*Today’s guest post is by house enthusiast/writer John Miller. House Crazy Sarah is taking a nap this week.
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.
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.
Which kind of defeats the purpose of camping and being close to nature.
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”.
“Kaya” has the whole Blue Moon theme going inside and out, starting with that crescent curve over the porch.
The interior is just as blue-moon-y. There’s no other way to describe it.
Walls, floor, ceiling, doors, and windows are derived from old house and barn parts.
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.
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?
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”.
This week is the American Thanksgiving holiday. As we sit in our nice warm homes, stuffing ourselves with fat birds and planning our Black Friday mode of attack… well, you know, there are those less fortunate who are huddling under cardboard boxes not too far from where we live. (Sometimes I can even see them in the back alley.)
That said, this unorthodox planned village in East Austin, Texas gives me great hope and optimism about the human race.
Community First! Village [don’t forget the !] is a 27 acre community that is being built to provide affordable housing in a supportive environment for the disabled and homeless in central Texas. The village is meant to be a sustainable project complete with a community garden, wood-working shop, medical/mental health center and even a movie theatre.
The idea is to give men and women living on the streets not only a permanent roof over their heads, but also a built-in community. Remarkably, it is being funded entirely by private money.
The village resembles a funky RV campground – there are a couple of Airstreams and even a tee-pee!