The Otter Den














I just finished building a tiny house here in Canton, GA (about 45 miles north of Atlanta). I own a small home renovations company called Otter Hollow Design, LLC. I have been following the tiny house movement for many years, and have finally built a prototype (called the Otter Den) on our property in hopes of generating interest in building tiny homes for others.

A 180 square feet tiny house in Canton, Georgia. Designed by Otter Hollow Design.

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  • Reply Gary Coy May 27, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I love this little house. So simple, so beautiful. No kitchen – just a small fridge. I think if people really wanted to save money and go even smaller the kitchen could be outside (grill/smoker). And the tiny houses could become even tinier. Great job – great use of space.

  • Reply Autumn May 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    This is positively darling, and the craftsmanship looks wonderful! I love the stairs, and the fact there is some headroom in the sleeping area. Great job!

  • Reply Crystal May 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    this is one of the best layouts i’ve seen while still keeping the sq footage really small. excellent job, guys! this is wonderful.

  • Reply Cathy May 27, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Beautiful craftsmanship & layout love it!

  • Reply Mary Currier May 27, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I am wondering how much you charge to build a home like this with a 4 X 6 back room added to the length to sleep and a hook up for a wood stove in the living room, and a solar system for electric and hot water, maybe propane. I live in CT and have the land. I would like log siding and the wood interior, pine is fine. I’m trying to sell our house to put a tiny house on my lot.next to it. How much would this cost. You could build it on a trailer where you are and drive it here with a big pick up truck if it is easier. I’m a single mom, looking for a more affordable way to survive.

  • Reply Christine Sharp May 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Simply stunning!!

  • Reply Leender May 27, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Finally! A tiny house with stairs I can climb. Please post some photos of the kitchen.

  • Reply Christy May 27, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    love this!! Everything!

  • Reply Scott May 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    This is a fine example of a tiny house. With stairs instead of a ladder to boot. Lots of character. Just watch that first step off the back porch! 🙂

  • Reply Sue May 28, 2015 at 8:09 am

    LOVE the stairs, altho’ entire place is adorable!

  • Reply Sherry Fisher May 28, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Love this house! Would like to see more of the kitchen area!

  • Reply tthom2 May 28, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I love everything about this house. Beautiful job. Is there more to the kitchen than the Keurig and refrigerator?? Is there a shower??

    • Reply James May 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you! No, there is not a proper kitchen. I built this house as a prototype. I have several sketches of how the shell could be configured in many ways to meet a client’s needs, including adding a kitchenette, indoor or outdoor shower, and more enclosed storage (things you would definitely want for full-time living!). As this was built on my property, we were looking for an open design that would serve as a guest house. I do intend on installing an outdoor shower that will be accessible from the bathroom. I chronicled a majority of the build on my website blog, and it might make things more clear: http://www.otterhollowdesign.com/blog/

      Head Hammer – Otter Hollow Design, LLC

  • Reply Sparrow May 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    This is spectacular. I agree with the others here – the stairway is most welcome, and there’s even a railing. Plus this house has charm. I’d like more info on the bathroom, though. And how much?

    • Reply James May 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks! I’ve been blown away by all the positive feedback. I chronicled the build on my blog: http://www.otterhollowdesign.com/blog/ I also have information about the bathroom in the sidebar of this page: http://www.otterhollowdesign.com/tiny-houses/

      I am currently working on a pricing sheet. I think I underestimated how quickly this has snowballed via social media! I still have about a week’s worth of work to actually completely finish the house (although it looks finished in the pics, you’ll notice that there’s not even a faucet on the sink yet!). I will have a page dedicated to pricing on my website in the very near future. To give you a rough idea – if I were to build an EXACT duplicate of our house, it would be in the $30K range. Keep in mind that I have a LOT of labor in this house; probably more than I would have in a build for a customer. We used a lot of repurposed/excess material that presented some interesting engineering! Yes, we saved on material cost, but it was exceeded by the labor.

      Thanks for your interest!
      Head Hammer – Otter Hollow Design. LLC

  • Reply AW May 28, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    VERY nice! If you ever have an open house, I’d love to come see your Otter Den. We live in Woodstock, GA, so we are close by.

  • Reply Grace May 28, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I really like this and would like to see it in person. I have a place a couple hours north of there in Dunlap, TN. When I tried the link to Otter Hollow Design, it only brought me to some photos, no contact info.

  • Reply rebecca May 28, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Can tiny homes be built in Savannah GA or near there? Love your house & interested in price.

  • Reply QuinnColumba May 28, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I find this design charming and could picture living in it. There is a bit of kitchen lacking, but I’ve always envisioned a tiny home co-housing community with a central space for cooking and eating together as desired, and a bath house. It’s nice to see tiny with character!

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  • Reply Cahow June 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I love EVERYTHING about your wee home! I saw it on Alex’s site, too, a week or so ago. The only thing that I would have added, is a wrap-around porch that encompasses the entire home with a nice 8 foot depth. That way, it would have increased the usability of that steep slope site, substantially. But, other than that addition, you did a marvelous job and I adore the staircase! 😀

  • Reply ed June 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Very well done. Like the stairs, storage, nicely finished too. I agree that adding a wrap around porch would add to this sweet little place.

  • Reply Bob in W NC June 1, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Nice job – simple and uncluttered, great craftsmanship. Lots of the questions are answered here: http://www.otterhollowdesign.com/tiny-houses/

  • Reply Nick June 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    An otter’s place of residence is called a holt or a couch. Otter’s Couch might not have the right ring to it for some, though I like it.
    Otter’s Holt is very Hobbit- well, it is a word as old as (or older than) the English language. Nice work all around on the house. But that trip rail around the loft edge gives me the willies. Very bad height, maybe worse than no rail at all. The edge does need at least a visual warning, a couple of stout ropes hung from above, a cargo net, a long branch across the opening. So many fun possibilities in so cute a dwelling!

  • Reply Randi June 1, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! It looks so uncluttered and spacious for being a tiny house. Will you
    make one for me James?

  • Reply Kathleen Cooney June 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    This is perfect and I love the attention to detail! When I retire, I want something just like this, in a similar setting. Beautiful. I’ll have to write down the name of your company.

  • Reply Leah June 5, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Very sweet place. I love the roomy upstairs! Great setting too.

  • Reply Deborah Windham June 20, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    I live in Woodstock and am interested in seeing your prototype first-hand. I am seriously interested in a future tiny home.

  • Reply Linda September 7, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I live in Canton and would love something like this on my property for guests… Do you build these?

  • Reply Deborah November 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    I am a widowed grandma who lives in Canton. My house is too big for me now. I would love to downsize some, but would need a downstairs bedroom as I am unable to climb the steps. I would also like regular plumbing especially toilet and shower and a carport would be nice. It wouldn’t be so small with all of this, but functional for me.

  • Reply Michelle December 30, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Omg I’m dying! Perfection!

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