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Tiny Green Cabins

Posted by deborahmclaren on February 13, 2010

I ran across Tiny Green Cabins while researching ideas for guest cottages designed to reduce their own carbon footprint (and whoever stays in them). Simple, Small, and Sustainable – that’s their motto. Jim Wilkins, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, is inspired by Thoreau. There are even photos of the cabin at Walden Pond and Thoreau quotes scattered throughout his website and blog. It seems he wanted to create something simple and green that could multi-task as everything from a fishing house to a cabin in the woods to an extra room on a house.

Jim Wilkins is devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. Right now there are 4 models of tiny cabins built using green attributes with the capability of being mobile, moveable cabins as well as starter cabins. Tiny Green Cabins range in size from 65 square feet to 250 square feet with an appeal to customers that enjoy living green and off the “grid.” They range in price from less than $10,000 for the Mini-sota to $40,000 for a larger cabin with a loft. It doesn’t appear that the cabins have toilets. So that might be an additional issue. Although some come with grey water systems.

TGC offer custom services for those that desire new designs along with products that they can incorporate into the tiny cabins, such as denin/cotton insulation, recycled and reclaimed materials, FSC Certified Pure* SW-COC000669 lumber products, solar panels for power off the grid, homemade soaps, organic products and other earth friendly sustainable products.

Green Attributes of Tiny Green Cabins

• Small is Green
• Locally Produced
• Reduced waste (engineered)
• Chain-of-Custody certified
• Third-party certified low-emitting
• Recycled content
• Water conserving
• Energy conserving
• Durable

These seem perfect for farmers and other land owners that would like to add a small guest house on their land without much hassle or investment. Very cool!

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