Small Cabin Design
Tiny Traditionals to
Compact Contemporaries!

Small cabin design -- done well -- successfully balances form and function. Given the spatial and budgetary limitations within which designers must often work, a great deal of thought is required to create a plan that max-
imizes use of interior space AND provides visual appeal.    The examples featured here offer plenty of both!

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 Design above by Allison Ramsey Architects
 (Photo Credit: Jean Allsopp)

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For example,  the wood frame cabin at right is anchored by a massive outdoor corner fireplace made  of  river stones, giving it a truly distinctive "larger than life" appearance that  defies  its  small stature!

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signs at our Sister Site, Standout-

From tiny traditional  (below left)  to compact contemporary  (below right) designs, there is a style and floor plan to appeal to virtually everyone.

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Cladding for Small Cabin Designs

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Exterior cladding varies widely and is often  dictated  by the architectural style.  For example, the glass walled contempory design  pictured  above, right, contrasts sharply with the col-
ored  horizontal  clapboard siding  on
the traditional design at right.    The
two designs that follow are also clad with clapboard siding.  However, the natural finish gives them  more  of  a rustic look and feel.

Design at right by Tumbleweed
Tiny House Company

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Boards and Battens

Another type of cladding,  particularly with traditional designs,  is vertically oriented board and batten siding, shown in the following two designs. Once again,  while the example on the left has a painted finish,  the cabin on the right sports a natural finish to give it a more rustic look.

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Wood Shingles

The Shingle Style cottage pictured below follows a long-standing tradition that  began on the East coast in the latter part of the nineteenth century and quickly spread westward to California. Popular to this day, the style is virtually timeless.

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The log cabin is another building type that  never  seems to go out of style. Despite  having  been  in existence in many parts of the world for centuries, its timeless appeal never wanes.  The fine  example  at  right and below pro-
vides  a strong testament to its ongo-
ing popularity!

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Logs and Stones

Combined with stone, the log cabin design pictured below is a veritable architectural masterpiece . . . leav-
ing  little  doubt as to why this par-
ticular building type remains so pop-
ular to the present day!

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Colorado residence, above, by bhh Partners Planners/Architects

Logs and Steel

And finally,  for a contemporary twist on an old theme,  the unique log de-
sign that follows is indicative of the possibilities that can be achieved with this age-old building type!

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Contemporary cabin, above, by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek

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