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Retired Couple’s $7K Montana Cabin

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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

Couple’s $7K Montana Cabin

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The cabin has a cute little porch and another shady side area.

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The kitchen under the stairs has a mini oven, large fridge and a toaster/convection oven.

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You can sit and eat at the butcher block bar.

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  • 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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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 three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Marsha Cowan
    October 30, 2023, 8:05 pm

    I love this! So pretty and liveable. Great job!

  • Nancy M.
    November 28, 2023, 3:27 pm

    Nice job! Love it! If I could, I’d love to stay in it, but being in a wheelchair, that’s no longer possible. Love your design and thoughtful follow-through in the build. And I love Montana, too.

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