This incredible tiny cabin of 11 by 14 feet in the woods was built entirely from salvaged wood and reclaimed windows for only $4,000 and in only six short weeks without using electricity. This two-storey space sits on a wooden platform and provides a balcony that is perfect to enjoy the incredible landscape which surrounds the house. In this house, there is a cozy kitchen which features a cute bright Mexican terracotta sink and a living area downstairs. Upstairs there is a lofted bedroom with built-in shelving and it is accessible by a ladder.
Herrle wasn’t always a carpenter. Before that, he had a desk job after graduating college but hated it. After hiking the entirety of on the Appalachian Trail in 2007, he understood the benefits of living simply and decided to become completely self-sufficient.
“For the longest time I had a hard time not being “normal.” I graduated from a small liberal arts college, got a desk job, and hated every minute of it. In 2007 my life changed dramatically after hiking the entirity of the Appalachian Trail. It was a gut check in life and I’m lucky it happened when I was 27 and not 67. My time in the woods gave me a perspective on the benefits of simplicity. It was in the woods that I promised myself that I wouldn’t spend a lifetime doing a job I didn’t enjoy.“
Thus, he plunged into the unknown and built the house of his dreams in order to lead a more Waldenesque life with his wife. In their house, the footprint is quite small but their rustic house is still functional.