Up and into the world where each and every day the allocated amount of space left on the planet is being encroached upon by more and more of human habitation, thus leaving us virtually with no space to stretch our feet and enjoy an afternoon siesta on the front lawns or gardens. Talking about lawns itself seems ludicrous considering the fact that there may not be enough habitable land to make one, which again is ludicrous in relation to the fact that the American lifestyle propounds the maintenance of a garden or lawn in front of their homes and houses as one of the many specifications and regulations to construct a living area.
As a retort to such a situation, comes a whole new concept of making living spaces smaller, but not necessarily uncomfortable or uninhabitable. Rise and clap to the era of the rise of the micro cabins, houses that are unique in the fact that each is produced from reclaimed and recycled wood, and like no two snowflakes are alike, no two micro cabins are alike. “Why”, you say? The propagator of this trend with his business name being “A Room of One’s Own”, Charles Finn says that each cabin is unique in relation to the fact that he doesn’t know what kind of wood will come into his workshop the next day. It’s almost like waking up to a different challenge every day. Thus, he utilises the phrase “commissioned art” to describe his handiwork.
Each cabin ranges about the size frame of 8 by 12 feet or thereabouts. Fully insulated to the forces of nature, the cabins boast of having a wood stove to heat, a propane stove to cook or for such other odd jobs, and a couple of oil lamps. The doors or windows are all either reclaimed or handmade. One is even provided a skylight if he or she wishes to gaze on the night stars. However, what the cabin doesn’t possess in the way of modern necessities is running water and electricity. Finn, however, says that one won’t miss them once one gets the flavour of spending a snowy night with nothing but the wood stove and the oil lamps burning.
Nevertheless, this concept is not to be thought as being exclusively American, since residents of places as far flung out as New Zealand are utilising a similar strategy to accommodate themselves in the room adjacent to decreasing space.