INSIDE: SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, THE GUEST CABIN – Part Two

“This cabin rocks,” says the guest book . . . “We love it here. It’s hard to leave.” In this post are mostly interior photos of the 350 square foot guest cabin I introduced previously in Small is Beautiful, Part 1. This fits well with the Weekly Photo Challenge, Inside.

 

“Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.”

E.F. Schumacher

 

Kitchen & loft access

 

 

Kitchenette & loft access

 

 

Kitchenette

 

 

Guest cabin kitchenette & loft access !!

 

 

350 square foot cabin

 

The vast majority of us will never have the wealth, the fame, or the mansions of Hollywood movie stars. Why do try to emulate them, in large rambling homes that are well beyond our ways & means?

I’m heartened that many people have a different vision and a sense of space that “small is beautiful” – and affordable and sustainable too . . .

 

Plan View of Guest Cabin

 

Compare the plan view, above, to the photo below. Your viewpoint would be at the top near the french doors. Did you notice that the design was actually built flipped?

 

Guest cabin kitchen & loft access

 

 

This photo was taken through the front window. The reflection is of the ocean behind me . . .

 

Guest cabin interior

 

Fine homebuilding magazine recently featured an 800 square foot house. Well designed with an open concept, the rooms visually borrow from each other and the home feels twice its actual size. Every nook and cranny is utilized. For example, the meditation loft is similar in concept to the sleeping loft below . . .

 

Upper loft  ready for beds

 

During the framing . . .

Roof & wall framing

 

And the exterior, as seen from the beach . . .

Beach cabin

 

To summarize: I admit that many families would have difficulty living in this compact space of 350 square feet. But how about a well designed home or townhouse of between 750 and 1500 square feet maximum. Such dwellings used to be common, providing plenty of affordable space on smaller lots. They were known as bungalows . . .

A bungalow in Gatineau Park, Quebec

 

“Everywhere people ask: “What can I actually do?” The answer is as simple as it is disconcerting: we can, each of us, work to put our own inner house in order. The guidance we need for this work cannot be found in science or technology, the value of which utterly depends on the ends they serve; but it can still be found in . . .  traditional wisdom . . .  

The real problems of our planet are not economic or technical, they are philosophical.”

 

E.F. Schumacher, author of Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

 

 

You can see other photos and read more in Small is Beautiful – Part 1

And check out this U-tube link to the 2013 Best Small Home

 

Peace to all – Bruce

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34 thoughts on “INSIDE: SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, THE GUEST CABIN – Part Two

    • Yes a bit bigger is probably a good idea. A rule of thumb 250 square feet per person minimum, 500 sf per person maximum. Also, make sure with two people there is somewhere to go and shut the door; other than the bathroom 🙂

      • I forget the dimensions we were hoping for, but with two toddlers, we will need a place with a door for sure. Hopefully it won’t be too long before that happens. It could be interesting for the first little while…

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  2. That home looks so beautiful!! I’d love to live there! It’s simple and small, yet there is something elegant and stylish about it. The fact that it uses space so well makes the actual size not a problem. Will anyone being using it soon? For a vacation home or a permanent home?

    • I’m glad you like it Tanya. Too bad we couldn’t build a few more of these, eh? The people who own this liitle cottage, use it for their guests. Their own home is also quite small with only one bedroom, so this was their solution for when they have visitors.

  3. I want one, I want one! What I love about this is that you really boil your life down to what you need, not all the stuff you’ve collected over the years that isn’t really important. Just the necessities. Helps keep you grounded and light in spirit, I would think. Very nice series. Makes we want to start on a big feng shui attack. Cheers!

    • 🙂 Yes. Living in a small space requires you to consider only the essentials. I had a friend who gave away her prized books, one at a time, in a move towards voluntary simplicity.

      In my view, it is truly revolutionary and liberating for people to back away from the consumer society and move towards a conserving way of life. The marketeers and the plunderers make this a monumental task indeed. Small changes do add up though.

      I read that the Dalai Lama once said if you think that small things don’t make a difference, just consider a mosquito. Or he said something like that. It is sort of like that Cicada you posted about (Wake me up before you go-go). That bug stopped you in your tracks, and then me as well.

      Who would have thunk that?

  4. Kudos right back atcha! The wonderful aspect of small space design is you can use nice materials because you don’t need as much of them and the small space makes you look at all you have, the vertical, the nooks and crannies, everywhere as a means to maximize what you do have. I agree with you and this philosophy. More is not always better.

  5. I live in a 500 sq ft bachelor apartment from 1500 sq feet two level house. I enjoy the confines of this apartment more so than the house. This is just remarkable that you built this house. Looks way better than my sanctuary. Commendable.

    • Good for you Seeker. That is a commendable for you too,the humble abode your living in.

      One thing that helpes this small cabin is that there is a bit (but not lots) of volume overhead so the space seems bigger. Having said that, the ceiling is actually only 7′ in the bedroom area, and the only enclosed space is the bathroom – the rest of the rooms borrow from each other.

      Thanks for your appreciation.

  6. Beautiful – my house is a hundred years old and around 700 square feet – I found it after longingly wishing for the funds to build a TinyHome – – I’m glad this trend is catching on – I’m getting loads of ideas for remodeling the inside to be more functional!

    • Thans Gwen. I’m glad you like it. People love to climb around or check out the little nooks and crannies too. It sort of like being a child in a small tree house or something. Small spaces by there very nature, have to be creative, innovative, and even intimate. Very different than the grandeur and expansiveness of big.

    • Thanks Lisa. It is good for me to be able to do this. Sorry I haven’t had a chance to check out your posts recently – This time of year I’m quite busy, tying up numerous loose ends before the northwest winter rains come.

    • Thanks Jeff. I’m glad you’re having dreams of a small humble abode. On the other hand, I’m glad your dreams of the earth are large – peace and justice for all. Sorry I haven’t had a chance to drop of to “deconstructing myths’ is a while.

    • It seems to be a curse for us large wealthy countries with wide open spaces, to go big with our houses, big with our cars and trucks, etc. etc. Like I suggest in the post, I believe there is a shift happening in people’s thinking, that savings can be made economically, socially, and environmentally through wise planning and a conservative use of limited resourses. I appreciate the comment about your UK experience.

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