When your last name is McDermott and you live in McKinleyville, California, it makes sense to name your home the Mac Shack. The owner personalized more than just the name of this tiny home. The rusty corrugated wainscot on the exterior is an industrial element that contrasts smartly with the wood frame. The sheltered fold-down porch provides ease of travel as well as protection from the elements. Opening the handcrafted Dutch door is a pleasant way to welcome the sunshine and fresh air inside.
Built on a 14-foot foundation by Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, the Mac Shack weighs 4,600 pounds and sits on a single 7,000-pound axle. Final construction costs totaled around $31,000. The exterior is just a hint of beautiful things to come -- as you will see, the interior contains more personalized details that make this home truly one of a kind.
The handsome interior walls are crafted from cedar in a tongue-and-groove fashion, with handscraped engineered flooring beneath. A mini fridge fits precisely in the space under stairs that lead to an upper loft. Next to the stairs is a Hobbit wood stove with a protective wall of corrugated metal. Colorful artwork personalizes the space below the window, which slides open to let in more fresh air. Above it all, the cat has found a favorite perch to observe all that happens.
It would be a joy to wash dishes at this sink with its beautiful live-edge countertop. The paper towel roll is conveniently situated under the sink, and a 20-inch slide-in range is adjacent. This hanging basket stores fruit and vegetables, cleverly saving precious countertop space.
Barnwood shelving in the open pantry provides space for necessities. Pots and pans, utensils, cooking spices and coffee mugs all have a home in the accessible storage system. Larger items such as coolers and camping equipment can be stored in the generous area above the privacy curtain that leads to a modest bathroom. Light streams through the Dutch door trimmed in barnwood and illuminates the supplies, making it easy to find the right item.
These rustic cubes in the living area are decorative as well as practical. They stack for height and maximum capacity to store items such as books and magazines. Relax and read one of the books in the fringed hammock by the light of the tabletop lamp, or light a candle and listen to the trees sway in the evening breeze.
What could be better after a busy day outside than to return to this comfy sleeping loft for a refreshing night's sleep? A rustic side table is a handy spot to display a favorite picture and keep a glass of water for a drink before bed.
Greg Parham is the creative mind behind Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses. He believes that "making the decision to dwell in something so small will be an exercise in determining what you really can and cannot live without." He built the Mac Shack to be simple and uncomplicated but still functional. It proves that tiny living doesn't mean living without comfort and style.