Couple builds tiny expandable cabin for $700 in Montana

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When photographer Alla Ponomareva and her husband Garrett wanted a new guesthouse for their home in Montana, they decided to take matters into their own hands and built it themselves. They chose a design that they came across online, an 80 square feet A-frame, built by a construction company following the plans of one of the pioneers of the tiny house revolution Derek “Deek” Diedricksen.

Alla was charmed by the design’s transformation element which increased its square footage and gave it its undeniable character.

tiny-a-frame-cabin-40When the cabin’s roof opens up and its legs are dropped down to transform one end of it into a porch the cabin increases from 80 square feet to 110 square feet.

tiny-a-frame-cabin-41The couple was lucky to have a lot of used windows, boards, nails, roofing, etc.  lying around from other projects so the expenses came in at about $700 in materials (the other company had spent around $1200). The solar panel made the biggest dent in the budget, even though their cost has come down significantly in the past couple of years.

tiny-a-frame-cabin-21Picking the interior presented a small challenge but they ended up going with a lovely coral and mint motif.

tiny-a-frame-cabin-22There’s no running water or toilet in the little guest house but there’s outdoor toilet and a portable solar shower not far from the cabin.

tiny-a-frame-cabin-30The couple deviated from the original design and didn’t build a loft. Instead they have 2 18 inch shelves above the window and above the door for backpacks or extra storage.

tiny-a-frame-cabin-9The tiny cabin took almost 3 weeks of daily work to complete but Alla and Garrett couldn’t be prouder of the final result and are looking forward giving friends and family the chance to enjoy watching the stars from the inside of the cabin at night while they sip on some of Garrett’s homemade brew. I wouldn’t mind an invite either.

a-framePhoto: Alla Ponomareva