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Solar-powered ‘G-frame’ Cabin with Sauna

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Now, this is different! The owners blended an A-frame with a Saltbox style cabin and dubbed it a “G-Frame.” I really like how it opens up the interior and offers more loft headroom, while at the same time keeping that cozy A-frame feel inside.

The whole cabin is run on solar power, and heated with the indoor wood stove, and wood stove in the nearby sauna. There is a foot pump sink for washing dishes, an indoor composting toilet, and during warmer weather, an outdoor shower. What do you think?

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A-frame and Saltbox Inspired ‘G-Frame’ Woodland Cabin

Twinkle lights are all powered by the sun.

Woodstove keeps you toasty indoors.

The ladder takes you up to the loft bedroom.

View from the loft. Lots of interesting wall pieces!

Anti-slip grips on the ladder steps.

Beautiful color for the woodstove.

The couch/futon sits under the loft.

Beautiful view from the loft!

Sit down for a little breakfast.

More lovely twinkle lights.

Little kitchenette with a live edge counter.

One-burner camp stove.

Composting toilet indoors.

More private woodland views.

The fold-flat couch makes for a good sleeping space on the main level.

Outdoor shower to enjoy seasonally.

Solar panels soaking up the sun’s rays


This freshly built cabin is 196 square ft, with a loft bed, kitchenette, dining table, futon sleeper, wood stove and Nature’s Head Compost Toilet (indoors!). This is off the grid yet is solar powered with 4 electrical outlets (including USB ports). There is a downloadable app that will keep track of power usage, and we ask that guests use it responsibly without draining the battery.

The Loft has a step ladder, a medium plush king sized memory foam mattress with bedding and views through the pyramid window. There is a small over head window in the loft as well, for crisp air and sounds of nature.

There is a one burner Coleman butane stove for one pot meals and such, a few plates, utensils, French press (4 coffee), cups, tea box, small + medium pots, very small cast iron pan, a couple of Tea mugs etc. The ceramic sink in the kitchenette is for hand washing and other small items. It has a foot pump powered water faucet and we will provide two 5 gallon BPA free jugs (which we can refill when possible).

The bathroom is the only private room in the cabin, with space to change clothes and what have you. There is a wonderful composting commode (with specific care instructions), and a vintage medicine cabinet.

There are 2 wireless rechargeable lanterns (one in the bathroom and one on the kitchenette shelf) that are moveable, and fairy lights that line a few ceiling walls (with remote and settings). The window for the woodstove provides some firelight…please do some fire starting/woodstove research if you’ve never used one.

The Barrel Sauna is a small 6’x6’ wood burning sauna. There is a small black door to the woodstove at the exterior back of the sauna, to build the fire in. In the winter, it’s invigorating to jump in the snow once you’re hot, or to rinse with cold water. There are a few small drainage holes in the sauna for water… (please no soap shampoo/conditioner rinsing inside though). We recommend bringing body wipes for before and after sauna.

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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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  • Liz
    February 7, 2023, 4:16 pm

    This is SUCH a cozy, warm and rustic cabin. The entire decor and amenities inside make it perfect. The wood stove is awesome and will provide all the heat one could ever need. The snap, crackle, and pop, and the smell, are very relaxing. One can be mesmerized and/or sleepy just watching it. Being in the woods would make the stay even better. Who knows when deer or other wild animals may come around to visit. A most wonderful retreat!

    • Marsha Cowan
      February 8, 2023, 11:45 am

      I totally agree with you, Liz!

  • Donna Rae
    April 6, 2023, 12:23 pm

    I agree fully with the first comment. The only thing I wonder about is the placement of the ladder so you descend into a glass wall. If you slip…thank goodness for the non-slip strips on the steps…or somehow lose your footing, I don’t even want to think about crashing into that glass window. It’s a super, warm-and-fuzzy little Tiny and it would be perfect for getting away from all the hussle and bussle of everyday life. I’m sure some could even live here full-time under the right circumstances. Fun to see and imagine staying there! Thanks!

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