’d be great if you want to. If you do, please let us know what you learn!

  • Richard
    July 31, 2012, 11:52 pm

    The cabin is cool . I like one on some land In malibu or washington, big bear. It needs r13 or better. Solar panels and a fully sealed batterys. The windows should face south for warmth.

  • Debi Ernser
    August 28, 2012, 1:40 pm

    As with everyone else, I think this would be a perfect studio on my property. I get that its a custom piece, but perhaps the builder could offer some help?
    Love the sharing on this page!

  • Solar Burrito
    August 28, 2012, 6:24 pm

    I’d be curious on the intentions of these different commenters they sound so varied with totally different concerns.

    -Security has nothing to do with this cabin, it is built just like a house, no more or less secure. Location is your problem.
    -People looking to have no mortgage
    -people who want to have a pretty trailer
    -people who are interested in cabins
    -people who want a studio in their back yard

    No one design is perfect for all lifestyles. It’s so small what does it matter what the floor plan looks like? It’s not a premade kit, it’s totally custom. It’s a rectangle and you can divide up as you like.

  • February 13, 2013, 11:55 pm

    How do I get a copy of the plans and talk with the builder of this small cabin/studio? I’d also be interested in hearing what a cost estimate would be. This is exactly what I want for my get away cabin before I build something larger. Thanks.

    • LaMar
      February 14, 2013, 10:54 am

      That is a custom design but I will do my best to replicate the plans and produce a sketchup file which I will make available.

      I will post the plans in the tiny house forum when I get them done.


      • Mike
        March 5, 2015, 2:20 pm

        Did you ever post the plans?

  • Debbie
    April 5, 2013, 11:35 pm

    Alex ,Like I said In other comments there are no-codes here.I know cuz I needed a code personand zoneing to check my vent”s and Ducts in my apt.Im actually cutting a product,called Hamok by Filtraite,taping them on the ceiling,I”m,getting 1/8th dust little buggys and pink fiber.they told me they would ask the mayor 3wk,I was told they didnt have such a person for constuction an they cant do anything to privite Landlord.I really need a tinyhome inhaling it with C.O.P.D its bad

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