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Building a Green Log Cabin with a Blue Roof


Kickstarter officially approved our campaign…

to finance the research and design of a modern log home with as many green/energy and environmentally sensible technologies as we can make feasible and still make it an attractive, comfortable, desirable and resellable home.

 If you contribute, we have some decent swag for donors, including cool photos and weekends in our Little Cabin in the Woods.

Why Kickstarter?

  1. Green energy technologies are EXPENSIVE.
  2. WV is  black hole for new technogies, and that’s where this cabin will be built.  Currently, there are no providers for solar energy collectors, geothermal heat pumps or other such technologies, so we need money to entice them to participate.
  3. Consultants cost money.  We have an expert, Dr. Charles Pickering, right in our WV back door, who has designed and built the first LEEDS * certified home in WV.  He’d like to be paid to participate in this project.  After all, this is his source of income. 
  4. Try going to a bank for this kind of funding.  In West Virginia.  In RURAL West Virginia.  Seriously.*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification



Click this link to download a BRIEF slide slow about the technologies we hope to consider.  littlecabin

Little Cabin in the Woods

show model 10x24When I was a Girl Scout we sang a song that involved pantomime and subtracting successive verses, replacing them with clucking noises until all that was left was a bunch of silly girls making hand motions and clucking in rhythm.

Little cabin in the woods,
Little man by the window stood,
Saw a rabbit hopping by,
Knocking on his door.

“Help me, help me, help me, he said!
Or the hunter will shoot me dead.”

“Little Rabbit, come inside”
Safely, you’ll abide.”

I keep thinking about that song lately.  A month ago Chad and I drove up to Columbia, Ohio, to Waysinside panoramaide Lawn Structures.  We needed to lay hands on, walk inside and get a feel for their prebuilt log cabins.  Several companies represent “Amish” prebuilt log cabins, but Wayside was the only one that we knew for certain would deliver a cabin that included wiring and plumbing.

After a few hours of looking, feeling and smelling (not kidding), and peppering the manager Mark Myer with what seemed too many questions, we put down our money and ordered a cabin.

I am astounded that we can have, for less than the price of a full sized sedan, a fully-finished cabin.  It will come complete with cabinets, built-in queen-over-queen bunks and drawers beneath and bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.  The plumbing and electrical wiring is installed.  We have to make the terminations and hookups.  It will rest on a gravel foundation we have installed.  The cabin price, delivered to our property in Romney, WV, is about $30,000.  It will cost us about $10,000 in foundation and hookups.  NOT BAD.  This is a Real Log Cabin, constructed of tongue in groove D-profile logs with cedar interior trim.bedbath

We priced out park model RVs, and considering the same expenses for foundation and hookups, the $45 to $50K price tags made this little cabin much more attractive.


When our main house is built in a year to 18 months after deliver of the cabin, we can leave it in place as a guest house, move it to another location on our property as a rental unit, sell it, or buy more land and use it for income.  It’s completely portable, given the plethora of rent-to-own storage building vendors in the area.

Stay tuned over the fall.  I’ll post updates when the cabin arrives, and as we get it hooked up.  We’re still looking for a name.  Any suggestions?


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