Cozy By De­sign

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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!

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