We build an extremely small off grid house on stilts in the forest - 'The Forest Cube.'
I've always wanted to use my construction and creative skills to build a super tiny off grid house or living space. This is what I came up with, a small cube, raised up off the ground on cedar post stilts to both protect from the elements, save on foundational requirements, and provide an epic view of the pond and surrounding forest!
The shell of the cube is completely wrapped in kerdi waterpoof membrane made by Schluter, including the flat roof to give The Cube, it's unique look.
Regular framing forms the structure of The Cube which is bolted to the cedar posts supports. I have used reclaimed materials for nearly all of the construction, from the lumber, to the windows and doors. The aluminum door is cut from a full frame garage door and purposely narrow to permit more wall space for bedding and sitting.
The upright door is only meant to access the wrap-around porch, while the lower hatch serves for entry and exit. It is also cut small to keep the space useful.
Inside, The Forest Cube doesn't feel cramped because of the big front window opening up the space to the forest and pond that surround it. The view is amazing! The pond area will grow in with lush vegetation by next spring and the waters be filled with wildlife, fish and frogs, and our pet ducks!
In time, the tiny forest cube off grid house will be complete with sleeping quarters, or bunk beds, a sitting area, or food prep area, indoor wood heating, and a wrap-around porch seating area.
Other features to be added to the space will include indoor lighting supplied by a quiet battery generator and unique decor such as a 'floating ceiling.'
"Self-Reliance" is an 1841 essay written by American transcendentalist philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. It contains the most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes: the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his own instincts and ideas. This channel will approach self reliance from a modern perspective. and will focus on various build projects using modern amenities, and tools to build a completely self reliant lifestyle.