Compact Cabins

Compact Cabins

Simple Living in 1,000 Square Feet or Less

Book - 2009
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Workman Press.
A collection of small-footprint designs that are affordable and energy efficient without skimping on comfort and style.

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.

Baker & Taylor
Sixty-two designs for stylish, comfortable small cabins, ranging from 100 to 1,000 square feet, include floor plans and design details for sleeping quarters, working kitchens and bathrooms, in a resource that also provides complete coverage of off-the-grid energy sources. Original.

Book News
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 (

Publisher: North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2009
ISBN: 9781603424622
Branch Call Number: 728.73 R782c
Characteristics: 216 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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