This Old Silo Was Transformed into a Unique Tiny Home

We’ve seen tiny homes of all shapes and sizes, but this repurposed silo is truly a unique country abode.

Located in Lake City, Fla., this adorably rustic home features one bedroom and one bathroom. Although it’s only 454 sq. ft., the house sits on 25 acres of riding trails and beautiful scenery.

Although the home may be small, it’s jam-packed with rustic design elements. From the natural wood ceilings to the metal accent alls, it certainly  feels like you’re down on the farm.

A full kitchen features a retro fridge, large far sink and a surprising amount of storage space.

The bathroom may be small, but it features a full shower and plenty of storage under the sink and above the toilet.

And yes, the shower is made from the same type of corrugated metal you’d see on outdoor farm buildings, including silos.

At the top, you can enjoy the beautiful view of your property on your own personal deck or enjoy some family time while huddled upstairs. The patterned wood walls make the room feel cozy without making you feel too claustrophobic.

This Guy Built an Impressive Log Cabin for Only $500

Many of us dream of being able to live in our own cozy cabin in the woods. One man was able to build his own tiny retreat for only $500.

This adorable home was built in the northern woods of Canada on a piece of private property. Because the house is such a small size, no permits were required, which kept building costs and time constraints low. He was able to recruit friends and members of his church to help build the cabin over the course of eight months.

Learn more about how he built the cabin in this video.

Tiny Homes Banned in U.S. at Increasing Rate as Govt Criminalizes Sustainable Living

As the corporatocracy tightens its grip on the masses – finding ever more ways to funnel wealth to the top – humanity responds in a number of ways, including the rising popularity of tiny houses.
These dwellings, typically defined as less than 500 square feet, are a way for people to break free of mortgages, taxes, utility bills and the general trappings of “stuff.” They’re especially attractive to millennials and retirees, or those seeking to live off-grid.
But government and corporations depend on rampant consumerism and people being connected to the grid.
Seeking actual freedom through minimalist living should seem like a natural fit for the American dream, but the reality is that many governments around the country either ban tiny homes or force them to be connected to the utility grid.
“As of now, few cities allow stand-alone tiny houses. Most communities have minimum square footage requirements for single-family homes mandating that smaller dwellings be an “accessory” to a larger, traditional house. Many also have rules requiring that dwellings be hooked up to utilities, which is a problem for tiny-house enthusiasts who want to live off the grid by using alternative energy sources such as solar panels and rainwater catchment systems.”
Some of the more recent examples of explicit bans include Etowah, TN and Wasilla, AK, which don’t allow homes less than 600 square feet and 700 square feet, respectively.
Boise, ID doesn’t allow homes less than a few hundred square feet, as Shaun Wheeler of Wheeler Homes found when he built a perfectly good and safe 310 sq. ft. home.

Granted, some cities are actually encouraging tiny homes as a means of freedom or as a solution to homelessness, as in Detroit, MI. Some Los Angeles lawmakers don’t see it that way, calling tiny homes for the homeless “a threat in many ways to our public safety.”
Wasilla residents are baffled by the tiny home ban, which seems to run contrary to Alaska’s wild and free nature. Tundra Tiny Houses is leading a new market of small home construction using renewable energy, and now they’ll have to tell customers Wasilla is not an option, in addition to Anchorage to Eagle River.

A big priority for tiny home dwellers is their reduced environmental impact. Many are capable of producing all their own energy from solar and wind, collecting rainwater and reusing graywater. Not depending on utility inputs naturally makes a lot of sense, especially for a tiny home on wheels.

Even those who put their tiny home on a piece of land away from crowded spaces – with the intention of living off-grid through renewable inputs – are considered outlaws if they don’t hook to the utility grid.
This of course ensures that utility companies, which are big donors to political campaigns and profit immensely from government-enabled monopolies, will always get their cut from every household.
In January we reported that sunny Nevada essentially killed its solar industry by increasing their tax on solar customers by 40 percent, causing solar providers to leave the state. The only beneficiary was NV Energy, whose energy monopoly was protected.
Spur, TX was the first city to advertise being “tiny house friendly” as a “town that welcomes new pioneers” – proudly supporting “reducing costs and gaining freedom to operate according to your own plan, unfettered by onerous and unnecessary costs.”
To have this “freedom,” you must secure your properly permitted tiny home to an approved foundation and be connected to city utilities. The property must always be mowed and the prime responsibility is “of course, paying your taxes!”
“When cities require the same permitting for tiny houses on foundations as they do for traditional houses, it often doesn’t make financial sense to build tiny. “At that point it’s really more of a lifestyle choice than an economic choice,” said Nick Krautter, a real estate agent in Portland, Oregon, who abandoned plans for a tiny house development.”
23-year-old college graduate, Sarah Hastings, built a 190-square-foot home on three acres of farmland in Hadley, MA, complete with a garden next to it. But the town found she was not in compliance with zoning ordinances, and now her home is in storage.
Hastings proposed a change to the town’s laws to allow for her tiny home, but the measure was vote down “because some residents were afraid the town would be overrun with them.” There will be no minimalist, environmentally friendly living in Hadley.
Clearly, the emergence of tiny homes is being met with fear, and the resulting banishment of freedom, by too many towns and cities across America that can’t quite fathom this shift in the way people think about living.
It’s one thing to be concerned about safety issues, but the imposition of minimum square footage requirements and mandatory connections to city utilities is mindless authoritarianism.
Let’s hope places like Fresno, CA and Rockledge, FL, which are specifically allowing tiny homes on wheels, can help their more “traditional” counterparts embrace the future.

There Is Nothing More Beautiful Than the Look and Feel of a Truly Handcrafted Log Home

The charm and allure of log houses are everlasting. They are synonymous with rural, natural living at it’s finest and have an undeniable connection to peaceful living. We often think of log house, and log cabins tucked away in the forest, somewhere out of sight, and out of the chaos of city life. You may also think about the early years of Europeans settling in what is now called North America, building log houses to inhabit while they made a new life for themselves. These skills were passed down from generation to generation, and are still used in this modern day by people who want an all original home to live in rather than a replicated model. Designing your own home is such a rewarding process. Having the dream to build a log house can be exhilarating, but, like any home building project, log home building also comes with it’s challenges and skills to learn. Building a log house from scratch is an ambitious undertaking, but it can be done. When building any home, firstly a floor plan is needed. The floor plan and design can be purchased or worked on with a professional designer or engineer to ensure that it will meet building codes. There are many log home floor plans available for free or for a fee online, or, a prospective log home owner can sketch up their own plans and bring them into a designer.

Purchasing the materials for the log home building project will also take some diligent research. As with any project, it’s best to call around in the local area for pricing on materials, getting at least three to four estimates will help to narrow down which supplier to purchase from. Next, in the building process, you’ll want to make sure that you have a well-drained area to set the home’s foundation. The foundation work can be contracted out to save you the hassle, and be sure that it’s done right. Once that is all set, the building can begin. Building your own log house requires lots of measuring and cutting, so you’ll need to buy or borrow good quality tools. You’ll definitely need a chainsaw and a scribing tool to mark the logs. Building a small log house or cabin would be the best place to start and can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time than larger houses.
If all of this seems like too much work for you, there’s always the option of purchasing a log home building kit that already contains all of the necessary materials. Depending on the company selling the log home kits, the materials may come already pre-measured and pre-cut with labels and directions on how to assemble the house. The whole kit would be delivered right to your building site and you can take your time building it. Of course, for those who like a more hands-on approach, the do it yourself version would better suit them. The pricing of building the log house yourself, or ordering a kit could be comparable, but as always, do your research and find out. It’s advisable to have a budget in mind when working on any home building project, and always to allow for some leeway for hidden and unexpected costs. Usually 10% of your total budget will suffice.

Montana Log Cabin For Sale

Many log cabins in Montana are beautiful and surrounded by pristine nature. This off grid, rustic log cabin is located in Troy, MT, sitting on six acres that borders Kootenai National Forest.
It has one bedroom and one bathroom on 720 square feet, plus a separate building with extra storage space. The cabin is perfect for a hunting/fishing retreat, full-time home or a vacation getaway. Now let’s explore the interior and more:

The rustic interior is simple yet appealing for all natural wood lovers.


Log Home With Wraparound Porch

If you are ready to build that beautiful log home you’ve been dreaming of for a while now, here an appealing design well worth considering. The Carson house has 1,207 square feet distributed on 2 floors (First Floor 860 sq ft and Second Floor 347).
The interesting part about this log home is the wraparound porch and windows all around which allows for a good view of the surrounding area with no obstruction, plus relaxing sitting area for quiet conversations.
The main floor has the master bedroom, while on the second one you can find a full size bath and bedroom. Storage facilities are to be found throughout, as well as another 2 bathrooms.
Overall, this is a well designed log home perfect for a couple with children.
The floor plans:


Via: Southland Log Homes

Gorgeous Rustic Log Cabin Charmer is Only $12,000? I Want It!

This small log home is built where it captures all the scenic surrounding views no matter what window you’re looking from. The wood cabin has beautiful wild flowers growing all around the property, and the photos do a great job at demonstrating just how beautiful of an area it is. There’s exposed beams throughout the interior of the small log home space, and cathedral ceilings that make it feel like there’s an abundance of space everywhere in the home. The windows are large and let in a lot of natural light so you can grow some plants indoors with no problem, or just enjoy the feelings of open airiness.

This wood cabin is designed so that it can meet all the needs of a family of three to four people. The spacious living room of has a window and a door at the front side of the room, which gives a feeling of lightness, ease and unity with the surrounding nature. On this wood cabin design, there are three glass doors on the facade that provide a separate entrance from the patio to the bedroom and the living room and allow you to see all the outside garden or the sun-drenched lawn. Above the master bedroom there can be an extra bed that can help to accommodate guests, or you can just make a game place for children here. This is the perfect sized space for a log cabin retreat.

An outdoor patio completes this prefab log cabin kit and makes the perfect spot to entertain family and friends, and a place to extend the inside living space. The outdoor patio at this small log home can be used from spring to fall so that the outdoor patio could be described as an open lounge. The patio is part of the small log home and helps to harmonize with the architecture of the wood cabin. This is just one of the prefab log cabin kits from Archiline Log Houses which offer to buy a full kit of this wood cabin. They can also take care of the delivery of the wood cabin building materials to the construction site, the installation of the foundations, assembling of the wood cabin and all the finishing works. This is just one of the prefab log cabin kits and small log homes you will find on the ArchiLine site.

Carriage house turned into tiny cabin keeps impressive secrets behind its door

With only 750 square feet, you might expect this little carriage house, tucked away in the hills of Berkeley, Calif., to feel cramped. But step inside and you’ll discover a home fully equipped with every amenity, a bedroom with a walk-in closet, and a sizable deck area for relaxing.

The carriage house, nicknamed The Cubby, once belonged to renowned architect Bernard Maybeck. Also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Maybeck designed many of the most well-known buildings in the Bay Area, including San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts and Berkeley’s First Church of Christ, Scientist, which is considered to be his masterpiece.
Maybeck was actively involved in planning many of the nearby hillside communities, and believed that architecture should enhance its surroundings. The main house of the Maybeck estate has burned down, but the carriage house remains. The current owner lists it on Airbnb for short term renting, describing it as “private” and “rustic.”
The peaceful cabin certainly lives up to that description.  Even before you’ve entered, the entryway hides behind a canopy of foliage.  Its welcoming doors both transparent, while also being secluded.  Everything about this place speaks to those who might want a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Take a step inside, and you’re greeted by a collection of everything you might need for an extended stay.  Everything from a washer/dryer to an oven, stovetop and sink, there’s nothing you could want that isn’t already here.
Light spews in through both the front door and the large windows that sit in front of the kitchen sink.  They peek out into the wooded surroundings so that you can cook and even clean up after a meal with a view.
There’s ample room for a sitting area next to a generous fireplace.
And even though the spaces are combined, they are separated through the placement and orientation of the furniture to create the feeling of separate environments.
Just look at the view from the cooking area.
Small touches, add depth and character to the abode.
A small dining table pulls out, ready for guests or a pleasant evening at home.
There’s a queen-size bed in the upstairs bedroom.
The tiny cabin even includes a walk-in closet.
And a master bathroom. There’s a second bathroom for guests too.
The guest bedroom is a splendid place to be.
And there is a “secret porch” off the bedroom.
A deck with plenty of room for guests.
And an outdoor seating area for two, that we could imagine spending endless hours on with a loved one.