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This is a guest post by Michael Scheer about his two off-grid cabins in Northern Arizona.

My name is Michael and about 5 years ago I wanted an off grid place for vacation and retirement. Like many others I am tired of bills, bills, bills and knew I would never have enough money to retire on unless I became debt free and my home was paid off.

A couple years passed and as things happened I had a friend who went through a divorce (I recently moved out of my ex-girlfriends home 8 months prior) and he needed help monetarily in order to buy a home and asked me to move in. The move cut my rent in half and enabled me along with my bonus check to purchase some land I found in northern Arizona at about 6500 ft elevation. Summers are mild with highs in the low 90’s high 80’s and winters are in the 40’s and 50’s with light snow. I picked up 6 acres for less than $4k.

Months later I decided to put in my first cabin. I bought a 10′ x 18′ cabin shell from Weather King Portable Cabins for approximately $4,200. I put in paneling, bed, couch, small coleman table/sink combo and shelving. I also purchased some solar panels and four 35amp hour batteries for power. I camped out until the cabin was delivered, this was in late May.

I had everything unpacked and was getting ready to work on the cabin when long behold a blizzard hit, my paneling was flying across the land, stuff was getting wet and the temperature went from 75 degrees to 30 degrees in a matter of minutes. Luckily, I have one neighbor (only one) who lives about 100 yards away who came to help, we got everything inside and covered and the learning experience began. Please enjoy, learn more and re-share below. Thank you!

Man Builds Two Off-Grid Cabins in Northern Arizona


Images © Michael Scheer

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This is the story of a couple who teamed up and decided to build their own 250 square foot tiny cabin made out of mostly reclaimed materials for only around $7,000 in material costs. They did all the labor themselves.

And since they built their tiny home on a foundation on their own land they continually make improvements to the place to better meet their needs. For example, they’ve added a porch and a bathroom so far to the original design.

Originally the structure was 12’x20′ until they added the porch and bathroom which extends the footprint to 18’x20′. Lots of the materials were salvaged from a barn along with other random finds that they repurposed.

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Couple Build Debt-free $7k DIY Off Grid Tiny Cabin


Images: PreciousRoy

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This is a Tiny Log Cabin submitted by a reader just like you. We’d love to feature you, too.

Once in a while readers like you send in your tiny houses, cabins, cottages, RVs, and other alternative/small homes and when that happens I love getting to re-share it with you so we can all enjoy it.

So below is a quick post featuring one of our readers current projects… A tiny log cabin. Enjoy and re-share below if you feel inclined to. Thanks.

Alex, I’m almost finished with our next Tiny cabin. (see below).

Reader Submitted Tiny Log Cabin


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