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Man Builds Log Cabin Tiny House with Hinged Overhangs

I’m excited to share this Stanley Rocky Mountain Tiny House with you built by Greg Parham of Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses in Colorado.


He emailed me yesterday to let me know he has just completed and sold this little log cabin on wheels. And one of the reasons I’m thrilled to share it with you is not only because it’s completely unique and awesome throughout, but because I know you’ll love the genius flip up/down hinged overhangs.

One issue when building tiny houses on wheels is dealing with overhangs because we’re limited to a road width of 8’6″ in most areas. In this case, with the flip up/down design, you can have the best of both worlds… Check it out now right here for yourself and please re-share below.

Related: The Boulder Tiny House ($27k) by Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

Log Cabin Tiny House on Wheels with Flip Up/Down Overhangs

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Images Β© Greg Parham/Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

After building his ‘Boulder’ tiny home on wheels, Greg went on a sabbatical trip for some tiny house inspiration where he saw this tiny log cabin in Stanley, Idaho:

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My travels took me through a wonderful little town called Stanley, in the midst of the magnificent Sawtooth mountains and along the Salmon River in Idaho. Stanley Stanley Tiny Houseis probably my single favorite town that I passed through on this trip. It has a little bit of everything for the outdoor enthusiast. Scattered throughout the small town and along the outskirts are structures from a bygone era-beautiful, rustic, and tiny log cabins. After photographing a few, I knew right away that I had to build a log cabin tiny house on wheels and name it after this place. (source)

So Right After Selling his Boulder Tiny House, He Started Building the Log Cabin

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He Applied Two Coats of Natural Tung Oil to the Floors

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Greg Bolted and Welded the First Set of Logs to the Trailer

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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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  • Deb September 18, 2014, 3:48 pm

    I am stealing this idea. πŸ™‚

  • Rick September 18, 2014, 4:43 pm

    That is really Awesome & well thought out i’d say, great job Greg… πŸ™‚

  • alice h September 18, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Great solution with the eaves.

  • coffeewitholiver September 18, 2014, 5:13 pm

    The folding overhang is a clever solution. Having a sufficient length of overhang does more than make your house look good (proportional), it is an important component in keeping rain and wind-driven water out of the walls.
    Serious kudos to Greg. It obviously works well for metal roofs. I think it’s possible to design a workable model for other roofing materials, with experimentation. I think it would work with my roof’s material, EPDM, and I wish I’d thought of it! I went with a 10 foot wide roof, with 12 inch overhangs, so will need to mess with wide-load regulations. Greg’s solution is an elegant and clever way to sidestep that hassle.
    Parker

  • Marsha Johnson September 18, 2014, 6:10 pm

    Love it! My favorite is the glass on the shower walls! Easy to keep clean and mold free, thanks Greg!

  • Cahow September 18, 2014, 7:25 pm

    The man is an artist. LOVE the glass enclosed shower and the salvaged maple slab counter tops. Good for him that he met his goal and got an instant buyer for this charming home. πŸ˜€

  • Mike September 18, 2014, 7:38 pm

    One criticism.. It would be better to take the glass/plexiglass off the shower walls. It looks like moisture could get behind it and cause mold. Better to seal the wood with a few coats of sealer and just let it dry after a shower.

    • Marsha Cowan September 18, 2014, 9:30 pm

      The ingenuity and creativity of the tony house community never ceases to amaze me. How absolutely clever and practical for hauling. Notwithstanding the ingenious building techniques, this house is gorgeous!! I, too, love the plexiglass idea. I would put fat rubber washers between the plexiglass and the wall to allow air to get back there and dry out any water vapor that might accumulate, and it would also give you a niche to slide something back there to clean up if you ever needed to. It does show off the beautiful log cabin wood and design, so I would find some way to imitate it. Again, absolutely great tiny house cabin.

      • Marsha Cowan September 18, 2014, 9:31 pm

        Sorry, that should say “Tiny house community”. Lol!

    • Alex September 19, 2014, 4:50 pm

      Sealing the wood there sounds like a smart preventative solution. Glad you pointed it out to educate all of us even though he probably already did it. Thanks Mike!!

  • Gene Lueg September 19, 2014, 1:10 am

    I hope he takes several extra spare tires with him when he moves that thing. That is an extreme amount of weight for a single axle trailer. Otherwise nice job.

    • Greg Parham September 19, 2014, 1:24 am

      all my houses come with a spare. The tires are heavy duty load E rated for 2900# each. Some of the weight of the trailer rests on the tow vehicle too. Ethan traveled 1,200 miles and didn’t have any problems.

  • Candide33 September 19, 2014, 7:54 am

    Love that he solved the lack of overhang that is pretty standard with the tiny houses. I have a French Creole plantation house that was built around the time of the Civil war and I love it but always hated that it did not have any overhang on the sides of the house, just the front and back. I have seen hundreds of French Creole houses and they all have pretty much that same design and the sides of the houses always have those streaks down the side where the water runs off of the roof. Of course it was made out of cypress so it didn’t cause any harm but it looks terrible and it was a bear to keep washed down because it is like 20 feet from the ground to the roof line. It requires a pressure sprayer and bleach, not exactly green maintenance.

    It would be easier to wash down a tiny house but who wants to have to do that every Spring? Then there were all the hurricanes, no overhang and gutters makes it hard to keep the wind driven rain out of the attic. You can see some of the damage and some of the remedies that previous owners had tried around the edges inside the attic. We put trim and spray foam but the water still gets in during hurricanes.

    While no one really has more than about a decade of experience with a tiny house, almost 200 years of no overhang is more than enough to know that it is not a good idea. We decided that when we build our tiny house we are going to have the eaves and porch separate and attach them when the house is set up in its destination but if you were going to move it more than a few times, the hinges would definitely be the way to go.

    PS, where we are going, no hurricanes!!! πŸ™‚

    • Alex September 19, 2014, 4:53 pm

      Thanks Candide glad this was insightful and valuable for you!

  • Kaleb September 19, 2014, 11:37 am

    I was so happy to see that he made use of hinges. The past couple weeks I’ve been working on a design that I’d like the steps up to the deck to fold up while underway. Since I’m a short woman, the idea of having to move and place steps when stopping hadn’t appealed to me and decided to go the route of hinges. Thanks for sharing!

    • Alex September 19, 2014, 4:52 pm

      Good thinking on a set of staircases for the house- sounds very useful. Keep us updated! Thanks Kaleb!

  • Paul December 13, 2014, 2:43 pm

    To all those commenting about space between the wall of the shower and the wooden wall… if you look “closely” at picture 9 you can see that the fastenings of the glass to the wall actually have grommets that keep them separated so any moisture getting behind the glass will run down into the shower tray…

  • Theo November 9, 2015, 3:24 pm

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    Tin roof? Wait for rain, or hail. The fit of the “logs”, and quality of the work definitely do not thrill me. The floor looks like it was laid as it came from the mill, with no sanding. I think the overhangs would work better folded down, and fastened.

  • Michael November 9, 2015, 5:44 pm

    I am amazed about the weight he achieved. It shows that using all natural materials doesn’t mean to be much more heavy than chemical. products. The fold up eaves as the porch are great and provide a much better look than the standard narrow and tall ones.
    Logs are a material which I have in my mind for a while already.
    When you ever have been staying in a log cabin for a while you may have experienced the wonderful smell and climate inside. Beside that its healthy. Wood is a great insulation, too.
    The downside of being heavy could be resolved.
    Although its too small for me and I don’t like lofts its very well thought and done.

  • Cooltruth November 10, 2015, 9:55 pm

    Beautiful little log cabin but it might be better suited for parking it in a permanent spot. It might get expensive hauling all those logs around. Did you have help getting the logs in place? They look heavy duty and solid. I’m totally impressed by this little portable cabin!

  • ZACHARY E. MOHRMANN November 10, 2016, 9:56 am

    Final cost $ 22,000.00, I love it……!

  • Kathy November 11, 2016, 5:35 pm

    Take good care of your doggie!

  • Michael November 19, 2016, 6:13 am

    I have been thinking about log construction before.
    However, when you go 20ft and beyond weight will be too much for
    a THOW.
    The fold up eaves are great – all THOW should have it to protect walls and windows from the elements when parked. Wondering that nobody came up with this solution before.

  • Ariel Miller March 10, 2017, 2:35 pm

    Funny how nobody thought of fold up eaves before. If you extended that idea to the roof peak you could almost have a portable A frame. At least portable covered space outside of the main house on both sides.

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN March 10, 2017, 9:11 pm

    Oh…! The flip down overhangs, I have to say it is a first, that’s for sure….!

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