Below, Kevin and Elizabeth take us on a tour of their 420-square-foot cabin in the Montana woods that they built as a guest house for just $7,000! While yes, it was started and completed before the lumber price boom of 2020, it’s still an impressively low figure for such a beautiful, well-finished cabin.
They kept costs down by using about 40% reclaimed materials, searching for used items, and some generous gifts from friends and family members. The cabin has a kitchen, bathroom, and loft bedroom, so anyone who stays there has all they need! What do you think of this little cabin in the woods?
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Settling Down in Montana After Military Life
The cabin has a cute little porch and another shady side area.
The kitchen under the stairs has a mini oven, large fridge and a toaster/convection oven.
You can sit and eat at the butcher block bar.
VIDEO: Retired Couple Built This Tiny Home On a Budget – $7k Cost
- Kevin and Elizabeth moved around a lot during Kevin’s military career, purchasing a house here and there, only to sell it later. At last, they found Montana and a lovely remote piece of land to call home. They have a standard house on the property and then built this little cabin using 40% reclaimed materials.
- The cabin was designed as a guest house for family and friends at first, but they now do rent it out to others on occassion (although it’s not on Airbnb).
- Incredibly, they only spent $7k on the entire build (pre-lumber cost boom of 2020)! Many of the items were given to them or found, which helped keep costs reasonable.
- The cabin itself is about 12×20, so just over 400 square feet.
- While there is a loft bedroom, the couch downstairs also folds down to create a first floor sleeping spot.
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