The Bahamas

This is a cabin that my wife and I built in 21 days (we were in a rush as our housesitting gig was ending) in the middle of February 2008, and then lived in for eight months.  It’s called the Bahamas because we had just gotten married and someone asked where we were going for a honeymoon, and we said, “you know, the Bahamas” but really we were going to be living in the cabin and working on a farm.

Since then, it has been a guest house, and office.  Some photos are of it being lived in, and others are after a more recent renovation. I’m still improving it, as this fall I put on a galvanized metal roof, and rebuild the outside stairs with black locust footings.

A tiny, self-built cabin in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Shared by Emmet Van Driesche.

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.

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  • Reply Lynne H. January 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Love it! Beautiful job 🙂 Would love to know what you do for a bathroom (shower/toilet) in the wintertime.

    • Reply Emmet Van Driesche January 20, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      We took cat baths in a tin tub by the stove. The bathroom can be seen behind the wood stove, it’s a 3 by 4 space with a cabinet for toiletries and a sawdust composting bucket toilet. Opposite it is a closet with firewood storage underneath.

  • Reply Kathryn January 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Love the built in bookshelves in front of the bed of the loft.

  • Reply Paul January 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Love it! Beautiful!

  • Reply Mary January 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Oh wow! If no one is currently living in this (as in, if it is being used as a guest house or office) I would love to take a tour if the owners are willing. I’m living in Easthampton, MA, and my partner and I are in the planning stages of our tiny-home dream. We would love to hear from the source what was done to winterize this beauty! Feel free to get in contact with me, if you’re willing! I’d bring coffee and snacks as a thanks! -Mary, mbordewieck[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Reply Emmet Van Driesche January 29, 2014 at 10:50 pm


      Look up our Christmas tree farm (pieropantrees.com) and give me a call. I’d be happy to show you around.

      • Reply Mary February 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

        Will do! Thanks, Emmet.

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