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I Haz a Tiny Cabin in the Woods!

I smiled from ear to ear when I read these words from the messages area of our Tiny House Talk Facebook Page.

“I haz a tiny cabin in the woods! I’m on the Olympic Peninsula.”

Yes! I love when I get to hear of people achieving this goal.

Bogdan was nice enough to let me share his photos with you.

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Please enjoy more photos and info on this little cabin in the woods below:

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Interior

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Bowie looks happy. πŸ™‚

Front

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Here are some highlights based on the cabin and the land directly from Bogdan:

  • So it’s near Lake Cushman, on a mountain so it’s at about 1200ft elevation. About 3 miles from the grid, so I bring in my own water, cut my own wood, bring in lamp oil for light, etc.

  • The cabin was built by Rough Cut Sheds (search FB) and Ron, the owner, helped me move it up there. It’s sitting on a super steep grade, that a local man with a dozer helped me level a ledge to put the cabin on

  • We live in Seattle so we go out to the cabin on weekends. It’s beautiful, silent, it smells amazing.
  • The property is 5 acres of mature forest, surrounded by protected state land.

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Bogdan, thank you so much for sharing your tiny cabin with us.

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Alex

Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Mopsa June 12, 2013, 12:20 pm

    Wow, this is so cozy! I love it πŸ™‚ Just saved it for future inspiration.

  • Dave Cantlin June 12, 2013, 5:12 pm

    Perfect tiny house! I’m way down here in Florida living in a “cracker’ house that I built. I can’t see any neighbors and I can certainly identify with your passion for peace. Good Job!

    • Annette June 12, 2013, 6:01 pm

      Reminds me of Germany small and efficient no waste ..how do people live in such huge Homes what a waste Conserve and build small …No Electric bill and should the inevitable happen small homes are prepared for comfy living .ahhhhhhhhh

    • jim sadler June 12, 2013, 9:35 pm

      I also am in Florida but in a town. The very early settlers in Florida were often more primitive than the native Indians. I’m not certain about the exact difference between a shotgun shack and a cracker shack. But the further back you go the smaller the homes seemed to have been. Some of the really primitive settlers had lean to dwellings that were so low to the ground that one could never stand up inside. They really did live in misery. Many raised cattle to be sold in Georgia or Alabama.

      • Cahow June 12, 2013, 10:01 pm

        jim wrote: “But the further back you go the smaller the homes seemed to have been.”

        Right you are, jim. But, what people need to remember, is that they were STARTER HOUSES, built by folks that came from Europe with the clothes on their back, very little money and NO JOB! So, they homesteaded acreage, built a dwelling out of what was there (logs, sod, wagon), had a successful crop (hopefully), built a more permanent dwelling, had more successful crops, built a much LARGER permanent dwelling with real windows and a wood floor and so on and so on and so on. Not a single solitary immigrant stayed in those tiny shacks they built to exist in when coming to America: I know, I come from those people. They were either abandoned or turned into chicken coops or an outdoor kitchen if they were large enough. My best friend’s dad is 80 years young and just completed a 6 bedroom/7 bathroom home back in Ireland where he immigrated from in the 50’s to America. When he was a child growing up, his entire family lived in a sod dug out, on their Irish farm. Part of the large reason why he’s building his retirement home in Ireland so LARGE, is to prove to the “folks back home”, that he “made it” and was a success. They are pea green with envy (so he acchieved his goal)and the kids and grandkids in America can’t wait to go stay at “Grandpa’s New Home!” I guess it boils down to, “Where Did You Come From and Is It Worth Repeating?” I grew up Off Grid for the first 16 years of my life and it is NOT worth repeating, thank you very much. I paid my dues.

        • Theo April 20, 2016, 4:11 pm

          LMAO Can’t say I actually grew up off the grid, but we had no hot water or indoor plumbing until I was in the 7th grade, and that is because we moved.

        • Gordon D. April 20, 2016, 11:32 pm

          I to say this but I got a few YEARS on Cahow,I was raised and lived off the grid 23 years.I never knew any better.Kerosene lamps,out house wood stove both cooking and heating.HELL I’d turn back time if I could and stay there.For living off the grid was the life to live.NO phone,TV.,Just real living and good working healthy living.

    • Dan April 21, 2015, 9:35 am

      Where and how were you able to build your own house, I have been racking my brain trying to figure out where I can build my tiny dome home in Florida, any help would be greatly appreciated thanks Dan

      • Steve in Micco April 20, 2016, 8:01 pm

        Dan….I too am here in Florida. The problem in many counties is do-gooder politicians and huge developers setting up building codes requiring bigger houses in the name of the greater good. Often it is best to go the THOW route just to avoid the hassle of building department code enforcers. I hear morth of me an hour up in Rockledge, the city officials are supposedly easing back a bit on some of these statists goals of minimum house/lot sizes. Glad to see a smidgen of common sense happening.

  • Ralph June 12, 2013, 5:36 pm

    This is sooo FUN-TASTIC. I love it.

  • LaMar Alexander LaMar June 12, 2013, 6:45 pm

    Super weekend cabin!

    Pre-built sheds can make a great cabin for vacation or even long term living if you insulate them and put in a few windows. For people without a lot of time or skills to build this is a great idea.

    laMar

  • Gloria June 12, 2013, 6:59 pm

    Wow, you’ve been doing a WONDERFUL job of promoting tiny houses lately, Alex. Kudos to you! I’ve been following you for a while now, and I see that you have been working hard with locating all of these amazing little homes. They are so beautiful. I wish you all good things to you… You are inspiring a lot of people. I thought my house was small (and it IS!) but the things that I see people do with even smaller abodes amaze me and inspire me. Thanks for sharing with us, and for finding all of these homes for us to see! πŸ™‚
    Best,
    Gloria

  • Gloria June 12, 2013, 7:15 pm

    p.s. I neglected to say: Congratulations to Bogdan on a beautiful home!!!!! He deserves major congrats!! I love his interior decorating — very cottagey-ish, which is popular right now, whether tiny home or huge home! (Although I don’t think Bogdan cares about what’s “in” – LOL!) It is still perfect though. πŸ™‚
    Best,
    Gloria

  • Cahow June 12, 2013, 7:45 pm

    “How much wood would a Bogdan chuck if a Bogdan could chuck wood?”

    Apparently…quite a bit, based on the second photo! Looks like a cord of wood EXPLODED along the driveway! (LOL)

    Very Little House in The Big Woods. Charmingly done.

    So, Bogdan can haz a tiny cabin, BUT…can he haz a cheezburger, too? πŸ˜‰

  • maggie davis June 12, 2013, 8:13 pm

    i serve at-risk animals in a variety of ways, and i love and have lived in tiny houses. years ago i built an off grid beauty from recycled materials collected from old barns and junkyards and off trucks –this even before the TH movement began when no one had heard of Tumbleweed and now, the rest of the creative companies. my dream is that a group of tiny house animal lovers would lease land together (land trust in Downeast Maine) and live in their THs on the land. the common thread? benefiting old, ill, special needs, at-risk dogs (and any other animal in need that crossed our path). this unique all embracing dream would attract those who were sympathetic and able to offer support. it would be simple and no frill and loving. we would not spend or expand beyond our means. no debt! i’ve googled, but as far as i know no such animal centered TH community exists. what do you think? imagine communities like this springing up everywhere for the sake of our deserving voiceless friends.
    (what a great website, Alex. thank you.)

    • coffeewitholiver July 17, 2014, 5:50 pm

      I love your idea for having lots of Tiny Housers come together to care for needy animals! I hope to be able to do something similar on a small scale on my own property here in Washington State.
      Parker

      • maggie davis July 17, 2014, 10:06 pm

        thanks for your reply, Parker. would that you lived in Maine!
        if you know anyone in Downeast Maine who might be a possibility for this kind of community, in advance, thanks for letting me know. i am actively looking for land.
        maggie

  • Cahow June 12, 2013, 10:06 pm

    I just saw this, missed it the first read: “β– We live in Seattle so we go out to the cabin on weekends. It’s beautiful, silent, it smells amazing.”

    Ah, so it’s a Vacation Home, not a Full Time home! Okay, I could do that…that would be fun. Like camping but with a nicer bed. πŸ™‚ But full time….nah.

  • alice h June 12, 2013, 11:00 pm

    I can almost smell the woodsmoke . . . I see there are some fairly solid shutters for the windows, good idea around all those trees if the wind starts knocking stuff flying. I’

    • alice h June 12, 2013, 11:03 pm

      meant to say, before my finger spazzed on the submit button, I’m constantly amazed how far those trees can throw branches during stormy weather.

  • Doc September 1, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Are you really living off the grid when there really is no grid where you live???
    Well done Bogdan.

  • Pavel - Desired World September 1, 2013, 5:13 pm

    The reactions beautiful houses like this get are interesting. It is a dream to own something like it.

    Meanwhile, these people typically live in the city, work a reasonable paying job, are mortgaged to the teeth and feel all they can do, to escape the treadmill, is dreams.

    I think the best thing these folk can do is read blogs like this one and see that the dream can become a reality. That’s what I did.

    The worst thing you can do is look at one so-called limitation in your life and throw the whole idea away. “But I have kids!” “But” this, “But” that. Don’t do it! Look at the opportunities first, get the drive, and then see if you can work through the challenges.

    I want the off-grid dream. I don’t drive – never have, never intend to. What was I to do, throw it away because cars are perceived mandatory for rural living? Nah. Transportation simply became a higher priority in my search for land. Sure enough, I found a place that is cycling distance from two towns and has a daily bus service.

  • Spanky July 18, 2014, 12:35 pm

    Love it! I need one too!

  • Saturday Sportsman March 1, 2015, 1:49 am

    I would live there forever.

  • Trinity April 20, 2015, 12:52 am

    This little home looks so inviting, like the perfect place to snuggle up with a good book. It wouldn’t be difficult to picture myself living here, very happily, and makes me want a tiny home of my own all the more. Thanks for sharing another great tiny home!

  • Georgina April 20, 2015, 2:11 pm

    I definitely want to live in a tiny home, not sure about wheels yet. I am sure there are alot of bylaws to prevent building one.

  • Shag April 20, 2015, 8:04 pm

    Love the Dood!!!

  • Mimi April 20, 2015, 9:48 pm

    THIS is the best and COZIEST tiny house I have seen yet! No one else’s has come near to the cozy factor that this one has! I love it! I wish there were more photos though. Would love to see every nook and cranny! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the share!! πŸ™‚

  • Karen R April 20, 2015, 11:48 pm

    Lovely, cozy retreat . . .but not for me. I love small but not off grid. Hooray for those who are harder than I! (I grew up camping in a tent on vacations, so I earned my stripes, but I hope to never again be more than a few feet away from a flush toilet.)

  • Charlotte Wheeler April 20, 2016, 2:10 pm

    Now your talking. This is exactly what I am going for. Simple, cozy, genuinely rustic. I am a Brit currently living in Alaska (doing masters degree) and this would fit beautifully wooded area where I ski and trail bike. I am always looking for this simple style. Not into tiny houses that try to be a regular house but in a smaller space. Lovely. And yes…..slightly green.

  • Gabriella April 20, 2016, 2:18 pm

    Typical retreat from the flavor of the pioneers in a very private adventure Free!!

  • Norinda April 20, 2016, 3:08 pm

    Absolutely love the tiny house, looks comfy, did not see a compost toilet but being off the grid you can go in the woods…I would live in it…in a hearbeat…ENJOY!!!

  • Lisa E. April 20, 2016, 9:55 pm

    I’m definitely NOT a cabin kinda girl but this place is REALLY nice.
    I could live here, no worries. Great job!!!

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