For the design of a small guest cabin with all the fixings on an existing foundation, we treated this 12' x 15' footprint - well smaller than a single car garage - as a little jewel box, packed out with the full functionality of a house four times its size, but efficient and precise to the most minute dimension. Every surface of the house is active and performative, often in multiple ways. The small kitchen and storage zone is tucked in under the narrow stair. A recessed floor at the living room allows for a generous built-in lounge area without dividing the room. The flue of the teeny wood-burning fireplace extends from ground floor to roof line, emphasizing the double-height space above the entry and inviting the guest to look up to the skylight overhead. A solid, reclaimed hickory clad exterior at the North and West facades provide privacy from the main house on the property, while the East and South facades are punched with openings scaled to the programs they serve, connecting the guest to tranquility of the adjoining national forest service land.

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Modern home with Exterior, Tiny Home Building Type, Gable RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material. A reclaimed hickory wood facade punctured by windows overlooking the National Forest Service land Photo  of Micro-CabinView Photos

A reclaimed hickory wood facade punctured by windows overlooking the National Forest Service land

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, Plywood Floor, Pendant Lighting, and Wood Burning Fireplace. A sunken living room with a custom seating area which converts to a full size daybed. The entire interior is wrapped in fir-veneer plywood for floors, walls and ceiling.  Photo 2 of Micro-CabinView Photos

A sunken living room with a custom seating area which converts to a full size daybed. The entire interior is wrapped in fir-veneer plywood for floors, walls and ceiling.

Modern home with Kitchen, Undermount Sink, Refrigerator, Wood Backsplashe, Cooktops, Wood Cabinet, Ceiling Lighting, and Stone Counter. A micro kitchen tucked in under the open stair, with operable cabinets functioning as stair treads. Photo 3 of Micro-CabinView Photos

A micro kitchen tucked in under the open stair, with operable cabinets functioning as stair treads.

Modern home with Bedroom, Plywood Floor, Bench, Bed, Shelves, and Wall Lighting. The open bedroom at the second floor with built-in desk and shelving. The double height space at image left contains netting which supports the body, providing a spot for a floating perch above the entry. Photo 4 of Micro-CabinView Photos

The open bedroom at the second floor with built-in desk and shelving. The double height space at image left contains netting which supports the body, providing a spot for a floating perch above the entry.

Modern home with Bedroom, Wall Lighting, Plywood Floor, and Bed. The bedroom with open bathroom behind. The volume of the bathroom shears the open geometry of the gabled roof form. Photo 5 of Micro-CabinView Photos

The bedroom with open bathroom behind. The volume of the bathroom shears the open geometry of the gabled roof form.

Modern home with Bath Room, Subway Tile Wall, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Open Shower. Occupying the perch visible through the open shower Photo 6 of Micro-CabinView Photos

Occupying the perch visible through the open shower

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, Tiny Home Building Type, and Shingles Roof Material. The MicroCabin neighboring the National Forest Service Land Photo 7 of Micro-CabinView Photos

The MicroCabin neighboring the National Forest Service Land

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  • BC-OA
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  • Barkow Photo