Today’s Tiny House in a Landscape is from Fred Beal in Helena, Montana. My wife and I spent our first two years of our marriage in Helena and it is one of my favorite places.
Fred is an expert with the Log Dovetail technique in building log cabins. He has built this little 11 foot by 15 foot log cabin and is currently living in it full time.
Fred has designed a jig that makes it easier to cut the dovetails in the logs, thus making it more accurate and an easier process. You can learn more about the technique by going here. http://logdovetailjig.com/
Following are some photos of his cabin and a short video of the building process. Enjoy!
This week’s Tiny House in a Landscape photo is a house that has been featured on the Tiny House Blog a couple of times before. Just recently, it was added as a new AirBnB house that you can rent. See the post here.
This is the Goldfinch, built by Bungalow to Go. It is just across the valley from me in Healdsburg, California. Nestled in a redwood grove and next to a small pond. Pepper Clark sent me this photo of it lit up at night and I think it is just perfect!
This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is of a narrowboat somewhere in Great Britain. I had the opportunity to see several of these a couple years ago while we explored rural England. Wikipedia defines a narrow boat: A narrowboat or narrow boat is a boat of a distinctive design, made to fit the narrow canals of Great Britain.
Modern “narrowboats” are used for recreation and more and more as homes, whose design is an interpretation of the old boats for modern purposes using modern materials.
Because of their slenderness, some narrowboats seem very long. The maximum length is about 72 feet (22 m), the length of most locks on the narrow canals. However, modern narrowboats tend to be shorter than this, so that they can cruise anywhere on the connected network of British canals – including on the “wide” canals (built for wider, but shorter, boats).
To see what it is like to live on a narrowboat visit Dominique’s Narrow Boat, and watch the video below by Kirsten.
For the new year, I’m planning on taking some time away from the computer to contemplate the next few months, practice some yoga and do some quiet meditation. While searching around for a retreat location, I kept running into meditation retreats and centers that had some sweet tiny houses, yurts and cabins for rent. Each of them are also located in some beautiful locations.
Staying at one of these meditation or yoga retreats is not only a good way to cleanse your body and soul, but you can also get some great tiny house and small space ideas.
The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California teaches classical yoga, ayurveda, vegetarian cooking, jyotish and vedic sciences, and permaculture. You and your family can stay in several different accommodations including a tent, a dorm and shared or individual cabins located in a beautiful valley.
The El Capitan Canyon luxury nature lodging (a little out of my range) is not a spiritual retreat, but does offer some beautiful cabins and yurts to stay in on the California Coast. The center offers massage, food and room packages and tours of the coastal area. You can stay in safari canvas tents, yurts and tiny cabins with names like “Peace Tree”, “Lone Stone” and “Shaded Creek”.
The San Francisco Zen Center at Tassajara offers an introduction to Zen meditation and has several places you can stay like wooden yurts and Japanese tatami cabins. The center is quiet, rustic, gets its power from solar energy and offers vegetarian meals. The redwood yurts like the one shown above have views of trees and mountains and can accommodate up to three guests.
Affordable retreat cabins which happen to be next to bubbling waterfalls are available at Spirit Falls in Pine, Arizona. The small cabins (Cave of the Heart, Hopi Creek and Bodhi’s Place) are located in the pine trees with views of local wildlife like elk, deer and hawks.