Want to add a little summer camp nostalgia to your backyard? This tiny A-frame cabin brings us back to the days of bonfires, s’mores and sing-alongs.
Photographer Alla Ponomavera and her husband, Garrett, built this 80-square-foot off-the-grid getaway on their 20-acre Missoula, Montana, property last summer. It only took three weeks and $700 to put together.
“We had some left over materials scattered around the property and toyed around with the idea of building something small,” she told TODAY Home. The couple came across a design online from tiny house builder Derek Diedricksen, and decided to go for it.
While Diedricksen’s team originally spent $1,200 on materials for the project, Ponomavera and her husband were able to build it for less by upcycling a lot of the windows, boards, nails and roofing they had lying around from other projects.
The cabin features two twin beds as well as shelving for things like cooking equipment and dinnerware. They chose an interior color scheme of coral and mint that makes the space feel cheerful and cozy.
Ponomavera said her favorite part of the cabin is the translucent wall, which lets in natural light and lifts up to create additional space. It's even clear enough to see the stars at night. “I love multifunctional spaces and furniture,” she said. “And this feature makes so much sense.”
There’s also a tiny porch area with two folding chairs perfect for enjoying the great outdoors.
Ponomavera said the cabin was built to entertain friends and family when they visit during the summer. “This very well could be a she shed or beer-drinking nook or his-and-her off grid getaway,” she said. And there’s no wifi, which is great for those who want a digital detox.
Inspired to build your own? Ponomavera says, “Just do it!” Not only willo you get a cool space for your backyard but she said it was fun to build it together as a couple. “It has its own set of benefits — improved communication, patience, compromise and, of course, memories.”
See more pictures of the tiny A-frame on Ponomavera’s blog.