Cabin Design – 12ft House – Part 12

Last time we drew the cabin section with the porch and now we are ready to tackle the elevations. We will start with the end elevation with the fireplace.  Just for reference and to refresh our memory, Figure 1 below is a floor plan indicating which side of the cabin we will be drawing (the red arrow).

Cabin Plan - 12ft House Part 12

Begin with the guide line drawing:

We will start with the guide line drawings we did of the cabin section last time in Part 11. See Figure 2 below. We will be adding more guide lines for the elevation and then darkening in the important parts.

CabinPlan - Section guide line drawing

Follow along with the section guide line drawing below (Figure 3) as I take you through , step by step, creating the end elevation from the guide lines.

Important… Draw what is closest to you first.

First we will draw the Cabin  Center line and Fireplace (#1 & #2)
The closest part of the cabin at this end is the fireplace and chimney. Draw a vertical line down the center of the cabin (#1). Next draw two vertical lines 2′-8″ either side of the center line.  This will be the lower part of the fireplace at the firebox (#2). This makes the fireplace 5′-4″  wide at this point.

Next we will draw the chimney. (#3)
Draw two more vertical lines 1′-4″ either side of the center line and 3′-0″ above the peak of the roof (a code requirement).

Draw  the window head line next. (#4).
Draw a horizontal line 6′-8″ above the floor. This will be the top (head) of the windows and also the transition between the larger firebox of the fireplace and the chimney.

CabinPlan Section and elevation guide line drawing

Next we will draw the bottom of the windows. (#5).
Draw a horizontal line 4′-0″ below the window head line you just drew in #4. This will be the bottom of the windows.

The sides of the windows come next. (#6).
The windows are 2′-0″ wide and are centered between the fireplace and the wall. Draw two vertical lines 2′-0″ apart equidistant from the interior wall and the fireplace.

Last draw the porch gable end. (#7).
At the top of the porch post, draw a horizontal line representing the gable end wall of the porch.

 Important… Darken in what is closest to you first.

Now finally darken in all the structure that you have just outlined (figure 4 below).

CabinPlan - End elevation

So now you have finished one end elevation.  Next time we will draw the other end with the porch.

As always, your comments are very valuable not only to me but to the others who drop by.




  • steve smoot

    Reply Reply August 4, 2012

    Hi Andy, just wanted to say that I have enjoyed watching you design the 12′ wide cabin, and look forward to future installments. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Andy Sheldon

      Reply Reply August 4, 2012

      Thanks Steve… there will be more coming.

  • Richard Rose

    Reply Reply July 14, 2012

    Hi Andy;
    Perhaps you should mention that the extension of the chimney 3′ above the roof line isn’t just a ‘code requirement’ but also a good idea from the point of view of the functionality of the chimney… just works better at least that high above the roof, and more would be better, if you could afford it.
    Richard Rose

    • Andy Sheldon

      Reply Reply July 15, 2012

      Thanks Richard… Yes, generally, the higher the chimney the better the “draw” up to a point. It always is a balance between code issues, aesthetics, budget and performance.

  • Rich Ayres

    Reply Reply July 14, 2012

    Just a thought….Where does the water heater go, or are you planning for an on demand water heater system? Sorry if I missed something.

    • Andy Sheldon

      Reply Reply July 15, 2012

      Hi Rich… The water heater and other mechanical equipment will go in a small attic loft over the kitchen-bath-closet. Ideally the water heater would be an on demand type.

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