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Pender Island Cabin: Sisters Build 600-sq.-ft. Modern Cabin

Architect Stephane Gaulin-Brown designed this gorgeous 600-square-foot cabin for her mother and aunt. It sits on a rocky cliff on Pender Island, British Columbia.

Stephane told us, “The cabin uses vernacular building methods and is recognizably Westcoast in style, yet it has a contemporary edge. The clients were two sisters who wanted to build a shared vacation space as a kind of covid project. While everyone was on lockdown they were busy onsite.”

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They Anchored the Foundation Right into the Rocky Cliff!

The site has peek-a-boo views of the Olympic mountains.

The wrap-around deck provides plenty of exterior living space.

The bedrooms and bathroom are all along the back of the home.

Inside is light and bright with all the windows.

Gorgeous tree views out the 12-foot wall of windows.

Take a look at the beautiful wood details.

The main living area is large and spacious.

Beautiful stained cedar.

You can see the rocks this gem sits in!

Notice the wood-burning stove.

What a spot!


This project was designed for my mother and aunt who wanted to build a shared cabin on a beautiful hilltop lot on Pender Island B.C. The rocky site meant that we had to anchor the foundation directly into the bedrock just in front of the cliff. The whole cabin is a modest 600 sqft. To make best use of the small space, the bedrooms, bathroom, and kitchen were placed in the back half of the building. This allowed for a generous living space along the entire front half of the house. This room has a 12 foot tall south facing wall that is covered in windows that descend right to the floor. A large sliding glass door opens out onto the deck and views of the Olympic mountains beyond. The soffit detail was custom designed for this project and angles up from the outside wall towards the thin edge of the roof. The underside was finished in clear stained cedar boards. The desired effect was that the main facade would be like an open and gleaming face. The outside of the cabin is finished in dark stained cedar siding.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Alison
    September 1, 2021, 5:00 pm

    I love what I can see. Wish they’d share pictures of the kitchen and bathroom.

  • Bob R
    September 1, 2021, 9:38 pm

    Love it! How close is the nearest fire station?

  • Bj
    September 3, 2021, 12:54 am

    Would love to see pictures of the kitchen.

  • Dody Myers
    September 19, 2021, 1:41 pm

    Lovely but not enough pictures

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