See How Reusing a Pile of Castoff Trunks Made This Cabin Truly Unique

See How Reusing a Pile of Castoff Trunks Made This Cabin Truly Unique

The tiny house known simply as the "Trunk House" is located about a two hour drive from Melbourne, Australia. The tiny house is named for the stringboard tree trunks that encircle it, and support the roof.

This unique tiny cabin stands in the Australian bush, and the stringboard tree trunks used in the building of this cabin were the castoffs of logging operations, pieces left behind in the surrounding woods due to the limited commercial value of forked trees. However when the Melbourne based Paul Morgan Architects realized that it was possible to utilize the natural strength of the Y shaped trunks by joining them to create what is effectively a large triangulated truss, they put them to good use. The trunks blend in perfectly with the tiny cabin, and compliment the light both the exterior wood and the interior exposed beams, and wood that can be seen through the use of lots of windows in the tiny house build. The tree trunks were carefully fitted together at their tops and connected by hidden fasteners, giving the appearance of a single continuous piece of wood zig zagging around the tiny cabin.

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