My favorite book as a kid (and even now as an adult) is My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. The story of a little boy running away to the forest and living in a cozy home in the trunk of a tree really resonated with me. Being from South Texas, I’d never personally been to anywhere even remotely similar to the landscape described in the book, and yet somehow I knew that a forest was the kind of place I’d love to be in.
I’d already read a lot about tiny houses and I loved the idea, and after buying the property out in the forest, it occurred to me that building a tiny cabin was a great idea for several reasons: First, it would be cheaper to build than a larger structure. Second, as an architectural designer, it would be a great way to get more experience in designing an efficient (and beautiful looking) space and explore this idea I had that smaller, cozier spaces affect their occupants’ emotions in a positive way. And lastly, it would be the grown up realization of my childhood dream to be out immersed in nature and feel safe in a small, comforting home.
I decided I was going to design and build a tiny house. And that it would be called Shoebox Haus. And, that it needed to be awesome.