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!”

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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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Sarah Felix Burns

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