A home in a tree-trunk

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...
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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77 Comments on this post.
  • R.Ramakrishnan
    25 October 2012 at 2:30 am

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

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 4:39 pm

      I wish I could hibernate in this log-house. πŸ™‚

  • Ranjana’s craft blog
    25 October 2012 at 4:28 am

    Very nice….

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 4:40 pm

      I'm sure you'd like this one, Ranjana. You have an eye for creative stuff like this, do you! πŸ™‚

  • poonam
    25 October 2012 at 5:11 am

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

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Isn't it, Poonam! It really is warm in every sense.
      Today is a rainy day here today and I wish I were there in that cozy house- in-the-tree-trunk.

  • gunjan kumar
    25 October 2012 at 5:15 am

    incredible …

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 4:44 pm

      It is. πŸ™‚

  • AmitAag
    25 October 2012 at 5:30 am


    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 4:46 pm


  • R Niranjan Das
    25 October 2012 at 5:37 am
    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 4:48 pm

      I wish that was allowed. :(.
      It's such a pleasure, Niranjan. I've been wanting to put it up here for a while now. πŸ™‚

  • kranthi P
    25 October 2012 at 6:33 am
    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you, Kranthi. πŸ™‚

  • Swapna
    25 October 2012 at 7:05 am

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

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Really, alle? The heights of imagination. I was so amazed by how perfect this little home was.

  • sahi
    25 October 2012 at 7:37 am

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

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Hey Sahi, it's in a place called Garberville in northern California.

  • Desi Traveler
    25 October 2012 at 8:55 am

    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.

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 5:08 pm

      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 :).

  • Rajesh
    25 October 2012 at 9:24 am

    Wonderful use of available space. Great stuff.

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 5:12 pm

      That's created space, Rajesh πŸ™‚
      Wonderful indeed.

  • umashankar
    25 October 2012 at 11:04 am

    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.

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 5:16 pm

      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.:)

  • Siddhartha Joshi
    25 October 2012 at 11:10 am

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

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 5:20 pm

      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.

  • sunil deepak
    25 October 2012 at 11:42 am

    Brings back memories of childhood fantasies! πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 5:22 pm

      I'm sure πŸ™‚

  • matheikal
    25 October 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Quite a curious place indeed.

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Yes, it is. πŸ™‚

  • Tanya Sehgal
    25 October 2012 at 4:14 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 5:28 pm

      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.

  • Meenakshi Malhotra
    25 October 2012 at 4:32 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      25 October 2012 at 5:31 pm

      You're welcome, Meenakshi. That is a very warm and very inviting place.
      Welcome here. I look forward to seeing you here more often. πŸ™‚

  • Nikita Banerjee Bhagat
    25 October 2012 at 7:12 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      26 October 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Me too. πŸ™‚
      You're welcome, Nikita.

  • Shrinidhi Hande
    26 October 2012 at 1:01 am

    Very interesting place.

    • dNambiar
      26 October 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Yeah Shrinidhi, very. It's almost a wonder. πŸ™‚

  • Meoww
    26 October 2012 at 1:11 am

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

    • dNambiar
      26 October 2012 at 10:01 pm

      I swear. Minimalistic indeed but I thought it was grand for a home-in-a-tree trunk.:)

  • Rachna
    26 October 2012 at 2:49 am

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

    • dNambiar
      26 October 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Isn't it! Maybe if your visiting this side again…but this place is about 3 hours from the Bay Area :(.

  • magiceye
    26 October 2012 at 4:44 am

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

    • dNambiar
      26 October 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Now that's the perfect motor-home, right? πŸ™‚

  • sabyasachi patra
    26 October 2012 at 6:45 am

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

    • dNambiar
      26 October 2012 at 10:08 pm

      My pleasure, Mr. Patra. That really is a piece of amazing creativity.

  • indu chhibber
    26 October 2012 at 1:32 pm

    It is incredible Divya-& so well furnished too.

    • dNambiar
      26 October 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Yes, it's very tastefully done up. He's made put the space to best use too:)

  • TTT
    26 October 2012 at 2:01 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      26 October 2012 at 10:14 pm

      What a superb idea, right? They say it's 7ft high and 30-something ft long. Huge indeed. Wouldn't it be lovely to live in something like this!

  • Akshay Kumar G
    26 October 2012 at 3:41 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      26 October 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Cool one, right Akshay?

  • Ghazala Hossain
    26 October 2012 at 7:15 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      26 October 2012 at 10:17 pm

      haha– a tiny one? That's not asking for too much, Ghazala.

  • Raj
    27 October 2012 at 12:19 am

    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.

    • dNambiar
      30 October 2012 at 4:15 am

      That was a truly unique and interesting too. Looks like a very homely place too, right?
      Thanks Raj.

  • Bikramjit
    28 October 2012 at 5:55 pm

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


    • dNambiar
      30 October 2012 at 4:26 am

      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.

  • joshi daniel
    29 October 2012 at 4:22 am

    that is interesting and cool πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      30 October 2012 at 4:27 am

      Yeah, it is Joshi. I was amazed by what they had done with it.

  • Kishan P
    30 October 2012 at 4:15 am

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

    • dNambiar
      30 October 2012 at 4:28 am

      I'm sure you wouldn't mind, Kishan. πŸ™‚
      Hasn't it been a while since I saw a post from you?

  • Ashwini
    30 October 2012 at 5:00 am

    Such a cozy place!! Wonderful!!

    • dNambiar
      14 November 2012 at 9:36 am

      Cozy, it is. πŸ™‚

  • Rahul Bhatia
    1 November 2012 at 11:06 am

    What a ovely place to stay:)

    • dNambiar
      14 November 2012 at 9:36 am

      We can't really stay there, though πŸ™

  • Krishna
    2 November 2012 at 6:06 am

    Wonderful house…

    thanks for sharing…

    • dNambiar
      14 November 2012 at 9:37 am

      My pleasure. πŸ™‚

  • shooting star
    6 November 2012 at 11:16 am
    • dNambiar
      14 November 2012 at 9:37 am

      Me too. πŸ™‚

  • Sneo
    11 November 2012 at 11:18 am

    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?

    • dNambiar
      14 November 2012 at 9:41 am

      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.

  • kl to penang
    22 January 2013 at 7:03 am

    The post isdescrbing one lon house on wheels. Good post

  • Indrani
    26 April 2013 at 5:11 am

    Very interesting. I want to spend some time there.

    • dNambiar
      6 June 2013 at 9:12 pm

      :)It's so perfect, inside.
      The space is so well put-to-use.

  • kranthi P
    14 November 2014 at 1:51 pm


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