The little structure is entirely off the grid, without any electric, septic tank, or running water. The primary space houses a wood stove for heat, which is also utilized to heat water in the tiny kitchen location of the cottage.
Water is collected from a roof rainwater collection system. The rainwater drains into a barrel, which then is gravity fed into the kitchen area and to an outside shower. Interior and exterior lighting for the cottage is supplied by hanging oil lamps, eliminating the need for any electrical supply whatsoever.
With the all white interior and lots of exposure to the outdoors, The Shack appears bigger than it actually is. To keep insects of all sizes out, the building is constructed atop with rodent barrier posts– an idea borrowed from local corn cribs– and raised up off the ground. The tiny home is developed from locally milled pine, with the outside clad in board and batten siding and metal sheeting on the roofing system.
The southeastern side of the structure uses large open exposure to a cantilevered wood deck and can be sealed off with an overhead glass garage door. The deck can be partially covered with a removable awning to secure the outdoor seating location from the elements. When the door is open, the deck stows away into the habitable area of the home.
This small cottage with beautiful views of the surrounding wilderness is a motivating example for those wishing to build their own sustainable off grid house. Very well done!
Images via Broadhurst Architects