Liberty Cabins

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When I was twelve I needed my own space, so I built a bedroom in our backyard around 8’X12′. I framed the bedroom, sheetrock and painted it. I also put carpet down. It was a learning point in my life, I finished my room and even managed to climb up on the roof with shingles that I found in the barn. Ever since then I always had an interest not only in small homes and spaces but how anything can be accomplished if you really put your mind into it. To this day the room that I built for myself still stands and it has its new use as my mothers laundry room and still looks just as good as the first day that I finished it.

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I love to read all the blogs about tiny homes and cabins and take everything that the tiny house community has to say into consideration. We at Liberty Cabins hope to eventually build smaller cabins down to the size of 12 feet to accommodate the XS tiny house fanatics and we will consider it a challenge. We hope to keep our prices low and eventually accept some form of payment option to make it easier for all those interested to buy a tiny cabin. As of now we have two different models of the same floor plan one is all pine with cedar bathroom, the other cabin has a pine ceiling and sheetrock walls. All of our cabins are built on custom built trailers made specifically for the cabins here at our shop. The sheetrock walled cabin is priced at $35k and the all pine cabin is priced at $40k. For more pictures and information go to www.libertycabins.com and visit us on facebook pinterest and instagram. Continue reading

Tiny Spiritual Retreat Cabins

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. ashram-tiny-house

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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

 

Photos by Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, El Capitan Canyon, San Francisco Zen Center, Spirit Falls

 

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Hobbitat Spaces

Bill Thomas of Hobbitat Spaces in Maryland developed a passion for small spaces after 30 years of working in the historic restoration and custom home business. With the change in the housing market came a change in his focus of building and he began to develop small, custom homes that are constructed inside and out of the harsh Northeastern winters.

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The first Hobbitat (or “Hob”, as they are affectionately called) was constructed using materials from Bill’s grandfather’s barn, windows from his childhood cabin and other reclaimed doors and materials. Hobbitat Spaces then built 13 Hobs for Blue Moon Rising, an ecotourism retreat in western Maryland. Each of the cabins were built with recycled, reclaimed and local materials, giving them a distinct look and feel.

Hobbitat Spaces is now in the process of taking individual orders for their small, hand-crafted homes. Each of the homes are built in a shop and all utilities are contained within the building envelope under insulation. The Homes are built to Maryland State building and energy codes and take about six weeks to complete.

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Each Hobbitat contains the following:

•    A complete structural framework, built to IRC code, with a Zip system exterior wall sheathing.
•    An enclosed floor system that rests on six piers, installed before the building arrives.
•    A roof system of hand cut framing or engineered trusses designed to carry a 40 lb. /sq. ft. snow load.
•    A 30 gallon electric hot water heater.
•    A 100 amp breaker panel and wiring to conform to the current code. Many outlets and light switches as per code.
•    Andersen thermal windows. Your choice of 400 or Architectural series.
•    A complete thermal cocoon of 2 lb. foam. R-38 for ceilings  R23 for side walls and R30 in the floor system.
•    A fresh air intake system with an Airetrak 1A control for indoor air quality.
•    A plumbing system that allows you to very easily drain the building and walk away for weeks or months.
•    Panasonic brand exhaust fans.

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Photos by Hobbitat Spaces

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]