Edmonton Fall Residence Present: ‘The cabins could also be tiny, however … spectacular’

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Want a backyard getaway, small ski cabin or a unique AirBnB to rent out? Gather some great ideas for “shabins.”

Home on the Hill showcases what's possible for mini-cabins at the Calgary Fall Home Show. Home on the Hill showcases what’s possible for mini-cabins at the Calgary Fall Home Show. Photo by Supplied /Postmedia

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Discover ideas and inspiration on how, what and where to buy a second home or vacation property at the 2022 Edmonton Fall Home Show.

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As Canadians contemplate cooler temperatures ahead, this year’s show will include a creative micro-cabin design feature with the perfect alpine vibe for weekend ski adventures.

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Fall Home show manager Kristy Cairns says Home on the Hill will bring the “top of the piste” to the annual three-day event running Oct. 14 to 16 at the Edmonton Expo Centre.

“This design feature will showcase some amazing tiny cabins designed in a cozy-chic, apres ski vibe. We are always trying to stay on trend and inspire, so whether folks are looking for a unique addition to a vacation property or designing their own lake/cabin rental, they’ll find inspiration,” she says.

Alberta builders Forest Trek Woodwork and Maetche Construction, collaborators in real life and for the Fall Home Show, will each have a handcrafted micro-cabin on site.

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“The cabins may be tiny, but they are impressive,” Cairns says.

Maetche Construction owner Matt Maetche will showcase a 10-foot by 17-foot cabin, or “shabin,” a portmanteau of shed and cabin, which can be erected or built on almost any lot without the need for the permits that some locations such as Lake communities or RV parks require.

“When you build a shed, there aren’t as many hoops to jump through. They fit the size requirements of a shed, but we built them as a cabin,” he says.

His cabins are constructed of local wood, such as pine or cedar, with maintenance-free James Hardie concrete siding and metal roofs. Each tiny home is wired and can be connected to a generator or to solar panels if there is no permitted power onsite.

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“The one at the show is 170 square feet. It has a loft with a window—a single sleeper, but you could get up to four people in it,” Maetche says.

His cabins retail between $15,000 and $20,000 depending on the interior finishings. The price includes delivery when it’s possible to deliver in one piece.

“We did a lot of jobs in Radium and Invermere where we had to frame on location,” he says. “You could use these as little ski-in chalets — they fit that vibe.”

Maetche shares space in his shop west of Edmonton with co-exhibitor Forest Trek Woodwork, which will showcase a smaller alpine-themed micro-cabin for the home show.

Explore more alpine-adventure ideas and decor at the Home on the Hill feature at the Edmonton Fall Home Show. Save $2 per ticket by purchasing online at edmontonfallhomeshow.com

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