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This is a small cabin in Minnesota called the Trout Fishing Cabin by Dale Mulfinger of SALA Architects.

At 1600 sq. ft., this cabin is far from tiny! But if you consider it for a growing young family, it’s a wonderful small space to last a lifetime, don’t you think? From the outside, you’ll see it’s an ordinary cabin with a screened in porch you can use as a furnished outdoor space. When you go inside, you’ll find a living area, kitchen, dining, bathroom, and four sleeping areas. What do you think?

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The Trout Fishing Cabin by Dale Mulfinger of SALA Architects… A Beautiful Small Cabin in Minnesota

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Images © Troy Thies Photography via Houzz and SALA Architects

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Images © Troy Thies Photography via Houzz and SALA Architects

Learn more: http://salaarc.com/residential/trout-fishing-cabin-2/


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  • CharlotteMo
    December 13, 2015, 4:02 pm

    Wow, thank to Alex for sharing this. Dale Mulfinger’s work is always thoughtfully placed on the land, and top quality all the way. I have books featuring his work dating back a decade or three. Then, he was among the few who designed homes that have a breathing presence of their own, instead of the quick cookie-cutter route. This is a great example of keeping it simple, with quality. Now I have to go dig out those books! Thanks again.

  • Janp
    December 13, 2015, 5:13 pm

    Now you’re cooking. This heating unit is for those of us in the north. Built like something we northerners could live in quite comfortably. Minnesota knows what is necessary. Thanks for sharing

  • Porcsha
    December 13, 2015, 6:39 pm

    I love it, it beautiful. It certainly has a homey feeling through out. A lot can be done in this space. I wish there were bathroom pictures and plans. Is there a tub or shower or a compost toilet, well or sewer. I’d like to know if there is a laundry area or space for a washer and dryer.

  • CathyAnn
    December 13, 2015, 7:22 pm

    This is a beautifully design home, IMO. That masonry stove/fireplace will certainly keep the place warm in the winter. I would be very happy living in this space.

  • Angela Wong
    December 13, 2015, 9:36 pm

    This may be bigger than small, but being that it is primarily a barn house structure, I like some of the unique layout compared to some. We are trying to design a small house based on the barn house style, and trying to find the most functional design for a growing family. Some of these small houses seem to be either new and unlived in or are only vacation properties, so they leave me wondering how they would work for a family living every day there. Where does the stuff go? Anyway, the stove is intriguing. I have been so curious about what we will decide to do for heating the house, given that we also have small children and I’m afraid of wood burning stoves being too accessible to little hands. Oh, and the screened in porch USA nice design!

    • alice h
      December 14, 2015, 9:00 am

      Having raised small children around wood stoves in tight spaces I can assure you it’s not an ongoing issue. They very quickly figure out how to respect the danger. If you make simple safeguards to prevent most accidental contact the rest is quite manageable.

      • Angela
        December 14, 2015, 9:39 am

        I have assumed that to be the case, as with other dangerous home items, but having not been raised around them, I have been a bit nervous! But also not really sure what will be adequate for heating a house about 800-1000 sf.

        • alice h
          December 15, 2015, 12:34 pm

          Most wood stoves mention the square footage they’ll heat in their literature. It’s best not to go too oversized so you can keep the stove at a good burn rate. Really long, slow fires tend to build up chimney deposits. There’s a happy medium between not having to fill the stove too often and burning all the fuel up in a big rush. Some info at http://www.woodheat.org/buy-right-stove.html

  • Eric
    December 14, 2015, 1:20 am

    I’d point out that the architect is not a member of the Architecture firm that put out the book The Not So Big House. Possibly has utilised some of their principles… but not of the actual firm. As far as I can ascertain anyway.

    But… 1600 sq ft for a family of four? Jeepers, back in the day (sorry, classifed State Secret) our standard homes were 1100 sq ft and housing 2 adults and up to 4 (occasionally 5 or 6) children.

    So I ask, where does the small/tiny come into the name? And no, we are NOT using the Kardashian nightmare as a reference point.

    • Alex
      December 14, 2015, 12:22 pm

      It’s rare that I feature a house this big, and if you compare it to a 200 sq. ft. tiny house, it’s huge. But if you compare it to today’s standards, which on average is about 2500 sq. ft. or so in America, it’s still pretty small. But don’t worry, this size home won’t be normal here.

      • Melody Banger
        December 14, 2015, 1:41 pm

        I’m fascinated with the tiny house movement, but cannot really ever see myself living tiny. I cannot do stairs, I need a hobby space, room for visitors, and at least the feeling of openness. I’ve been considering a sort of pod type structure where tiny/small units are connected and guest spaces are not continually heated, etc. This house is great for me, I like seeing the occasionally small house! Don’t forget some of your members want to take advantage of tiny house concepts but not really live tiny. Thanks for all you do.

        • Alex
          December 14, 2015, 2:14 pm

          Thanks, Melody! That’s great to hear. I agree there’s a lot of folks out there that are fascinated by tiny houses, but it just might not be ideal. Whereas something “in-between” is. So I think it’s fun to occasionally go outside of the “tiny house box” and let people know that it’s okay to live in “normal”-sized houses too.

  • Elizabeth Rubio
    December 14, 2015, 1:12 pm

    No, this is not your usual content, Alex, but thank you for featuring this beautiful structure. Simplicity, well-planned and well-executed, has always been my motto. As a native Minnesotan, I especially appreciate the large screen porch. You do know the mosquito is Minnesota’s State Bird, right?

    • Alex
      December 14, 2015, 2:15 pm

      LOL, thanks Elizabeth! I totally agree. Love the screened-in porch, too.

  • Katherine
    December 14, 2015, 8:03 pm

    Beautiful! Love the spaces. Nicely done!

  • Carol Perry
    December 17, 2015, 5:37 pm

    What a wonderful home. I love the layout and the architecture and woodwork are just beautiful!! Awesome kitchen!! Love the wood stove, it looks like it would keep that cabin nice and warm and cozy!! Great enclosed porch, love the stone patio! It was nicely done!!

  • Lori Dawn.
    December 18, 2015, 8:15 am

    What’s the approx cost to build this. Or a range of prices. ? Thx

  • nathan
    February 21, 2016, 1:41 pm

    I contacted the designer and the floor plans aren’t available. I am trying draw (very rough and messy) the basic plan. are there more pictures?

  • Tammy
    January 21, 2017, 9:10 pm

    I agree that featuring homes a little bigger like this one is helpful for some folks. Some are looking to downsize but still have a larger family making the tiny house option too small. Love this one! I would also love to see pics of the bathroom/laundry area. Is there a way to get a layout of it?

    Thanks! 🙂

    Thank you!

  • Bluesgirl
    October 25, 2017, 8:52 pm

    I liked the view =, the design, and the size of this building what I personally can not rap my head around is all that interior wood that hasn’t been painted.
    All I think of is FIRE…it’ll go up like a torch and no chance of getting out quickly.I kid you not.
    If you were to paint the interior wood with a fire proof coating then at least You’ll have a chance…I think it would look bigger if painted light tones as well…Anyways nice design

  • Patricia
    December 13, 2017, 8:33 pm

    I absolutely love this cabin. Everything about it appeals to me. I don’t do stairs, but there is a perfectly lovely bedroom downstairs. Plus, I would assume the bathroom is downstairs too. The only change I would make would be to turn one of the upstairs sleeping areas (preferably away from the bedroom on the first floor) into a bathroom so guests wouldn’t have to keep going up and down the stairs during the night.

    The sleeping areas upstairs are wonderful. Not having walls makes the space seem so much bigger. I appreciate the clean lines and simplicity and while some of the beds might be harder to make, it’s worth it for the space’s aesthetics. This looks a lot like my dream home and since we’re living in the mountains of Colorado, it would fit right in.

    Thank you for showing this home. The people who live there are lucky indeed.

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