Last year I published this FAQ about our cabin, but since then we’ve gotten LOTS more questions about cabin life!
Here’s the most popular questions & their answers.
Have another question that’s not listed? I’d love to hear from you here.
1. Do you get cabin fever?
Yes! We definitely get cabin fever in the winter. The days can get very cold and very snowy. This past winter we had several -10 days in a row and also got snowed in a couple times.
Cabin fever is real during the winter, but we find ways to combat it: getting outside while we can, staying busy indoors, and finding new projects to do.
Even though the winters here are intense – they are still beautiful and full of things to do.
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Disappearing cabin ❄️❄️ • This has been the snowiest February on record in Jackson! What a first winter to have in the cabin 😅 • I knew we would get snow but did not expect this much! The snow pile on one side of the cabin is so tall it’s almost covering a window. And to walk anywhere in the yard requires a pair of snowshoes. • I’ve never lived anywhere with true seasons before, so this winter has been a surprising, beautiful, & intimidating experience. More intimidating than I’d like to admit — but I think it’s made me well prepared for next winter 😬 • We’ll be digging out of here until spring ❄️ The white is pretty, but I’m starting to count down until this all turns to green 🌿 • How has winter been where you are? Anyone else get tons of snow this year?! . . . . . #myhouseandhome #myhomevibe #homeiswhereyourheartis #adventureculture #wintercabin #dwell #cozycabin #jacksonhole #jacksonwy #jhdreaming #winterlandscape #wintermagic #cabin #cabinlife #cabinlifestyle #cabinstyle #cabinliving #cabininthewoods #cabinvibes #cabinlove #loghouse #cabinsdaily #logcabin #simplelife #tinyhome #wildernessculture
2. Why did you choose to move to a cabin?
We chose to move to a cabin because a few things aligned in our lives… We had always wanted to move to Jackson Hole and my husband was offered a job here. At the time, I was 7 months pregnant and liked the idea of raising our son in a new environment. We were living in Austin, TX and had lived in big cities all of our lives.
We wanted to move to the cabin for a slower, simpler pace of life and one that has more opportunities to spend time outdoors. This felt like the right place for our family and baby on the way.
3. What has been the hardest part of moving?
The hardest part of moving has been that most of our family & friends live back in Texas. We miss them! We haven’t been able to travel back to visit them yet but hope to start planning a trip soon.
4. How big is your cabin?
Our cabin is now 850 sqft! When we moved in it was 600 sqft (one room) and then when we had our son we added on a nursery, which as been a life-saver 🙂
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Playtime in Troy’s nursery 💛 When we first moved into the cabin it was all one room — 650 sqft with an open downstairs & loft. It wasn’t until Troy was 6 months old that we finished adding his room! We are extra thankful for the space, and Troy is thankful for more space to roam 😊 . . . . . #parenthoodmoments #storyofchildhood #lifeasmama #thesweetlifeunscripted #mycozyhome #modernmama #holdthemoments #freespiritedchildhood #daysofsmallthings #daysofsmallthings #mamahoodinsquares #cabinliving #mycountryhome #rustichome #myhouseandhome #realparenthood #projectnursery #nurserystyle #nurserydesign #nurseryinspiration #nurseryinspo #connectingmoms #messy_motherhood #motherly #talesofthemoment
5. What’s the best part of living in a log cabin?
The best part of living in a log cabin is that we get to experience so much of nature. Not only do we live close to the mountains, but we feel close to nature at the cabin. We spend as much time as we can outdoors.
Getting to experience the weather, wildlife, and landscape of Jackson Hole has been amazing.
6. What’s the best part of living in Jackson Hole, WY?
We LOVE living close to the mountains and national parks. Jackson is about 20 minutes from Grand Teton National Park and 1.5 hours from Yellowstone National Park.
7. Is your cabin remote?
I wouldn’t consider our cabin remote, but it is in the countryside. We’re about a 20 – 30 minute drive from the town of Jackson, WY.
Jackson has grocery stores and small boutiques. We’re able to do almost all of the shopping we need there. The next biggest town is a 2 hour drive (Idaho Falls) and they have the closest Walmart, Target, shopping malls, big chain stores, etc. We go there 1 – 2 times a year to shop.
8. Does the cabin feel ‘small’ with a baby?
Surprisingly, no. The cabin feels like the right size for our family of 3. I honestly think that it’s very convenient to be in a small space with a baby: it makes it easier to keep an eye on him!
The biggest challenge of being in the cabin with a baby is baby-proofing our space. We have a wood stove and a spiral iron staircase (both in the middle of the cabin). Our solution to keeping Troy away from these has been to put baby gates around them.
9. Does the cabin have A/C or heaters?
There’s no A/C and we have 2 built-in heaters. In the summer, there’s a few hot weeks where we turn all of our fans on and open the windows for a breeze. And in the winter, we primarily use our wood stove for heat.
10. How far are you from town?
About 20 – 30 minutes from the town of Jackson depending on traffic.
11. What’s the layout of your cabin?
We love the layout of our cabin. It’s proven to be super functional. We have a living/dining area, kitchen, and bathroom downstairs and then a loft for a bedroom upstairs.
This is all one open space, with a high ceiling that makes the cabin feel bigger than in is.
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I’ve hardly shown any photos of this part of the cabin — so here’s a quick tour! This is basically the left side of the cabin, it’s what you see straight ahead when you walk in the front door. • There’s our dining table, kitchen, and in the back of the kitchen is the door to Troy’s room. The door at the base of the stairs is the bathroom. And then upstairs is the loft where we sleep. What’s not pictured is our sofa/living room space to the right of this. • And that’s pretty much it! All 850 sqft in a quick home tour 😊 • Is this the layout you picture when you think of a cabin? Do you guys have any questions about how we use the space? . . . . . #tinyhouse #tinyhome #tinyhouselife #livingtiny #myhouseandhome #myhomevibe #homeiswhereyourheartis #cabindecor #loghome #rustichome #rustichomedecor #gonetothecabin #mycountryhome #cabinlifestyle #cabinstyle #cabinliving #cabinlove #hyggehome #livesimply #tinyhouselove #tinyhousebasics #livetiny #homesohard #tinyhousecommunity #tinyhousedesign #tinyhousenation #thesecabinmoments
12. Do you see many animals at the cabin?
So many! We get a lot of wildlife that comes by the cabin. At certain times of the year the animals are migrating and we see lots of elk and moose. Oftentimes they come through our backyard and stay to munch on some willows or trees!
There’s also foxes and coyotes that hunt daily around the cabin.
My favorite animal encounter was during our first winter on a very cold day when a moose sat in our yard all morning:
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Current view out the front door! This moose and her baby (in some bushes behind her) have been hanging out front of the cabin all morning. Guess I’m not going anywhere for a while 😊 . . . . . #jacksonhole #cabin #cabinlife #loghome #thecabindiaries #cabinlifestyle #cabintime #cabinfever #cabinfolk #cabinlove #cabinvibes #morningslikethese #thesecabinmoments #vscodaily #thisweekoninstagram #tistheseason #feelfreefeed #thatswy #seekinspirecreate #stayandwander #thevisualscollective #thisishome #moose #gatheredstyle #oureverydaymoments #bevisuallyinspired
13. What type of cabin do you live in?
We live in a cabin that was built from a log cabin kit about 25 years ago. It was built by had and the owner added some custom features. The cabin is made entirely of pine logs and thankfully has running water and electricity!
To read more about cabin life, check out the series of blog posts here.
Many thanks to everyone who submitted a question for this and if you have a question that wasn’t answered let me know here!