Our Little Dream House

Small cabin

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.

kitchen area composting toilet bedroom

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

7 Responses to Our Little Dream House

  1. MJ says:

    A dream home indeed.

  2. Working on my dream house too. Dreams are like snowflakes each unique and perfection.

  3. Jo Huskey Chanin says:


  4. John says:

    The twists and turns are what make the journey worthwhile!

  5. Denny says:

    It is awesome home,wish we were there!! Denny and Sherry

  6. Jeanette says:

    This is really beautiful. An enviable life style for sure !!!

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