Cabin Chick: Single Mom Builds Tiny Lake Getaway

Kelley Lewis Ebert is a single mother to three small children and recently finished building her own tiny cabin on Lake Sylvan in Ohio. The 192 square foot house is currently only an off-grid weekend home; Kelley lives in a town nearby so her children can go to public school. She is selling the cabin plans (in conjunction with a charity) for only $45. Continue reading

New Slow City – By William Powers

New Slow City

Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City

Burned-out after years of doing development work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina, as recounted in his award-winning memoir Twelve by Twelve. Could he live a similarly minimalist life in the heart of New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot “micro-apartment” in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a two-day workweek, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life more people and planet friendly. Check it out on Amazon

Freedom Yurt Cabins

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I’m a big fan of yurts and I think it comes from growing up in Arizona where I was around the Navajo hogan and learned to appreciate the circle as a living space.

I recently discovered a new yurt company based in Aurora, Colorado called Freedom Yurt Cabins. I’ve been in communication with the owner Richard Barry to learn more about them. I wanted to see one in person and just learned that they will have one at the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado which I will be attending in August. Please come if you can this is going to be an exciting tiny house event. Continue reading

Pin-up Houses

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Guest Post by Joshua Woodsman

Cabin homes are typically small homes, designed with simplicity. Often used as vacation homes for families or just for a couple. These compact small homes offer a warm ambiance, creating an intimacy that can be lacking in larger, more formal homes. Small cabins are ideal for those who looking to build a smart, flexible, cost-efficient, and energy-saving home. Small homes are more affordable and easier to build, heat, cool, clean, and maintain.

The most important step in building a house is easy-to-follow plans. Pin-up houses offer these very plans. Here we have the Cheryl Cabin. It can be used as a holiday home, a guesthouse, or simply a place to escape in your garden. The plans clearly describe the entire process in detail. Anyone can build this cabin. Continue reading