Tim & Hanna's Affordable DIY Self Sustainable Micro Cabin in Tahoe


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Less maintenance and fewer repairs, along with the couple's sustainable living style, makes it less costly to own a home. This meant Tim and Hannah can spend less time working and more time enjoying the outdoors together. The two integrated as many recycled, salvaged, low-impact materials into their design as possible. A good amount of building material was acquired for free from Craigslist. Seconds, mis-sized, and salvaged materials were sourced from their local lumbar yard and the Restore. Their pier-like deck is supported by large pine trees they cut themselves. The logs provide adequate leveling for the home, which sits on a hill. Furthermore, they lift the home off the ground to prevent snow drift during cold winter months and heat retention during summer months.

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Tim and Hannah's refrigerator consists of a cooler and ice packs, which, in the winter, they easily refreeze by keeping the water packs outside. At night, their main source of light is oil burning lanterns, a few LED lights, and headlamps. Small solar panels collect more than enough energy to generate electricity to charge their phones and batteries, which in turns power the cabin's LED lights. In the future, the two plan to built a 400 square foot home as their primary residence on the property, but their next project will be an outhouse with a solar water heater.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:
12.jpgMy Style: DIY.

Inspiration: Living simply.

Favorite Element: We built it.


Biggest Challenge: Carrying all of the material for the entire cabin down a trail through the woods to the building site.

What Friends Say: Can we build one on your property?

Biggest Embarrassment: Poopin in a bucket.

Proudest DIY: The Beer-bottle cap popper funnel.

Biggest Indulgence: The gas grill.

Best advice: Big deck, little house.

Dream Sources: Cabin Porn

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