Almost 35 years ago, after working hard for only a couple of short years, I saved a little money. At the age of nineteen, 100 yards from a Northern BC lake, I built this simple 16’×16′ cabin as a temporary shelter. Later on, I had intentions of slowly erecting a dream home along the shore. But life had different plans for me — throwing in a few twists and turns.
It wasn’t until my late 40s before my wife and I realized that we were sincerely grateful that I never started an obscene McMansion. Instead, we went off grid and built a small addition, turning the little cabin into a modest 386 sq. ft. home, giving us a second room equipped with a bed, a closet, and a composting toilet. Incredibly, we ended up with our dream house after all and couldn’t be happier.
–Riley and Nadine Ernst