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DIY tiny cabin. LESS is MORE.

DIY: How to build a tiny cabin. LESS is MORE. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton



Didja hear the news?    We built a teeny tiny cabin!  It’s so dang sexy!!  I’m going to show you how to do it too.  Why??  Because you deserve a sexy DIY cabin how-to.  Holy batman.  It’s juicy.  It’s awesome sauce.  You see, I love you like that.  You deserve to know the inside scoop on how to make a cabin too.


You’re welcome.


Pssst … You are going to want to give me a present for this one.  Bring wine.  I’ll meet you in the treehouse.  Race ya.


DIY: How to build a tiny cabin. LESS is MORE. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton


Oh, Oh, Oh… and by the way …. Missies and Misters …. I’m not talking about building a boring {YAWN} cabin.  This cabin does NOT have the personality of a dull pencil.  It is a bathroom cabin and it rocks out loud.


It has pizzazz.  Just.Like.You.


Hmm,  if the walls could talk.  Uh-oh.


Oh la la.


DIY: How to build a tiny cabin. LESS is MORE. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton


How many days from start to finish ??!!

Truth bomb :  I wanted the cabin to be built FAST.   We had 30 days to go from a naked forest to a new 10 x 10 cabin AKA bathroom.


Like a speeding bullet.  Fast.

* Swoosh *


Our first TripAdvisor Treehouse rental guests arrived this month.  I thought they would perhaps like to have a potty.  Demanding, right? 🙂


Oh hells yeah. 


What happened next was part miracle, part swearing, part squirrel, part shots of hard liquor.   The cabin was completed in 30 days.  I only had tequila once for breakfast. {{Hiccup}}


The cabin is off the chain.


I’m losing my mind over it.  It’s pretty damn swell.  It’s ridiculous.  It’s love. I’m officially a smitten kitten.


 It’s all in the details …


DIY: How to build a tiny cabin. LESS is MORE. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton


Do you want to build your own wee cabin ??!


Building a tiny cabin is not for wussies.  It’s for die hard glampers and DIY lovers.  It’s an up-cycle, recycle… cycle the freaking awesomeness outta everything you see, kinda project.


Okay, okay, maybe I’m being a little mellow dramatic.  You should seriously stop expecting normal from me.  We all know that’s never going to happen.


But still.


Technically, we built this cabin as a bathroom for our treehouse.  YOU can turn this cabin idea into anything.  An.eee.thing.  The cabin can be as wild as your imagination.  Got it?  Good.  You can do it.  Because you’re smart (and a little wild) like that.


Here’s the secret sauce …


Steal all my DIY cabin ideas !!!


I will be sharing all the inside DIY cabin dirt over the next month.   Some ideas will be on the Facebook page, some will be on instagram and I’ll try to get my butt in gear and share on Google Plus too.

The down low nitty gritty ‘how to’ details will be here on the bloggy.  The upcoming ideas will knock ‘yer socks off.  It will knock everything off.  Whoa.  You may just be buck naked at the end of this fiasco.

My eyes.  My eyes.


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DIY: How to build a tiny cabin. LESS is MORE. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton


I  have an obsessive, unhealthy,  never want to leave,   kind of attachment to treehouse glamping.  My treehouse obsession led me {{naturally}} down the path of wanting to pee on a real toilet.  With real water and wait for it… wait for it…  a real flush.




I’m getting too old for poison ivy butt and animal threats ( mostly in my head)  riding my tail.  Life is good when you can tinkle without the scare of something creepy attacking your butt.  #ThankYouVeryMuch

We do have an outhouse, which is mighty fine.


But. Butt. Still…


For the love of Pete, I’m pretty demanding when it comes to wilderness out-takes. AKA Tinkles.  Ya know.  All that jazz.  It’s very personal.  I don’t wanna talk about it.  Ewwwh.


DIY: How to build a tiny cabin. LESS is MORE. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

What’s the LOO story ?!!

I had been itching to build a treehouse bathroom for just a wee short time.  Three years-eight months-five weeks-sixteen days-fourty two hours and ninety four seconds.  Don’t get me wrong, I lurve our outhouse but there are only so many times that this menopausal woman can trek to an outhouse in the middle of the night.  My hot flashes are my only saviour to seeing my way clear to the outhouse.  I light up like a firefly.  I’m a hot mess.


It's danger play for a menopausal woman not to be near a toilet.


Let’s face it….it’s cool to rough it… until you want to pee.


Composting Toilets :

I dreamed of making the tiny cabin from reclaimed recycled materials.  Mostly.  I didn’t want a recycled toilet.  I also didn’t want a composting toilet.  The thought of a composting toilet makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little.

I also wanted to build this cabin with the help of brands that I LOVE.   Scratch that.  I wanted to work with brands that I ADORE.

A Delta toilet answered my toilet prayers.  Yes, DELTA makes toilets and they are d’bomb dot com.


We bought this one at Home Depot.  I hugged it all the way home in the car. I gripped so tight, I gave new meaning to the expression white knuckle.  That white throne had my name all over it and I wasn’t letting go.


I thought you may enjoy a photo journey of our journey (minus the toilet gripping experience)



Working with Brands for this DIY project :

I had lunch with a friend the other day who uttered the words … isn’t it easy to find brands and get free stuff when you’re a blogger?  I reached right across the table and slapped him.

Dude, take off your shirt, and let’s go.

Quick answer :  NOPE.

Followed by a punch in the face.  Jokes.  Not really.  I punched him with my eyeballs.


DIY: How to build a tiny cabin. LESS is MORE. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton


I work with very few brands.  On purpose. By choice.   You can read about my media and advertising choices here.  If you have been reading my blog for a long time, you will know that I only write about brands that I love love love love.. with or without compensation.


If I love ’em.. you are going to hear about them.  If I dislike a brand or it’s customer service … I’ll probably just send out a saucy tweet and run for the hills.  I’m a chicken like that.

The three brands that I worked with on this tiny cabin bathroom are brands that I sought out because I ADORED them already.


*    Delta Faucet

*    Reclaimed Lumber Products

*    One One Eleven Designs 


Getting everyone organized at Casa Knowlton is like herding cats.   I needed the help of some epic brands.


Occasionally,  I got stumped.  Excuse the pun.

I’ve got this rare disease where I go blind and can’t use my hands when I’m around power tools, wheelbarrows or a chainsaws.  I find my hands again if it involves cabin design ideas and bottles of wine.


DIY: How to build a tiny cabin. LESS is MORE. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton


Lessons I learned while building a DIY tiny cabin :


*   Less is the new more

*   Squirrels are much prettier when they are behaving

*    Fireflies are the coolest thaaang on earth.

*    Don’t take shortcuts.  They take too long.



DIY: How to build a tiny cabin. LESS is MORE. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton


Want to see some of my inspiration for this project?  Here’s a pinterest board full of tiny cabin ideas and a pinterest board with outdoor shower ideas!  If you like to add some pins to the TINY CABIN pinterest board of inspiration … let me know your email addy in the comments below and I’ll add you as a contributor.

Damn what an adventure this has been!!  Join Me while I share the nitty gritty details and how to’s over the next while on the bloggy.  I love it when we get to hang out together xx


Sources and where to buy :

Two Handle Wall Mount Faucet  c/o Delta Faucet,

Outdoor String Lights from Home Depot (with tin rim) and Target (with Edison Bulbs)

Wood flooring and Interior Walls c/o Reclaimed Lumber Products

Live Edge Wood Countertop c/o  One One Eleven Designs ~ Proudly Canadian Made

Exterior Walls made from reclaimed, up cycled old barn boards

Door Track Hardware c/o Reclaimed Lumber products

Interior bathroom lighting from Lowes

Bathroom wall mirror from HomeSense Canada.


this is where the real conversation begins


Leave a comment below and help us name the new potty !!  

With the help of my instagram pals on this instagram pic, here’s what we have so far : LooLoo, Nature Calls, Skip to my Loo, Luscious Lou, Bella Throne, PeaTree,  Bella Lou, Delta Dawn and LaTree’N.

Want to know more about how to create the DIY Tiny Cabin? … lemme know whatcha wanna know …



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  1. Jim Knowlton

    July 5th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I would like to have a chance to see if I could use your beautifully designed latrine, it’s a a masterpiece of combining the new and the old special products into an original perfect design. WELL DONE
    Jim K

  2. Virginia Fynes

    August 7th, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Most lovely cabin I ever did see! Great work!

  3. Jonnamae

    August 18th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    yes. I want to own and build My own cabin too! I would love to stay there and experience the joy and its peacefulness.

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Ahhhhh it is pretty awesome to be in a treehouse 🙂

    You are in Australia? You may have to hop over a few oceans, hills and countryside to get here. Let’s trade places! I love Aussie land.

    With love from Canada,

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  6. lynneknowlton

    August 4th, 2016 at 11:00 am

    DIY tiny cabin. LESS is MORE.

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    August 4th, 2016 at 5:01 pm

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