Perched up on a hill on San Juan Island, Washington, this rustic cabin has two towers. The entire cabin is a total of 672 sq. ft. The towers are connected by a lower level open living and dining area along with the kitchen.
The upper part of the towers are sleeping lofts that can be accessed by ladder. This cabin is completely off grid so there is no indoor bathroom and heat is provided by wood stove. Enjoy below and check out the views you could get from here. The views from the sleeping lofts must be amazing.
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Rustic, Double-Tower Cabin on San Juan Island
Images © David Vandervort
The San Juan Island Cabin
Located in San Juan, Washington
I like the idea of sitting in front of the fireplace.
A simple life, with much to appreciate.
These views are healing…🙏
Images © David Vandervort
- 672 sq. ft.
- Perched on a hill with incredible views
- Views of island and waterways
- Designed by archited David Vandervort
- It’s a two-story cabin with loft space
- The concept is… Two towers joined together by a one-story living area (so cool!)
Learn more (sources)
- David Vandervort (architect)
- Small House Bliss (as seen on)
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Lovely! Spectacular view! . . However . . . if there is not a bathroom STEPS AWAY, I say the sleeping lofts are just wasted space. Just sayin’ 😀
Lidded chamber-pots / enamel chamber buckets would solve the problem. If access is by ladder, a lidded chamber bucket could be lowered with a rope in the mornings for emptying.
This home is gorgeous. It’s so warm and inviting.
So if there is no bathroom, is there no running water? If there is running water, why not have an indoor bathroom? It isn’t difficult to incorporate a tank system for water (including water collection), small pump and water heater fueled by propane or solar and a composting toilet. Also, it must stay pretty warm as there is no insulation. Where I am at in Colorado, I would definitely need to make adjustments, but love the design! Thanks for sharing.
Very nicely done. Looking closely, it kinda looks as if the walls are not insulated. Correct me if I’m wrong. The wife and I took a whale watching cruise out of Bellingham in this area while on vacation. Absolutely gorgeous area!!
Word to the wise – If you decide to check out San Juan island (or any of its sister islands), take a car or rent a scooter near the ferry terminal. It’s a LOOONG walk to Eastsound (town on the other side of the island) and not many cars to hitchhike from (been there, did that in the mid 90’s). Never saw this house, but didn’t get a chance to see the other half of the island, either. Nice place though…I mean the house..and the island.
How about a solar panel or two to power an Incinolet toilet? Makes great potash no poop in the water.
Perfect rustic simplicity, even if there’s a separate building for hygiene or whatever other arrangement. You could easily change that if it were your own. Solar power is somewhat sporadic in the Pacific NW some parts of the year, wouldn’t want to rely on it overmuch.
I was ready to pack up a stack of books and head out . . .but I don’t do “off grid.” I admire those who do, but I was scarred by a middle of the night visit to an outhouse in childhood in addition to tenting around the country. I want running water, sewer, and electric!
Yep, no indoor toilet, might as well just camp out in a tent. Composting toilet would work fine. I could get by without electric, but water is a necessity, not a luxury. I wouldn’t have one that close to the slope, one good soaking rain and you might have a two story sled. More like a weekend or hunting cabin than a useful habitation.
I love the design of this and the view is magnificent — However, I agree with Karen and would not appreciate the outhouse concept. I have relatives who had a similar set up on one of the islands and they managed to hook in running water and a composting toilet could certainly be used.
So cozy…! But kinda looks like it might just slide right off that cliff doesn’t it?!?! Ha!