Building a Bunkhouse Chalet- should I add 1 or 2 lofts?

I'm debating on if I should add 2 lofts (one over the area where the bunk beds are and one over the kitchenette/bathroom area) or if I should just stick with 1 loft over the bunk bed area? The loft would probably mainly be for kids to sleep up there as I know they would enjoy that. Keep in mind this building is 12 x 16 and not for full-time living. The second exterior picture is just a quick mock up showing what it likely will look like with the walls raised as it needs to be tall enough to accomodate the bunk beds and loft (s). Keep in mind this Chalet is not for full-time living but for guests to stay in when visiting at our lake property, but I did want some amenities such as a small bathroom (we plan to build a outdoor enclosed shower), kitchenette (it will have a sink) with apt size fridge, microwave, hot plate, etc., We plan on using gravity fed water system likely for the outdoor shower and the sink. Toilet will be composting. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to create the lofts with this software so you just have to sort of imagine them up there. Any thoughts on the lofts or on the design itself? All comments, ideas, suggestions welcome.
building a bunkhouse chalet should i add 1 or 2 lofts, home improvement
building a bunkhouse chalet should i add 1 or 2 lofts, home improvement
building a bunkhouse chalet should i add 1 or 2 lofts, home improvement
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  • Marcy Marcy on Jun 24, 2013
    I'm not so sure I can give you suggestions but I will say that your project sounds very cool and I can't wait to see after pictures of it all!

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jun 24, 2013
    I would just do the loft over the kitchen area...with a small space low ceilings really make them feel much smaller. Even more so if the beds are 2 high bunks. In our 200 sq foot cabin we have a loft over the "dining" area. Which leaves the main part of the room with a tall ceiling. This is a shed roof from about 8 to 10 feet.

  • Karen Young Karen Young on Jun 24, 2013
    since this is primarily for sleeping with no planned living area, I would add both lofts for extra storage as well as kids sleeping area. If your intent is to have this as a living area in the future, I would build with a wing in mind for the bunk beds.

  • Kelle Arvay Kelle Arvay on Jun 25, 2013
    Thank you all for the great suggestions! KMS Woodworks, I think we are going to go with just the one loft over the kitchenette/bathroom area. I like your idea of leaving the other side of the room without a loft so it feels bigger with higher ceilings.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jun 26, 2013
    I love tall ceilings...In our main home our "great room" which serves as dining and living area, has a high sloped ceiling from about 8 to 15 feet. We used this as a base when working on the smaller cabin. When I did an addition on the home I set up the master bedroom with Collar ties at 10 feet, the sides slope to 8 feet. just this little bit down the center of the room really feels nice.