Building our Cabin

Solar Burrito off grid cabin porch roof

Building Our Off Grid Cabin

– One room off grid solar cabin
– 200 square feet
– 14×12′ main room with a 4×8′ bump out
– 2 x 75 watt solar panels
– 3 deep cycle batteries
– 655 gallons of rain water storage
– 12/12 roof pitch
– Cabin located in Washington State

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Off Grid property saved us money and was exactly what we wanted to build our cabin on.

Tiny House Plans We built our small off grid solar cabin with easy to follow plans from Tiny House Designs. I chose them because they have the most detailed complete plans out there for small cabin owner builders with little to no building experience.

Tiny House Designs offers many off grid cabin plans of all different types for a low price of $9.95.

Learn more about these Off Grid Cabin Plans.


off grid cabin solar panels in snow

Some future plans for our off grid cabin include a wood-fired sauna in the woods, outdoor shower either solar or wood heated, a tree house for guests, and a camping spot to pitch a tent above the cabin on the hill.

Off Grid Cabin Deck PlansI made this 3d model of our small cabin to know how things would look when the porch roof and deck were finished. It’s easier for me to visualize things in 3d and Google Sketchup makes it so each to draw. Another benefit is all the lumber and board spacing is to scale so it makes a handy materials list. Just count the boards.

Here is the near finished deck project below.


Off grid Cabin Deck

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Wood floor in tiny cabin


Outside our small off grid cabin

loft in small cabin - Solar burrito

kitchen in small cabin Wood stove in small cabin

Solar Burrito Off Grid Cabin Interior


  1. Nirky
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 01:13:18

    Solar Burrito, solar is great idea but I lived in Seattle for 5 years, the sun shines consistently only in July, August and part of September. Do you make enough power in January-March?


  2. Roy Stoneball
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 23:27:50

    Thinking of gridding in northern Michigan, thanks for your insight. Solar panels and battery cells are my biggest interest. Thanks again, Roy.


    • Solar Burrito
      Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:54:15

      Mine too Roy! There’s something gratifying about having silent reliable maintenance free power. I wish we had better batteries. Buy new is what I’ve learned.


  3. Allison
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 06:28:57

    It looks great! A few questions. 1) Where did you get the plans for this? 2) Does it have a bathroom or will it have a bathroom? If so,do you plan on using a composting toilet, etc? 3) How many square feet is it? 4) Did you have any issues getting permits to build?



    • Solar Burrito
      Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:52:44

      Got the plans and material package together from Penny Pincher Barns. They ship everywhere and were great to work with. We have a outhouse with a composting toilet so no it won’t.


  4. skylor bradham
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 02:47:40

    what are you guys into it for cost?? what area im moving off grid this year and am also in Washington haven’t found land yet though


    • Solar Burrito
      Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:51:00

      Hard to say we got a ton of materials for free and have spread the project out over a a few years. Probably $5k I’d say. Though I know it could be done cheaper or MUCH more expensively depending on what you want. Cost will vary a ton.


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