Let us first be as simple and well as Nature ourselves,
dispel the clouds which hang over our brows,
and take up a little life into our pores.
Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor,
but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world.
from the chapter “Economy” in Walden
Henry David Thoreau
What does simple mean to you….to me…it means following a vision…a path to a peaceful coexistence with nature and living in harmony and balance. And reality sets in and one still needs to live, and to do that I have started a business called Tiny Green Cabins, LLC. The tiny cabins will be built by myself, my son and fellow craftsman in my pole barn, but let me start at the beginning.
I have suggested to my eldest son that I should build a tiny cabin or small house of about 65 to 100 square feet on his property for me to stay in when I visit him in western Minnesota. Then others of the family could stay there also. In the last couple of years, I have gotten used to small as being good and really like the idea of living in harmony with the environment and off the grid. It could even be rented out during the hunting season.
A new search started for employment a month ago, and being long of memory, the thought passed through my mind that creating one’s own work is the way to go. But what???
At a retreat with some close friends in November of 2008, this discussion came up, and Tiny Cabins were mentioned by me in jest. The names started flowing such as Jimmy Tiny Cabins, Jimmy’s Cabins, and Jimmy’s Green Cabins. Before long, the name had changed to Tiny Green Cabins and we had a list of possibilities, and a very short list of obstacles. The mind mapping of the business showed the possibilities and it is all encouraging. Owning property with a office area for designing small house plans and a pole barn in White Bear Lake, which is perfect for building tiny houses and small houses as they can be built inside the shop, displayed by Hwy 61, and the tiny green cabins, small houses can be made transportable as well as for a foundation. It just feels right for these times, as we reevaluate our priorities on bigness and start thinking anew.
Tiny Green Cabins, being built green, with reclaimed, recycled material as well as ecologically sound materials, solar panels , other earth friendly products (Denin Blue Jeans shredded for insulation), and Airkrete, will be there with the motto – simplify, simplify, simplify… much like Thoreau wrote while at Walden.