As the tiny-home movement grows in popularity, people are becoming increasingly creative about how to live smaller and smarter. On Freshome, we’ve highlighted some amazing examples of people slashing their square footage, like this self-built tiny house on wheels.
But when Dabney Tompkins and Alan Colley designed their dream home, they created something that would literally top all the rest.
Inspired by historical fire lookouts, the retired couple decided to move to a 160-acre parcel of land and build their own fire-lookout home overlooking Oregon’s Umpqua National Forest — quite the contrast from their large single-family home in Dallas.
When they got to Oregon, they rented out old fire lookouts from the U.S. Forest Service, testing whether or not they could live in the space they longed to create for themselves. Once they felt confident in their decision to live above the trees, they contracted a local builder to create this one-of-a-kind home.
Standing 40 feet off the ground, this 388-square-foot home is reached by climbing four flights of stairs. The main floor consists of a basic kitchen and two beds on either side, while the upstairs is a master suite. No matter where you are in the home, the panoramic views of the forest are stunning.
It may not come as a surprise that this home runs off the grid. The couple created a shower on their deck and installed a spring-fed hot tub. The toilet? That’s down on the ground. As far as life with an outhouse, “People have been doing that for centuries,” Tompkins says.
While the small size is certainly beneficial for upkeep, there is plenty of work to be done daily to maintain their lifestyle. The couple enjoy cultivating their garden, doing DIY projects and splitting wood. They’re also installing solar panels on their tiny home.
Adopting a lifestyle simpler than the one they had in Texas was the reason this pair came and stayed in the Oregon forest, high above the trees. Their commitment to creating their very own fire-lookout home is an inspiration to those looking to downsize their spaces and upgrade their quality of life.
Photos by Tom Hanny at Zillow. Read more here.