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Small Cabins

(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.

Modern Studio, a Lindal Cedar Homes Daylight Product,
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

Cabin by Beaver Creek Log Homes,
(photo by James Bailey)
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.

Cabin by Estemerwalt Log Homes,
There are many ways to “go small,” from handcrafted log homes to modular kits. Uses can range from small cabins or cottages to a guesthouse or bunkhouse to a craft house or studio, and beyond. Following are a few interesting places and ideas that might give you inspiration.
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.

This cabin was modified from the Hearthstone Macon model, Hearthstone Homes,
(photo by F & E Schmidt Photography)
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,

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