Trophy Amish Log Cabins

Several years ago, while looking for a weekend getaway cabin, Jim Gega of Trophy Amish Cabins in Michigan was disappointed by what he found in the park model industry. What looked like an actual cabin, was just 2×4 construction with pine log siding. After finding an Amish craftsman in Ohio, Jim decided to build small log cabins made with Eastern White Pine and Eastern Red Cedar that truly reflect the classic log cabin—just a bit smaller and portable.

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“We started out building high quality solid log hunting cabins, then the business grew due to custom designs and affordability,” Jim said. “We are different because our clients can actually sketch their own floor plan. Our clients also send us a map of their property so our designers can custom design their cabin for their specific site and needs. In 2010 we started building furniture that could ship inside a client’s cabin and added rollout storage drawers beneath the bunk beds. We have evolved into a high quality custom log cabin company that will deliver to your property throughout the Continental U.S.”

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Jim said that log cabins have great thermal mass and are as efficient as the best insulated stick built homes. Log cabins are also build with natural materials without the use of fire retardant chemicals. The Trophy Amish Cabins are used primarily has weekend homes or hunting lodges. A few clients live in their cabins year round. The largest cabin is 12×32 feet, and the smallest is 10×16 feet with a small porch. Because of their weight, Jim does not recommend attaching the cabins to a trailer. Continue reading

John’s Desert Cabin

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by John Hall

I live in this small Casita which I completed in April of 2012. It is 20 miles north of Tucson and it sits on two plus acres in a saguaro cactus forest.

The cabin was designed and built by Richard Moser and his son Jeffrey in 2012.It has one bedroom, a separate kitchen, a dining room and living area. A propane stove with hickory cabinets, a full size fridge and cement stained floors.

The cabin has dual air conditioning and heating units to heat it and keep it cool. The bedroom with a bathroom and has a separate shower door from the bathroom. The bathroom has a sloped floor with a drain. The bathroom has a pedestal sink, toilet and hickory cabinets.

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In the separate closet there is a  stacking washer and dryer and hot water heater. The property has well water and a septic system. The has a couple of luxuries as well. It has a hot tub in the rear courtyard and sits on two and a half acres of pristine desert. There are seventeen saguaros on property. Continue reading

Seashell Cabin at Seaside Farm

Fans of the show, Alaska: The Last Frontier on the Discovery channel, will be happy to know that a tiny cabin is available for rent on the Seaside Farm near Homer, Alaska which is owned by Mossy Kilcher—sister of Atz Kilcher and aunt to the musician, singer and songwriter Jewel. While there are other cabins for rent on the working homestead and farm, the Seashell Cabin stands out for its simplicity and amazing views of Kachemak Bay. Continue reading

Tiny House in a Landscape

Deschutes River Cabin

My son Ted and I spent Thanksgiving this year on our own. My wife Janelle’s mother had open heart surgery so she has been down with her. Our daughter Emily stayed in Portland and celebrated Thanksgiving with friends.

We decided to find a place that served a traditional Thanksgiving meal and was open on the holiday and ended up at the Riverhouse Restaurant. While eating our dinner we spotted this old log cabin across the river and decided to check it out when we were done. Turns out it has a pretty interesting history. Copyright Photo by Kent Griswold

The cabin was used by the Old Sterns Cattle Company as a mine shack in the early 1900s along the Lazy River, south of Sunriver, Oregon.

In the 1970s, it was used in an old Western film with John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn called “Rooster Cogburn.” Shot in Smith Rock State Park, the cabin moved to this site after filming ended. A piece of old Hollywood in our little town of Bend, Oregon!

Managing Partner of the Riverhouse Hotel, Wayne Purcell, talks about the history of this cabin in the video below from Zolo Media.

My Tiny Cabin In Kentucky

by Amy Gregory

Our cabin is a tiny 10 x 20 located on property that has been in the family since the 1800’s. The cool part is that I was reunited with my family after being separated for 32 years. I lost both parents in a car accident as a child. They died a year apart. The tragedy caused the families to separate. I lost contact with my mothers side for 32 years.

Now I am lucky enough to own a piece of my family history! Family and history are everything to me. Especially after spending a life time looking for them. I’m including a picture of my cousins and I just to let you know how special this place is to me. :)

The area is just beautiful! The cabin is nestled in the woods and has a great view of a waterfall known as the Mill Dam. It got its name from our ancestors. There used to be an old mill there.

Our cabin is a dry cabin and it is off the grid. The Amish built the shell for us. It has a sleeping loft, kitchenette, cathedral ceilings, porch, metal roof, and a wood stove. Since it is a dry cabin, we plan to build an outdoor shower similar to the photo below.

I hope you enjoy the photos. Let us know if you have any questions. FYI our cabin is called JaCk’s Place. This stands for my families first name initials. Joe Amy Connor Keagan. (My husband, myself and my children!)

 

“JaCks Place” from KY

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Our land before we cleared it

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Our land after we cleared it.
The proud owners 😉

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Our view

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Our view of the waterfall

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The dam years ago when there was a mill. Our ancestors are in the picture.

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Our cabin before our front steps were complete. The husband built the firepit.

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Building the steps

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Us on the front porch after building
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Our kitchenette. Made out of a workbench. Shellacked , cut a spot for the sink, add fabric and it’s done!

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Landscaping

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The family pond

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The girl cousins aka “women of strength”

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Ahhh the field of wildflowers :)

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Our watermelon on our porch from the summer

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The latest look at our tiny cabin.

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Time for a break, until next spring. View from the porch!

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Next spring project 2015… To be continued 😉