Usually if you are camping in California, you need to have a tent, RV or reservations for a park model or yurt. Now, tiny house and prefab fans will have a few more stylish options thanks to the Parks Forward Commission. The Commission invited architecture students from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona to design new cabins to be placed in various California parks.
Solid Build designs and sells outdoor wood kit sheds and small cabins. The Chicago-based company’s kits can be used for various purposes including small cabins, garden sheds, garages, greenhouses and guesthouses. Solid Build offers four small cabin kits that range in size from 195 square feet to 560 square feet and are priced between $8,495 and $26,225. However, even some of their less expensive sheds are nice and solid enough for a tiny house.
The materials used in the kits are 100 percent natural, untreated wood that is FSC certified. In fact, for every purchase, Solid Build plants five more trees in participation with the Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign. Each cabin is checked and monitored throughout production so that each part of the kit, including the windows and doors, will easily interconnect. Assembly of each kit can be completed with basic tools and a small team.
The cabins’ interesting details include wide overhangs, decks and porches, tongue and groove Norway spruce walls and opportunity for insulation. Solid Build’s website not only has a wide range of photos of finished buildings, but some nice videos from customers that show completed kits in various sizes.
Photos courtesy of Solid Build
While on a recent trip to North Carolina, a walk in the rainy woods revealed a few mushroom-like cabins tucked into the trees. The Catawba Falls Campground’s gypsy cabins are 8×14 foot arched wooden cabins available for rent and sleep up to four people. They share the campground with a few other cabins for rent.
The cabins, complete with small porches, include four built-in beds, lockable storage space and lockable doors, heating and AC and electricity for lighting and computers. While cooking is done outside on picnic tables and the tiny cabins do not contain bathrooms or showers, the campground does offer larger cabins complete with tiny kitchens that include a dorm refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot as well as AC and heating.
The cabins are located right next to a bubbling creek and are about a two-mile hike from beautiful Catawba Falls. The cabins rent for $50 a night and bedding is available for an additional fee. Dogs are allowed in and around the cabins as well.
Contrary to what the little gnome says, this place is hard to leave.
Photos by Christina Nellemann and Catawba Falls Campground
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.
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
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.