How large is your dream cabin? Are you looking for a place to reconnect with family without committing to overwhelming housework? Do you need a bit more space to live in your cabin full time, but want to stick within a tight budget? Are you contemplating shrinking your living space down to truly tiny?
You might have quick and easy responses to these questions, or it might be something you’re still considering. Who will use the cabin and how frequently will affect the size you need. Your lifestyle, family size, plans to entertain…even the climate where you plan to build will all play a part in determining your ideal square footage.
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Seeing how designers and other homeowners have successfully fulfilled their dreams in compact plans can be inspiring. The following pages highlight cabin plans in a range of configurations and sizes (but all under 2,000 square feet). As you look through the plans, consider your needs for bedroom and bathroom count and the characteristics of your property.
Budget often dictates design decisions. If you are approaching your project with a cost-per-square-foot number in mind, remember that building small can actually raise that cost. A smaller kitchen, for example, still needs big-ticket items like appliances, countertops, cabinetry and flooring. If you choose high-end finishes, your small kitchen will carry a higher price regardless of its size.
The type of construction you choose will also affect your cabin’s cost, no matter if its big or small. Conventional construction with readily available materials will cost less than a cabin built with handcrafted, upgraded materials like massive logs and reclaimed wood timbers.
Fortunately, there’s a style and size of cabin that’s just right for everyone and every budget.
Square Footage: 1,565 / Bedrooms: 2 / Baths: 2
A luxury take on a single-level home, this model mixes large, handcrafted logs,
stone and vertical siding. Post-and-beam construction provides the grand feeling of
full round logs without overpowering the compact design. An open patio and covered porch
provide outdoor living space in this home, estimated at a $300-per-square-foot cost to build.
PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes / 800-729-1320 / precisioncraft.com
Square Footage: 1,739 / Bedrooms: 3 / Baths: 2
Setting the stairs off to one side gives this home a unique layout that’s perfect for a lot with a view.
Windows allow for views from the kitchen working area, dining space and living room area. Sliding glass doors open onto a pergola. The exterior of this custom home features a hybrid mix of building materials.
Wisconsin Log Homes / 800-678-9107 / wisconsinloghomes.com
The Cottage II
Square Footage: 1,872 / Bedrooms: 2 / Baths: 2.5
Choose an Eastern white pine or Douglas timber frame for this cottage plan that features an open layout and special touches like a curved kitchen peninsula and window seat. Upstairs are two bedroom suites set at unique angles to make room for a cozy home office.
Timberpeg / 800.636.2424 /timberpeg.com
Square Footage: 1,880 / Bedrooms: 2 / Baths: 2
Wraparound porches and a private balcony off the master suite make this cabin perfect for people who love the outdoors. A wide-open floor plan combines the living and dining spaces together with the kitchen. For added convenience, the plan offers a first-floor laundry room and an attached oversized garage. The cabin provides the versatility of a full bath on each floor.
Honest Abe Log Homes / 800-231-3695 / honestabe.com
Square Footage: 844 / Bedrooms: 1, plus loft /Baths: 2
This simple cabin floor plan stands out with contemporary style. A front porch welcomes friends and family. Inside, the post-and-beam frame gives an organic feel that’s right at home on any wooded or lakeside property. All the comforts of home are found in this small package: an open floor plan, vaulted great room with plenty of windows, two sleeping areas with closets and two full bathrooms.
Woodhouse / 800-227-4311 / timberframe1.com