This week I thought I would bring you something from my drawing board. I am continually sketching and developing plans for small functional and well used spaces. I have a love of Wisconsin farms especially the ones set in the valleys and rolling hills. This design is based on the Gothic or vernacular farm style. It is designed as a country home a place to enjoy the sights, sounds and breezes of the warm summer evenings. The floor plan is 1184 square feet with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. I am using the great room concept with all the rooms being open off the screen porch via french doors. You will never be far from the beauty of the outdoors. The kitchen is a part of the living room with a fireplace and the dining room is large enough for a gathering of friends and family or working on projects. In the summer time the french doors can be open from the bedroom and living/dining area to the outdoors. You will always be connected to the sounds of the birds and the spring peepers, the fragrances carried on the breezes or the flitting of the fireflies on a summer evening.
I have two ideas for the exterior depending on where the cabin would be built. If it was built in a rolling farm type of landscape I would see it in a traditional white clap board with green Marvin cottage style windows and french doors, a green painted porch floor and a mottled copper roof with copper down spouts, traditional vertical skirting at the foundation and a stone chimney. If it is located on a lake in northern Minnesota I would give it a north-woods rendition. Reclaimed gray barn wood applied vertical with red Marvin windows, Tamarack logs perhaps unpeeled for the screen porch supports and local stone applied to the foundation and for the chimney.
There are many options for the interior decor depending on the client. I would love to see this small home built and designed.