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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.


Baubit Mini Cabin

I found this awesome cabin who has done a great job of documenting their process of building their mini Cabin.  The cabin is around 160 square feet with a loft in it.  The did this all in around 2 weeks! One part that I really appreciate is that they took the time to shared their budget.




roof frame

Here is what the Vermont Mini Cabin cost me:

  • Pressure-treated lumber (Home Depot) $100
  • Rough-sawn lumber (Eagle Saw Mill) $704
  • 3/4″ plywood $568
  • Nails, screws, other misc. supplies $200
  • Tyvek $145
  • Ship-lap pine siding $600
  • Stain $100
  • Metal roofing panels and flashing (Fabral) $936
  • Clear pine for trim $180
  • Insulation $100
  • Steel door $100
  • Windows (12 Pella ProLine casements w/screens) $3623
  • Stove (Morso Squirrel) $1100
  • Chimney and stove pipe (Simpson) $500
  • Flooring (Forbo Marmoleum Click) $502

Cost before adjustments $9458


Forgone BMW purchase ($44,260) …’cuz that’s what my friends are buying instead of doing stuff like this.

12 days labor of high-priced innovation consultant (not thinking about that)

Net Savings $34,802

Incidentally, I purchased the site for $8500, plus another $1000 or so in legal fees and transfer fees/taxes. (One of a half dozen lots I was able to aggregate in a largely defunct development.) So, even including the land costs, this project was well under half the cost of the BMW, and I believe it will be around a lot longer than that car would have been.