Cool cabins

Shiny Tiny Mansion

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

Located near Millersburg, Ohio, this sweet cottage is a mere 450 square feet. But it looks so much bigger in the pictures…. maybe it’s because the homeowners follow, nay, embody the philosophy of “Live small to have it all!”

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

A couple named Sue & Ron live in this tiny cottage. They hand-built it themselves over a 6 year period.

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

Ron & Sue are old hands at tiny house living – married since 1986, the largest house they ever had was 900 square feet.

On their website, they make no bones about the fact that they are driven by years of experience, living small before it was even cool:

We are not young, idealistic dreamers, fresh out of college, thinking we can change the world.

We are old, idealistic dreamers, fresh out of youth, hoping we can change the world, but knowing at least we can share our decades of small living experiences and contribute to the conversation

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

Ron and Sue like to call it a “Movement Towards Rational Habitation.” The concept is to live richly with only what you need – an idea that has been gaining traction for a few years now, especially since the housing market went bust in ’08 and so many lost their homes to foreclosure.

image from:http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from:http://shinytinymansion.com/

The Shiny Tiny Mansion may be a mere 450 square feet but look at the delightful decor…

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

And it’s not paired down or minimalist in any way! There are lots of nooks and crannies for storage and beloved bric-a-brac is on display throughout.

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The kitchen packs a whole lot of charm and utility into a very small space:

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The bathroom/laundry area is a little larger than the kitchen, but no skimping on style here:

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

It helps that Ron and Sue are intrinsically creative people. Ron is a furniture designer/craftsman and artist, and Sue is a writer/artist and craftswoman.

Their whimsical and fun sense of style is found on every wall.

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The cozy bedroom in the loft is the kind of place you just want to nest in all winter long…

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The Shiny Tiny Mansion is a shining example of living responsibly with a smaller footprint – without losing the comfort of “home”.

 

Check out what Ron & Sue have to say on their websites:

shinytinymansion.com

Sue’s website:

susanfaithcorl.com

Ron’s website:

roncorldesign.com

 

A Fairytale Mountain Lodge – guest post

Fairytale cabin in British Columbia

*Today’s guest post is by house enthusiast/writer John Miller. House Crazy Sarah is taking a nap this week.

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There is something about cozying up next to a stone fireplace in the winter, especially when the mood is intensified by the smell of warm wood, the comfort of thick rugs and a breathtaking vista outside an oversized window that just makes me long for the mountains.

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Rezoned and repurposed: 19th century Montana barn converted to living quarters

image from: http://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/

image from: http://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/

Today’s post is purely for aesthetic delight – with a western slant.

Here you see an authentic 19th century barn near Philipsburg, Montana that has been repurposed into an incredible living space.

But it is not a private residence, no sir. It is offered up as “glamping” accommodations for the discerning western wanna-be.

image from: http://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/

image from: http://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/

      Glamping: (noun)

A form of camping in which participants enjoy physical comforts associated with more luxurious types of holiday

Which kind of defeats the purpose of camping and being close to nature.

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Blue Moon Rising

image from: www.bluemoonrising.org

image from: www.bluemoonrising.org

One more little cabin for all you tiny house lovers out there.

Blue Moon Rising is actually a vacation cabin rental business in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Their specialty is cabins built from recycled, vintage and eco-friendly materials. Several cabins are located on the lakeside lot but this cutie caught my eye – her name is “Kaya”.

image from: www.bluemoonrising.org

image from: www.bluemoonrising.org

“Kaya” has the whole Blue Moon theme going inside and out, starting with that crescent curve over the porch.

image from: www.bluemoonrising.org

image from: www.bluemoonrising.org

The interior is just as blue-moon-y. There’s no other way to describe it.

image from: www.bluemoonrising.org

image from: www.bluemoonrising.org

Walls, floor, ceiling, doors, and windows are derived from old house and barn parts.

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The X-permit cabin

image from: http://xpermitcabin.webs.com

image from: http://xpermitcabin.webs.com

Another project by David and Heather!

My Canadian house-loving friends in Nova Scotia have been busy little bees over the past few years. I’ve featured their work before here on House Crazy with their converted school house and beautiful seaside home that is now for sale. Another little side project they have been working on is the ominously named X-Permit Cabin.

The X-Permit Cabin (pictured above) is located somewhere in eastern Canada with a view of the ocean.

image from: http://xpermitcabin.webs.com/

image from: http://xpermitcabin.webs.com/

I can’t tell you exactly where it is because I have no idea. That is classified information.

I can tell you that the code word for the location of the X-Permit Cabin is “Pirate Harbour”.

So why all the precautions for this fun tiny home?

image from: http://xpermitcabin.webs.com/

image from: http://xpermitcabin.webs.com/

Here’s the backstory….

The X-Permit Cabin was built on a salvaged trailer frame. It is self-sustainable, off grid, and built without permits because technically it is a “travel trailer”.

The point of all this, as David tells us, “is to circumvent onerous permits and inspections that come with ‘permanent’ structures”. He adds that the X-Permit Cabin is “an exercise in civics, construction and innovation”.

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