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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 – Feb 27 2010


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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (Feb. 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603424628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603424622
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Schultz on 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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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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By Scott Mitchell on 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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By Carole Dufort on July 25 2014
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Would have loved to see more standard houses in it
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