Visiting Colin’s Coastal Cabin

Colin's tiny house

The other day my friend Greg Cater who publishes the Reclaimed Wood Blog and I met at Colin’s tiny house in West Marin County. I had been wanting to visit Colin ever since I published his post and found out he lived not to far away. Click here to read about the construction of Colin’s tiny house.

Greg was interested in the way Colin repurposed wood into a tiny house and the furniture he constructed within the home.

Colin welcomed us and we enjoyed a nice visit and tour. Colin’s design is very roomy and though quite rustic in appearance. It has lots of great storage, an on floor guest bed and outdoor shower. Living completely off-grid, Colin has no trouble maintaining his needs with his solar system. He mainly uses it to run his refrigerator, computer, and lights. Propane is used for his stove and hot water heater. He has gravity fed water to his home which originates with a well on the property and stored in a large tank.

To learn more about his furnishing and use of reclaimed wood visit Greg’s Reclaimed Wood Blog as he expounds on it much more then I do here.

Thanks Colin for letting us experience your wonderful home.

living area


loft bed

tiny house yard

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tthom2 - September 27, 2013 Reply

This is an amazing house. I get an immediate warm “homey” feeling as I read and observe all the details. I highly recommend clicking on the link in the first paragraph. He has gone into great detail on the whole process of creating this beautiful home.

Linda - September 27, 2013 Reply

One of my absolute favorites! Beautiful.

    Tara - September 27, 2013 Reply

    Ditto!! Absolutely Wonderful =)
    Love and Hugs Fellow Tiny House Fans, t

Lawrence DiVizio - September 27, 2013 Reply

Very nice job. I am trying to put together a plan for my cabin, it is a bit larger 20×24 so I have a good amount of space. I am heating with wood, but so far have a problem with water. The pump died and I want to stay off the grid if possible. Any Suggestions? The current well is 110 feet deep, so it would take a bit to lift the water. Generator or electric and a small battery system. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    alice h - September 27, 2013 Reply says it can work down to 200′. If you have a big tank you can pump it full every now and then and just let the water gravity feed from it to the house. Or you can use a gas powered pump to fill the tank, or an electric pump with generator might be more versatile. Whichever way you pump, having a large tank to gravity feed your house on demand rather than pumping up a bit of water each time makes more sense to me.

Arlene - September 27, 2013 Reply

Love it!!

EmmaJ - September 27, 2013 Reply

So beautiful – this is one of my favorite designs yet.

Thomas - September 27, 2013 Reply

Really makes me wish that I did take more of a liking to woodshop and metalshop… Fantastic little place..

Bill Burgess - September 27, 2013 Reply

I can’t put my finger on what it is, but SOMETHING about this tiny home is tickling my happy bone.

    Bryan B. Stegall - November 11, 2013 Reply

    I agree! Nice design and layout inside.

Mark E - September 27, 2013 Reply

Gorgeous home… Is there a bathroom?

    Kent Griswold - September 27, 2013 Reply

    Yes there is. Check out the previous post listed above.

Shell - September 27, 2013 Reply

Oh, hands down, one of my favorites I’ve seen. It’s perfectly simple, homey, yet so beautiful. I am in LOVE with it.


David Bretschneider - September 28, 2013 Reply

Great home! I am also looking at the marine stoves and have not found where I can purchase the Salamanders in the USA. Could you tell me where you were able to purchase your stove? Thanks

    cc - October 21, 2013 Reply

    hi – i think i bought it straight from salamander. they were selling them on ebay at the time, though i don’t see it there now. very nice people – if you contact them i’m sure they can sort it out.

Kevin - September 30, 2013 Reply

Is your water heater contained in that box on the front? I had freezing issues with my on-demand water heater and was wondering if you could insulate it in a box like you have…

    cc - October 21, 2013 Reply

    hi – the water heater is inside the house, in the kitchen cabinet. it’s a 10-gallon RV water heater, i.e. it’s not on-demand. but it’s very efficient and might be a good option if you are in an area prone to freezing.

ULTRASPACE - November 13, 2013 Reply

It would be helpful if notable appliances and other equipment helpful in enabling a Tiny House design were to be listed with their sourcing at the end of articles/postings.

For example; The small two burner, in counter, stove.

    cc - March 3, 2014 Reply

    that small stove is an RV appliance made by atwood. check online RV parts stores and you’ll see lots of them, as well as other useful things for tiny houses. 🙂

Lara - December 4, 2013 Reply

Sweet little house. Can it be put on wheels?

    Heath - December 10, 2013 Reply

    If you look closely at the first and last photo you will see that it has already been built on a trailer.

Diane Ramirez - December 15, 2013 Reply

This space has an awesome homey warm glow. Very inspiring

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