Cozy By Design
At a little less than 1,500 square feet, my home would not be considered large by most. Ample storage solutions and conscious furniture layouts help us maximize space, and still manage to find a place to house all of our gear. Multipurpose furniture pieces, such as a platform bed with storage drawers, also make our home feel comfortable but functional.
No matter what you define as a “cozy” square footage, your cabin will most likely be a downsized version of your current residence. With that smaller space comes a necessity for smarter design and more purposeful determinations about how you will use your cabin. This issue is filled with expert advice to help you do just that.
One of the easiest ways to start visualizing a smaller plan is to see the design firsthand. We’ve selected several of our favorite designs and detailed what makes them work in our “Cozy Cabin Showcase” (pages 42-47). Architect Derek Hurd also weighs in with small space design considerations in
Good Design (pages 16-19) to help you think about how you want your cabin to live and flow. Don’t feel like you have to finish everything at once or that your design is always final, either. Pam and Richard Kirsch purchased an existing cabin that initially seemed cozy, but after many trips to the cabin with their extended family (and their pets), it became clear that more space would be needed.
“It was tough to fit everyone up there at once, and you felt like you were tripping over everything,” Richard explains.
The couple reached out to the initial builder, and a comfortable addition was created to allow everyone a little extra breathing room. Read their story and others like it starting on page 34.
Cozy also is about the people you choose to share your cabin with. For nearly five years, I’ve had the privilege of sharing cabin ideas, information and products with you to help you on your cabin-building journey. In return, you all have shared your stories, photos and tales that illustrate what makes the cabin life so alluring. As I move on to start a new journey of my own, I hope you continue to dream and eventually make that dream a cozy reality that you can enjoy for years to come. Enjoy!