Stealth tiny cabin in woods recreated in skinny SF backyard

Ten years ago, built an 8 x 10 cabin in a friend's backyard for $1500. After surrounding it with quickly bamboo, he moved into his new home paying only $400 per month in a town where the average is 5 times that.

Osgood was inspired to build his after paying $1800 per month rent and recognizing that while his favorite spot was his bamboo garden, most of his neighbors didn't use their backyards.

He moved into his new abode β€œβ€ and began a 9 year experiment in with just the essentials. Osgood, a woodworker, prefabbed the entire home and put it up in a day to be as discreet as possible in the tiny urban backyard. Large salvaged windows form much of the two sides of the so Osgood, an avid outdoorsman, feels he's living in nature.


  1. More people should plant bamboo instead of grass, bamboo is one of the most rapidly growing plants in the world and can sequester just as much carbon out of the air as hardwood trees. Much better than a grass lawn.

  2. i only need 80 sq feet, but uses someone elses 300+ sq ft for kitchen, laundry,bathroom etc etc, it just does not work like that

  3. Not very easily understandable what makes people want to live in an area where You gotta be thankful for a 400 buck arrangement to share a kitchen and a bathroom out of a space less than a garage in a overgrown = lightless spot behind the house ….

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