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Jesse’s Off Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine, Built with Axe & Saw


Meet Jesse: A (now-adult) who built his Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in the woods of Maine as a teenager, back before people were really using the term “tiny house.”

Besides being made from 80% recycled material, Jesse built most of the rustic abode by hand “with a saw and an axe.” It’s very primitive with a wood stove, gravity-fed “running” water, composting outhouse, and outdoor brick oven, but it’s a work of art that Jesse made with his own two hands.

He filled it with food bought in bulk, books, his photography and editing equipment (including a huge Mac that you’d expect in a high-end modern home!) and tons of camping/outdoorsy accouterments. Be sure to watch his video tour! And if you check out his Instagram, you can see he’s made some updates and is living there with Jayne.

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Jesse’s Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine, Built with Axe & Saw

Jesse's Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine

Screenshots via YouTube/Dylan Magaster

Jesse in front of his hand-built home.

Jesse's Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine

Screenshots via YouTube/Dylan Magaster

One side of the house with a gravity-fed sink.

Jesse's Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine

Screenshots via YouTube/Dylan Magaster

That cabinet is the first thing he built!

Jesse's Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine

Screenshots via YouTube/Dylan Magaster

Looking out his main window. See the Mac in the corner?

Jesse's Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine

Screenshots via YouTube/Dylan Magaster

Reading a book in the bedroom loft.

Jesse's Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine

Screenshots via YouTube/Dylan Magaster

Video: Jesse’s Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine, Built with Axe & Saw

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Gail
    March 30, 2017, 9:34 am

    I love this guy!!!! 🙂 One of the best stories I’ve read/seen.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      March 31, 2017, 8:32 am

      He is quite a wonder!

  • Avatar Jane on Whidbey
    March 30, 2017, 12:28 pm

    Damn, this is fine! Isn’t it great that his family gave him wings to fly, and he used them in such a cool way?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      March 31, 2017, 8:28 am

      Yes it is!

  • Avatar ZACHARY E MOHRMANN
    March 30, 2017, 2:36 pm

    Well done…! Bravo…!

  • Avatar Silver Gypsy
    March 30, 2017, 3:56 pm

    Awesome!!!

  • Avatar gman
    March 30, 2017, 4:33 pm

    where can I buy a few off grid acres in Maine…..help!

  • Avatar Danielle DiLisio
    March 30, 2017, 8:34 pm

    Great job! He definitely has a talent

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      March 31, 2017, 8:14 am

      I know! What a guy!

  • Avatar Gabriella
    March 31, 2017, 11:02 am

    A free spirit? Quiet and much reading

  • Avatar Betty
    July 24, 2017, 5:31 pm

    This is great. Good job young man.😊

  • Avatar Kim W
    November 8, 2017, 4:48 pm

    Brilliant tiny house! Lovely to see someone who has built their own just how it suits him….and is changing it as required!

  • Avatar Kurt
    November 9, 2017, 1:47 am

    I enjoyed the video. I love Jesse’s attitude.

  • Avatar Ed Van Thienen
    March 12, 2018, 8:27 pm

    Respect my friend, lots of Respect! I bet your parent are mighty proud.
    The world needs more young folk like you!!!

  • Avatar Johnette Whetstone
    August 3, 2019, 1:32 pm

    I am a 73 yr old grandmum. I have had a cottage or shack for over 25 years in back yard just for fun. I really like your home and admire your talent and intellect. I, too, have a passion for books. I have electricity, and use simple watering system with decanter and basin, however I want to use your gravity system and install it in a computer secretary that I use as a cupboard. Since my shack is in yard, I have only needed a porta potty. Keep up your inspiring good work and thank you for sharing.

  • Avatar Jane
    January 24, 2020, 12:50 am

    I am so impressed and inspired. I have wanted to build a hobbit type house for years now and you have given me the courage to begin the process. Your Mom and Dad must be so proud of your accomplishments. You look like a well rounded and well adjusted young man. I met you when you were a young boy and now you have grown into a handsome young man. The world needs more people like you in it. Give my best to your Mom and Dad.
    Peace,
    Jane Gagnier in Windham

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