I haven’t forgotten the cardinal rule of real estate; location, location, location. But precluding location issues that may warrant an exterior or interior change, I’ve narrowed down some of the preliminary design ideas to 3 specific ones.
These are from my new favorite book, Compact Cabins (highly recommended) which isn’t so much a book on actual design, but design ideas and how to approach the problem of layouts. Think of it as a roadmap to your own roadmap to a cabin design.
Apologies for the quality. I didn’t want to scan these in high res as that could be a copyright violation. I just wanted to share the three designs I’ve settled on to incorporate into my own.
The above cabin has pretty much most of layout for the 1st floor I had in mind except I want the bed on the 2nd floor. I basically want to keep all “plumbing” on the 1st floor to simplify construction and keep the 2nd floor as open as possible.
I also want a rear door by the kitchen, so by expanding the width and taking away the cabinet, I can put a door back there.
That cabin has most of the exterior look I’m looking for when it comes to the windows. I do want lots of windows to let in plenty of natural light and also to enjoy the scenery. I’m not too crazy about the bathroom jotting out, but if I make the square footage the same, if not slightly bigger than the first cabin, I can squeeze it inside the main structure as in the first example.
When I said I want the bed upstairs, this is exactly what I had in mind. I also want the top floor open to the bottom, and the front porch is just perfect. Couple this with the bottom floor arrangement of the first cabin (minus bed) and I think this is where I should start.
So overall dimentions would be something like…
- 16ft x 16ft footprint with 16ft height (we’ll make this a cube, except with a sloping roof).
- Similar porch as in the last cabin example.
- 2nd Floor open to the 1st floor as in the last cabin.
- Front fascade similar to the 2nd cabin example (we’ll lower and shorten the front window to fit under the porch roof. Maybe make it a patio door.)
- Maybe an exterior storage shed similar to the 2nd example.
- Single slope or at most, an asymmetrical roof with the greater surface area pointed south for solar panels.
The roof has me divided a bit, but I want it either a single slope roof or like the following…
I also like all the glass, except I may have it pointed North to prevent direct sunlight making it too hot inside.
So there you have it… Ideas in place, I just have to go about designing the thing.
I still didn’t get a chance to play with SketchUp yet because of my schedule, but I plan to get something done by the end of this week. I also don’t want just rough sketches (we’ll start with those), I want the interior structure layed out as well. If a 2 x 6 piece of lumber is actually layed out in the program, I can truly visualize how to construct. This would also prevent logical errors in the construction.