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896 Sq. Ft. Poolside Rustic Timber Cabin

This 896 sq. ft. timber cabin was originally built around 1730 in Lebanon, PA.


Today it has been restored and rebuilt in Austin, TX by Heritage Barns.

It’s called The H.J. Light Cabin and was originally used as an inn.

Today it’s a beautiful poolside small home with a 28′ x 32′ footprint.

896 Sq. Ft. Poolside Rustic Timber Cabin

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Learn more: http://www.heritagebarns.com/showcase/h-j-light-rustic-cabin

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  • Cahow December 11, 2014, 10:54 am

    People can Piss & Moan about the “1%’ers” all they want, but it’s people with money that can afford to save historic inns like this and keep them and the history associated with it ALIVE!!!! It’s sad that this almost 300 year old inn had to move from Pennsylvania to Texas but if that’s what it took to save it, then Bravo!!! I know that there was a large German and Scandinavian influx to Texas so this architecture fits right into those historic communities.

    Beautiful building. Beautiful outfitting!

    • Dominick Bundy December 11, 2014, 12:04 pm

      But why does that have to be like that? For just a certain few with all the money? Why can’t everyone have a equal piece of the pie. to help save Historic inns like this and do other things for the benefit of all , including themselves..Wouldn’t that be the beauty of real socialism, at it’s best Instead of just giving that privilege to a certain few who can afford it?

      • liz n. December 11, 2014, 1:13 pm

        Habitat for Humanity regularly renovates historical homes for its clientele. It is also much more expensive to renovate an historical home than to build new, especially when you have to follow the limitations set by historical societies.

        • Dominick Bundy December 11, 2014, 1:40 pm

          That’s nice to know,, I guess Cahow was under the impression it’s the 1% er’s solely responsible for saving the historic inn’s.

        • Cahow December 12, 2014, 9:43 am

          Please don’t speak for me, Dominick, and I promise that I won’t speak for YOU! I’m fully aware of Habitat for Humanity’s renovation of historic homes, as are Historical Societies across America. I was addressing this specific family who OBVIOUSLY had the money to transport and renovate this inn, to be used by their POOL. As to the social economic unfairness of the Have’s and Have Not’s, that’s a conversation for another forum.

        • Dominick Bundy December 12, 2014, 1:12 pm

          First I had no intentions, to speak for you or anyone else either. And I knew exactly what you were addressing. So before you get smug with me. Just go back and re-read how your remark came across. that was what I was referring about..

        • Ruckus February 18, 2015, 12:33 am

          I can’t be quiet about this. I started with nothing except an idea. After working my bum off for twenty years I am more than comfortable with two vacation homes. I have nice boat an airplane and and apartment in Asia. When I wanted my friends to invest in my business they said they didn’t believe it would work so they passed on it and passed on a lot of money. Now that it worked out….. They call me lucky! **Lucky?? I have no idea what Alex’s financial state is but I hope he has great success. When he does, it will be because he found a need, worked hard and filled that need. He will deserve every dime of it. Why? This is America.. Anybody has the same opportunity. But most want to moan about the 1%. Well I have been a 9 to 5 guy and there is nothing wrong with that. I simply wasn’t satisfied with that and did something about it. That was my choice. But CHOICE IS THE KEY WORD. I give to charities and try to help people that need help people . But don’t ask me for more of my money for Obama phones, work shy social parasites and foreign aid to India and South Africa, both have space programs.

          America is the greatest Country in the world with the greatest opportunity. The rest is up to you.
          Moaning will not change a thing.

          The government is obliged to help the old, sick and infirmed. But nobody but yourself has control of successes
          Sorry Alex but it needed to be said

      • Dennis Reynolds December 11, 2014, 1:47 pm

        People who work hard rise above. If you work hard at every little job, and move up the ladder, you make more money. A CEO of a big company is going to be better off financially than someone who works at the local factory. Apply yourself. If you want to work at Mickey D’s, and are happy there, that’s great. But you can’t be mad at someone else who worked their way up, or their father before them. Those with money can afford to save this old building, and it sounds like you are complaining that you can’t ? Do you smoke, drink, eat out, play the lottery, buy coffee every day before work, buy your lunch instead if taking it to work with you ? Save every dime extra, invest it wisely, and renovate your own building.

        • Dominick Bundy December 11, 2014, 2:12 pm

          I know , I’ve heard that all before. about CEO’s and “working hard” etc. etc. but when it’s not at all uncommon now days for the average CEO to net 100- 300% more that his workers below him is totally outrages. There is a huge big income gap here between the haves and have nots. Now as for me. I’ve done very well . by living simply. What ever I need I just buy it outright.. Say if all those employees working at Mickey D’s all owned that bussiness equally . then all profits that generated would have to be shared equally.and all would have the same income.. Because everyone would be a equal on owning the bussiness…That’s what I met about socialism at its best where all get a slice of the pie . all with the same income.. It could work if given a chance to..

        • LOVIN2 December 11, 2014, 2:47 pm

          Not sure this is the place for a socialism vs. capitalism debate. But don’t you see that different people do not invest or commit equally and therefore should NOT enjoy equal benefit? The “pie in the sky” view of everything equal is great for the masses who depend on the efforts and abilities of those who work the hardest or have the ability to create greatness. My 2 cents anyway.

        • Dennis Reynolds December 11, 2014, 6:56 pm

          Socialism has “been there, done that”. What makes you believe Socialism will work now when failed before? I know some CEO’s make way to much money. Sounds like you are happy living simple, then don’t get cynical because someone who has money saved a piece of history.

        • Dennis Reynolds December 11, 2014, 7:00 pm

          And a maximum wage ? Laughable ! Who will work as though the sky is the limit, when you can’t get higher than the trees ?

        • Ruckus February 18, 2015, 2:48 am

          Dominick.. A CEO of a corporation that makes 300% more than his workers. THAT SIMPLY MEANS HE MAKE THERE TIME MORE Money I make over 1000 % more than my managers. Just means I make 10 times more. Not 1000 times more.

          So using your math, I can see why you are having trouble with this concept $ 2 is 100% more than $1
          100% and 100 × ( times) are too different things. A CEO that makes 300% more than a laborer is not making too much money.

        • Rozz February 18, 2015, 5:39 pm

          I TOTALLY agree with all of your points, Dominick Bundy! And this house is absolutely beautiful, and it wouldn’t be that hard to draw up your own blueprints… 🙂

      • Alex December 11, 2014, 3:29 pm

        As fair as that sounds, it wouldn’t be fair, because some people do work harder (and some also work ‘smarter’) than others. It’s got to be a results-based system. And sadly sometimes people aren’t patient enough to wait for results from hard and smart efforts.

        • Alex December 11, 2014, 3:29 pm

          …that being said, something does have to be done about minimum wages, etc. Inflation keeps rising and that doesn’t seem to be catching up.

        • Dominick Bundy December 11, 2014, 3:50 pm

          I so agree , but what about having a maximum wage as well . Lets say those who make $250,000 a year would be capped out. And any more that would generate that quarter million dollar a year income could be recycled right back into the government for the benefits of all. Which would include the one whose income surpassed the 250,000 income mark.. Just think , that would cover all health care for everyone and also higher education costs as well as many other social programs.. Just some food for thought that’s all..

        • Cahow December 12, 2014, 9:47 am

          “I so agree , but what about having a maximum wage as well . Lets say those who make $250,000 a year would be capped out. And any more that would generate that quarter million dollar a year income could be recycled right back into the government for the benefits of all.”

          Bwhahahahahaaaa! BEST laugh I’ve had all day!!!! Yeah, right! My husband and I are going to work 80 hour EACH, 50 weeks out of the year so that we can “Benefit All”???????? Bwhahahahahaaaa!

        • Dominick Bundy December 12, 2014, 1:23 pm

          That isn’t how it would work at all.. for some to work 80 hours to support the rest..Socialism is for the benefit of all. Which includes everyone . And all is expected to do their fair share for the common good of all..That’s probably why it’s called Socialism because it’s very social..Everyone would work together as one and all contribute.. for the common cause.. Many orders of religious of Monks, Nuns, and Friars have been living in a similar way for centuries .As a example. and all has worked out very well for them. So laugh all you want.. that’s all.. .

        • Dominick Bundy December 11, 2014, 3:41 pm

          I think this thread has gone off track about Tiny house talk, Sorry about that. and that is my fault…But one last comment. For those who don’t or can’t produce equal in sharing their investment would then be voted out by the majority. (It’s all done very democratically and fairly.) We are just so used to the unbalances capitalist ways here . We can’t see any other alternative..Okay I’ll say no ore about this..

        • Jeremy December 11, 2014, 5:33 pm

          Is this Survivor now? Just vote some people off the island? Haha. And then what do those people do? Sounds like you’ve just created a whole new have/have-not society, those with voting power and those without. Your system makes no sense.

        • mike December 13, 2014, 11:08 pm

          Hey Bundy, please stop.

      • Tonita May 24, 2015, 1:11 pm

        Not everyone who has money is a silver spoon baby that inherited money. Some of us work 2 -3 or even 4 jobs 7 days a week in order to save, invest and be able to take on a project like this. And good thing some people do such things as this.

        There are historical homes and cabins all over America that need someone to invest in them and restore them. Some are going for shamefully low prices. After a lot of hard work and investment anyone can own and restore their own piece of history. You don’t have to be the one with all the money just one who works hard long hours and has a goal. You have to create your piece of the pie in order to save the Historic ins like this and others. Anything is possible which is the beauty of America which is not a socialistic country, so far anyway. As a nation with current politics we unfortunately are currently headed towards socialism. But for now you can still create your slice of they pie. Hard work and vision.

      • Gigi May 10, 2016, 1:30 am

        As a grandchild of immigrants, I was brought up to believe that education and hard work would lead to financial success. This is Life 101. Some of my peers did this; others goofed around, either dropping out of school or finishing and taking no-skill, entry level jobs. I worked and paid my way through college. My husband and I worked and sacrificed to buy a home where we raised our two boys. There were times when he took on an additional part time job, or when I did the same because we set goals and were determined to achieve them. Our boys each started work at 13. They studied hard and finished college, opening themselves up to high paying careers. We do not look down on anyone who chose a different path.
        I will further say that in my 40+ year as an educator, I always counseled students to study and work hard, especially since technology is changing the way we live and it is important to be prepared for changes in the work world. There is no reason for anyone to hand you a piece of their pie unless you earn it. Real socialism? You can always get that in a monastery.

        • Dominick Bundy May 10, 2016, 12:30 pm

          Hi, Gigi, Point well taken , but this “pie” I was using as a reference. should be a pie that belongs to everyone , not just a select few. That’s what would be the true essence of Socialism. , (That make Socialism a social concept) By everyone who would be expected to contribute , then everyone gets a piece of it. And yes very similar concept to a monastery. So in reality no one would actually be given a piece of their pie up. Because everyone should be owners of that pie to start with… Because all has contribute for the same cause , Which would be the benefit of everyone that includes themselves as well. This is the socialism I’m referring to..

  • Karen R December 11, 2014, 11:15 am

    FANTASTIC!!!! Fits in with the great Hill Country homes.

  • Sandy Southwell December 11, 2014, 11:39 am

    I love this house! It is exactly what I have been looking for in a small retirement home in the country that I would like to have built. I wonder if it can be duplicated without having the original old structure. I am keeping these builders on my wish list.

    • Alex December 11, 2014, 3:26 pm

      I love it too! It’s awesome. Even though it’s pretty much one of a kind, I’m sure it can be somewhat duplicated to one’s own liking 🙂

  • Gery Holtz December 11, 2014, 12:10 pm

    Just Beautiful, perfect

  • Alex December 11, 2014, 3:24 pm

    Cahow, look what you started up there. I have to argue, it doesn’t always take money or “1%ers” to keep history alive. You can renovate with pure old fashioned hard work, too. Just look at what Brad Kittel and his team at the Tiny Texas Houses facility are doing.
    => http://tinyhousetalk.com/documentary-willy-wonka-reclaimed-tiny-housing/
    => http://tinyhousetalk.com/tiny-texas-house-cottage/
    => http://tinyhousetalk.com/tiny-texas-houses-video-on-salvaged-homes/

    • Cahow December 12, 2014, 9:51 am

      Hey, Alex! I’ll take ownership of my original comment but NOT for the Socialism vs. Capitalism conversation that followed. LOL As I stated above, I was responding about the couple who could obviously afford to move this building from Pa. to Tx and use it for a POOL house, not even their primary house! That, my friend, is the 1%’s and also the very same people who are my client base. Without them, I’d be collecting cans in the alley and soliciting money at freeway ramps. ~snort~

      From reading your blog, it’s clear that loads of 99%’ers are renovating historic buildings and then using them as their primary residence, or not. Again, I was speaking about this ONE renovation, not EVERY historic renovation. Cahow, Out. 😀

      • Dominick Bundy May 11, 2016, 8:56 am

        Hi Cahow, excuse me . but this conversation was not met for Socialism vs. capitalism , Just so you know. Socialism and Capitalism can and do go hand in hand with one another and can work very well. as long as it is under a democracy, Not a dictatorship. the culprit here is not capitalism , But corporatism and greed from the powers in charge. There is a difference between capitalism and corporatism , that’s where people get these two terms confused..

    • Tonita May 24, 2015, 1:20 pm

      Amen Cahow-
      So many are so fast to judge how much money one has by the looks of a place or that is has a pool or is used part time. So what – I have a tiny house as just part of my emergency preparedness plan. I live in another house. So what. And so what if some do have a lot of money. Good for them. Good that someone is doing something other than watching others and complaining about how much the other people have. Get busy working more and you wont have so much time to moan and complain or pay attention to what you don’t have instead of complaining about what others do have or have accomplished. sigh.

  • Becky December 11, 2014, 3:53 pm

    Would love to see the floor plans

  • Jeremy December 11, 2014, 5:28 pm

    This place is super baller. Love the fireplace and the clawfoot tub.

  • Comet December 11, 2014, 5:39 pm

    Love this place!

    Look at those FLOORS!!!

    LOOK at those LOGS!

    Look at that chinking!

    Who knew one could have “chinking envy”?

    (And as far as the off the track comments go–the enourmous wealth INEQUALITY is what is KILLING this country right now. It’s not that some do not work hard or smart or inherit–it’s that the 1%’er’s are NOT FORCED TO GIVE BACK like the REST of us ARE. When some one with the income of a Warren Buffet pays LESS in income taxes than his Seretary does–there is something VERY wrong with the path our countries law makers have taken.)

    • Jerry May 9, 2015, 5:26 pm

      Did you know that 1% of the tax payers pay 46% of the federal taxes in this country? How much should they be paying? I mean without there money a lot of business would go under. Hey I’m not a 1% but i don’t begrudge those who are. I give to 6 charities a month I’m not rich but i try my best to help out, but not at all jealous of the rich good for them. Did you know Bill Gates has given 30 billion to charity he would be the richest man in the world by far. By the way i totally love this house.

      • Gigi May 10, 2016, 1:46 am

        Thanks, Jerry. People complain about the 1%ers, but do they know that 45.3% of American households — roughly 77.5 million – pay no income tax? Imagine that!

        And as far as complaining about the super rich, study up on how economics and business work. Millionaires and billionaires do not have money vaults where they laugh and roll around in gold coins. Their companies are the ones that provide employment for the rest of us. Do they make profits? Sometimes. Owning businesses is risky.
        Everybody needs to be a lifelong learner. Opportunities are everywhere. If you can’t afford college, investigate online opportunities to learn. Lift yourself up and move forward.

  • alice h December 11, 2014, 8:54 pm

    I’m glad the gorgeous structure was saved, no matter who did the saving. The only thing I find a bit jarring is the pool. For some reason I’d much rather see a more natural looking pond type pool. I can see why you’d want the pool close to that great porch but I think it would be more visually appealing if the pool were in back. Must just be the traditionalist in me. Or pool envy.

  • CathyAnn December 11, 2014, 9:24 pm

    I love this house! It would be relatively easy to duplicate to the dimensions one wants. There are people here in Montana who dismantle old houses and barns and reuse the materials in new housing like Brad Kittel in Texas. There are people who work hard, cut back on expenses as much as they can, and save until they have enough to buy land. Then, they continue on saving and buying building materials, little by little, getting enough to start building, all the while avoiding debt. You don’t have to be “rich” to achieve your dreams. You just have to be willing to do what it takes to achieve them.

    If we continually bemoan our situation because someone else has more or earns more, we’re doomed to be unhappy. If earning a lot of money is the goal, then get the education to do it, and be realistic. Money doesn’t necessarily bring happiness. Sometimes, a lot of money can be a burden. I have a good friend who has a lot with relatives fawning over her, telling her how much they love her. She wonders if it’s because of her money.

    One of the principles our country was founded on is “that all men are created equal.” This doesn’t mean equal outcomes. The man next door is plenty smart, but he’s essentially lazy. He only does what he has to do in order to survive. My other neighbor is a “go getter.” He’s always working, has an entrepreneurial spirit, and is doing well financially. The lazy man should get what the busy man is getting? Or the busy man, through taxation, should be giving the lazy man part of his hard earned income?

    Socialism is counter to human nature. It’s failed every time it’s been tried as has already been stated here. Coercion never works in the long run, and that is what the redistribution of wealth is, that is socialism.

    • Dominick Bundy December 12, 2014, 12:26 am

      That’s were you and so many others have been misinform..Contrary Europe practices many aspects of socialism since WW2. Like non for profit health care for all., and higher education.. In comparison to Many European ways.. They are so much better off than we are. Especially with lesser crime rates, and longevity. Europeans out live us by 3 to 7 years.. and has less stress with more paid vacation and benefits than it is over here.. We just accept things that are spoon fed to us without question. While the 1% gets all the perks and leaves the biggest footprint here.. I’m sorry to have opened a Pandora’s box.. But less can really be more. If one knows how to apply it , the right way..Enough said about the positives of socialism by me anyway…That’s all..

      • Gigi May 10, 2016, 1:49 am

        Dominick, if European ways and practices are so much better, then maybe it is time for you to make the big move there. Experience will be your teacher.

        • Dominick Bundy May 10, 2016, 12:55 pm

          Perhaps I should, Buy by doing so. Would that change anything here? NO, As a retired Health Care professional, I know and met too many people , including family members that have live abroad and in other places in the world as well.. and from what I have been told first hand , and other research I’ve done by comparison when it comes to health care, Costs of higher education etc. these places are so much better than we are. Simply because just the two mentioned has been a made for profit businesses here rather than a non for profit socialist program where everyone gets a equal shake at it . Without going bankrupt when going so.. Just Single payer universal health care and Higher education alone would be a good reason for anyone here to move else were. If other places can do this. Then there is no reason we can’t either.. The powers to be have stacked the deck in their favor ,in the name of keeping profit and power . and that won’t ever happen here any time soon or if ever..

    • Cahow December 12, 2014, 5:58 pm

      CathyAnn: I want to be President of YOUR Fan Club!!!!

      Exceptional comments. Just exceptional. 😀

  • Denise December 15, 2014, 2:37 am

    “The goal of socialism is communism.” – Vladimir Lenin

    Anyone who thinks socialism is a good idea and thinks it will work if we just do it harder *this time* has to watch this movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDo8xAQGrI8

    That said, the house is lovely. I am so glad they preserved it and those old timber logs will last forever. The place is very cozy – I just want to curl up on that couch upstairs with a book. The nice thing about the stone floor is it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The house is beautifully decorated, warm feel to the interior and the space is well laid out.

  • Lisa Ermini December 15, 2014, 2:18 pm

    I love this cabin – looks so comfy and works so well with the horse property that surrounds it.

  • Dominick Bundy December 15, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Nice movie, But is all very outdated propaganda, that doesn’t apply by today’s standards…Vladimir Lenin is long gone and a thing of the past.. There are many types of socialism applied all over Europe . That has not at all evolved onto communism.. Like it is here in the Grand old USA, like public schools, and Libraries. Fire dept, police dept, just to name a few . We all take for granted without giving it a second thought, Which are all a form of Socialism..Instead we have a country with one of the highest crime rates in the world. Americans killing other Americans on a daily bases all over this country. the wealthy keep getting ridiculously more richer every day . Money has power. Power to influence and control the majority.. Like it’s has with most Billionaires..And you think that films such as that will have a impact on me at all..Sorry but I’m not buying into it…After being on this planet almost 65 years I’ve seen to many changes…that have occurred and not for the best either for the struggling middle classes picking up the slack for these grossly overpaid CEO’s and high powered executives who call all the shots. and keep getting wealthier and more powerful. While the majority are working 2 or 3 jobs just to stay poor..I for one have done very well for myself. live very modest (by choice) and don’t need or want any more than I already have. and still looking for ways to down size..That’s why I hook up to web sites on living with less and being content with what you have. Tiny house living, and The Zen way..Like it or not we all are connected to one anther in some sort of way. That why the aspect of real Socialism (not communism) would be the way to go. (that would involve everyone to contribute on a more equal and level playing field, and becoming a part of ther community we all are suppose to share. instead of enfranchising many who will never be able to get a head no matter how hard they try…Do to the corporate greed and power this country now has become.. That’s all..

    • Patti December 17, 2014, 1:33 pm

      Europe practices some socialism and so does Canada. Speak to Europeans casually about life as they live it and you will find they have the same problems we have; inadequate and expensive health care, having to work 2 and 3 jobs, etc. etc. Speak with Canadians and oftentimes they will be amazed at how socialistic we are in areas they’re not. I can’t help agreeing with you, of course, that money rules, doesn’t matter which party politically. Doesn’t matter which system, really. We do value equal opportunity, though, which doesn’t always mean equal earnings, ownership, etc. Nor does it mean equal work, some will always work harder or less than others. It is unfortunate the power money has over the government, you and I, who will always bear the burden of paying for everything dear. No matter the system. Perhaps that is one of the things I value about tiny and small homes; they give many more the opportunity to have a home they can call their own. Of course history, as in the above home, craftsmanship, architecture and functionality are always important to see and Alex does such a marvelous job finding such variety for us to entertain ourselves with, dream from, make or buy plans and actually bring dreams to reality.

      • Dominick Bundy December 17, 2014, 5:10 pm

        Hi Patti, first , I don’t know what Europeans you spoke to. but the ones I know . say just the opposite. and what makes you assume I haven’t been over there myself to see and obtain this information.. When it comes to their health care costs. Which is mostly government run (non for profit). and also work week hours are less. they get more paid time off, with a much better benefit packages than what is offered here. (except the corporate executives and CEO’s of course) The one thing I’ve observed here is the our made for profit health care here has bankrupt many Americans causing them to lose their homes, in order to try to stay alive when necessary medical treatments have been denied by certain health care insurance companies . Because it was considered too costly or experimental.. So far no Canadians or European has never (to the best of my knowledge ) complained about that happening to them . Don’t always believe what our government and news medias spoon feed us as all accurate and truthful. Because most of the tabloid junk they pass off here as news worthy are run, owned and dictated by the rich and powerful here..Sorry Alex that this thread has gone off in another direction.. that really wasn’t my intent..But let’s hope that someday soon many will be able to buy land and place any tiny house on it without wheels. and live peacefully without and conflict of the government dictating that isn’t allowed..

  • Breda Mason February 16, 2015, 1:21 pm

    Alex, I Love this Beautiful Home. God knows I wanna log cabin built in Prior Lake, Mn. close to my grand babies. I need to sell my home in Va. in order to do this. I can only do this if God is willing . I wanna bring Him closer to my family there. If its His will, I can do this . I’m told my home has to be right under 1000 sq. ft. Thats bigger than I want but on their land it has to be that way. I know someone out there has a piece of land all ready to hook up water & elect. I’ma hoping to find one of those before its to late. I’m already 68 & need help now. I love the sm. homes . Thank you alex & others for the work ya’ll are doing.

  • Judy Waddle February 16, 2015, 1:48 pm

    With you all the way, Dominick!!

  • Richard February 16, 2015, 2:09 pm

    @Dominick: You are 65+ years old and still believe in socio/commie/demo bull like that? Live and LEARN.
    BTW: Love the house.

    • Dominick Bundy February 16, 2015, 4:11 pm

      Hi Richard, BTW, I’m not at all communist. I’ve lived and what I’ve learn that is most Americans don’t have a clue what real communism is really about ,and is very quick to use that term . When others may have another point of view about something.. (which usually comes from the staunch conservative types) the evils of Communism Because that is what we have been spoon fed by the medias since the fifties. But don’t tell that to Wall st. Executives who are making millions a year and all the rest of the grossly over paid CEO’s They’ll give you another line. Funny thing is it never used to be this way a few decades back. We had a strong thriving middle class. (where it took only one pay check to run a household) and the rich paid more in taxes and still were wealthy at the end. Until a certain president came on the seen giving tax breaks to the rich as “job creators” with that trickle down economics. which left the middle class to pick up the slack , they were no longer expected to pay. Which now we have a struggling middle middles trying to ends meet by working 2 or 3 jobs . while the corporate CEO’s continue to get wealthier…Sorry for this rant.. Alex But I can not help my self at times.. that’s all.

    • Duke February 16, 2015, 6:19 pm

      @Richard: I suggest you go to Europe and see for yourself how well socialism in some countries is working there. Look and Learn.

      • Dominick Bundy February 16, 2015, 6:37 pm

        Exactly! Amen to that….

      • Ruckus February 16, 2015, 8:48 pm

        I frequent Europe often and the EU Socialist Experiment is crumbling. GREECE Is gone, IRELAND is in trouble, ITALY, SPAIN AND PORTUGAL are on the ropes. They have decimated thier Militaries to support the workshy and asylum seekers are paid more than pensioners. A fools paradise

        • Dominick Bundy May 10, 2016, 2:15 pm

          BALONEY! we’ll have to agree to disagree, I don’t care how many times you’ve frequent Europe, All you are mentioning is not at all new, (except maybe overly exaggerated on hype, hysteria, and despair) things after awhile get ironed out. glitches get repaired. Greece is not all gone yet or will ever be.. Ireland , Italy , Spain, and Portugal is all over exaggerated hype that will eventually carry on as they always have done . Under a free democratic socialist government. Because if things over there where in such a state , then why has much of the American Industries have been moved out of this country, at the direction of the grossly over paid CEO’s, while the average worker goes bankrupt. and the CEO’s continue to get their seven figure salaries with perks and bonuses? I don’t believe half of what American medias spoon feed us and call it news, When it’s nothing more than tabloid junk. that gets ratings and makes American powerful more wealthier and corrupt..

  • SidneyF February 16, 2015, 2:47 pm

    Dominick, while I don’t agree with everything you wrote here, you are substantially correct, in my view. For example, and sticking with the US and its inequities, there is something obscene about small children and their mothers clinging to life with a few worn possessions and fewer prospects in an overcrowded shelter when others live in relative splendor. Moreover, many poor people I know work as much as possible — sometimes holding down several jobs at a time — while many wealthier folks lead lives of far greater leisure (am loathe to say either group is “lazy,” although some members of each certainly are). It is ridiculous and wholly inaccurate to assume that all/almost all rich are so much more hard-working than all the poor; reality is far more complex than that. Also, and btw, Alex, love this “tiny house.” It is truly beautiful! The whole place has a very warm and livable feel to it.

  • Ssi February 16, 2015, 5:39 pm

    Y’all can tell me to go poop in my hat, but this entire conversation digression is very, very tiresome. I don’t feel it belongs here; this blog is supposed to be about tiny house living, not the have/have-nots of the world. Seriously, you guys. I don’t subscribe to this blog for this kinda noise. I know where politics & economics are routinely discussed and go to those sites when I want to have those discussions. Hoping you guys might be considerate enough to do the same. #NotHappyAboutMyFaveSiteGettingHijacked

    • Duke February 16, 2015, 6:54 pm

      @Ssi: You are absolutely right. Sorry about that!

    • Dominick Bundy February 16, 2015, 8:07 pm

      Hi Ssi, Sorry about that, Tiny House Talk, and ideas to help downsize and simplify ones life is one of my favorite sites. too, And being hi jacked was my fault. (not intentionally) but sometimes things do take a turn..For which I apologize…As you said . Enough said about these issues . that has seemed to take on a life of it’s own…

      • Alex February 17, 2015, 11:38 am

        I apologize as well for letting it happen. I just didn’t delete it out of respect to people who come here every day. Once in a while I guess it’s okay to let off some steam. I appreciate you guys.

  • Kimberly G. February 16, 2015, 10:00 pm

    No matter who did it, this “cabin” is breathtaking! I absolutely love it, however, I love this newsletter because it brings together those of us already living tiny, would like to live tiny, or just have an interest in it. Keyword here is “tiny”, which, no matter how beautiful this historic cabin is, it is not (by my standards) “tiny”. It seems that when we stick to our interests, that which brought us all together in the first place, we feel like a team, a movement and share so much in common.
    Personally, I’d like to click on only anything less than 400 sq. ft. (Just my preference). I clicked on this because it seems that some are either losing focus of the original intent, or because there’s only so many legitimately tiny homes creating a link each day. I tend to believe the latter.
    I love the newsletter, the movement, the people, the creative designs, and being a part of something unique, innovative and green.
    So, this is great and all….but for me….show me the tiny!!!!

  • Gerald February 17, 2015, 2:23 pm

    While this house doesn’t have a lot of sq footage, it is still a fairly large footprint. Indeed, it is too large to legally fit on my property and I have a standard lot for around here (Vancouver, BC). We have to have 10% side set back which means on a 33′ wide lot you can only go as wide as 26.5′. Nice home, but kinda large, as tiny homes go.

    • Dr Hall May 13, 2015, 9:30 pm

      Remember, there are families who can’t all live in an itsy bitsy home. This is a very small home when several family members move in. You can still get ideas from larger homes. I even take ideas from mansions, whether it’s the layout or materials used or furnishings ; D

  • LC February 18, 2015, 2:45 am

    Has anyone out there visited the beautiful historic lodges in Glacier NP? This place looks like a miniature of that architecture.

    I think I’m in love………

  • Otessa Regina Compton May 9, 2015, 3:07 pm

    I HAVE GOT TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH!!! THIS HOME A HELL OF A LOT BETTER, AND DEMONSTRATES A HELL OF A LOT MORE LIFE, THAN THE MANSION HUGH HEFNER BOUGHT HIS WIFE CRYSTAL THAT COST MILLIONS. THE POOL IS A HELL OF A LOT BETTER AS WELL, EVEN THE LANDSCAPE. MAY BE SMALL, BUT SURE DOES CARRY A BIG STICK. GO FOR IT BUILDERS!!!

  • Kelly Libert May 9, 2015, 3:26 pm

    Gorgeous house!
    And the above conversation is why I would never, ever want to be a part of a tiny house community on shared land. Not fond of the “who does what/ who gets what breaks” bickering. No thank you.

  • Louise May 9, 2015, 3:40 pm

    I love this house. I like the size. When living with someone,each needs some space. This house was built about 40 miles from where I live. I wish it was still here in Pa. And it would be for sale. I like tiny house but living with another person, some of them are to small for me. I would like a small home with two bedrooms and one and a half bath. I would like to have solar. I would like to stay around here but land cost way to much. The farmers are selling lots for big, big homes. To find a small house and fix it up would be great if you know how. I do not. I would have about $150,000. A nice amount of money but when land cost $70,000. to $ 95,000. $150,000. Does not go far. I have not given up on finding what I want. A house Ike this would be perfect

  • linda mervar May 9, 2015, 7:31 pm

    geez people. .I love reading about tiny houses, the only place I hoped wouldn’t be political. .and don’t start with the first amendments can we just talk about tiny homes PLEASE. . thanks alex im trying to get help with info. I just read the one about the 72 yr old woman that’s my age and im trying to get a tiny house and help being alone in the world with just a small ss check and got very sad reading all these fighting words. .thank you alex for your insight linda

  • Jeanne May 10, 2015, 1:51 am

    This is just perfect!

  • Tammy Holliday May 10, 2015, 3:22 am

    This would be the most amazing home for us ,my husband and myself are on the edge of being homeless due to the interest rate set on our home please consider us for this home forever your Tammy Holliday!!!;

  • Barbara S. May 10, 2015, 10:00 am

    Beautiful wood everywhere; beautiful fireplace; Dutch door; claw-foot tub; stained-glass window; wonderful loft! My list of likes could go on and on. And that kitchen stove!! Beautiful home. Love rustic.
    Alex, I want to thank you for having this website. I look at every tiny/small house you post. Upon retirement my husband and I sold our house and 85% of our belongings. Our ‘tiny home’ is a 37 foot fifth-wheel. We love living small and are gratified to see that so many others, do too. (Especially the young people – It took some of us older folks a long time to realize we didn’t need so much ‘stuff”!) I always look forward to Cahow’s comments and insight as well.

  • Steve in Palm Bay May 12, 2016, 8:56 pm

    What a great home! Hard work and perseverance has its rewards.

    Cahow, I am with you on this!

    Hearing Dominick’s rant reminds me of Margaret Thatcher’s comment: socialism is GREAT! Until you run out of other people’s money.

    Capital runs to freedom when ever it can.

    The greatest testament to this was the Berlin Wall. Sorry Dom, it wasn’t built to keep your so-called one percenters out….it was erected to keep your 99% in! Funny how in these “worker’s paradises” that the annointed ones were being chauffeured in their limos while the working class struggled to eat.

    Hard work and planning ahead has its rewards. Relying on a government handout and depending on others to take care of you is for the lazy.

    Pleasant dreams.

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