The Shack at Hinkle Farm represents a first for record—a residence without electricity. The single-room house is simplicity embodied. Architect Jeffery Broadhurst, AIA, designed the diminutive abode as a retreat for his family. A few hours from their home in suburban Washington, D.C., the shack perches on a 27-acre mountaintop property in West Virginia.
Although Broadhurst thinks of the shack as a place for family and friends, it exhibits an undeniably monastic dimension. Exceedingly remote, it is inaccessible without an off-road vehicle. A long, winding drive over stones and grasses along the ridge of South Fork Mountain leads to a steep clearing where the bucolic box hovers at 3,600 feet above sea level. It’s an ideal hermitage, but on weekends in the warmer seasons, Broadhurst packs up to a half-dozen people in the 140-square-foot room.