Compact Cabins: Simple Living in 1,000 Square Feet Or Less (Google eBook)

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Storey Publishing, 2010 - Architecture - 216 pages
9 Reviews
The setting might be a sparkling lakefront, a cool clearing in the woods, a breathtaking mountaintop, or an expansive beach, but the dream of a modest retreat from everyday life often includes a simple little cabin. In cabin getaways of the imagination, the cares of the world recede, time slows down, and the day's pace is set by leisure and quiet activities.

Compact Cabins presents 62 design interpretations of the getaway dream, with something to please every taste. Best of all, these small footprint designs are affordable and energy efficient without skimping on comfort and style. The cabins range in size from a cozy 100 square feet to a more spacious but still economical 1,000 square feet, and all include sleeping accommodations, kitchen and bath facilities, and a heat source. Complete chapters on low-maintenance building materials, utilities and appliances, and alternative energy sources supply readers with the options for living efficiently in small spaces.

For every design, readers will find floor plans with detailed suggestions for designing the space for optimal use. These plans are flexible; many feature modular elements that can be mixed and matched to accommodate a particular owner's needs or hobbies. Features such as an outdoor fireplace, covered porch, or external storage locker might work nicely in several cabin designs. It's all about enhancing and maximizing small spaces to suit individual needs and preferences.

Build small. In this time of uncertain energy costs, global warming, and tighter budgets, building small is a theme that resonates with second-home owners. Gerald Rowan shows readers how to achieve their cabin dreams on a small footprint.
  

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Review: Compact Cabins: Simple Living in 1000 Square Feet or Less

User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

If Plan A is to buy an island, Plan B is to build a small off-the-grid cabin. (And Plan A may involve Plan B.) Fun read with several excellent ideas about living in a small space, and lots of tips on ... Read full review

Review: Compact Cabins: Simple Living in 1000 Square Feet or Less

User Review  - Alanna Jane - Goodreads

This amazingly detailed small-cabin planner is the ultimate fuel for my "off-grid dream home with soul". Read full review

Contents

CONTENTS
4
Good Living in Small Spaces
6
50 Designs for Compact Cabins
8
Design Architecture Logistics Environment
110
A Modular Approach to Cabin Design
132
Using Manufactured Structural Components
148
Getting the Most from Building Materials
162
Compact Efficient Utilities Appliances
168
Energy Independence
192
Including Alphabetical Listing of Plans
214
INDEX
215
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Gerald Rowan is the author of Compact Cabins. Retired from full-time teaching, he now teaches architectural history part-time at various schools in Pennsylvania, including Lehigh University and Haverford College. He has owned and renovated more than 60 small houses and cabins.

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