Essential Guest House

A modern companion cabin

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The perfect companion building to complete your compound

The DEN Essential Series is a collection of homes designed for simplicity. Easily connected to other buildings via a beautiful boardwalk or covered breezeway, the Essential Guest House is intentionally designed to sit separately from a primary dwelling. Provide guests the space to connect, relax, and develop their own relationship to the natural world. The layout includes two bedrooms with separate entrances and a central living space with a shared bathroom and kitchenette.

Design Highlights

A Modern Companion Cabin

The DEN Essential Series is a collection of homes designed for simplicity. The Essential Guest House is the perfect companion building to complete your compound, or to start a hospitality property with. Easily connected to other buildings via a beautiful boardwalk or covered breezeway, the Essential Guest House is intentionally designed to sit separately from a primary dwelling. Provide guests the space to connect, relax, and develop their own relationship to the natural world. The layout includes two bedrooms with separate entrances and a central living space with a shared bathroom and kitchenette. 

Features

550 sq ft. (28' Length x 20' Width)
  Approx. 15' (top of foundation to roof peak)
  Sleep 4 to 6
 2 bedrooms
1 shared bathroom
  Shared kitchenette with 24" cabinets
  Floor to ceiling windows
  Laundry compatible
  Wood or gas stove
  Mini-split for heat & A/C

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DEN’s planned packages is the easiest way to plan, price, and design your next build.

The Starter Package

All great projects start with dialogue and planning

Our Starter Package includes all you need to start talking to the parties involved in building your dream home. We find that most of our customers go for the Starter Package first and then upgrade to the Complete Package. Hundreds of design hours have gone in to the plans included in your package so that you can have a house in the modern European architecture style.

Select Starter Package

The Starter Package let’s you:

  • Interview builders and get higher quality estimates
  • Talk with your building department about a permit
  • Share with your Home Owner’s Association to get basic approvals
  • Figure out how much your project will cost in your area
  • Review the design in detail to see if you really really like it
  • See if the closets are big enough

The Complete Package

All you need to build a home

Our Complete Package includes all you need to start the process of building your dream home away from home today. The package includes builder ready construction plans which you can get stamped by and engineer or architect. You save a great deal of time with a complete list of construction materials.

Every detail of your design is customizable, from materials to window placements and overall footprint.

Select Complete Package

The Complete Package let’s you:

  • Customize your Den design (materials, window placement, walls, and overall footprint)
  • Change the foundation type to better suit your site or preference
  • Ensure local code compliance (seismic, Title 24, hurricane, or extreme snow loads)
  • Get your plans stamped by an engineer or architect
  • Save time and money by not having to redraw all the details from scratch
  • Save time and money with a complete list of construction materials (materials take off)
  • Review advanced details like mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems
  • Achieve a Den-style result with specific interior and fixture recommendations

Case Studies

Hear from happy DEN owners

Stephen ProctorModern Alpine Cabin

It’s a dream. Going the route of a traditional build using plans from DEN has proven to be the simplest & most affordable approach, as well as the easiest to get permitted.

Major ParkhurstA-Frame House

I looked at several different A-Frame companies and spent a lot of time trying to decide which one to go with. DEN had the best style and the best all-in package, for sure. I’d describe the brand as modern, stylish, natural, and, in terms of the final product, ahead of its time.

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Julia ShermanA-Frame Bunk Cabin

The final result is nothing less than stunning. The design is sleek, nestled into the back hillside in a way that is both formidable but also understated.

Jen and Michael PenchanskyBarnhouse Family

On a scale of 1-10, from a customer service perspective, 10 all around and A+.

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Emilio MadridModern Alpine Cabin

Regardless of whether you're building a DEN as designed or just using their resources as a jumping off point for a custom build, Mike and his team are incredibly responsive and collaborative.

Kristie Mae WolfeCottage Tiny House

I bought a Den plan, took it to my building dept. and was able to start my build 3 days later!

Brent JohnsonModern Loft Barnhouse

I’m glad I chose DEN. The plans are beautiful and DIY friendly. I just wish I could build them all!

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Nicolas PottsA-Frame House

DEN’s detailed plans took the guesswork out of building my perfect cabin in the woods.

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Ian PorterA-Frame House

I would say using the DEN plans was much faster and cheaper than going through an architect for a custom set of plans.

Michał and MonikaA-Frame Bunk Plus

Minimalistic design, beautiful graphics, professionalism. The fact that you made building it feel so possible.

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Megan MoultonBarnhouse Plus

When DEN came out with the Barnhouse Plus, it was exactly the design we needed, and it was also unique enough to diversify our build from the other short-term rentals in the area.

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