Hopper Design, LLC


Toward Healthy and Sustainable Homes

Designs - Cabin Getaway 12x20

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

 Download plans: $175.00

Cabin footprint 12'-8" x 20'-8" (total 500 square feet)
First floor is 262 square feet and second floor is 238 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 common space on the first floor with a living area, study/desk, dining table, kitchenette, built-in drawer wall, closet, and a small bathroom. The screened porch is accessible from the living space. There is a sleeping loft on the second floor accessed by a spiral stair. This is a small cabin, suitable for two people in a country setting. The porch is a three season living area which makes the cabin feel spacious.

This design is 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 compact, it makes good use of available space with generous glazing and a high ceiling over a portion of the living and dining area.

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

The common area of the living, dining, and kitchenette will feel spacious due to the large amount of glazing and opening to the loft above. The glass doors to the south and porch can remain open for much of the year. The common area has a closet next to the entry, built-in drawer and study/desk adjacent to the kitchen, and spiral stair to the second floor. 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 shower. A small wood stove is located in the southwest corner.

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Cabin Getaway first floor plan showing screened porch, north entry, living/dining space with study/desk, kitchenette, storage wall, closet, small bathroom, and spiral stair to the second floor.

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Cabin Getaway second floor showing spiral stair to bedroom loft, study, closet, and solar domestic hot water tank. 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 southeast.

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 2.1 kWh photovoltaic array made up of 10 photovoltaic panels for the production of electricity and two thermal collectors 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 through living space to dining and kitchenette beyond.

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View looking south.

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View looking west with stove at southwest corner.

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View looking west at loft bedroom. Operable skylights provide daylighting and ventilation in summer.

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View of bedroom loft and spiral stair to first floor.

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View of west and south sides of home. The south facade is glazed with operable doors and windows to allow passive solar gain in winter and ventilation in summer. Active solar thermal and solar electric systems are on the south-facing roof.