Hopper Design, LLC


Toward Healthy and Sustainable Homes

Designs - Cabin Getaway 12x12

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

 Download plans: $175.00

Cabin footprint 12'-8" x 12'-8" (total 290 square feet)
First floor is 160 square feet and second floor is 130 square feet. The screened porch is 140 square feet, not included in the total area above.

This Cabin Getaway has its entrance from the north porch. There is a living space on the first floor with a desk/dining table, kitchenette, built-in drawer wall, closet, and attached bathroom. The screened porch is accessible from the living space. There is a sleeping loft on the second floor accessed by ladder. This is our smallest cabin, suitable for one or two people in a country setting. The porch is a three season living area which makes the cabin feel spacious.

This design is very compact and makes efficient use of space. It can be very economical to build and can even be prefabricated as wall, floor, and roof components and delivered to the site for assembly. This cabin is designed with passive and active solar which allows reduction of non-renewable energy needs, making it possible to achieve net zero energy usage. While this design is very compact, it makes good use of available space with generous glazing and a high ceiling over the living area.

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View of north and west elevations. The porch wraps around the north and west facades and is screened on the west side.

There are built-in drawers to the east and a closet to the west of the north entry. This area will feel bigger than it is due to the glazed doors and windows, especially the doors to the porch, which can remain open most of the year. The kitchen is highly functional with a two burner stove, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, and sink. An operable window faces east at the sink. A narrow door leads to a bathroom with all the necessary features, including a shower. A built-in desk/dining table is central to the common space. A small wood stove is located in the southwest corner.

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Cabin Getaway first floor plan showing screened porch, north entry, and living space with desk/dining table, kitchen, storage wall, closet, attached bathroom, and ladder to the loft.

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Cabin Getaway second floor showing ladder to bedroom loft, study, closet, solar domestic hot water tank, and operable skylight above. The first floor is in view below.

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Entrance view from northeast.

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Site Plan with drive entries possible from west through northeast to south.

Active solar design

The roof of the Cabin Getaway can support a variety of active solar systems. This scheme has a solar thermal panel for hot water and photovoltaics for electricity.

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View of the south and east elevation with a 1.7 kWh photovoltaic array made up of 8 photovoltaic panels for the production of electricity and one thermal collector for the production of solar heated water for domestic use.

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Interior views stretched to include items of interest.
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View looking east of living space with kitchen, desk/dining table, built-in drawers, north entry, and ladder to loft above.

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View to north showing kitchen, desk/table, north entry, ladder to loft, and screened porch doorway.

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View to west with screened porch beyond. Note wood stove in southwest corner.

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View of loft bedroom with closet, study, skylight, and solar thermal tank for domestic hot water. First floor in view below.

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View of south and west elevations with screened porch and active solar shown on south roof.

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The south facade is glazed with operable doors and windows to allow passive solar gain in winter and ventilation in summer. We place active solar thermal and solar electric systems on the south roof.