Forest Cabin Built From Salvaged Materials Cost Only $800!

This eco building is built from 100 percent salvaged building materials and cost just $800. It goes to show that if you are creative and have a bit of patience, not only can you save money but you can design the tiny house design of your dreams. Cabin builder Jacob Witzling (Instagram: @jacobwitzling), has been building enchanting cabins in the Pacific Northwest. In the video, you get the chance to go back in time to where it all began to visit Witzling in his very first cabin project, where he lived for three years while he attended College.

The tiny house design looks like part of the forest where it sits. Just to get to the cabin is a bit of a hike that also requires the use of a hand trolley over a river, which makes it all the more exciting once you reach the tiny cabin design. But you can imagine how difficult it would have been to bring all the building materials into this remote site. It's quite something to be able to say that you've built your tiny cabin design 100 percent out of salvaged building materials, and Witzling can say just that. Because he used all salvaged building materials the tiny cabin design has a look that is unique to any other cabin you've seen, a look that is rustic and fits perfectly into its forest setting. The roof design has somewhat of a witch's cap, with a unique shape, which can also look like a manta ray from the top, almost sculptural. Once inside you feel as though you are inside a tree, with lots of windows that bring in the diffused natural light, and the same when you go upstairs you feel like you are higher up in the tree. This tiny cabin design is somewhat like a treehouse. It really is a lovely space, that took a lot of work but was well worth it in the end.

Using salvaged and reclaimed building materials in eco building and tiny cabin designs are more popular than ever. And you can find salvaged building materials being sold in warehouses all across the country. They are being salvaged from old buildings that would have otherwise been demolished, but are instead being deconstructed. In deconstruction, the building has first to be surveyed to determine what building materials can be salvaged and what can't before any dismantling work can be done. Crew members look for any visible defects and more subtle signs of wear and tear, as well as how difficult a certain building material is to remove. The entire process is both labor intensive and time-consuming and is something like building the structure all over again in the first place, only backwards. Building materials that can be salvaged through deconstruction include lumber, plywood, bricks, hardwood flooring, windows, concrete, doors and knobs, plumbing fixtures, hinges, paneling, and insulation. Other building materials that can be salvaged include stairs and railings, moldings and baseboards, asphalt roof tiles, and countertops. The greatest benefit in salvaging and recycling building materials comes to the consumer, who can purchase the building material at incredibly low prices. Building materials sold are in good, if not excellent, condition. Even if they do show any signs of wear, architects, contractors, and buildings will still buy used building materials for construction projects; they just don't use them for high visibility applications.

You will find this tiny house design built out of salvage materials on the Living Big In A Tiny House site. On the site, you will find tiny house designs, eco building, small house living, tiny houses on wheels and so much more. **

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