Photo: Dean KaufmanWhen he's not busy glamming up clients in NYC, fashion stylist Scott Newkirk enjoys unwinding at his envy-inducing tiny wood cabin in Yulan, New York. Constructed entirely out of reclaimed wood, the 300-square-foot cabin is surprisingly spacious on the interior and comes with some true back-to-basics amenities such as an outhouse and leisurely bathing brook.
The cabin is located a mere 90 miles northwest of NYC. According to 6sqft, Newkirk found inspiration in Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher’s Art, but had trouble finding a builder that could grasp his vision for a simple, rough-hewn structure.
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Holding true to his sustainable plans, Newkirk was able to start building the cabin with a traditional post-and-beam frame thanks to some local help. “I finally found a talented and dependable local guy, Craig Petrasek, to complete construction with reclaimed wood, extend the deck area, and build the stone patio,” he says.
From there, the structure was put together with several reclaimed materials including old nails on the siding and flooring. Large windows (some handmade) not only give the interior an optimal amount of natural light, but also provide some stellar views of the surrounding nature. An open deck on the side of the cabin is the perfect spot for stargazing or just simply drying off after a nice refreshing dip in the nearby stream.
Two years later, Newkirk has finally fulfilled his dream of a constructing a simple rustic cabin burrowed into a picturesque woodland. On the interior, pieces of drift-wood furniture and various organic sculptures add to the nature-focused theme. In true off-grid style, the home was built with an open-air shower and outhouse, but has zero conventional ametities like running water or electricity.
Photos via Dean Kaufman