A home in a tree-trunk

One Log House
One Log House

If you have visited the post on the Drive Thru (Chandelier ) Tree you know by now that Redwood trees can be enormous both in terms of height and width. Here’s something you may not have imagined ever; it is a house in a tree trunk, a full fledged one at that. One Log House has it all: beds, kitchenette, living and dining spaces and everything. You have to see it to believe it. Below are the pictures I brought back from my visit there:

One Log House
This plank says it all.
One Log House
One Log House
One Log House
One Log House
Work Desk. (Don’t miss the framed picture of One Log House on the road)
One Log House
Door to the bathroom (left). Entrance for visitors (left)

This house in a trunk stands on wheels. The architect of this house Art Schmock wanted to take it around the country but found that the size made almost impossible to do so.

One Log House, which was completed in 1946 now lies beside Highway 101 (US Route 101) in Garberville, California.

Visitors are allowed into the One Log House. All you have to do is walk into the gift shop near the Log House collect your key code from the person in there and use it to find your way into this woodenΒ wonder-house.

When I stepped out, I just had to click a picture of the wheels still attached to the One Log House.


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  1. Lovely getaway in a redwood tree log. Bears too like to hibernate inside log hollows !

  2. thats plain dead gorgeous! Warm and Inviting! You lucky lucky girl!

  3. This is wonderful. Would love to spend a few nights here. Thanks for sharing this Divya.


  4. oh wow Divya!! Man's imagination has no bounds.

  5. woww… but wer did u find this log house????

  6. Really good…liked the pics… I hope they don't plan to make any more of them.. it will bleed my heart to see more of these gentle giants to be fallen. I believe Redwoods are now protected species.

    • Redwoods really are gorgeous. Don't worry Desi Traveler. I don't think they'll make any more of this; I'm sure it's a whole lot of work.
      A lot of these trees are now in 'State Parks' so they are well protected. Long live the redwoods :).

  7. Wonderful use of available space. Great stuff.

  8. It is like visiting a childhood fancy – it so reminds me of Mr Moonface's house in the trunk of the Faraway Tree! Fascinating photos.

    • Hmm… Faraway Tree used to be one of my favourite books too. I look forward to reading it with my little one in a couple of years.
      Doesn't One-Log House look like the perfect place to curl up with a book.:)

  9. Fantastic! This is so awesome…lovey place to dwell πŸ™‚

    • Fantastic, it is. Now if only we could dwell in a place like this :(. But then again, it may not look like this if people lived in it.
      It is an awesome place, Siddharth.

  10. Brings back memories of childhood fantasies! πŸ™‚

  11. Quite a curious place indeed.

  12. Beautiful, divine I admire the interiors. That's a case of innovation of human mind πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • The interiors are beautifully done up. It's a small space but very well managed with shelves for books and crockery and all. I found the work desk to be a great idea, too.
      It's such a pleasure, Tanya. Thank you for coming by.

  13. Hi, new to your blog, lovely log-house, very warm and inviting, thanks for the tour, will keep visiting for more…

  14. Wow…this is great! I would love to live in a house like this! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Youve got to love this idea! And the Minimalistic approach. I am trying to get there!

  16. This is so cute Divya. I would love to visit a place like this one.

  17. Wow! This is amazing! Would love to drive one around the world!!

  18. Amazing creation. This is real creativity. Thanks for sharing this with all.

  19. It is incredible Divya-& so well furnished too.

  20. wow ! that must be so cosy and nice ! would love to live in the tree trunk ! it must be so huge !

  21. That's fascinating. Wanna live in a place like that. πŸ™‚

  22. Love this log house, now I want one. A tiny one will do πŸ˜‰

  23. Yeah. I have read about the red wood trees. They are gigantic. A complete home in a tree trunk is a unique and novel idea. It seems so lovely and great you found it and I am sure you would have a great time. This is terrific and the pictures look fabulous. I want to go there immediately.

  24. Now that is good , I would love to have a house like that .. but is it safe and all tooo


    • Isn't is super cool? You'll have to make one in that case, Bikram. :). It's an extra-large showpiece these days. It looks pretty secure too. Entry is allowed only through one door and you need to go to the gift store next to it and pick up a key code so as to get in. (It's got one of those door handles with an electronic code lock and all.)
      Unfortunately, there's a lot of graffiti on the doors.

  25. that is interesting and cool πŸ™‚

  26. I wouldn't mind having a one-log house of my own. Any day better than the matchbox houses in Bangalore πŸ˜›

  27. Such a cozy place!! Wonderful!!

  28. What a ovely place to stay:)

  29. Wonderful house…

    thanks for sharing…

  30. its so cute and gipsy like…me wants to9 live in such a house..for some time that is πŸ™‚


  31. Wow, this is so cool. Reminds me of those giant sequoia trees in Yosemite. I must say, you are in a lovely location. Did you guys rent the place for a few days?

    • Northern California really is gorgeous. You get to see a lot of these trees in Yosemite.
      No Sneha, you can't rent this place. πŸ™
      Actually that might be a good thing. The log house just might have a longer life this way. It was sad to see graffiti on the doors.

  32. The post isdescrbing one lon house on wheels. Good post

  33. Very interesting. I want to spend some time there.

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