Solitude...

Complete soitude is something I crave from time to time. And if I had an address and an invite to this one room abode, I'd be in my car and on my way in ten minutes. This is The Shack, located on South Fork Mountain in West Virginia. Created by Broadhurst Architects of Washington D.C., it's beautifully designed, well thought out and has a certain manly, rugged appeal, don't you think? 


If you're looking for HBO or a wireless internet password for your laptop, you won't find it here. As they state on their site, "This fundamental shelter has no electricity. Oil lamps provide light. Heat is provided by a small wood stove, which is also used to heat water that is delivered to the 'kitchen' sink by a gravity system." Rusticity never looked so good...

Situated on 27 acres, The Shack is propped up from ground level to help deter mice, snakes and the occasional curious bear. I would love to see that sky on a clear night and hear the noises that fill it up. I bet it's sublime...

The Shack was built as a family retreat for clients and not available for rental. But, because of its popularity, the one room structure inspired the masterminds of Broadhurst Architects to create a prefab version that can be delivered to your door with directions to assemble. It's called The Crib and I want one...

The Crib comes in three sizes; basic, full and extended. The way it works is you or your contractor build the foundation according to their specifications and then they'll ship all the materials you need by truck. Assembly takes just a few days. And voila, your very own Crib. It's instant, low maintenance cool. Gotta love that...

 

Photos: Broadhust Architects, Anice Hoachlander    Content: Sweet Peach