When it comes to our off-grid cabin floor plan – it’s all about keeping the living space wide open.
Our “Tiny Cabin” will be located smack in the middle of our 3 acre farm. Placed at the bottom right side of a gently sloped hill, it will be nestled in front of a small grove of apple trees and our little vineyard.
We are placing the cabin at an angle to face the barn. This way, we can take total advantage of an entire day’s worth of passing sunlight. That full sunlight provides natural light to the cabin. More importantly, it energizes the solar panels that will power the cabin.
This past week, we began preparation of the gravel base for the cabin. With hopes to install the cabin frame in the next 30 days, we also got busy finalizing the floor plan.
One of the things we really enjoy about our Simple House at the farm is the openness of the main floor. See : The Simple House Floor Plan
Our home’s small footprint of 1054 square feet has never felt small to us. In large part, that is due to the wide open floor plan, and natural light washing in from windows.
We wanted to continue that same concept as we designed the off-grid cabin floor plan.
The Off-Grid Cabin Floor Plan
We designed the floor plan based on the Highland, an existing shed model from Weaver Barns. We love the look of the Highland, and how it fits in with our existing structures at the farm.
By modifying an existing model, it also allows us to save big money on the budget.
More than anything, we want to showcase that smaller living spaces can be built without a huge budget. Too many times, tiny home budgets can exceed $30,000 to $60,000 and more. All in all, we hope to create a comfortable living space for well below those numbers.
Weather permitting, Weaver Barns will erect the outside of the structure sometime in the next month. From there, we will take over to install the power, plumbing, and finish out the entire interior.
We want the finished cabin to be a great place for family, friends and visitors to stay overnight, or for a weekend retreat to the farm. With that in mind, we worked with Weaver to create a floor plan that allows for maximum use of space, with enough sleeping area to comfortably accommodate 4 people.
Much like we have done with our smaller-sized house, we will include a patio and grill area outdoors to extend the living space. In addition, we will include a small vegetable garden for visitors to enjoy as well.
Main Living Area
The main living area of the cabin has been left open to take full advantage of the light. A window on both the west and north side, along with a bank of glass panels at the top of the front porch will provide plenty of natural light,
A bedroom loft covers just over a third of the bottom floor space, with the rest being open to the ceiling above.
The area will have enough room for a pull-out queen sofa bed and recliner. It will also include a small dining table for four. In the back, a small kitchenette will include a sink and a built-in ice chest refrigerator. Also included will be a small propane stove top burner, and of course – a coffee maker!
The upper loft measures 8 1/2′ wide x 16′. Access to the loft will be via a sliding rail ladder. When not in use, the ladder can roll up against the front of the bathroom wall. The loft will include a queen sized bed for additional sleeping space.
The bathroom is located in the back corner of the cabin, and takes up a mere 25 feet of total space. It is the only space in the entire cabin that is closed off.
The bathroom contains a compostable toilet to the left, and a small shower to the right. We did not place a sink in the bathroom to conserve space. With a small sink just a few feet from the door, it made sense to keep plumbing to a minimum.
To save space in the main living and kitchenette area, we will use a pocket door to close off the space.
Now that the floor plan is all set, our attention turns to finalizing the solar system that will power it. We are extremely excited to showcase it in our next off-grid cabin update in two weeks. Not only is it powerful, but its main battery system can be unplugged instantly to be used for power anywhere, anytime!
Here’s to off-grid living in the OWG Tiny Cabin! Jim and Mary. To receive our 3 Home, Garden, Recipe and Simple Life articles each week, sign up for our free email list. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. This article may contain affiliate links.