Editorial note: I’m sharing this article because it contains beautiful pictures, a positive tone about what’s possible, and good tips on how to get started in a tiny house adventure. That said, I need to add a few caveats:
- The original title, “How To Buy a Tiny House for $29,000” is pure B.S. The only thing mentioned for $29k is raw land. The three tiny houses with land as illustrated cost $510k, $83k and $150k.
- The author suggests starting your search with looking for land, but neglects to mention the difficulties in finding land for a tiny house on wheels. That would be fine for typical cabins, but he suggests checking out Tumbleweed Tiny Houses – all their models are on wheels.
- The website titles “Grow Wealth Simple” and “Cabin Porn” are designed to lure you into believing you can get something of high value for little to no effort. They appeal to the lazy and gullible, and in my opinion, are generally disrespectful of the audience.
Despite these imperfections, the article offers beautiful photos, encouraging words, and can open our minds to ways it might be possible for us to achieve our dreams.
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There are lots of good reasons to escape to the woods. The ding of the notifications on your smartphone, for instance. Or traffic. Or, you know, dirt, trees, and a wood-burning stove. One guy went because he “wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” You might know that guy as Henry David Thoreau.
The people behind Cabin Porn have been into this for years. And their philosophy has a lot in common with the Tiny House movement—which is a lot like what it sounds like. Cabin Porn is, yes, a website (and Tumblr and Instagram) devoted to insanely beautiful photos of little nature-y redoubts that you can spend your afternoon scrolling through when you’re supposed to be working. It would be understandable, for instance, to spend an hour just watching this video of a guy riding a bicycle-powered elevator up to his tree house. (They just published a book, if you prefer your Cabin Porn to be of the tactile variety.) But the Cabin Porn guys also happen to be experts at finding really beautiful, inspiring, life-changing places that you can buy while still respecting both the environment and your RRSP. We talked to Zach Klein, the man behind Cabin Porn, and Tom Bonamici, the designer and teacher at Cabin Porn’s Beaver Brook School, to find out how to do it.
To get us in the mood, Klein offered this as inspiration: “Inside each of us is a home ready to be built. It takes a supply of ambition and materials to construct a cottage, but the reward is handsome: a shelter for yourself somewhere quiet, and a place to offer warm hospitality to friends.”