Stunning Black Off-Grid Cabin By The River

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In this video by Living Big In A Tiny House, we are treated to a guided tour of a spectacular “high end” homebuilt off-grid cabin in a stunning riverside location in New Zealand.

Turns out that the owner is a builder by trade, so he did all the work himself. The property is truly off grid – generating solar power and harvesting their own rainwater. This was a necessity due to the lack of utilities.

This is a very stylish cabin with a custom wooden interior and all manner of fancy features. Everything is striking and is set up in the style of a romantic retreat – however the real clincher is that a property like this is actually inexpensive relative to the cost of regular purchased housing.

My only critique would be the very extensive use of plywood – not because of the look, but due to the fact that it off-gasses formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen; however the amount of off-gassing fades over time. If you are going to use plywood in this manner, I would suggest to purchase the ply as soon as possible, before you are going to use it, and store it in an outbuilding with stickers or some other form of spacing that enables it to breathe and off-gas for as long as possible before use.

I like the mezzanine layer – always a stylish touch as well as a good way to make the most of the available space. The mezzanine enables a double-height ceiling in the main space, which adds a grand touch.


Finally we learn that the overall cost was around $150,000 (I am guessing that is New Zealand dollars (NZD) which converts to around $92,600 USD at the current exchange rate.

Stunning Black Off-Grid Cabin By The River
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