Tiny House in a Landscape

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is a picture of a shack in the Cape Cod Dune Shacks Community in Truro, Massachusetts. This is the Henry David Thoreau experience of those living the seashore life. I don’t have the photographer’s name (if you happen to know it please share it with me and I will update the post).

There is an author and photographer who has covered this area and her name is Suzanne Lewis of Austin, Texas. Her book “Dune Shack Summer,” I hope to get a copy to review the book sometime in the near future. These shacks were originally used by artists and cover a three mile stretch of beach and are called the dune shacks. You can view more of these shacks in a post Deek did back a while on the relaxshax’s blog.

If you live in the area you might want to go and check them out. I would enjoy seeing your photographs if you happen to visit the dune shacks.

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Tara - May 14, 2011 Reply

Gorgeous picture.

Margy - May 14, 2011 Reply

Made me think of the Dunites that used to live in the dunes around Pismo Beach in California. http://www.amazon.com/Dunites-Norm-Hammond/dp/096734641X

Steve Jones - May 14, 2011 Reply

I really like the tiny house in a landscape series that you post, it’s great to see the different designs as well as all the different locations that tiny houses are in use!

Walt Barrett - May 15, 2011 Reply

The New England States have literally thousands of tiny homes and shacks many of which are just languishing in the back yards of larger homes and being used for storage etc. When I grew up in the 1930’s most of them were being lived in by necessity. I will try to get out and film some this summer if my health holds up. I enjoy looking at them myself and they and the old barns are a major part of the reason that Nancy and I enjoy our frequent rides in the country so much. As a matter of fact we own a 12′ x 20′ home on the lot next door which is now my wood working shop and artist shack. I will film it and send it to Kent. We also own an 8′ x 8′ two level micro home. Those photos are already on The Tiny House Blog.
If I live, I’ll make filming about a hundred these tiny homes and old barns one of my summer film projects.
Walt

Olivia - May 15, 2011 Reply

While I am a tiny home aficionado, I am surprised that building on dunes is permitted. Along my part of the Atlantic Coast people are prohibited from even walking on the dunes as they are very fragile structures and home to a variety of rare and endangered seabirds such as piping plovers. Dunes are a major line of defense against the storms that ravage our coast each year.

Likely belongs to - May 15, 2011 Reply

chris@capecodphoto.net Christopher Seufert.

Christopher Seufert - May 15, 2011 Reply

You can also check out the photography book, Dune Shack Life- Photos from the Cape Cod National Seashore.

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1147794

winnie - May 17, 2011 Reply

For Olivia- This is part of a long tradition on the Cape, and the National Park Service provides information on the historic context of the dune shacks. They were generally for temporary access to resources on the Cape and the utilization of resources pre-dated the National Park. They are very limited in number and in number of users these days.

I work on fishing and coastal communities, and this was one of the compromises made by the National Park service when taking over a large section of the Cape. Don’t forget that our current perceptions don’t necessarily take precedence over other property ownership or use rights in a long historic setting – which is what I thought the small house movement was about!

paul lunemann - August 15, 2012 Reply

There are pictures of this house in Lester Walker’s book “Tiny,tiny Houses”

The Dune Tramp - June 6, 2015 Reply

Greetings from The Dune Tramp. I photographed this dune shack on 5/10/07. It is in Provincetown (Cape Cod), not Truro, and is the former shack of Harry Kemp, the “Poet of the Dunes”. He died in 1960 and bequeathed it to the Tasha family. The Tashas have graciously allowed me to stay there several times. It is quite Spartan, being the only shack (of 18) without water or outhouse. Nonetheless, it is a magical place, full of dune spirits, and just steps from the Atlantic. Harry said his shack was at the “opening doors of dawn” and “close on the gates of sunset”. He also called it “a controlled shipwreck”!! Since it was originally built by a coastguardsman in 1900 – as a henhouse! – it stands to reason it is a little long in the tooth. To some, however, it is a beautiful reminder of living simply and respecting nature.

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