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Compact Cabins: Simple Living in 1000 Square Feet or Less; 62 Plans for Camps, Cottages, Lake Houses, and Other Getaways


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The setting might be a sparkling lakefront, a cool clearing in the woods, a breathtaking mountaintop, or an expansive beach, but the dream of a modest retreat from everyday life often includes a simple little cabin. In cabin getaways of the imagination, the cares of the world recede, time slows down, and the day's pace is set by leisure and quiet activities.

Compact Cabins presents 62 design interpretations of the getaway dream, with something to please every taste. Best of all, these small footprint designs are affordable and energy efficient without skimping on comfort and style. The cabins range in size from a cozy 100 square feet to a more spacious but still economical 1,000 square feet, and all include sleeping accommodations, kitchen and bath facilities, and a heat source. Complete chapters on low-maintenance building materials, utilities and appliances, and alternative energy sources supply readers with the options for living efficiently in small spaces.

For every design, readers will find floor plans with detailed suggestions for designing the space for optimal use. These plans are flexible; many feature modular elements that can be mixed and matched to accommodate a particular owner's needs or hobbies. Features such as an outdoor fireplace, covered porch, or external storage locker might work nicely in several cabin designs. It's all about enhancing and maximizing small spaces to suit individual needs and preferences.

Build small. In this time of uncertain energy costs, global warming, and tighter budgets, building small is a theme that resonates with second-home owners. Gerald Rowan shows readers how to achieve their cabin dreams on a small footprint.

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From a 200-square foot personal retreat to off-the-grid passive solar cabins, Rowan (who has taught architecture, art, and graphic design for many years) presents 50 designs for micro, mini, and compact cabins to fit a variety of lifestyles and budgets. For each modular design, he specifies the square footage, features, number it can accommodate, and its adaptability to being off-the-grid. He offers tips and illustrations on design, local building codes, location, logistics, construction materials and methods, and energy efficiency. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Gerald Rowan has taught art, ceramics, architecture, and graphic design for more than 30 years. He is currently a visiting professor in the art and architecture department at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He has a strong personal interest in “building small".

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Rowan, Gerald
Storey Publishing
Design & Construction
Log cabins -- Design and construction.
Log cabins -- Designs and plans.
Buildings - Residential
Log cabins
General House & Home
Home Design
HOUSE & HOME / Design & Construction
House & Home : House Plans
House & Home : Equipment, Appliances & Supplies
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