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Snowboarding Pro Built a Sublime Off Grid Tiny House

Mike Basich built a sublime off grid Tiny House, on top of a mountain out of granite with a chair lift right outside.Professional snowboarder and photographer Mike Basich chose extreme downsizing over the fast pace of city life.

image credit: Dylan Magaster 

He bought 40 acres deep in the mountains near Truckee, California and built a small stone cabin. It’s off-grid, has no interior plumbing – the toilet is outside. Electricity comes from a few solar panels.

image credit: Dylan Magaster 

I felt like I was entering a secret world as we came into what Basich calls Area 241, named after his Japanese clothing company. Basich designed and built the entire house by hand,using wood from trees on the property and metal he welded himself in his Colfax workshop.

image credit: Dylan Magaster 

The exterior of the house is hand-built stone, and is south-facing so that he gets strong sunshine on the glass front walls of the home when he needs it—free heat during the coldest months. And of course, there’s always that hot tub with what must be an incredible view.


Basich is forced to live completely off the grid with a holding tank full of water from the creek and solar panels. He said not having the option of being connected actually helped him learn to live more simply. “I’ll get up and go to bed with the sun, which makes a huge difference on my energy consumption.”

The interior of the home is based on the golden ratio, which Basich explains is supposed to make the space fit the body. Details like the pentagram inlaid wood floor that forms a star and the wood stove for cooking—and there’s a salvaged oven too, as well as a convertible shower/hangout spot made from stone were designed by Basich himself.