Growing Up In A Tiny Cabin

Today we have a guest poster, Reidar Wahl of Lost Cabin Studios.  He tells us of growing up in a Tiny Cabin that his parents had built.  What I liked about his story and I’m sure many of you with families will too, is how you can still live Tiny, but in a family unit. I have always said that it isn’t necessarily that a Tiny House has to be a certain square footage, but that it is relative to the number of people that live in it.

Growing up in the mountains of Norway living in a cabin that my parents built made me appreciate all the benefits that comes with small space living and the term “less is more”. It is a given that of course construction costs and energy efficiency will greatly decrease your outlay but the benefits of small space living can be measured in more ways than just reducing your carbon footprint and monetary value.
Although trying at times, my sister and I feel that we developed a tight family bond spending so much time in the same space together. We feel that we learned more from our parents and grew to value a simpler lifestyle and the things that they deemed important in life. As a result I live in a 15′ x 18′ 100 year old cabin built originally by Swedish settlers, then used as a chicken coop for years. I dissembled, moved and restored it on my own, adding on a couple of small bedrooms for my children, a kitchen and
a bath.


I am now building small mobile dovetailed log cabins for sale, ranging in size from 200 to 350sq.ft. All cabins come completely finished with emphasis on space and energy efficiency. These cabins are not kits. Each one is crafted individually with attention to the customers needs. They can all be fitted with a small kitchen and a bathroom if desired. For me, attention to detail is a must. It is my experience that smaller spaces finished well creates an ambiance that is good for the soul and leaves one content in
many ways. On the interior details I try to use as much reclaimed wood as possible which adds charm and sustainability to the project. Using environmentally friendly finishing products is also something that is important to me. I am currently in the process of developing a system that will allow for future small pod additions. If an extra bedroom, home office or such is needed, it can be added with ease through pre-developed plans for this purpose. The whole Idea is still to keep things small and efficient.

Staying the course of keeping things on a smaller and simpler scale is my philosophy. I believe that in more ways than one, this is the way to combat the ever increasing challenges of today’s economy and complicated lifestyles.


  1. Beautiful! Wow, I love them.

  2. Reminds me somewhat of a log cabin that my mother, siblings and I lived in back in the 60’s in WV. LOVE IT!~ Much nicer, though…

  3. Grew up in a small 2 bdrm 1 bath cabin made from railroad ties. About 400 sq ft w/tiny kitchen and fireplace. I cried when I heard they tore it down. 6 ppl inc my parents and 3 siblings. Yes we were close, we had to be as there was nowhere else to go! LOL Still miss it and always will.

  4. These are classy looking and timeless. Admirable work. I do have one question: if you were to use reclaimed wood, or even logs (half round or hewn), what would you use for chinking in the mobile version that wouldn’t crumble from the wear and tear of going down the road.i see some gorgeous tiny home on t.v., but they have hard, fixed surface floors like tile and real hardwood. There has to be a certain amount of racking, say if one wheel goes down into a pothole, or the like. I just wondered if there was something special that you could use which would eliminate those problems.

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