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Small Cabins

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: December 17, 2010
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Guest Cabin (Just over 1,000 sq. ft.)

At the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains sits this guest cabin, which a couple had built to accommodate their large circle of visiting family and friends (but it could also serve as a small primary cabin, as well). Made from a mix of eastern white pine and western hemlock, the cabin has a solid stone foundation and oak floors with walnut pegs. Downstairs, there’s a large living room with stone fireplace, a full eat-in kitchen and a large bathroom. Upstairs, you’ll find a bedroom overlooking the living room and a second bathroom.

READER RESOURCE:
This cabin was modified from the Hearthstone Macon model, Hearthstone Homes, www.hearthstonehomes.com.
(photo by F & E Schmidt Photography)
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Gilann Cottage (635 sq. ft.)

This early small-cottage design by architect Ross Chapin has inspired a popular new cottage plan, the Lisette Cottage. The Lisette is designed to be a fully livable retreat or guest cottage, featuring one bedroom, a kitchen with an eating alcove, and a study.

READER RESOURCE: Cottage by Ross Chapin Architects, www.rosschapin.com.
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ModernStudio (115 to 250 sq. ft.)

The Modern Studio is designed to be a four-season backyard retreat. It can serve as a guest suite, secluded home office, a craft shop or whatever your heart desires. This post-and-beam structure can stand alone or become an addition to your cabin, attached by a deck or breezeway.

READER RESOURCE:
Modern Studio, a Lindal Cedar Homes Daylight Product, www.lindal.com/modernstudio.
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The Snapping Turtle (500 sq. ft.*)

Builder Robbin Obomsawin, of Beaver Creek Log Homes, knows small cabins. In fact, she wrote a book on the topic: Small Log Homes. Her Snapping Turtle model resembles a prairie-like cottage. The front porch details add flair to the otherwise simple design. * square footage does not include 120-sq. ft. porch

READER RESOURCE:
Cabin by Beaver Creek Log Homes, beavercreekloghomes.com
(photo by James Bailey)
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Cabin in the Woods (1,200 sq. ft.)

This Pennsylvania year-round fishing and hunting retreat is a saddle-notch-style log cabin built with 10-inch round eastern white pine logs. It’s completely off-the-grid with no running water or electricity and is heated with a woodstove and fireplace.

READER RESOURCE:
Cabin by Estemerwalt Log Homes,
www.estemerwalt.com.


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DON DAVIDSON from COLORADO said:
I find the idea of making a functional tiny cabin very appealing!
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