When the Norwegian couple, Bendik Manum and Annelise Bjerkan, designed their beautiful rustic cabin, located in Trollheimen Meldal, Norway, the goal was to create a simple and maintenance free getaway. The result then is a functional and minimalistic retreat which retains its air of comfort and convenience.
The cabin is only 118 ft2/ 11.5 m2 but despite its small size the furnishings include a double bed, two bunk beds for kids, a dining table with chairs along with a bench which can also serve as a guest bed. The cabin doesn’t have electricity or solar panels and water is collected in a nearby stream. The composting toilet is placed in an outhouse close by.
All building materials are selected with environmental considerations being taken into account. The wood is all short-traveled pine, the roof is recycled slate and the couple has collected the moss that is used to fill the gaps between the logs themselves.© Photo: Pasi Aalto
Beneath the double bed and the bench each family member has their one personal drawer. © Photo: Pasi Aalto
The efficient wood stove heats the small cabin up very fast. © Photo: Pasi Aalto
A refrigerator or fridge is not really necessary when your cabin is placed in a Norwegian winter wonderland. © Photo: Pasi Aalto
The ceiling is fitted with a practical and space-saving clothes dryer. © Photo: Pasi Aalto
The bench can also serve as a guest bed. © Photo: Pasi Aalto
The cabin is equipped with a 65 ft2/ 5 m2 weather porch that serves a number of functions including a bath in the form of a basin and storage. © Photo: Pasi Aalto
Bendik Manum and Annelise Bjerkan are enjoying a peaceful moment in front of their beautiful cabin. © Photo: Pasi Aalto