Tiny Hawaiian Cabin Feels Roomy with Just 200 Sq. Feet of Space

Who says that small spaces can't feel large? Artist and woodworker Jay Nelson recently completed a 200 square foot wood cabin that looks anything but tiny. It's located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai and was built in less than two months from 25,000 pounds of salvaged redwood. Now, Nelson has a space that's perfect for hosting small gatherings or escaping on a tranquil getaway, all while surrounded by an idyllic tropical landscape.

The artist isn't new to these types of construction projects, and he has previously built wooden campers and multi-storey treehouses. For this endeavor, Nelson created an eye-catching asymmetrical roof-line on the structure, and planted it atop a platform to avoid any potential flood damage.

Once inside the home, you're greeted by a bright and airy interior. Nelson included giant windows and a skylight which provide ample natural light and the refreshing breeze of cross winds. An open floor plan features a loft level with circular windows as well as a bathroom door that's cleverly tucked beneath the stairs. Coupled with the high ceilings, this creates a sense of spaciousness within the cozy interior.

Jay Nelson website
via [Inhabitat]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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