The Shack

The shack was created as a logical step between tent camping, and the yet unrealized weekend cottage. This fundamental shelter has no electricity. Oil lamps provide light. Heat is provided by a small wood stove, which is also used to heat water that is delivered to the “kitchen” sink by a gravity system. The vertical drop is achieved by using a hand-powered bilge pump to fill an overhead storage tank. Rain water is collected from the roof as part of the outdoor shower system. Acknowledging the constant struggle between mouse (and occasionally rattlesnake and bear) and man, the shack sits upon four wood posts with rodent barriers, a detail borrowed from local corn cribs. The board and batten siding is locally milled pine. The roof is standing-seam terne.

A tiny weekend retreat in West Virginia. Designed by Broadhurst Architects.

2016-07-07T15:03:49+00:00

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  1. […] The Shack The shack was created as a logical step between tent camping, and the yet unrealized weekend cottage. This fundamental shelter has no electricity. Oil lamps provide light. Heat is provided by a small wood stove, which is also used to heat water that is delivered to the “kitchen” sink by a gravity system. The vertical drop is achieved by using a hand-powered bilge pump to fill an overhead storage tank. Rain water is collected from the roof as part of the outdoor shower system. Acknowledging the constant struggle between mouse (and occasionally rattlesnake and bear) and man, the shack sits upon four wood posts with rodent barriers, a detail borrowed from local corn cribs. The board and batten siding is locally milled pine. The roof is standing-seam terne. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ […]

  2. Teresa June 22, 2014 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Love your little cabin! Just a correction on the flag, it needs to be hanging with the stars on the left as you look at it.
    Thanks!

    • Ben July 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      No it doesn’t. Sometimes the wind blows the other way you know. The flag is proper no matter what side the star field is on. Hand it how you like…

  3. Jon June 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Love the location and garage door type opening. Your flag is hung backwards though. The field of stars goes in the upper left corner when hung vertically. Lovely place. Is there a bathroom in the back? Well done.

  4. James June 23, 2014 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Very nice indeed.
    Good effort.
    Unfortunately, all of the experts who visit this site will be quick to criticise…!
    But I like it’ll
    .
    Well done.

  5. caroline stilwell June 23, 2014 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Love your cabin and the terrain is familiar…we also have a cabin in WV, a tiny one, 12×24, electricity, no running water. We use a rain barrel for the outdoor shower. I noticed your rain barrel on the side. Do you manually carry water for the shower or pump it to the shower somehow? Hope someone is staying there at times. Gotta love the view.

  6. Dorothy June 23, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Love the pull down overhead door/windows idea. And being from WV myself I can say the view can’t be beat. These photos prove how beautiful it is.

  7. Devan June 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Love it!!

  8. HM Mac July 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    What flag?

  9. Thomas July 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Interesting use of a full view garage door. Speaking from experience (family business), “them things ain’t cheap.” I used scrap insulated garage door panels to build a shed once, worked wonderfully and looked great. Just a word of advice, keep the springs lubricated with lithium grease (Not WD-40), with the heat fluctuation from the wood stove they will collect moisture and either bind or break and thats one sound you don’t want to wake up to in the middle of the night.

    What an incredible view you must have in all seasons. I hope I can find as beautiful a spot here in Northern NY along the Adirondacks.

  10. Ron T. July 9, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I saw a garage door (varnished wood) like that, it vanished into the ceiling in a big old house years ago. It separated the entry hall from the dining room, and when opened, made a huge room for entertaining during the holidays. I always thought that was a clever idea.

  11. Sandy July 10, 2014 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Is this cool place rented out

  12. Tom Ross August 16, 2014 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Hello, I love your cabin! I look at it every day and “no” I’m not a stalker. LOL!! I would love to have one just like it here in South Carolina. My question is….where did you get the beautiful roll up glass door? Would love to hear from you! Thanks, Tom

  13. Border City Tools January 12, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

    I’ve never been the biggest fan of tiny houses. But I’m not gonna lie this blog has been changing my mind. This one is lovely and the surroundings are gorgeous.

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