Tiny House in a Landscape

With winter moving in across the country, this old trapper’s cabin in the woods seemed appropriate to me for this weeks Tiny House in a Landscape. Thought the landscape is mainly trees it still presents a peaceful setting for this simple log cabin.

This cabin is living simply and covers the basics of protection from the harsh cold outside. It surprises me how many things we think we need to live, but when it really comes down to it all we need is shelter, warmth and food. What do you think?

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Michael - December 4, 2010 Reply

The more I learn about “ultralight backpacking” and the criteria I’ve developed for what I carry and purchase, the more I understand how little we really need. Or how little we should take in order for there to be a reasonable amount for everyone else.

Ultralight is the way to correct corporate “super-size me” excess.

My criteria goes in this order:
1. Pick the right tool for the job
2. The tool must be dual purpose or used regularly.
3. Pick the lightest possible tool.

Price is not part of the equation because it could adversely affect quality. Resources and money will be saved if all the criteria are met.

Heavier items such as homes and furnishings divided by multiple users would equal something light or dual purpose.

Each step is recursive. Upon considering each step I will then reconsider the previous step. For example:

1. Pick the right tool for the job. I must consider whether the job really needs doing in the first place

2. The tool must be dual purpose or used regularly. Upon picking the the right tool I must consider whether I really need anything at all or can make do with what I already have to accomplish the task.

3. Pick the lightest possible tool. Lightness emerges from careful user-tested design.

Amy - December 4, 2010 Reply

I think it is Wonderful!!!

It looks so quiet. One of my favorite moments in life is when we are in the middle of a snow and everything just seems to stop… No traffic out on the highway no distant sounds of town… Only sound is made by the falling snow, the wind and the occasional bird looking for a bit at the feeder.

    Randy - December 5, 2010 Reply

    Your description, Amy, sounds like heaven to me! Peace at its absolute finest! 🙂

    Deb - December 5, 2010 Reply

    I tried to lie down, looking out on the little bit of woods where I live in Philly, and concluded this should only be done when you are dead – to make one’s life completely still – to aspire to escape to someplace perfectly quiet and tranquil – what a waste of precious time!

      Amy - December 5, 2010 Reply

      ” to aspire to escape to someplace perfectly quiet and tranquil – what a waste of precious time!”

      It’s not a waste. I have never aspired to escape however man oh man when those moments happen it is pure bliss. I hope we have plenty of those moments this winter. I’d expect it is a bit hard to imagine someplace pure quiet and tranquil when you live in a noisy city. Course comin from the country I can’t fathom all the noise you deal with either.

Zeet - December 4, 2010 Reply

This is my dream home! What state/area is this in, do you know?

Walt Barrett - December 4, 2010 Reply

That is so very nice!

Kevin microhomesteadblog - December 4, 2010 Reply

I used to backpack into rugged mountain country with my buddies to a cabin very much like this one.We would baes camp for the week there it had a dirt floor and an old wood stove.We hung our hammocks in side with sleeping bags.

We were right on the hill above the river and just dropped a line in to catch trout from crystal clear ice cold water.

The cabin was well camouflaged buy the forest and hard to see. It was so well built it had survived several large trees falling across it with little or no dammage. We had some great times at man camp…

Matthew - December 4, 2010 Reply

I think that area has been heavily logged. The trees cannot be more than 25 years old. I love the cabin and the setting but I wonder if those trees will be allowed to become a real forest… if so the cabin is in danger from natural blow down and will be a pretty dark (low light) place when the canopy develops.

    Anne - December 9, 2010 Reply

    I suspect (by the straight lines of trees) they are actually from the CCC re-plantings of the 30s in northern MI, etc., after the massive logging of the mid/late 1800’s… Pines planted very closely together grow straight to reach the light, but remain spindly trunked.

    A typical old Michigan UP hunting camp, I am guessing 😉

alice - December 4, 2010 Reply

Nice big covered outdoor space, and there’s nothing nicer than a cozy cabin to sleep in on a cold night. If it’s solid enough to keep the things that go bump in the night outside that’s even better!

Val - December 5, 2010 Reply

I think that if Dick Willimas from yesterday was in a CABIN, instead of a trailer, no body would have bothered him… or is it the trees and the hidden aspect?

gail - December 5, 2010 Reply

Less is always better. The less you have to keep up with, the more time you have to enjoy life!

Kurt - December 5, 2010 Reply

Why am I getting Febreze and Pledge websites when I try to go to your links?

ET - December 5, 2010 Reply

Looks to me like a fire prone landscape. I hope they aren’t there next time it burns…

Outdoor covered area is a very useful feature.

Benjamin - December 5, 2010 Reply

Add internet and coffee to that need list.

PJ - December 5, 2010 Reply

Yeah, we always think we need more when usually what we need, and should want, is less. It’s a beautiful image of a fine idea.

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Julie - December 15, 2010 Reply

I think this is my favorite of all the Tiny House in a Landscapes, because it’s so very realistic. Love!

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