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714 Sq. Ft. Cabin Built with Reclaimed Barn Wood

This 714 sq. ft. cabin by Dotter & Solfjeld Architects now serves as a guest house behind the property owners main home.

An old barn was on the lot that was beyond repair so they decided to reuse the barn wood to build this cabin.

Inside you’ll find an open living area, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and an additional sleeping loft in the back. Please enjoy and re-share below.

714 Sq. Ft. Cabin Built with Reclaimed Materials

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Learn more: http://dottersolarchitects.com/projects-view/ross-guest-house-ross-ca/

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  • Cahow December 22, 2014, 3:06 pm

    Who do I have to Kiss Up To, to be considered one of their “guests?” LOL

    Charming to the extreme; such a pleasure to dream about visiting.

    • lionel December 22, 2014, 4:33 pm

      totally agree with you, Cahow.
      Perfect integration to site, proportion of volumes and windows, colors, interior finition and furniture. The sliding door outside is more a countryside «coquetterie» than a security device. But it is charming here. Very well done in all details.

  • Terri Landowski December 22, 2014, 3:16 pm

    So interesting…would also love to see the floor plan. Please someone refer us to a resource or post.

  • Lisa E. December 22, 2014, 3:43 pm

    Excellent spatial articulation. Love the layout; floor plan. Not crazy about the furniture (could use a splash of color and a painting on the wall), but everything else is fabulous. Really nice job on this project.

  • Jim December 22, 2014, 5:50 pm

    That is the ticket. I could live in that cabin in a second. And I really like the sliding doors over the windows. That is a nice safety feature for when you are away from the house or in a bad storm.
    Love it!

  • CathyAnn December 22, 2014, 6:56 pm

    Me too, Jim. I would be very comfortable living there.

  • Comet December 22, 2014, 11:36 pm

    Love the house–hate the furniture. Looks like something from the Spanish Inquisition.

    If some one is going to “stage” a place–fine. But at least make it look like you would not be having a bright light shone in your face and masked men asking you “Where were YOU on the night of the—-”

    Nice leather couch. a nice comfy rug; a few comfy chairs–OH NO NOT THE COMFY CHAIR!!!!—and a couple of side tables for your drinks—

  • alice h December 23, 2014, 9:56 am

    I would love to live in something like this, so open and light filled with enough space for a studio for art or craft. The layout seems fairly simple to grasp from the pictures and description at the architect’s site.

  • Helen Gordon December 23, 2014, 6:10 pm

    No architect firm is going to put up the floorplans…that is how they get psid. Plus those plans are exclusive to that client. They paid big bucks for that floorplan and all the details.

  • Rich December 23, 2014, 6:25 pm

    defending the archi’s, there are many reasons why no plans are included. #1 they may not own the copyright #2 this is a “one-off” design, so unless your site is exactly the same the plan might not work #3 (related to #1) they make their living designing for clients who are willing to pay them for their time, talent and effort……. which all contribute to making this place “special”. tx for publishing, Alex.

  • Marcy February 4, 2015, 8:53 pm

    Oh, fun, fun!

    • Alex February 5, 2015, 9:31 am

      🙂

      • mountaingypsy May 8, 2015, 2:15 am

        Alex, I want to make a small suggestion or inquiry, please. On some of these older posts/articles before 2015, IS there some way for current readers’ comments to be at the top for convenience? I hesitate to write anything, assuming no one will notice, as we have to scroll down ‘miles’ of posts to get to any 2015 comments if any. I may be missing something, but often the dates written are long past, and are at the top, and some of us may want to write currently and restart a conversation! Newest first? Does this make sense? 🙂 thanks!

  • Danny February 5, 2015, 1:21 am

    Please send floor plan

  • Edna Fortner May 7, 2015, 11:45 am

    What kind of turf did you use for the drive way? I love the idea of not having concrete or paving to sheet off the rain and crack over time.

  • Michael Z. May 7, 2015, 12:21 pm

    A question- Can someone please tell me how they got the exposed rafters with the tongue and groove boards between them , and still managed to get a suitable amount of roof insulation without the roof appearing massive from the outside?

    Either the exposed rafters are fake, there is very little insulation , or I am missing something…. Thanks for considering.

    • Dean February 18, 2017, 4:58 pm

      Code probably only calls for 12″ or less (the house is in south-central California, so consider it a “warmish” climate compared to more northern regions), so I don’t see the big mystery here. It’s likely the insulation was stuck into the rafters then the ceiling pieces put over that (or under, depending on how you wanna think about that).
      You could easily cut battens so they are a press fit into the rafters (actually, they usually come that way from the get go).

      • Dean February 18, 2017, 5:01 pm

        Mike Z – Apologies, totally missed your part about the rafters. They’re boxes built on the ceiling.
        I have a similar arrangement on the ceiling of my house, except my ceiling is a typical flat ceiling, not the cathedral style seen here.
        Looks like they did a nice job, too.

  • Jane May 7, 2015, 10:26 pm

    Really like this house, inside and out!

  • vee May 8, 2015, 7:51 pm

    Oh Wow! Really love this but would sure appreciate more
    pix!

  • Darlene Wieliczko May 9, 2015, 1:27 pm

    Perfection….but I want to live there!

  • Dean February 18, 2017, 4:40 pm

    I do see it appears to be built into a hillside.
    Is that correct?
    I’ve lived in half buried homes before and they are incredibly efficient.
    Cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
    The places I lived in were about 4 feet into the ground on one end/side.
    This is an especially nice example in an especially nice setting.
    Congrats to the owners for creating such a wonderful (and efficient) space. =)

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 20, 2017, 8:06 am

      It looks mostly like the foundation is, but you are right — hillside-built homes are very efficient!

  • Gail March 31, 2017, 2:09 pm

    Wow, love it and all that natural light coming in. Such a great size.

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