The Little Lost Cabin by Clark Stevens

This small 700-square foot cabin can be found on Summit Spring Ranch in Idaho. The building was designed by architect Clark Stevens on the behalf of an investment company, Beartooth Capital, which specialises in locating neglected ranch properties, and restoration of structures, waterways and lands.


Clark Stevens - Little Lost Cabin - Summit Spring Ranch - Exterior - Humble Homes

Beartooth Capital often sell their properties with conservation easements, allowing them to restore and protect rare and historical sites. This building has been dubbed the Little Lost Valley Cabin. It originally had no legal road access, which Beartooth addressed by arranging a deal with the Nature Conservancy to add 623 acres with access right of way. In exchange, Beartooth had to set aside 1,960 acres of the site for conservation.


Clark Stevens - Little Lost Cabin - Summit Spring Ranch - Deck - Humble Homes

The cabin is off-grid, and features amazing views of the surrounding landscape. To determine the best orientation for the building, Steven and his co-workers created a 3D model which they then placed into Google Earth and adjusted it to find the best viewpoint.


Clark Stevens - Little Lost Cabin - Summit Spring Ranch - Interior - Humble Homes

The interior of the cabin is rustic in style. The ground floor is almost completely open plan. There’s a kitchen with a dining area at one end, followed by the living room. After that there’s an open plan bedroom and bathroom that can be separated from the other living areas by a folding screen. By climbing up a small set of ladders you’ll reach a cozy lofted bedroom with stunning views of the mountain range.

Clark Stevens - Little Lost Cabin - Summit Spring Ranch - Bathroom - Humble Homes

The exposed timber beams, walls and floors help to create a rustic atmosphere. This “rusticity” is offset slightly by the introduction of some modern fixtures and furnishings to create a comfortable living environment. The outside of the cabin contain a 6-foot-wide sheltered deck for relaxing and lounging on.

Clark Stevens - Little Lost Cabin - Summit Spring Ranch - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The price of the cabin and its surrounding land (a total of 3,783 acres) comes to $4 million. With the conservation restrictions in place, Beartooth are looking for a type particular buyer – one who is ecologically aware, and has some spare cash. Since their inception in 2005, they’ve purchased 25,000 acres, protected 13,000 of them and restored 37 miles of creeks and rivers. Not a bad approach to development.

For more cabins check out Mason St. Peters reclaimed and recycled tiny forest cabin. Or, this small hikers cabin set on the peak of a mountain in the Julian Alps. See all cabins.

Via Adventure Journal
Photos: Brett Ziegler

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Beautiful cabin and surrounding landscape. Now if this were in the price range of us ordinary people instead of the overly rich you would really have something. Can the cabin plans be bought and built by ordinary people or is it only for the rich?

  2. Umm, I think it’s a conservation, not conversation, easment that’s applied to the property. I also think that there will be some interesting times in finding a purchaser because the style of house is not commensurate with the type of buyer who is likely to have the amount of money to purchase the property in my estimation. Best of luck to them because it has amazing views, and I wish I had the cash for it.

    1. Thanks for pointing that out, I tend not to proof read. It’s true that the price, and the type of dwelling seem at ends with the potential buyer, but they’ve been doing it for a number of years, so I’m guessing there’s someone out there with the cash and the interest.

  3. I could die happy in that place. Beautiful and probably completely worth that crazy price. :'(

  4. I so want to live alone in a Tiny Home. Hafta keep the Land in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Collect scrap and begin.

  5. Agenda 21 staring you in the face, folks. We should object to this sort of thing. If you don’t wake up and oppose such grabs as this, you will soon find yourself out of any way to live off the grid or to find any land where you are allowed to live.

  6. Agenda 21 should prohibit this… but of course anything for the 1 percent will have access to that half of the country designated as wilderness. The Hoi Polloi will not.

  7. Too bad it isn’t something that people could rent for a week and visit. That would be an awesome vacation spot or honeymoon location.

  8. I’m not one for a whole lot of natural wood throughout a building/house, however…
    this house seems to have adequate light, lots of large window to allow the wood, especially this type of wood to show off the natural grains, tones.
    I really like this house and the design.
    Tiny enough to qualify yet enough room to find your own space.
    Two thumbs up