Situated on a steep cliff among Ponderosa pines the cabin has a treehouse-like feel and airy views like the one below from several windows. This cabin is a great example of how you can build a comfortable space on a steep area with minimal impact on the surrounding land and animals who call the area home.
Karen’s Cottage is a 430-square-foot structure built by a planning professor from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley who worked with a team of students from Dr. Ashok Gadgil’s Design for Sustainable Communities course. Owing to those inputs the tiny house is net-zero energy space.
Multiple windows and indoor-outdoor living mean that fresh air light and the sounds of the forest are always available in generous supply to the guests who enjoy the cabin’s woodsy delights. Who needs a jacuzzi tub when you’ve got a rushing stream behind your cabin?
Located on the northern outskirts of the city of the home includes a section that recedes into the ground giving the interior excellent thermal insulation as the upper levels offer unabated views of the scenic setting outside.
The cottage has a living area and a dining bar a kitchen and a bathroom (plus front porch) on the main floor and a sleeping loft upstairs. This cottage is used by the family as an additional space to their home. Keeping the decor very simple helps maximize space in Karen’s Cottage but it definitely has an earthy homey feel nonetheless which is fitting for its suburban locale. Images via TinyHouseBlog.