Friday Cabins #75: A Portable Cabin That Explores With You
Cost of land too high? Invest in a prefab camper trailer and vacation wherever you want, whenever you want
Howdy and welcome once again to Friday Cabins, a weekly email from the Internet’s favorite leisure architecture newsletter Cabins Etc. Thanks for being here :)
As usual, a healthy dose of escapism is in order for you today. While I love highlighting inspiring projects and daydream worthy feats of design and engineering, sticker shock is no joke in 2023.
Real estate prices are up ~20% compared to pre-pandemic. The cost of raw land in even the most obscure corners of North America continues to climb. And while the price of lumber and other materials has returned to sort-of-normal from mid-pandemic highs (remember when a sheet of plywood rose from $12 to $100 in a matter of weeks??), the average cost-per-square-foot of building new is still 30-50% above what one would have expected to shell out just four years ago. Bummer!
Nonetheless, one clever little company out of Bend, OR has come up with a potential solution worth celebrating: portable A-frames for nomadic cabin lovers.
🏕️ Prefab Cabin Company Bivvi Introduces Portable A-Frame Cabin
Founded pre-pandemic in 2019, Bivvi caught my eye early on with their cute and “affordable” Base Camp Cabin, a prefabricated, 80-square-foot, 12 foot high equilateral triangle that’s fitted to a custom trailer to be pulled behind any capable vehicle. With full insulated floors, walls, and roof—with metal siding for rain, snow, and wind protection—the four-season cabins are as functional as they are handsome.
With a starting price of $33,000, the Bivvi Base Camp trailer can be further outfitted with a range of upgrades to make one dang cozy little nook, including a kitchenette with fridge, sink, and 16 gallon water tank, a composting toilet, and mini split AC/heater.
The structure itself is made in Oregon of local Douglas fir with a plywood frame and cedar siding, double-pane windows and a full-sized door with window bring the outdoors (and natural light) in, while commercial grade white oak flooring makes the space feel more contemporary and refined—and less like an old school fifth wheel camper.
And of course, it’s all mounted to an integrated steel double axle trailer, allowing you to bring it wherever you like, be it BLM land, a KOA campsite, Walmart parking lot or your friend’s driveway.
Visit Bivvi direct to dig in deeper. Happy camping!
“The name Bivvi is derived from the word “bivouac,” a small shelter that can be easily packed and deployed in the wilderness. Each cabin we make embodies this idea of compact, functional, and purpose built design.”
That’s all for today folks. Have a good weekend!