Sunset Cabin | Taylor Smyth Architects

Sunset Cabin, a 275 sq ft studio cabin, is a refined version of the traditional cottage country "bunkie". | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The Sunset Cabin merges into the landscape of its shoreline setting on Lake Simcoe in Ontario, Canada. Designed by Taylor Smyth Architects, it is a highly refined variant of the traditional cottage country “bunkie”, a tiny cabin used to provide additional sleeping quarters for the main cottage or cabin. At 275 ft2 (25.5 m2), this one is larger than most. There is room for a full-sized bed with storage drawers below, a couple of good-sized closets and a small sitting area around the wood stove. And, unlike most bunkies, the Sunset Cabin has its own bathroom consisting of a composting toilet and an outdoor shower with a view of the lake.

Sunset Cabin, a 275 sq ft studio cabin, is a refined version of the traditional cottage country "bunkie". | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The cabin is wrapped on two sides with a screen of spaced cedar slats. From the inside looking out, it gives the feeling of being in a bird hide, a camouflaged shelter for viewing wildlife. The slats filter the incoming light and cast ever-changing shadows. The cedar screen gives way to large openings facing the lake, meeting the owners’ request that they be able to watch the sunset from bed.

Sunset Cabin, a 275 sq ft studio cabin, is a refined version of the traditional cottage country "bunkie". | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The Sunset Cabin is fully insulated for year-round use. A living roof helps to conceal it from the main cottage up the hill. The birch plywood used for all the interior finishes and built-in furniture provides a clean, modern look at relatively low cost.

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