In 1996, the Homestead decided it would be best to have a communal space for meeting, studying and cooking. That year’s seminar devised plans for a new cabin. The building was named Cabin Bob, after Robert “Bob” Alrutz, founder and visionary for the Homestead program.
Homesteaders designed and built the building themselves, with local help. A few years later, the mudroom was added to the front. The straw bale design insulates very well, providing relief from the heat of the summer while remaining very warm throughout the winter. Inside Bob is the stove used for preparing dinners each night as well as the 12 ft dinner table, several couches and the Homestead Library