Orcas Island cabin | David Vandervort Architects

This small cabin in the woods on Orcas Island has a 350 sq ft ground floor plus a sleeping loft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

One of the most popular small cabins we featured last year was a cabin modeled after a forest fire lookout tower. Today we have another small cabin in the woods designed by the same architect, David Vandervort. But while the previous project was quite rustic with an unfinished interior, this one features refined finishes and millwork. It was placed on a sunny bluff in Washington’s San Juan Islands, surrounded by madrone trees and towering cedars.

The Orcas Island cabin is a gable-roofed structure with lean-to extensions on either side. All four corner were notched out to create a cross-shaped floor plan. The corner notches are used for the entry porch, firewood storage and small covered sitting areas. Inside there is 350 ft2 (32.5 m2) on the ground level plus a 150 ft2 (13.9 m2) loft.

A small cabin in the woods on Orcas Island by David Vandervort

The cross shape creates distinct spaces within the small floor plan. The kitchen, dining nook and bathroom each occupy one of the resulting alcoves. A ladder provides access to the loft bedroom, where shed-roofed dormers add some headroom. The exposed beams supporting the loft were milled on the island from fir trees that came from the site. French doors lead out to a flagstone patio integrated into the landscape with a meandering edge. The same stone was used for a durable floor covering at the entrances and beneath the woodstove.

A small cabin in the woods on Orcas Island by David Vandervort

If the floor plan intrigues you, Quietude was another featured project that used a cross shape to differentiate spaces in a small house.

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