Photographer Mike Basich is also known as a pioneer in the world of professional snowboarding. He first got passionate about snowboarding, because it was a challenging and fun "sport with no rules," but later went pro, earning up to $170,000 a year. Basich's earnings were enough to buy a piece of the American dream, all 4,000 square feet of it, as a large home with all the trimmings.
Later on, he realized he didn't need most of it, and now, after his retirement, he's built himself an amazing, 250-square-foot, off-grid cabin on a 40-acre plot of land he bought in the mountains, near Truckee, California. As part of the "Going Off Grid" webseries, journalist Laura Ling tours Basich's remarkable, hand-cabin, which took him five years to build:
Basich recounts how most of the materials came from the property itself, from the wood, to 175 tons of rock. A lot of things were salvaged, like his fireplace. Electricity is generated by solar panels, and heat is supplied via firewood. Basich's design is based on the Golden Ratio, and the plan is derived from a humanly-proportioned pentagon, to keep the space's feel intimate and harmonious. I love how he has also brought in the celestial movement of light into his floor-plan: on his birth date, the cabin has been aligned on the site so that the light will hit the very center of the space.
Another spectacular feature are the two huge, south-facing glass doors that open out onto a patio that has a hot tub. One quirk: there is no toilet -- not even a covered outhouse. The cabin site is absolutely stunning. There's even a chairlift that Basich and his friends constructed to create the perfect place for them to indulge in their favourite physical activities.
Full of imaginative details and built with a lot of love, this extraordinary tiny home is a realization of Basich's childhood dreams, and shows that thinking out of the conventional box can bring you to unexpected, and exhilarating, places. More over at Going Off Grid and Mike Basich's website, 241 Area.