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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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The Community First Village in Austin, Texas

image from: www.shareable.net/blog/austin-to-shelter-homeless-in-a-tiny-house-village

image from: www.shareable.net/blog/austin-to-shelter-homeless-in-a-tiny-house-village

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.

image from: samuel-warde.com

image from: samuel-warde.com

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.

image from: mlf.org/community-first

image from: mlf.org/community-first

The village resembles a funky RV campground  – there are a couple of Airstreams and even a tee-pee!

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Creepy Abandoned “Discovery Hut” in Antarctica

image from: www.flickr.com

image from: www.flickr.com

This place will put chills down your spine.

Located on Ross Island by McMurdo Sound in Antarctica, the “Discovery Hut” was built in 1902 and has been literally frozen in time for over 100 years now.

image from: storiesthataretrue.wordpress.com

image from: storiesthataretrue.wordpress.com

Discovery Hut was built by Robert Falcon Scott during the Discovery Expedition of 1901–1904. That was only the second ever expedition to the region – the first one had been sixty years prior to that.

Today, McMurdo Base is a bustling research station. On the outskirts of the settlement you can see that Scott’s 1902 expedition hut still stands.

image from: www.atlasobscura.com

image from: www.atlasobscura.com

Discovery Hut was designed off-site by “Professor Gregory”, (the scientific staff leader of the expedition) and prefabricated in Sydney, Australia by James Moore before being transported south to Antarctica by ship.

The square structure has covered verandas on three sides and a pyramidal roof supported by a central post. The inner walls were lined with felt for insulation but this proved to be extremely ineffective. In fact, expedition members are said to have preferred to sleep in tents outside because tents were easier to keep warm that the actual hut.

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