Deep Woods Tiny House

Deep in the woods of Northern California. Spring water and solar power and scavenged wood and antique portholes from real ships. All for about $1000!

Photos and build by Maximillian Godino.



  1. Tracy Frech October 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Does have any electricity? What is the situation with the land it’s on? Where is this home exactly? Thanks for your time!

    • steven October 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Tracy. You can find the owner’s comments at the bottom of the post. The cabin is in Northern California and he has used solar to power the home.

      • Ken Culbertson January 14, 2014 at 11:49 pm - Reply

        what is he powering with the solar panels?

        • steven January 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm - Reply

          I’m not sure but most likely small electronic devices.

    • William Mendoza February 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      How can I buy one?

      Please call 916.945.6698


    • Gordan May 25, 2014 at 7:24 am - Reply

      The caption at the bottom says solar power and spring water

  2. Lis October 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Is there a link to the actual listing? I cannot find it.

    • steven October 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Lis. This isn’t for sale. Tiny houses posted on the Tiny House Swoon website are simply posted to “swoon” over. On the other hand, tiny houses posted on the Tiny House Listings site are for sale! You can view them here –

  3. Joe October 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Awesome!!!! Ill give him 2000 for it!!! jk. but thats what i dream off all the time!

  4. maximillian October 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    haha. not for sale. sorry. too much sweat and blood put into it to ever sell it. (plus it’s on a friends’ land). thanks for the comments. check out lloyd kahn’s new book, Tiny Homes Simple Shelter – more photos on page 33.

  5. Josh October 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Not to be rude, but it’s very hard to believe that this house was built for $1000. The windows and glass door alone would cost more than $1000. Were those also scavenged?

    • Tom March 2, 2014 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      Just because you write, “Not to be rude”, doesn’t mean it’s then “okay” to be rude. Next time you have a question, first pretend you’re a decent person and not an anonymous internet troll. Then remember your looking for information or to ask a question and you’re speaking to human being.
      Like this. “Hey friend, I have to assume you scavenged the doors and windows, because those alone would cost at last a $1000. What building supplies did you actually have to buy to complete the home?”

      Now you might get an answer, rather than calling the guy a liar.

      • Marcia March 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        You tell ’em Josh! Anytime they start with “I don’t mean to be rude” they always mean to be rude! If you just drive around you can salvage things people are throwing out. But when you approach people with things you need you have to remember not be RUDE! Very cool cabin!

      • Billy September 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm - Reply

        Personally, I think you’re over-reacting Miss Crawford!! We can all look for ways “to be offended.” If that makes you feel better, I guess, go ahead. He didn’t say anything that was really rude. Just wanted to know where items were acquired.

    • Joe Schenk May 23, 2014 at 1:19 am - Reply

      so if you don’t wanna be rude, why don’t you just try not being rude…or is that even possible?

    • Bklynebeth August 4, 2015 at 5:48 am - Reply

      I could see this only costing $1000 for a resourceful owner/builder. There is so much salvageable wood and other materials in the world if you look for it and people taking out perfectly good materials like windows and doors when they remodel and update. If you look closely, the siding is the inside walls – this would not be so cozy for year-round use in a colder climate, but in Northern California it probably is with a stove. Very no-frills and functional without the expense of much detail in the finishes.

  6. slywlf October 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Very charming – I guess there must be an outhouse somewhere, because the photo tour doesn’t seem to include a potty 😉 I would guess there is a BBQ of some sort outside as well, as that scrumptuous stove doesn’t look like you can cook on it. As a getaway – excellent! ♥

  7. kim June 10, 2013 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    We built a tiny house and have had some mold issues- I’m wondering if anyone has any ideas how to avoid this problem.

    • Miles January 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Might be too close to the ground and moisture is coming up, or you have a leak. Either way mold comes from excess moisture. Reduce that and you may reduce the mold. Vinegar is a very good safe solution to remove and limit further growth. couple of teaspoons to a litre of water, and a scrubbing brush.

      • Robert September 29, 2014 at 10:51 am - Reply

        Thanks i’m gonna try this trick in my tiny bathroom that has no vent!

  8. coffeewitholiver August 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Really charming and looks so usable! Do you live in it full-time? Do you have any information about that beautiful wood stove? Are there any more pictures? I really like your cabin. 🙂


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  10. Kathy Kelly January 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    are there plans? can I purchase the plans?

  11. Deborah March 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Hi Maxmillian,
    Will you build me one like this in N.California (just outside of North San Juan/ off Hwy 49-Tyler Foote)? I’ll pay you more than $1000! This is EXACTLY what I need! Please email me:

  12. Roger September 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    12ftx12ft ?? One of my favorites yet!

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  16. David May 13, 2016 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    I love this house, it is simple yet beautiful. I’m making my own modeled after this one but on the edge of a cliff on my property in the laurentians in Quebec Canada

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