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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 their 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

One side of the house with gravity-fed sink.

Jesse's Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine

That cabinet is the first thing he built!

Jesse's Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine

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

Jesse's Off-Grid Tiny Cabin in Maine

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 contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.

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  • 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!

  • 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!

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

    Well done…! Bravo…!

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

    Awesome!!!

  • gman March 30, 2017, 4:33 pm

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

  • 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!

  • Gabriella March 31, 2017, 11:02 am

    A free spirit? Quiet and much reading

  • Betty July 24, 2017, 5:31 pm

    This is great. Good job young man.😊

  • 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!

  • Kurt November 9, 2017, 1:47 am

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

  • 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!!!

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