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COMPACT CABINS 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, & the days pace is set by leisure & 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 & energy efficient without skimping on comfort & style. The cabins range in size from a cozy 100 square feet to a more spacious but still economical 1,000 square feet, & all include sleeping accommodations, kitchen & bath facilities, & a heat source. Complete chapters on low-maintenance building materials, utilities & appliances, & 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 & matched to accommodate a particular owners needs or hobbies. Features such as an outdoor fireplace, covered porch, or external storage locker might work nicely in several cabin designs. Its all about enhancing & maximizing small spaces to suit individual needs & preferences.Build small. In this time of uncertain energy costs, global warming, & 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.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Gerald Rowan has taught art, ceramics, architecture, & graphic design for more than 30 years. He is currently a visiting professor in the art & architecture department atLehigh University in Pennsylvania. He has a strong personal interest in building small". ISBN: 1-60342-462-8 publish date: 12/29/2009
Binding Type: Softcover
ISBN: 1-60342-462-8
Author: Gerald Rowan

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