A cabin built entirely of wood and steel that’s built to last has just received a big makeover.
It’s the brainchild of a small company called Interior Architecture Uc, whose founder, Michael Hirsch, built the house in the San Francisco Bay Area using only recycled materials.
“It was the first time I had seen this idea in action,” Hirsch said.
“I think the concept is amazing, but the engineering is really interesting as well.”
Hirsch and his wife, Jessica, have since gone on to open up a second house in Los Angeles that they hope to eventually house in their backyard.
And they hope their next cabin will be more than a “cave” and more than just a place for hikers to sit and relax.
Hirsch says he’s already seen the cabin on TV and at local fairs.
“People are coming in and asking about it,” Hirsch said.
HIRSCH: I think it’s going to be a place people want to be, and it’s an ideal spot for outdoor activities.
“But I think people are also really curious, so I think they want to try it out.”
The first house in California was a humble, one-bedroom cabin built from plywood and wood and filled with bunk beds.
“We built it to survive,” HIRSSH: We built it so it could last a while and be beautiful and it could survive the elements.
We built this cabin in California so that we could stay out of the rain and snow and to be able to stay on our property for the entire time.
The Hirschs say they built it from reclaimed lumber and recycled scrap materials that were collected in the Bay Area.
“There are people who have this idea that this is something that can be built for a small budget and not be able afford the materials to build something like that,” Jessica Hirsch told Axios.
HITCHENS: We’re doing everything to make sure it’s built the way that we want it to be built, not something that we can’t afford to build.
“And that’s what we want to do here,” she added.
“This is our first home, and we want the best possible thing to happen here.”
The Hirshes say they are working on plans for the second cabin, and hope to begin building it in early 2019.
The interior of the cabin in Los, California.
(Photo: Interior Architecture)A big part of the project has been a design philosophy that is grounded in the history of cabin design, Hirsch explained.
“As a person who grew up in San Francisco, we wanted this to be our home,” Hiersch said of the second house.
“Our family has lived here for over 40 years, and this is our home.
So when we were designing this cabin, we were really thinking about how did we get from this one to the next one?”
The Hiershes say the first cabin was made from wood, and they think the cabin they built with recycled materials is built to endure the elements for a lifetime.
“You want to make the most of your materials,” Hitchens said.
In fact, the cabin will last for years and years and even decades without water, he said.
The cabin in the Los Angeles area.
(Photos: Interior Architects)Hitchens has spent the past two years making the second-home a reality.
“One of the things we learned from our first project was that you really need to build it the way you want it built,” Hirks said.
And that’s how the cabin is designed.
“The idea is to use the same materials that we’ve built all these years to make this cabin the best that it can be.”
The cabin will also have windows on the top and sides, and a roof that will be insulated to stay out the elements and the elements can’t touch it.
The walls will be covered with a single-ply sheet of plywood that will last decades and decades.
Hitchons plans on using a carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof for the roof.
“To get the best of all possible worlds, you need to be absolutely rigid,” Hins said.
A carbon fiber reinforcement sheet on the inside of the exterior of the interior of a cabin.
(Image: Interior Design)HITCHENS said the cabin should be able withstand the elements, which is where the cabin comes in.
“Most people think cabin design is about how to make it waterproof, but it’s actually a lot more about how you’re going to use it,” he said of interior design.
The company says the cabin would be able hold up to 500 pounds of cargo and would be constructed of materials that are recycled.
Hinchys said he is hoping to start building the cabin sometime this summer.
The exterior of a house in San Jose, California, that will house the cabin.
“All of our materials come from the local forest, and when you look at