First One Down, Two On The Way

At long last we have finished our first home! This new home is the L Large Lofted model (please view images below). There are a couple of new standard features that we tried for the first time in this home that we are very excited about. We were not happy with the way that our railings have turned out in the past, purchasing components from other vendors. So we decided to take matters into our own hands and built our own railings. They are made with half inch painted steel spindles with railings and posts that we hand milled from cherry logs that we harvested. We also used, and hope to use in the future wherever possible, barn doors for passage between rooms.

There were also a few customizations that we made to accommodate the client's particular needs. Firstly, a crawl space was built instead of a full basement because there was concern about ground water level. The home was built next to a pond. This meant that there was no need for interior access to the basement. A Bilco door was instead used for basement access and the client opted for split tread stair access to the loft in order to save floor space. For those who aren't familiar with split tread stairs please view the image below. They are twice as steep as traditional stairs and look like a fancy fire escape. Secondly, instead of having a blind corner cabinet in the kitchen, they decided to put a drawer cabinet facing the other way into the adjoined bedroom for bedroom storage. Thirdly, they decided to utilize the "dead space" above the bathroom (which is essentially attic space with very low ceilings) by adding flooring, lighting, a triangular window and a barn door to create a "fort" area for the kids. I must admit, as a 29 year old I am still a little jealous.

We are proud of what we have accomplished and work to continue to raise the bar for the quality of each new home. Frankly, I think this new home makes our office look a little drab by comparison. In the wise words of Buzz, "never make your mock-up as good as your finished product because you want to pleasantly surprise your clients."

For a full set of images please visit our new Galleries Page on our website.

We are currently in the process of building two more homes, one in Enfield and one in Lansing, and we will begin another in the City of Ithaca in the next week or two. These homes will all be Big Cubes. The Big Cube seems to be our most popular model so far. Buzz insists that we need to make new Tiny Timber t-shirts that read "I love The Cube" but so far this has not come to fruition. I've included progress pictures below for your perusal. The Enfield home is getting the finishing touches on the rough-in and we just set the basement for the home in Lansing. Our client in Enfield opted to only partition off a small area upstairs for the bathroom and a closet, leaving the rest of the space open. We think this really adds to the aesthetic of the space.

In other news, we have acquired our new Dieci machine! In a way... A month or two ago Buzz took a trip to Italy to explore new rotating telehandler machinery. We intended to use the machine as a crane, a forklift and a man lift. Buzz was happy with what he found and ordered a Dieci that fit the bill. It was sent on a freight to the U.S. and was in transit from the port to Ithaca when it got "wadded" under a bridge. In other words, there wasn't enough clearance going under the bridge and the cab of our new machine was crumpled. It went a little something like THIS.

Now we have to wait for our new machine to be built and shipped to us. In the mean time, the lovely folks at Duke are allowing us to use a comparable Dieci machine from their fleet till our new machine arrives. It has helped us out immensely.

Finally, we have been working on a new form of lighting for the first floor where there is no drop down ceiling. We didn't like the idea of continuing to use wall sconces because we don't find them to be an appealing light source. We have therefore been experimenting with embedding LED lights on the underside of the ceiling beams. This is a much more contemporary form of lighting that we think adds a lot of character to our designs. We hope to be able to implement this idea into all future homes.

 
 

That's all for now! Thank you for reading.

Quick Update

Mill-workers constructing Big Cube kits

Mill-workers constructing Big Cube kits

Spring is upon us and for Tiny Timber that means prime building season is beginning! We have brought 4 new employees onto our team to prepare for the coming months and we are excited to have them on board. They can be seen above learning the ropes building kits in our newly operational mill. We're grateful to have such skilled builders on our team.

We have been working hard to finish our first home in Hector, finish setting up our mill/warehouse, begin development on the Ellis Hollow property, and prepare the kits for the next two homes that we will be constructing (both big cubes). Our friends at STREAM have put together complete timber cut-lists for us with detailed drawings of every piece and a schedule list of piece counts. This has made the whole kit building process a breeze. Here you can see what the cut list looks like all together; it's a Tiny Timber skeleton!

Tiny Timber skeleton rendering

Tiny Timber skeleton rendering

I also wanted to let everyone know that we have one more lot available on the Ellis Hollow site if anyone is interested in joining the wonderful community out here. Below I have posted some pictures of the available lot as well as our progress on the shared driveway construction.

 
 

I will be posting pictures of the fully constructed Large Lofted L very soon to add to our homepage gallery and as always, thank you for reading!

New Listing

We have a new home listing through Brent Katzmann at Warren Real Estate. If anyone is interested please follow this LINK to learn more. We have partnered with Brent and we will continue to list new projects with him so keep an eye out for new listings on his page.

I have also added basement floor plan images to the website in addition to first and second floor to give a more complete representation of living space.

New Models!

At long last we have released our full design portfolio! Our friends over at STREAM have been working quite hard to get us these drawings the last couple months and we very much appreciate the work they have done for us. This brings our total number of models to sixteen! We have designed these different models to accommodate the various needs of our clientele based on feedback that we have received. We hope to have a suitable design for whomever walks through our door whether they are a single person looking to age in place or a young family of five.

We have organized our models into series: the Cube Series, the I Series, the L Series, the T Series, and the Vacation Home. Since there is more content than would be appropriate to put in this blog post, please visit our models page to take a look! www.tinytimber.house/models

We are also proud to announce that Stream Collaborative and Tiny Timber recently won an Award of Merit for design from the American Institute of Architects Southern New York chapter. We visited the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel last month to except the award and had a lovely evening. We were served a tasty dinner of ham and roast beef, we mingled and we presented our projects to the architectural community among the likes of Holt Architects and Chiang O'Brien Architects. I could get used to this.

 

American Institute of Architects Award of Merit

 

In other news, we have been working through the winter constructing a Tiny Timber home in Hector for our first clients. We are moving along slowly but steadily. It just so happens that construction can be difficult when weather flip flops between 45 degrees with mud and frigid windy snowstorms but we persevere! All it takes are some chains on the wheels of our heavy equipment and some good quality long johns. On this model our clients decided to go with green corrugated metal roofing instead of asphalt shingles which adds a new look to our designs and we liked it so much that we will now be offering it as a basic option. Here are some pictures to show our progress. This model is the L Large Lofted.

Our goal for 2017 was to build ten homes. As of now we have 5 homes to build on our queue. In other words we are growing fast. I think it's about time to bring a few more people onto our crew! Our goal come springtime is to have the capacity to build a home every 3 weeks. Thank you everyone for your support so far in helping us make Tiny Timber come to life and helping to make affordable and sustainable new housing in Ithaca a reality. Until next time, keep your eyes peeled for us driving through town!

 

Tiny Timber Truck Logo

 

Ramping Up

New work truck: Ford Super Duty F780

New work truck: Ford Super Duty F250

At the beginning of the week, Buzz and I drove all the way to to Lima Ohio to pick up the trucks seen above at Magnam Truck & Equipment. While we were there we serendipitously stumbled across a decal shop in the back of a gas station and deli down the road from the truck shop. We had these made up to put on the doors of our new trucks. Keep an eye out for us driving around town town! I've been procrastinating on putting them on though because it's cold outside and the application process isn't exactly easy.

 

Tiny Timber truck decals

 

We drove the Volt out to Ohio and ended up towing the car back behind the red truck. Everything went swimmingly other than the dense fog which slowed us down and the over-consumption of chain restaurant food. As a guy who normally drives a Honda Fit, towing a car behind me with a large truck made me feel simultaneously nerve racked and tough. Truth be told I'm glad to be back in my little car again but acquiring these trucks will help us stay on top of things as the springtime housing rush hits. This brings our total number of company trucks to 3. I personally think that's enough to start calling it a fleet.

We have been kept very busy in the last month listening to feedback from potential home-buyers and figuring out what works and what doesn't in our designs. We've been modifying our designs and creating new designs to accommodate for what folks need and want in a home. In the next week or two we hope to completely update the "homes" section of our webpage. We will be adding multiple new models and improving old ones. Here is a taste of what's to come. The first is a single story, 2 bedroom home. We will also be offering a one bedroom version of this home which will omit the wing on the beck side.

The second is what we call the "Big Cube." The cube design that we have already released on our website is an 18 foot by 18 foot square footprint whereas the Big Cube is 21 foot by 21 foot square footprint. This adds over 100 square feet per floor and we think really opens up the layout. We are really excited about this design because the layout is beautiful and it's about the best square footage price you can get for this size home.

We are looking into offering 3D virtual reality panoramic views of our homes as well. It's amazing what we can do with technology these days! This feature will literally allow folks to visualize how each model will look from the inside. Hopefully not too long from now we will have these to view for all of our models on the website.

Finally, I wanted to let everyone know we will be changing our pricing schematic soon. We will be changing our base price to include a finished basement. We've decided to go this route because although it does increase the cost a little, the square footage price drops dramatically and we think it's in most folks best interest to include the finished basement. Suddenly our little homes don't feel so little anymore! That being said we will still be offering an unfinished basement option or the option of omitting the basement entirely if that's what folks would like.

As always thank you all for reading and have a lovely day! Stay tuned for more!

New Design, New Office, New Stucco!

We are thrilled to release our latest Tiny Timber design. We call it THE CUBE! A brief look at our model renderings and it becomes apparent why we call it the cube. Take a look below! The footprint is an 18.5 foot by 18.5 foot square and the house has a pyramid shaped hipped roof. Not only is this design architecturally quirky and pleasing, it's also about as efficient as it gets. Building in a square optimizes the amount of interior square footage by creating the most interior space with the least amount of exterior walls. In other words, This is the best value we can provide for a home this size. We hope you like the look as much as we do. You can learn a little more about The Cube under our models tab.

We've also added some elevation drawings and made slight modifications and corrections to the other model designs and descriptions. For those interested in the existing designs please familiarize yourselves with the new information.

We are also happy to announce that our office is finally up and running! It's a wonderful feeling to finally have an official work space. I can now say with certainty that working from home sounds like a wonderful idea, but doesn't pan out in practice... procrastination be gone!

Work desk

Conference table

Anyone is welcome to come visit us at our office during normal business hours. We are located at 44 Quarry Road in Ithaca. I would recommend giving as a call first however in case we are out on errands.

Lastly, I'd like to show everyone a new siding option that we have been working on. Until now, the only option that we have had to offer is the bare hemlock siding. We know that different people have different aesthetics and we want to be able to provide for everyone's needs. So we have been experimenting. We now are offering stucco plaster siding! We apply the stucco with what I can only describe as a stucco launcher and yes, it was fun! We were testing it out for the first time on this small shed project seen below. In our personal opinion it turned out wonderful. We will be offering this as an option for all future construction.

Stucco shed

Stucco closeup

As always thank you for reading and stay warm out there!

P.S. I know a lot of folks have been patiently awaiting the approval of our pocket community developments. We are doing everything we can to get these developments going as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. We will announce approval as soon as we can.

Wall Construction Detail and Open House Thanks

First and foremost I wanted to sincerely thank everyone who was able to make it to our open house. We were pleasantly surprised and excited that so many folks came to see what we are doing. I certainly had my work cut out for me keeping all the cheese and crackers stocked. It was great to hear all the support we had from the community. I also wanted to give a huge thanks to Mark and David of our construction team for working extra hard and putting in extra time to get everything ready. Thank y'all!

We have recently added a wall detail to our "design specifications" tab. For those who were able to make it to our open house, this is the computer rendition of the mock wall section that was on display. For those of you who couldn't make it, I hope this is illuminating. This detail acts as a great visual aid in showing how we put everything together and how our design is so effective.

wall to foundation detail

As you can see the insulation is continuous throughout, even through the hemlock beams. The copper flashing goes in and up and is taped to the ZIP sheathing keeping moisture out. No joinery is used for the siding as they are simply slid into grooves and airspace behind the siding keeps everything nice and dry.

That's all for now! I'll be posting more updates soon. Until then, here is a teaser of the latest model we have been working on to be released soon! It's a two story, two bedroom square with a hipped roof that is especially compact and efficiently spaced. 

new tiny timber model rendering

Open House Announcement

 
Tiny Timber Logo

Tiny Timber Logo

 

Tiny Timber is excited to announce a public open house on Saturday the 29th!

Location:  44 Quarry Road (off of Ellis Hollow Road)

Time:  Saturday, October 29 between 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Everyone is welcome. We'll have our most recent home to display. We want to officially introduce our home design line to the public. There will be refreshments and snacks and informational packets about our homes and features and (my personal favorite part) stickers with the design shown above. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

New Model Renderings

Our friends over at Stream Collaborative have put together some lovely Computer generated renderings of the four models that we have so far. They really give a great perspective on how the finished homes will look and feel and allow you to visualize the size difference, More information about model can be found under our homes tab. For visual comparison, all the pictures of prototypes taken for the blog and the homepage are showing the Tiny Timber Two model design. Here are the model renderings:

Tiny Timber One single story one bedroom one bathroom

Tiny Timber Two two story loft one bathroom

Tiny Timber Three two story 2 bedroom (or 1 bedroom and loft) one bathroom

Tiny Timber Four two story up to three bedrooms and two bathrooms

Thank you as always for reading!

Tiny Timber Updates & Energy Star Testing

The grass has grown! This is honestly the most exciting part for me, when the old construction site turns green and really feels like a home. I think this calls for some Bocci Ball and grilling!

Tiny House prototypes with new grass

We've been working away out here. The third and final prototype is underway and we really feel like we're getting a hang of this process. Construction on this new house is very similar in style and floor plan from the previous prototype, just with some refinements. We did add a new covered front deck feature to this prototype which we are working on now. This will be included in all future Tiny Timber homes. Here you can see a glimpse into the deck building process.

Tiny Timber deck construction with forklift

Tiny Timber Prototype 3 deck construction

Our approval process for our communities keeps moving along... slowly but surely. Navigating the bureaucratic tedium of getting approval  takes a little time. We have gotten final approval for the Quarry Ridge Cooperative from the Dryden Planning Board and now all that is needed is state approval before we can start marketing. The Varna Tiny Timber community is still awaiting final approval from the board. Building is imminent!

We also had an Energy Star rater come do a blower door test yesterday:

Energy Star blower door test

We were a little over the allowed air exchanges for the rating but we are going to be diligent about plugging those air leaks and making our homes as air tight as possible! We want to be as efficient as we can. Our goal is to earn the highest Energy Star rating available which involves making our homes not zero ready. This means that our homes will have the ability to produce as much energy as they use by incorporating renewable energy in their design (ie solar panels). It turns out this is great for the environment and great for your wallet. In other words: win, win!

Finally, I wanted to let everyone know about the gallery night happening in Ithaca this Friday, October 7th between 5:00 and 8:00 PM. There is an architecture theme to this gallery night and there are a ton of firms showing their projects, drawings, and ideas. Tiny Timber will also be featured in the gallery displayed by our partner Stream Collaborative. It will be a lot of fun.

Thank you all for reading!

New Model Plans and Development

Hi all! Things are really beginning to come to fruition for us and we are on the brink of delving into our first real projects. We couldn't be more excited. Before we get to that though, here's a quick update on the second prototype: it's all done and looks as polished as we'd hoped! One of our favorite features of this house is a custom bridge that we built traversing the dip in the ground to the front entrance. We decided this was much more classy than leveling the land. Plus it makes it feel a little like a castle. Here are some picture of the finishing touches:

We are also happy to announce the release of many of our model floor plans! Due to a great amount of feedback we received, we have also decide to make a single story Tiny Timber home (named Tiny Timber 1) as well as a model with a larger downstairs, and a smaller upstairs loft (named Tiny Timber 5 for which floor plans have not yet been released). And for everyone who did give us constructive feedback we thank you! You can view the floor plans and look at Tiny Timber design specifications under our homes tab on our website.

In further news, we have decided to pursue another development project. We call this new development Quarry Ridge Cooperative. This will be a four home community off of Quarry Road. Here are a couple pictures of the site and the spectacular view from the ridge:

We are happy to do personal jobs for those who would like to build a Tiny Timber home on their own property. There are listed prices for the different designs under the models tab for these types of projects.

Lastly, I would like everyone to know that there are a couple more models and floor plans coming soon. Stay tuned for those! And as always, thank you for reading.

 

Prototype #2 Update

We keep moving along with construction and refining the way we put everything together. The siding has all been installed and slid into place. This time around we decided to do something a little different with the construction of the exterior walls. We decided to give the flashing a little flash by utilizing copper for the task (please forgive the pun). We think that this addition really adds beauty and character to our houses.

From a practical standpoint we've installed this new flashing to ensure that no moisture pools in places that will compromise the structure. We've also designed the exterior walls so that there is a gap between the wooden siding and the structural walls in order to allow airflow behind the siding to keep moisture from stagnating and leading to rot. Buzz learned this technique as a mason and is utilizing it in this context to improve the longevity of our Tiny Timber houses. We want to make sure that these house will stand the test of time.

Now it's time to move on to finishing the interior. The wiring, the plumbing, the drywall, the trim, the stairs, the painting, the wood sealing, the kitchen cabinets and drawers... fun ensues. There will be a deck and front entrance ramp too! It won't be long now before everything is completed. For now I'm just really enjoying the view.

Thank you for reading! We'll be writing again soon.

Raising the Roof on Prototype #2

Who wants to deal with scaffolding and and clambering around on top of a roof nailing shingles? That's a rhetorical question of course. It's tedious and time consuming to build scaffolding and put a roof together two stories up. So we bypassed all that difficulty by building the complete roof, trusses, shingles and all, on the ground! We then lifted the roof into place like a gigantic hat. Take a look!

With every new innovation we utilize, construction gets faster and more efficient!

Concern for Community in Varna

Recently an article was published in the Ithaca Times featuring Carol Whitlow about dense duplex developments in Varna, NY and its effect on community. It highlights how in a small town like Varna, constructing densely populated development is incongruous and fragments the sense of community and neighborly relations. High density housing in an otherwise low density area promotes a commuter lifestyle that is cut off from the rest of the surrounding community. You can read the article in it's entirety here: Varna Development Not According to Plan

As some of you may know, Tiny Timber is currently seeking approval on a development plan in Varna, The draft layout can be seen on our previous post! Working with the community and promoting community development is exactly what we strive to do with Tiny Timber. I reached out to Carol to get feedback from the community on the development that we are working on. What she said resonated so well with what we are trying to do that I would like to share her words with you:

"The first best thing about Tiny Timbers is that it is locally owned.  The company is part of our community, which hopefully implies they feel a commitment and responsibility to build positive relationships with clients through providing a welcome product.

Varna needs more homes for young professionals and families to settle in. We need a "neighborhood" where homes have a connection to one another. Whatever happened to borrowing a cup of sugar from your neighbor when you're in the middle of making muffins?  First, you have to know your neighbor! Let's not encourage jumping in the car for every little need. Let's think about sustainable life styles. People are becoming more minimalist.  They can get what they need when they need it, if they really do, and don't need to stock and store it for potential future use like our grandparents did. We don't need the houses with huge storage spaces, barns, basements and attics. And many don't want to manage that kind of stuff.  People want to focus on healthy lifestyles, good relationships and good work in their professional life. 

What we do need is to use what little land we have left to build sustainable communities for us to call home, places we want to stay in because they are well designed and fit our lives. Ithaca is a culture-rich area, full of hiking trails, concerts, dances, interesting lectures, classes and places to just have fun (lakes, streams, parks). There are many great locally-owned businesses to check out. It keeps the money in our community, helping us to grow here and make here better.

So, manageable-sized homes in neighborhoods with others can help us enjoy life. Tiny Timber can be that."

Thank you for you words Carol! We will continue to do our best to promote affordable, sustainable housing with an emphasis on community.

Prototype #2 Construction

Construction on the second prototype is underway. the first prototype used poured concrete piers to support the post frame so the entire house was above ground. We have now adapted the design to have a basement! The basement will be made from precast concrete panels. Here we have the first step in the process which is of course to dig a hole for the foundation to fit. Then the drainage pipes are put in.

Next step is to set the concrete panels into place making sure that everything is square and level. Then the concrete is poured to form the basement floor. Here is the man himself with the help of Mark and David making it all happen.

So far so good! Next, the first floor deck is constructed and the basement is back filled. From here the design diverges slightly again from the first prototype. On the last prototype the walls were assembled, for the most part, directly on site from the base up. This time around the walls were almost completely assembled separately on the ground. No scaffolding required! We then lifted entire walls and set them into place using a forklift. However, getting them to fit snugly together did take some coxing... with a chainsaw and a sledgehammer. Take a look!

We'll keep you updated on construction as it progresses! Until then, all the best.

Completion of the First Tiny Timber!

In mid May of this year we had a race against the clock to finish the first model. The house was booked for Cornell and Ithaca collage graduation. I guess there's nothing like a little pressure to expedite a project. It was the four of us bustling around trying to get the final details taken care of. I can tell you from experience, it's a daunting task to paint with so much potential for paint splatter on bare wood. It all got finished though.

We are happy to announce that the first rendition of a Tiny Timber house is complete! And in our humble opinion it looks marvelous. Even though this model, at around 500 square feet, is the smallest option that we will be offering, it surpassed our expectations in how roomy it feels inside. Any excess space is efficiently utilized. For example, drawers are placed in the bottom four stair risers for extra storage. We derive a great deal of inspiration from the innovations of Japanese compact design.

All in all, we are delighted at how the whole thing came together. We'll let the pictures speak for themselves. additional photos will be posted on the home page as well. Now the only thing left to do is christen the place by having a big BBQ on the deck. I very much hope this will happen soon... If anyone is interested in staying in the new Tiny Timber we are open to visitors! Please go to the Stone Quarry House for additional information.

Solar Array

The panels are up to supply power for the new houses! The Tiny Timber prototypes are still under construction so for the time being, we are generating a surplus of power. Any excess power we produce will be put into the grid. A lot of the power being generated is used by the Stone Quarry House. However if we end up producing more power than we use at the end of the year, then NYSEG (New York State Electric & Gas) will compensate us for the energy we provided at wholesale price! Nothing goes to waste and we provide renewable energy to the grid.

We want to coincide building solar panels with our Tiny Timber developments because it's a great investment. The initial cost may seem deterring, but in the long run it saves money. There are governmental tax credits and assistance to help with building and investing in solar power and other forms of renewable energy. At the end of the day, not being burdened by monthly utility bills is a huge relief.

In the future we hope to set up solar farms affiliated with our Tiny Timber developments. Recent legislature has allowed any party to produce energy from a remote location and use the power produced for their personal home. These solar farms will be built offsite. They will bank KW hours for those who want to buy a share in the solar farm. This will offset their energy expenses each month and greatly reduce their utility bills. We are thrilled about the opportunity that this will bring for those interested in living in one of our homes.

Constructing the Prototype

The first wall is up!

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A lot has happened since beginning construction. The concrete piers were poured, the wall frames were assembled and set, and the first floor deck was built. Although this may sound fairly straight forward, there was a great deal of complexity that went into preparing the posts and beams. Namely, each piece had to be notched and cut just so for it all to fit together like a puzzle. It's a wood craftsman project as much as it is a construction project.

There are a multitude of benefits to using a notched post and and beam construction. They may be more tedious to implement but in our opinion it's worth it. Our end goal is to streamline this process in the production of our kits so all the tedium is alleviated from home buyers and those interested in buying kits. The benefits are as follows:

    1.  A notched wooden structure adds durability due to the strength of its interlocking joints.

    2.  Notching allows you to eliminate unnecessary joint hardware.

    3.  A notched joint simply looks nicer than the alternative.

Also, as can be seen in the picture above, a groove has been cut out of the center of the pillars. This allows us to slide tongue and groove boards, interlocked, into place, reducing the need for fasteners. In the end its a lot like putting together Lincoln Logs, really heavy Lincoln Logs. Buzz assembled the west side wall apart from the rest of the house in order to make the process a little easier since this was the first attempt st putting it all together. Here are some really great pictures that give a glimpse into how the wall was assembled.

In the future we intend to change the design slightly so that modular sections of the wall are built separately and then assembled afterwords. Hopefully this will streamline construction. But for now we need to focus on getting the rest of the siding and roofing on before winter comes. We are excited about how things are coming along!

Inspiration

This is where it all started.

Believe it or not the inspiration for the idea for Tiny Timber came from the construction of a glamping project!

For those who are unfamiliar with the term "glamping," it's a mash up word combining the words glamorous and camping. Glamping structures are usually large tent structures or one room cabins that have luxurious interiors. I like to think of it as the childhood dream of the perfect fort away from home. Glamping has become a bit of a fad as of late, catering to those interested in the feel and experience of camping but aren't particularly fond of worrying about rainwater getting on top of the tent ground cloth, getting woken up from the heat of the sun at 6:30am, or continually battling bugs. If you haven't tried it yet I highly recommend it.

This glamp site, which we call the Hilltop Suite, is one of the lodgings offered at the Stone Quarry House. It features three post and beam structures, the largest of which is the living cabin. There is also a sleeping cottage along with a separate bathhouse.

Buzz liked the project because it showcased the natural, raw building materials. Pretty much any surface, floor, ceiling, or wall, is exposed stone or wood. Even the roof shingles are made of stone! When you don't have to deal with plumbing, insulation, and intricate wiring, you can leave the skeleton of the house bare, exposing the natural beauty of the wood frame.

The design is simple. Posts are erected. Beams and and cross supports are placed on top of the beams to support the roof. Then wooden slats, windows, and doors are used to fill in the rest. This design became the basis of the Tiny Timber. Why not take the cozy, holistic feel of a glamping cabin and turn it into a fully functional, livable home?