Beaver Lodge Cabin

Fred’s full-time residence in Montana.

I have since outfitted it with a solar system, shower and furnishings and live in it full time. For the next year or so anyway.

The cabin stays pretty warm with the woodstove. It was 23 below a few weeks ago and it was 80 in here!

A tiny self-built cabin in Montana. Owned and shared by Fred Beal.

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.


  • Jo says:

    Man…I would not come back until I ran out of cornmeal…

  • Evan says:

    Nice work. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.

  • Mary Finch says:

    This is my dream to someday live out in a tiny house. I envy you

  • Mike says:

    My mind would be SO at rest… *sigh*

  • Mark Gibson says:

    The mountains are so beautiful.
    If I had that cabin, I would never come back. It looks bliss.

  • Carol Riffle says:

    This would be a dream come true for me. Love it and the fact that its off the grid.

  • Tammy says:

    This is what you call Gods country! This is beautiful! We need to
    All go back to living this way again. So quite and so surreal.
    You are very lucky to have lived in Beaver Lodge. A very lucky
    and Blessed.

  • Jordan says:

    That is the greatest little cabin I’ve ever seen. Completely efficient and the view is everything you could want.

  • Paul says:

    Simple and perfect. Love the location too!

  • Deborah says:

    Where do you sleep? I like the simplicity, but a good nights sleep is important to have the energy to get any work done in the rugged outback.

  • Robin says:

    I would love to know how you ended up designing your shower (inside or outside of your cabin) and to see what it looks like. I am newly off grid but haven’t added the solar energy part yet or a shower because I haven’t figured out the simplest way to do it and I would love some advice. Hot water on your shower? Gravity feed I assume but is it close to the cabin or set apart? I am really curious how you designed it since I love the rest of your cabin so much. 🙂 I hope you get to live in it as long as you want.


  • Fred says:

    So, the water storage tank, solar batteries and inverter charger occupy a 16″ deep space against the back wall, in the area that is vacant in the photos above. Just in front of that is a store bought shower base. I built a simple wood frame around that to enclose the shower. There is a shower curtain on two sides and corrugated metal on two sides. A shelf is on top of the enclosure. I cut a hole in the top of a blue 6 gallon water container (Wal Mart). I put hot water in that and then place it on the shelf. The tank has a spigot on it. 3 gallons is plenty for a shower.

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