Yolo County Cabin | Butler Armsden

This small cabin modeled on old-fashioned water towers has 1 bedroom and a loft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

This unusual cabin is sited next to equipment sheds on a working farm in California’s Sacramento Valley. That wouldn’t be everyone’s dream location for a vacation home, but the owners had spent their lives operating farms. It was designed by their son, Lewis Butler of Butler Armsden Architects.

Because the surrounding land is quite flat, a tall form was chosen to allow for extended views. The cabin’s design was based on two typical farm buildings. The tower was modeled on the old-fashioned water towers in the area while the lower part is an upscale version of a lean-to shed. The shed portion houses the open living area, with sliding doors leading to a wide covered porch. Contrasting with the simple agrarian outer appearance, the interior is quite contemporary with cork flooring and fir plywood wall finish.

This small cabin modeled on old-fashioned water towers has 1 bedroom and a loft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The main bedroom is at the base of the tower, and there is a second sleeping space in a loft over the bathroom. The main bedroom has a very high ceiling, and looks to be almost double height. With a bit of extra height to the tower, it might have been possible to stack another bedroom over the first. A spiral stair leads from the bedroom up to the observation deck atop the tower, from which the owners have a 360 degree view over the pastoral landscape.

Plans for the Yolo County Cabin are available from Houseplans.com. Have a wonderful weekend!

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