300 sq. ft. rustic cabin, solar elec., close to ocean Washington $49,000

Just discovered this site that seems quite active, tiny homes for sale all over the country. It’s fun looking through the listings, the same way I like to look at the rural land and homes for sale in The Mother Earth News classifieds. None of these seem cheap compared to build-it-yourself, but compared to a house with mortgage…

“Log cabin with a large living room, 2 bed rooms (or one bedroom upstairs and a study/office), extra loft for sleeping or storage, 2 covered porches (front and back and wrap around on the side) and even a small balcony and a car port!

The main cabin walls are stacked from 6″ 2-side cut hemlock logs and /trimmed with (1″) cedar boards (all milled on site).

The remainder of the cabin is 1″ cedar board and batten siding, all walls and roof are insulated on the inside and finished with cedar tongue and groove boards. The cabin is built on a foundation of concrete post and piers. 

Doors to front and back porch as well as the balcony. Woodstove installed as well as an extensive solar power system:

Three 80 watt solar panels (so 240 watt in total), rack mounted on the roof, a charge controller, batteries and 1750 watt Xantrex inverter make up the system. A generator connection for the battery charger is also available. The cabin has an outside light on both porches, lights in all the inside living spaces and up in the loft. Inside there are multiple interior and exterior outlets. The system can, for example, support a laptop, coffeemaker and a small microwave, for a maximum of 1750 watts. The system is set-up in a way that it can be easily expanded to triple the solar panel capacity. The batteries are high quality, deep cycle Trojans, four in a configuration of 12 V and should provide about 10 years of service. All equipment is new and has full manufacturer’s warranty.

6500 sqft of land, EASY year-round road access”


About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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