A NICE LOW BUDGET CABIN
Marble, North Carolina
What was needed:
A cabin that would appeal to many and have a budget as low as possible
A cabin with more value and less cost
The first step:
Because this home is to be built in various locations, it did not need to be
designed to fit a specific property. Instead it needed to be designed to be
versatile, to fit many properties. I spent some time thinking about this.
One way to reduce cost was to have the most simple roof possible, a rectangle
shaped gable. This roof needed to extend over a covered entry and a porch. By
combining the porch and covered entry into one area, we save cost. The roof
would be supported by a load bearing center wall, allowing the use of lower cost
The dimensions needed to be a multiple that would reduce wasted materials, 24
feet by 56 feet. If the site is not too steep, an insulated concrete slab would be
used. This is quicker, less costly, and easier to connect to a wheelchair ramp as
shown in the rendering.
An efficient, easy to build plan
To reduce energy costs, the largest glass was kept under the porch roof, in case it
might face the hot afternoon sun. The roof and walls were designed for more
efficient spray foam insulation. A space was reserved near the hall bath for the
HVAC unit. The ductwork would run in a chase under the cathedral ceiling. By
keeping the entire system inside the insulation envelope, the heating and cooling
load is greatly reduced. A much smaller, and lower cost HVAC system would
handle this load. It would also use much less energy.
To make the plan more versatile, I included a large, open great room. The living
room section was longer and narrower to allow for more options for furniture
layout. A square room would fit less furnture and waste more space. The optional
fireplace was placed on an outside wall to allow for more options like improved
venting, an outside grill hook up, and the fireplace is visible to the entire area
without interfering with furniture placement. The dining and kitchen bar have
space to serve up to 11 people.
The bedrooms are small, but efficiently laid out for large beds and furniture. The
master closet is not in the best location, but a different location would have
required adding square footage and cost. If mirrored bifold doors are installed,
the bathroom will feel bright and open. The hall bath access is around the corner
for privacy to the second bedroom. The washer and dryer are located on an
exterior wall for improved ventiltion and efficiency. The entire plan is laid out to
be easier for a wheelchair.
More energy efficient, improved wheelchair accessibility, easier to build, and less
cost make this plan attractive to the buyer and seller.
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