Design – The 12ft House – The Kitchen

I received the following design of a kitchen for the 12ft House from Don Kubecka, and I thought it might be a great idea not only to share it with you, but also see if anyone else would like to contribute designs for any part of the 12ft House. I know may of you have…

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Photos – Some of Plan #CW-192

Many of  you have been asking to see pictures of some of my designs, and I’ll begin to display them as we get permission. Brian McClure has kindly let us have the ones below: As always, your comments are very valuable not only to me but to the others who drop by. Best,

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Book – Cabins

A guide to building your own nature retreat. This is a rather helpful book in that it outlines a variety of different ways to build your cabin: Site preparation Foundation methods Log construction Pole built cabins Stick built cabins Cordwood construction And much more   It also outlines a number of different cabin designs from…

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Design – 12ft House – Part 6

Last time I determined that the 37′-0″ long dimension was not an efficient dimension and I was going to reduce this to 36′-0″.  Let’s see what we can do to remove 12″ from the length. Where are the opportunities to find 12″. Living area – 4″ smaller. Dining area – 4″ smaller Kitchen – 0″…

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Design – 12ft House – Part 5

Last time we figured out the bedroom size and now I will look at the Living-Dining-Kitchen area and as allways lets start with what we know. What do we know about the Living-Dining-Kitchen area? The kitchen would probably be best against the plumbing wall. Kitchen cabinets are 24″ deep. I want to sit four people…

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Design – 12ft House – Part 4

Last time we figured out the bathroom and small hallway and today we will look at the bedroom. What do we know about bedrooms: A bed is about 7ft long (with frame and headboard). A closet would be good to have. A chair would also be nice. We need to get into the room Circulation…

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Design – Circulation and Hallways

Circulation defined by walls. There has been some “hallway” discussion in the comments lately and I thought I might discuss the subject a bit.  The idea of a hallway is really “circulation defined by walls“. Any floor plan is largely defined by the movement of people and things through the building and through the spaces…

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Design – 12ft House – Part 3

Yesterday we looked at the floor plan diagram and set some of what we know to specific dimensions. We also determined that we had 7′-8″ available for the bath.  Today we will see what kind of a bath will fit in a 5′-0″ x 7′-8″ space. Let’s start with what we know about the bath.…

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Design -12ft House – Part 2

Last time I looked at the simple program and bubble diagram for our 12ft cabin.  Today I will “square things up” and transform it into a dimensioned plan diagram. The bubble diagram “squared up” would look something like this, with the spaces between the areas being the walls. When beginning design you should always start…

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Design – 12ft House – Part 1

I’ve been thinking quire a bit lately about a 12ft house or cabin and I thought you might be interested in looking over my shoulder while I explore and design one from scratch. Let’s Begin With a Simple Program: A one story cabin. One bedroom. One bath. A multi-function living, dining and kitchen. Some kind…

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