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Compact Cabins: Simple Living in 1000 Square Feet or Less; 62 Plans for Camps, Cottages, Lake Houses, and Other Getaways [Paperback]

Gerald Rowan
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Book Description

Feb. 27 2010
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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“Some of the designs in the book verge on the vacation-home look, but many are appealing in the way they play with the traditional presentation of a cabin. I was intrigued by the Micro Cabin at mere 162 square feet.”

About the Author

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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not specific enough on plans May 16 2014
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Not quite what I expected, could have used more specificity on floor plans, could have used more that would give advise on actual building
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book March 5 2013
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Great plans, nice illustrations, many to choose from that will suit you style and needs, would recommend this to anybody
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 25 2014
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Would have loved to see more standard houses in it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not too Shabby! July 12 2010
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I have enjoyed this book thoroughly. It has lots of floor plans of cabins from micro sub 200 square feet structures up to ±1000 square feet, as well as general pointers about building. It does have some green building ideas as most of the plans are adaptable for off grid living. But that said, most of plans also lack other details necessary to make an off grid structure work (like a mechanical room to house batteries, etc.). I have taken this book for what it's worth: general outline floor plans to give basic ideas and design concepts. From there, if you wanted to build a cabin of your own, you'll have to take the ideas to a architect and get plans drawn up with more detail anyways. So, as a place to jumpstart from in the concept/design stage, this book is great. Plus it has a neat feel as it is published on recycled materials. For more green building ideas and techniques, I highly recommend you look into Earthship design, even for cabin-sized structures.
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