How One Couple Built a Tiny Cabin in 3 Weeks (on a Budget)
This affordable, sustainably-built home is seriously inspiring us to downsize.
Published Oct 3, 2017 4:30 PM
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There’s something fascinating about a space-efficient, expertly-decorated tiny home. And if it only cost around $700 to build, why wouldn’t you want one?
Photographer Alla Ponomareva and her husband Garrett were able to stay on budget by being savvy about the materials they used. They upcycled two windows from Ponomareva’s sister-in-law’s trailer and recycled other materials—like the wood, which was perfectly aged and used to be an old deck—to keep the price down.
And as for the size constraints? No big deal. Thanks to an A-frame design by Derek Diedricksen that allowed for a transformable, multifunctional home, the 80-square-foot space feels cozy and inviting.
“We’re very used to living in small spaces while living abroad, so building small was a no-brainer for us. Of course, this cabin is mostly for friends and family, but living on a beautiful 20 acre piece of property in Montana, the last thing you want to do is stay indoors,” says Ponomareva. “We’re hoping to inspire whoever stays in the A-frame to appreciate small things in life, as well as to experience a few days without the beeping of gadgets or notifications.”
The home has one wall that is fully transparent—which Ponomareva implemented to fulfil her goal of being able to stargaze whilst lying in bed—that lifts up to provide direct access to the home’s wooden deck. And with more light streaming in via a side window, the line between indoor and outdoor space is blurrier than ever.
The A-frame’s interior is surprisingly spacious, fitting two single beds. There is even a makeshift kitchen area in the form of built-in shelving and a solar panel with enough energy to charge a smartphone or two. Intended as a guest house, the tiny cabin makes a great escape for a couple of nights for those looking for a more unique getaway.
Besides the natural light, another way Ponomareva made the space feel less cramped was with the color scheme. The couple implemented bright, cheery colors like coral and a pretty pale green in bold patterns to breathe life into the tiny home.
“It was a bit challenging convincing my husband to go with the color theme [that was] chosen, but in the end I think such a vivid theme is what makes this cabin so unique and quirky,” says Ponomareva.
Affordable, sustainable, and quick to build—the project took about three weeks to complete—this tiny cabin is definitely giving us more than enough reasons to downsize. Want to see more about what it takes to DIY a small home? Check out Ponomareva’s full blog post about the construction here.