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Edmonton Fall Home Show: “The shacks may be tiny, but they’re impressive” – ​​Edmonton Journal | Casual Expat

Want a backyard getaway, small ski lodge, or unique AirBnB rental? Collect great ideas for “Shabins”.

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

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As Canadians consider cooler temperatures, this year’s show will feature 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 runway” to the annual three-day event, taking place October 14-16 at the Edmonton Expo Centre.

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

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

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

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

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

Its cabins are constructed of local timber such as pine and 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 allowable electricity on site.

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“The one at the fair is 170 square meters. It has a loft with a window – a single bed, but you could fit up to four people in it,” says Maetche.

Its cabins cost between $15,000 and $20,000 depending on the interior. The price includes delivery when delivery in one piece is possible.

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

Maetche is sharing space at his store west of Edmonton with co-exhibitor Forest Trek Woodwork, who will be showcasing a smaller alpine-style micro-cabin for the Home Show.

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

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Updated: September 19, 2022 — 5:38 pm

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