I have long had a dream of owning a “She-Shed.” Someplace where I can get away, lose myself in a novel while sipping on some herbal tea, and get a little break from the constant interruptions that go along with motherhood.
The problem with a She-Shed, Mother’s Den, Ladies Lounge, and the like is that they may be a little too close to home for true tranquility.
That is why I was super inspired when I came across a stunning tiny cabin retreat that was crafted by a very resourceful couple in Montana for only $700!
Photographer Alla Ponomareva and her husband, Garret, followed the design of tiny-home expert Derek Diedricksen to construct the 80-square-foot triangular A-frame cabin — and it is a charming little slice of heaven.
The cabin sits on a base that includes room for a deck, and it has a transformative element because one of the walls is retractable, which opens up the outdoor space even more. The wall is also translucent, providing for a excellent view of the stars.
The interior of the cabin features some simple shelving, two beds that can be separate or pushed together, and is decorated in coral and mint colors that add to its natural charm. There is no running water in the cabin, but there is a portable potty within walking distance and a portable burner for cooking.
Ponomareva tells Babble that building this tiny cabin is the first project she and her husband have done completely on their own.
“My husband and I enjoy working together and have some experience in construction of small projects,” she explains, and because of that, she says they were able to use many materials that they had “lying around” to help cut costs.
The idea to build a tiny cabin came out of the couple’s desire to spend their summer vacation “constructing something useful.”
“Being a huge fan of the Tiny House movement, we remembered coming across a few designs from Derek Diedricksen. His Transforming A-frame seemed doable and fun! So we purchased his plans and started our project,” Ponomareva explains.
The couple was able to make the design their own as well with additions such as a hammock hanging nearby, plenty of decorative elements, and a solar panel on the roof.
The project took around three weeks of daily labor (with plenty of breaks, Ponomareva notes) explaining that, “in no means was it back-breaking work.”
Ponomareva says that the cabin is not yet fitted for the winter months, and that “it is used for friends and family as a guest cabin only in the warm summer months.”
“Overall, it is very much a glamping experience that we realize is not for everyone, but we’d like to encourage people to live simply, enjoy the outdoors more, and disconnect,” she notes.
She doesn’t need to convince me! My husband and I have long dreamed of owning our own cabin, but the cost always seems to get in the way. This mini cabin would make for a perfect getaway in the woods for any couple, or a nice way to seek out some alone time.
The tiny house movement is inspiring, but for most families — not always realistic (especially when you have kids). But a tiny cabin retreat? That is something that I can definitely get behind!