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Woman gives tour of beautiful log tiny cabin she built herself on $5k budget
Natalie originally built this log cabin for herself. But when her partner moved in and they had a daughter she was glad they had room to expand.
Jaclyn Abergas
09.06.22

Natalie built her house amongst the trees so she can live solo within nature.

But Natalie’s a forward-thinker.

She built the house with expansion in mind, which she would do a few years later. Natalie built her house in Asheville, North Carolina around eight to nine years ago.

The original build was for a round-log log cabin.

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“Building with round logs is pretty challenging and especially when you get round meets square,” Natalie explained.

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She stuck to budget

She was able to keep the initial cost of building to $5,000 since the logs came from the land and the other materials were salvaged.

Plus Natalie was one of the builders of the house along with her friends. It was a 400-square-foot and two-story cabin that was perfect for her.

She had her own kitchen with a wood stove and lots of storage plus a dining room on the lower level. And she had her bedroom/office on the second level.

But a few years later, she expanded her house to include an extra bedroom when she gave birth to her daughter.

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From 400-square feet, the house expanded to a 700-square-foot home.

Natalie loved every square inch.

Because she had built her house in nature, she was also able to add an outdoor porch and a greenhouse.

She built an outer bedroom to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor atmosphere.

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“I do not want to sleep inside where it’s stuffy and it’s so beautiful outside,” Natalie explained. “I’m a big believer in outdoor living.”

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Although she loves outdoor living, it’s very admirable how she created such beautiful interiors.

And each detail has a purpose.

Take, for example, her sink, countertop, and window sill that is made of soapstone. When the sun hits the soapstone material during winter, it heats up the house.

She also has used soapstone for her other kitchen countertop, which is great for the hot plates or pots that she places on them.

And in the middle of the countertop, she has her butcher block, which she constantly uses for prepping her food.

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On the second level, you’ll find Natalie’s office with her custom L-shaped desk.

On the wall above her desk, she has a slate wall, which distributes heat when the sun hits it during the winter.

Every little detail is meticulous

And each detail has a purpose for every season. Beside the dining room, you’ll find a small door, which leads to the expanded part of her house.

That little door leads into her daughter’s bedroom, which has its own elevated playhouse that she uses to jump onto her bed.

The best part would probably be the outdoor bedroom. They have a big bed outside where the three of them can sleep.

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There are two work desks, a reading nook, and a few biting insects so it’s really a perfect place for spring and summer outdoor living.

Natalie’s right.

Why would you spend the day inside the house when you can enjoy the beautiful weather outside?

Each room in their house has a purpose and has been mindfully designed to let them enjoy what nature has to offer.

They may not be off the grid but it’s close enough.

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YouTube - Tiny House Giant Journey

Take the full tour of Natalie’s incredible self-built nature house in the video below!

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By Jaclyn Abergas
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Jaclyn Abergas is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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