One winter night in 2000, a fire destroyed Cabin 2. No humans were harmed, but some animals perished. Four Homesteaders lost their belongings and home. The displaced squeezed into Cabins 1, 3 and the Basement of 3. After the fire, Homesteaders went about designing and creating a new residential cabin known as PHOENIX.
Cabin Phoenix is the most recent cabin addition to the Homestead, being completed in 2009. Phoenix is an earthship design featuring rammed earth tires on the north side (see picture below) and straw bale insulation, similar to that used in Cabin Bob, on the south side. The south facing windows allow a great amount of heat and light to enter the building, making Cabin Phoenix a toasty spot in the cool months. Four Homesteaders currently inhabit Phoenix, with three on the upper level on one on the lower. Phoenix also has a greenhouse located on the south side that is used all year round.