A Snowboarder’s Hand-Built Cabin of Stone, Glass, and Steal

| 7/4/2017 11:26:00 AM

Tags: cabins, home building, natural building, Lloyd Kahn, California,

The following post is an excerpt from Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter (Shelter Publications, 2012) by long-time Mother Earth News contributor Lloyd Kahn. In this book are some 150 builders who have taken things into their own hands, creating tiny homes (under 500 sq. ft.) — homes on land, on wheels, on the road, on water, even in the trees. Here is one of these builders, Mike Basich’s, story.

Glass Cube House In Snow

I went up to Mike’s with Evan in August 2010. We got in his honker 4-by-4 truck and with his dog, went up a rutted road, hopping boulders until we got to the house. First, the site is stunning. Second, the craftsmanship is meticulous. It’s an astounding little house. Everywhere you look there are creative delights. Everything is handmade.

In 2009, I go this email from my son, Evan:

Hey Dad,

I was looking for a new snowboard online, and I came across this guy named Mike Basich. He's a pro snowboarder and a very talented builder — a very creative guy to say the least. What he is doing up there is really gonna blow your mind! You've got to check out the house he built in the backcountry near Donner Pass. Really amazing!!! All built by hand using local materials and lots of rocks from the land. You'll like the hot tub.

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