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Making the Most of Our Little House in the Big Woods

How we successfully transformed what we thought would be a small, temporary cabin into our little house in the big woods.

| December 2009/January 2010

  • Little House in the Big Woods
    Kerri and Dale’s small summer cabin turned out to be a perfect full-time residence. It has become their little house in the big woods.
    PHOTO: KEVIN PIEPER
  • Small home front porch
    Kerri and Dale start the day comfortably outdoors.
    KEVIN PIEPER
  • Kerri and Dale on Front Porch of Little house
    Kerri and her husband, Dale, on the deck of their Little House in the Big Woods.
    KEVIN PIEPER
  • Spacious Little House
    An open floor plan makes the kitchen and living rooms feel more spacious.
    KEVIN PIEPER
  • Covered front porch
    The covered porch adds important living space that can be used for evenings with friends or to enjoy a quiet moment outside.
    KEVIN PIEPER
  • Small home office
    Lots of light and a high ceiling make for an inviting freestanding office.
    KEVIN PIEPER
  • Happy Everything
    Carefully selected decorative items make the home more cozy without adding clutter.
    KEVIN PIEPER
  • Small house deck
    The deck in back is half the size of the house, and adds valuable space for relaxing and entertaining, as well as nurturing an assortment of potted plants.
    KEVIN PIEPER
  • Potted plants
    Inside and out, “a place for everything, and everything in its place” is the author’s motto.
    KEVIN PIEPER

  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Small home front porch
  • Kerri and Dale on Front Porch of Little house
  • Spacious Little House
  • Covered front porch
  • Small home office
  • Happy Everything
  • Small house deck
  • Potted plants

Remember the game of Twister? You put your feet and hands on different colored circles, which sometimes ties the players up in knots, and if you fall off of the space, you lose.

Often when I’m getting up for a bowl of ice cream in the evening, or especially when I get up in the middle of the night, I feel as though I’m playing Twister. Place my foot on the wrong spot, and I’m stubbing a toe on the dresser, tripping over a pair of shoes left in the wrong spot, or — worse yet — stepping on a dog’s paw or tail.

Still, I wouldn’t trade our 480-square-foot house in the country for the largest of McMansions in the suburbs.

Our “Little House in the Big Woods” — the moniker my sister-in-law has given our tiny dwelling in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains on Bull Shoals Lake — wasn’t originally intended to be a full-time residence. Sometimes, though, some of the best things that happen in life aren’t planned. Our little house was intended, and used for four years, as a getaway for me, my husband, and our four dogs to escape our lives in the city.



Our original dream of living in the Big Woods involved a second house on our nearly 10 acres — not a mansion by any means, but large enough for us and my elderly mother. The Little House was to be a guesthouse and my writing studio.

On New Year’s Eve heading into 2007, we made the resolution to make our dream a reality. We began ridding our lives of unnecessary clutter. Our plans changed, however, when my mother passed away. Now, instead of my mother, I had only her antiques and heirlooms to take to the Big Woods.

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5/20/2014 1:01:04 AM

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HELENE WALLIS
1/19/2012 6:07:15 PM

The people who are quibbling about the size of the author's added buildings might remember that in past times, it was common to have basements, plus sheds, barns and other outbuildings to store equipment and things that were not regularly used. The only way to live in that small a space without added storage areas is to buy your food from supermarkets instead of growing it yourself (and canning or freezing it), and to buy your clothing from department stores instead of making it yourself. Being even remotely self-sufficient requires space for equipment and materials, and it requires space for storing food. In addition, most people work in spaces that are far larger and more energy consuming than the author's 320 square foot office


MONICA BLANEY
1/18/2012 6:35:12 PM

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