As the year is slowly coming to a close, I’ve been looking back at the last twelve months and some of my projects. The one I am most proud of and that gives my family and I an unbelievable amount of joy is our tiny cabin. I absolutely love it. It may only be 30m2 (322 f2), but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in soul! It’s hard to imagine that this time last year it was a patch of grass! Here’s the complete low down.
Inside, we wanted a space where we could be together as a family. We realised that having a separate master bedroom would eat into the main living space, so instead we decided to create an open-plan space with a lower bedroom and upper sleep loft. We also wanted a well-functioning kitchen and bathroom so that it would work as an independent living space.
The exterior of the cabin is clad in different widths of pine which have been treated with ‘järnvitriol‘ (iron sulphate) to give the wood a long-lasting grey-brown weathered appearance.
While we love having so much glass, the downside is that it can heat up incredibly quickly come on a hot summers day. To counter this we had to install a heater / air conditioner (from Electrolux). This wasn’t in the original plan, but it’s actually turned out to be great as we can maintain 10 degrees Celsius heat in winter to stop the pipes from freezing – and quickly cool the space down on very hot days (few and far between but necessary, especially in the upper sleep loft!).
We also added bespoke blinds to reflect the sun and heat – and also of course, to block out the light at night.
The wooden slats and ladder were handmade by a local carpenter. The ladder is detachable and moveable so it can be used for accessing the sleep loft but also to reach items higher up in the kitchen.
Our bed nook is just over 160 cm wide which provides a snug space for a double bed. We decided to have a built in bed with long drawers on wheels underneath for storage. Today we keep everything from our clothes and bed linen to towels, table cloths and games in the drawers. They are a godsend!
The mistake we made was using a platform rather than slats. Mattresses need to be able to breathe, otherwise they can get damp and mouldy underneath. We try to air the mattress as much as possible to counter this, but at some point we’ll need to drill holes in the platform.
The sleep loft (which I’ve realised I’ve yet to photograph) has space for either three single mattresses or one double. The cabin is 4 metres high, which means there is still quite a lot of head room up there. The girls find it very cosy!
We weren’t sure whether to get a wall hung loo and taps or not as I was worried it would eat into the small space. But actually, wall hung was perfect as it create a natural shelf for all our bits and bobs!
Finally, the main entrance to the cabin is through the bathroom. We thought we had made a major mistake with this – and we certainly got some strange looks when we told other people about our plan. However, it turned out to be exactly the right decision. Not only do the hooks double up for towels and coats – but the tiled floor is ideal for wet / dirty shoes! Once inside, all the other doors open up so it can be exited and entered through those – it’s just when you arrive!
I hope you enjoyed the tour and seeing a little more of our cabin!
I think I’ve covered most things, but if you have any questions please do give me a shout below and I’ll do my best to help!
I’m so looking forward to spending a few days up at our little cabin this Christmas!
PS The next project is the garden (it was a complete mess after the build! Gaaaah!). Do you have any tips for me? It’s a total blank canvas right now so a little overwhelming! Even so, it’s fun to have something to focus on in 2023.