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Tiny Cabin in Montana

The tiny cabin that I’m showing you today is a masterpiece to me.

It was originally built in 1912 by Swedish homesteaders using local materials.

Recently the structure has been restored using the same principals.

Local and reclaimed materials were used to rebuild it and the cabin now serves as an inexpensive guest cottage for friends and family of the owner.

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Swedish guest cabin by miller architects

Photo Credit Miller Architects, PC

I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the tour of this tiny cabin below:

Exterior with Porch and Side Entrance

Swedish guest cabin by miller architects

I also really like the chimney and the dormer above the front porch.

Side Entrance with Covered Micro Porch

Swedish guest cabin by miller architects

Private Outdoor Area and Entrance to the Basement

Swedish guest cabin by miller architects

Luxurious Kitchen

Swedish guest cabin by miller architects

Dining Area

Swedish guest cabin by miller architects

Living Area with Fireplace

Swedish guest cabin by miller architects Swedish guest cabin by miller architects

View from Inside Looking through Front Porch

Swedish guest cabin by miller architects Swedish guest cabin by miller architects

“Originally constructed in 1912 by Swedish homesteaders near Ennis, Montana, this cabin was disassembled and brought back to life as an active part of a larger ranch, to offer a comfortable and charming home base for friends and family. Through the use of locally-available natural materials, the cabin reflects its Scandinavian roots, infused with style and comfort.” (Source)

For more information on this tiny cabin in Montana go to Miller Architects, PC here.

What did you like best about this little cabin? I think everything about it is great besides that I didn’t notice an indoor bathroom.

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  • Cahow
    August 1, 2013, 4:47 pm

    “How Swede It Is!”, says Cahow, puffing up proudly over her Swedish heritage.

    Looks like the log cabin photos I’ve seen of my Great Grandparent’s homestead along the Minnesota-Canadian border.

    Four things Swede’s know how to do:

    2) Build Stuff. (IKEA, anyone?)
    3) Quality Cars (Volvo & Saab, anyone?)
    4) Hot Viking Babes & Dudes! (LOL)

    • carrie adams
      August 1, 2013, 9:34 pm

      Also airplanes (before cars) the Saab..it’s flown by most major airlines.
      Alex..I am drooling into my laptop again….fuzziness went all the way to my feet on this Swedish meatball!!!

    • TerryW
      May 5, 2014, 6:31 pm

      Same here, my great grandparents homesteaded in Minnesota, and fished for a living. My grandfather was the first baby born in Larsmont.
      My great uncle wrote a book about their life there –

      My great grandparent’s property is still owned by family members, my 2nd cousins. It’s now a summer vacation area with rental cabins.

  • Helen
    August 1, 2013, 5:55 pm

    I’d move in tomorrow if someone forced me to…….please!! It’s beautiful! And so is Montana.

    • Cahow
      August 3, 2013, 4:15 pm

      Seems fitting this is in Montana. I’ve done several Dinosaur Digs in the Hell Creek/Fox Hills Formations area; stunningly gorgeous land. No wonder the dino’s hung out there. 😉

  • Mark
    August 1, 2013, 9:58 pm

    Now that’s what I call living. I wish there were more pics of the cellar, and the upstairs/floorplans. My life’s dream to build one like this!

  • SteveR
    August 12, 2013, 10:31 pm

    2 fireplaces! Pretty to look at but useless for heating.
    I like the wooden cow.

  • LaMar
    August 19, 2013, 9:58 pm

    Beautiful attention to detail and I love the rock and wood hand built homes!

    You can tell the original builder was building out of love.

  • Comet
    January 29, 2014, 5:46 pm

    Don’t the Swedes make killer rye bread and some sort of spirits too?

    This IS my fave house!

    Any clue as to where the couch and chair came from???? Love that day bed also! And the shiny ceiling–how did they DO that????

    On the architects web site there is a partial shot of the bedroom not included here—sorry no bath but there must be one somewhere!

    • daltxguy
      January 29, 2014, 7:16 pm

      Every country in the world makes some kind of bread and spirits – it’s nearly as old as civilization- wild yeasts exist everywhere!
      The shiny ceiling just looks to be a plaster finish with a glossy paint over it. Most buildings over 100 years old would have been used this if you wanted a smooth wall.
      Can’t help with the furniture.

      • MJ
        February 14, 2014, 5:24 am

        Could the ceiling be wood with a varnish finish?

        • daltxguy
          February 16, 2014, 1:52 pm

          MJ, not likely. A wood ceiling will have visible seams if using boards. If panelling was used, then the seams were usually covered up with a batten giving the distinct and unmistakable frame and panel look.
          Lath and plaster was a common finish up until the 1950s or so after which wallboard(drywall) took hold with the building boom following the war.

        • MJ
          February 16, 2014, 2:20 pm

          That makes sense! And interesting too, thanks.

    • Chris Green
      March 10, 2014, 2:46 am

      The leather couch shown in the photo is typical “Western” style furniture. I don’t know which company made that particular one, but there are a lot of furniture makers who offer these, some plain, some fancy.

      One such firm in Montana is:

      There are others.

  • helen
    February 6, 2014, 1:05 pm

    my dream house it up for sae or trade love it

  • Otessa Regina Compton
    February 18, 2014, 3:48 pm

    From the photographs, it is hard to picture this home being in a Tiny Category.

  • Terrie Williams
    February 28, 2014, 11:04 am

    The Ozark Mountain woman in me absolutely loves this place! I could live out the rest of my days being very content in this cabin and in that state! The interior alone reminds me of my great-aunt’s cabin in the Ozarks when I used to spend weeks at a time there. That cabin was built (and past down in the family) in the early 1800’s. It had a ‘walk-in’ fireplace where all the cooking was done. My aunt and uncle put in a .modern’ kitchen of sorts in the 1930’s but it still has the hand-crank pump in the kitchen sink when I stayed there in the ’60’s-’70’s. Sadly, it is gone now and the land was bought by developers.

    This place is a dream mansion for me. Gorgeous!

  • vstanley
    March 4, 2014, 7:15 am

    What is the porch roof of poles supposed to do? Shade you?Seems rather odd to me.I dont think traditional Swedish houses had porches.Its nice.
    A guest house….Bet they spent $$$$$$$$$$ fixing that up.Its not really in the tiny house philosophy is it?

    • Princess Mom
      March 13, 2014, 9:32 pm

      The poles on the porch roof actually shade you quite nicely without making you feel closed in. They’re quite common. Think of a pergola or ramada.

  • Patrick
    March 6, 2014, 4:37 am

    Gorgeous rustic charm! Wish there was a floor plan sketch to go by: can’t quite figure out the placement of the 2 fireplaces. I’d be very pleased if I could successfully craft my own cabin with similar charm. This one surely took quite some time, both to build, and then again to reconstruct. No doubt, a labor of love, in both instances.

  • Dawn Segars
    May 17, 2014, 4:13 pm

    Love the log cabin. I have a creek on my property and is full of beautiful rock kinda like in the pics. My question is….. Is there a market for people needing to buy rock like this? The city put in new water lines and the length of my property had to be busted up cause it was all rock so I got them to dump about 6 dump truck full of rock around my pond where it sits. Would love to SELL ROCKS if anyone is interested or if you could pass the word. I’ve never sold or advertised before. Just wondering????

    • DR Hall
      May 16, 2015, 5:35 am

      Dawn Segars, I want to know more about the rock. Type? Location?
      Leave msg or text 2/1/4 5-8-7 3-3-9-1 & I will call you back.

  • Behvy
    July 23, 2014, 7:42 pm

    Would be nice to find where to buy the smaller propotioned things. Tub syove potbellied fireplace. Not everyone can build from scratch but it would help o know where one could find and purchase the “home quality”apt sized

  • Ron L. Kuykendall
    August 19, 2014, 10:36 pm

    Beautiful! This has so many of the elements I’ve dreamed of in a home. Rustic stone and wood, 3 levels with the main floor in the middle with a ground floor entrance, in the country, you’ve captured my dream!

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 10:54 am

      Glad you loved it Ron! One of my favorites, too (among many)

  • M Adams
    November 8, 2014, 10:41 am

    This looks just about perfect! Love that kitchen. Is there any chance of getting some dimensions and or general floor plan?

  • Trinity
    May 4, 2015, 11:30 pm

    By far my favorite home to date! Amazing details in this homey looking cabin. I could definitely get used to the idea of living somewhere like this. Think I’m in love. swoon

  • DR Hall
    May 16, 2015, 5:49 am

    Alex, I accidentally bumped the “report” & didn’t know how to cancel
    Is there a way to let you know if it ever happens again to any of us?

  • DR Hall
    May 16, 2015, 6:01 am

    This is by FAR one of my VERY favorite abodes, lol! Charming ; D
    I would have a fireplace insert-blower with glass doors for super hot heat. I love the looks of a fireplace without the glass doors, & so would hope to be able to remove the glass doors when heat is not needed. One could add a small wood or gas stove for heating. I LOVE fireplaces & also natural earthy elements such as rock & wood.

  • Tricia
    December 22, 2018, 11:33 am

    OMG…I LOVE this and all the wood!! I currently live in MT & would love to stay here; too bad it is only for family & friends 😏 This is completely something I could live in! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Julie Bryan
    January 16, 2022, 6:01 am

    This is a home. Brought back from death and built a second time with love and a great family history. The whole crew that did this work should be very proud of themselves they did a beautiful job. Love and lots more love is felt of this home. I’m glad it is staying in the family. Too bad you couldn’t write a book of the first builders to the last. All the stories this home could tell.
    Great work, lots of love, and care of one of the prettiest homes I have ever seen. Congrats.

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