Compact Cabins: Simple Living In 1000 Square Feet Or Less; 62 Plans For Camps, Cottages, Lake Houses, And Other Getaways
  • Compact Cabins: Simple Living In 1000 Square Feet Or Less; 62 Plans For Camps, Cottages, Lake Houses, And Other Getaways
  • Compact Cabins: Simple Living In 1000 Square Feet Or Less; 62 Plans For Camps, Cottages, Lake Houses, And Other Getaways
  • Compact Cabins: Simple Living In 1000 Square Feet Or Less; 62 Plans For Camps, Cottages, Lake Houses, And Other Getaways
  • Compact Cabins: Simple Living In 1000 Square Feet Or Less; 62 Plans For Camps, Cottages, Lake Houses, And Other Getaways
ISBN: 1603424628
EAN13: 9781603424622
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 27, 2010
Pages: 216
Dimensions: 0.55" H x 9.13" L x 7.95" W
Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

In the woods, on a mountaintop, or at the water's edge, a small cabin can fulfill big dreams. With attention to efficient living and minimizing energy footprints, Gerald Rowan provides 62 designs for compact and creative buildings that are flexible enough to fit whatever your needs may be. Rowan includes detailed floor plans with plenty of modular elements that make the designs adaptable and easy to recreate with cost-effective, low-maintenance materials. Make the most of the cabin you call home, regardless of its size.

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5
   Prepare to daydream for hours!
A friend of mine lent me this summer to read this book. I spent probably over 48 hours just staring and day dreaming about each of the designs. Some of the cabins are really ugly in my opinion, but are just a few out of the hundreds. Though quite small, some of the designs may actually seem quite larger due to vaulted ceilings and other design innovations. The book takes you through all different sized cabins, starting with microcabins as large as 192sf through to moderately small cabins that are 800+sf. My main interest in buying this book is to build one of these cabins to live in the near future as a bachelor pad. Or I've considered getting some investors to build cabins like these to rent to college students, since the book is mainly focused on how many a place can sleep comfortably. I really hope that one of these cabins can be built one day either as a retreat or to live in full time.
 
5
   Great book
This is a great book, and several neighbors have borrowed it to flip through it as well. If you like the idea of a great home, this has tiny plans to help you on the way.
 
5
   Small Cabin Designs
This is a really helpful book of designs for small rooms. I had been looking for a book of plans for some mountainous land to build a small cabin on the grid and use a composting toilet. Apart from the box style plans, the fancy home design books of cabin plans started at 2700 ft and seemed more designed for the housing boom and very small log cabins. If you are looking for a book of plans for a small cabin of 600 -- 1200 ft2, you will be happy with this book.
 
5
   Gets you dreaming
I wanted to make so many of these houses! Ended up buying a home of 1280 sq ft, larger than I wanted, but it met my needs on a beautiful piece of land. Book is a great book for dreaming or building your own little place.
 
5
   Very nice book with lots of ideas and tips
A nice array of ideas and pictures for those looking for a seasonal cabin and some which can be used with a few considerations for the long term off grid. The layout was a little off on the Little Apple app on my old iPad and it took a little while to realize which image went with the discussion. I like the Paperback version well enough to purchase the Kindle version in case I borrow my physical version. It is just sketches of suggested layouts, but any architect could easily generate plans from the pictures.
 
3
   Decent but not great
The little book was Decent. Most of the drawing are pretty simple and make you think that someone has been allocated to draw as many pictures as possible using the same reusable parts. I also grew increasingly annoyed that in a bizarre way, 100 drawings in a row said you could use the roof as a place to put solar panels.
 
3
   Too Compact
The book has some interesting ideas on efficient living space, but the problem is that there are virtually no provisions for storage in the cabin designs... for clothing, food etc. There is room for a TV, but you first have to go to the store for your snack and drink.
 
5
   A Book of Plans, not Designs/Layouts, but Well Worth the Price for the Ideas!
One of two books by the author, covering Compact Cabins and Compact Houses. Both are well written and laid out. The latter 100+ pages cover the author's suggestions for putting any of his ideasdesigns into practice. I preferred this book for compact cabinins, mainly because many more of the designs had utility for my intent to put a small cabincottage on my property in the low Sierra Nevada Mountains below 4000's level, where snow load is a consideration on the roof. I expect it will be my source book for putting one of his designs on this property in the near future. It was a fun read and I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to build a small cabincottage as a DIYer!
 
5
   I hesitate to review books
It is too subjective. But this is such a great book, I have to tell you. I am first a cabin nut. I love you just . I have tens of books about cabins. I kinda thought that this would wind up just a beautiful little coffee table book. And it is that, but also a little more. From very small to just tiny. Exactly, I like what you have. But it also has a lot of other features. Ideas on everything from type of appliances to site choices to different kinds of building materials. Very thoughtfully laid out and thoughtfully, Gave me some excellent ideas. One of these days is built by Gonna my cabin. Hopefully it will be decided earlier rather than later. From this book, I have received a few really good ideas. If you have that yearning, like I do, to have a small cabin in the woods someday, I think you will enjoy it. Thanks for reading.
 
5
   Perfect for the Cabin or even Tiny Home builder
Let me start by saying : I love the design of this book. The floor plans are laid in a way that anyone can easily look at and understand them. This book is packed with knowledge of the many ways you can go about building a small cabin or a tiny home. They even talk about how you can design their floor plans and mix and match to take your own. It explains in detail all the options for plumbing, sewage, heating and so much more. If you are interested in building yourself a small home or a tiny cabin as a getaway, this is the book for you. With so many options and ideas in this book, all you have to do is decide and begin building your dream.
 
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