A Small Wisconsin Cabin Filled with Multifunctional Furniture

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This eco-friendly forest retreat, designed and built by father-son architectural duo Bill and Daniel Yudchitz, wasn't their first foray into small space architecture. Back in the winter of 2009/10, the Yudchitzes built this 325 square-foot retreat: the Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment, or simply EDGE for short.

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Cabin Building Type, and Prefab Building Type. In September 2009, Bill and Daniel Yudchitz bought a 2.78-acre lot that had water access to Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. Many of the properties they looked at required a larger minimum building footprint than they desired; their cabin needed to be small to reduce its environmental impact.

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In September 2009, Bill and Daniel Yudchitz bought a 2.78-acre lot that had water access to Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. Many of the properties they looked at required a larger minimum building footprint than they desired; their cabin needed to be small to reduce its environmental impact.

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, and Wood Siding Material. Their design took four months to construct. And much like their later project on the same property, the Nest, the EDGE cabin features a protective, movable screen: when not in use, these white oak panels slide inwards to sheild the cabin windows and doors. Photo  of A Small Wisconsin Cabin Filled with Multifunctional FurnitureView Photos

Their design took four months to construct. And much like their later project on the same property, the Nest, the EDGE cabin features a protective, movable screen: when not in use, these white oak panels slide inwards to sheild the cabin windows and doors.

Modern home with Dining Room, Bench, Table, Storage, and Shelves. Inspired by Swiss Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor, the Yudchitzes designed and crafted an exquisitely precise interior. As they report in this Dwell article, “It cost at least $100,000 to build because the materials were crafted to within .002 inches, so it’s expensive for what it is." Photo  of A Small Wisconsin Cabin Filled with Multifunctional FurnitureView Photos

Inspired by Swiss Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor, the Yudchitzes designed and crafted an exquisitely precise interior. As they report in this Dwell article, “It cost at least $100,000 to build because the materials were crafted to within .002 inches, so it’s expensive for what it is."

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Ceiling Lighting, Dishwasher, Undermount Sink, Microwave, and Wood Backsplashe. While there are two sleeping lofts—one above the kitchen, the other above the bathroom—the EDGE Cabin's multifunctional furniture can add a third bed. Photo  of A Small Wisconsin Cabin Filled with Multifunctional FurnitureView Photos

While there are two sleeping lofts—one above the kitchen, the other above the bathroom—the EDGE Cabin's multifunctional furniture can add a third bed.

Modern home with Dining Room, Bench, Table, and Shelves. This is accomplished using the table in the main living room. Seen here, it's arranged to act as a standard dining surface. Photo  of A Small Wisconsin Cabin Filled with Multifunctional FurnitureView Photos

This is accomplished using the table in the main living room. Seen here, it's arranged to act as a standard dining surface.

Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Bench, and Shelves. It quickly becomes a coffee table when its legs are folded inwards and hidden underneath the tabletop. Photo  of A Small Wisconsin Cabin Filled with Multifunctional FurnitureView Photos

It quickly becomes a coffee table when its legs are folded inwards and hidden underneath the tabletop.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, and Shelves. And of course, when specially arranged and with the help of a headboard, the table(s) become a third sleeping area.

Starting in July 2013, the Yudchitzes built an even smaller—and more simply crafted—cabin just 130 feet from this project. They built the new dwelling using materials leftover from other projects, thereby reducing its cost dramatically. Photo  of A Small Wisconsin Cabin Filled with Multifunctional FurnitureView Photos

And of course, when specially arranged and with the help of a headboard, the table(s) become a third sleeping area.

Starting in July 2013, the Yudchitzes built an even smaller—and more simply crafted—cabin just 130 feet from this project. They built the new dwelling using materials leftover from other projects, thereby reducing its cost dramatically.