This is the story of Natalie Bogwalker’s tiny log cabin in Western North Carolina.
She and her friend Eric did most of the log cutting and hauling. Then one year later, she began building with the help of many friends. Today she operates Wild Abundance teaching online and onsite classes on self-sufficiency, tiny living, gardening, acquiring land, construction, and hide tanning. It’s wildly fascinating and you can learn more below!
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Her Tiny Log Cabin In Asheville!
The original build was 12 ft. x 16 ft. and all of the logs were full length and saddle notched. We did this build with round logs that were harvested largely from the land that I live on here in Western North Carolina.
My friend Eric and I did most of the log cutting and hauling. Within one year, I built the foundation and the floor and stacked logs, with lots of help. We did a stick framing for the top of the building and put a roof on it. I then let it sit and settle for 5 – 6 months and then we cut out all of the doors and windows and framed them in.
We then chinked everything, which took a couple of months. For chinking, we took chunks of wood and split them down until they fit perfectly into the gaps between logs. We then put nails into the chinks, made cob, and applied the cob into the spots with nails. After applying the cob, I put clay plaster over it on the interior of the building, and on the exterior, I applied lime plaster to safeguard the chinking. The chinking has held up pretty well over the past nine years.
This house was crafted with passive solar design in mind. I crafted the sink and window sill from soapstone, which absorbs heat from the sun that shines in from the south-facing windows. When the cookstove gets roaring, the soapstone also absorbs that heat and keeps the space nice and warm. I used old slate roofing on the walls upstairs, and when light shines in and hits the slate it radiates the heat back into the room.
I’ve added many additions to the original log cabin build over the years.
I’m the Director and Owner of Wild Abundance, a permaculture and building school-based in Western North Carolina. We offer in-person and online classes on tiny house building, women’s carpentry, foraging, and other Earth skills.
We recently released a free class called Top 10 Ways to Save Money When Building a Tiny House. The class is open for registration through September 1, 2021. We’ll then be releasing a more comprehensive online tiny house class in October 2021.
Barron Brown, a Wild Abundance instructor, and a dear friend helped with the tiny house log cabin build.
- Instagram: @wildabundance
- Facebook: @wildabundance.net
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2fHS1qIw7-QGV90pL3mMlA
- Free Class: Top 10 Ways to Save Money When Building a Tiny House (available for registration through Sept 1, 2021): https://www.wildabundance.net/classes/top-10-ways-to-save-money-when-building-a-tiny-house/
- Online Tiny House Class, launching October 2021: https://www.wildabundance.net/classes/online-tiny-house-building-class/
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