Book – Rustic Retreats

This is a nice little book that gives you a peek into building all sorts of retreats from an Adirondack lean-to to Yurts Teepees, tiny houses and backyard buildings. My favorite chapter is Chapter 8 – Little Houses.  Check it out here. As always, your comments are very valuable not only to me but to…

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Resources – CabParts.com

Are you thinking about building your own kitchen, bath or closet cabinets?  You might want to check out CabParts.com They make all the cabinet parts you might need to assemble your own cabinet work.  They do all the heavy lifting, and you can add your own personality and style by making your own doors, etc.…

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Design – The Original Tiny House

I thought you would be interested in a tour of what might be the original Tiny House. One of the major differences that we see here is a rather nice large fireplace.    Thoreau’s  cabin is about as simple as it can be… one room with some furniture. As always, your comments are very valuable…

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The 12 foot Dimension … Is it Magic?

I was at a reception for a local artist last week that was held in a small townhouse that was about 12 ft wide. It was a very simple plan, with the living room and entrance up front, the stair and kitchen in the middle and the dining area at the rear over looking the…

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Simple Foundations

A few years ago my wife and I were fortunate enough to attend a wedding for a daughter of a friend of ours in the Adirondacks. The event was held on their family property on Lake George… several houses, a boathouse and another small building containing the laundry and workshop. On thing you may not…

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Ask Andy – DIY Building

I received this question and comment the other day, and there seems to be an interest in DIY Cabin building.  I thought you might be interested. “What would be very helpful would be a newsletter on how to build a cabin yourself. Are there any materials on this? I have the land, I purchased one…

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Step-By-Step Cabin Design

As many of you know, I am working on a DIY cabin design course and have available the first three steps for you to download and review. What you will learn in these three steps is how to define your cabin, its size and figure out its cost before setting pencil to paper.  You will…

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Build Cheaply or Inexpensively?

As I was looking through some of my photos of past vacations, I was reminded of all the places that I have been where the local building tradition was very simple and at first glance “cheap“.  But looking further and in more detail, the buildings did not feel cheap… in fact some were very elegant…

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Book – Blueprint Small

This is a book I have had on my shelf for some time and every so often I find myself going back to it for ideas. Many of the examples are contemporary however the ideas for small space living are applicable to any style dwelling such as: The tiny entry with a chair – page…

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Small Bath in a Boat

We talked a little bit on Tuesday about the value that boats have to tiny house living and I thought you might be interested in the bath we had on our friends sailboat while on vacation.  Although the spaces were generally small, they were very comfortable and a good lesson in small space design. Our…

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