Casa Bote | Matías Silva Aldunate

"Casa Bote" is a dual-use structure, serving as a cabin in the summer and a boat storage shed over the winter. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

A family wanted to develop their lakeside property in southern Chile with a vacation cabin and a storage shed for small boats, kayaks and related gear. Knowing that the cabin would be used mainly in the summer, architect Matías Silva Aldunate suggested that it be designed to double as a boat shed in the off-season.

"Casa Bote" is a dual-use structure, serving as a cabin in the summer and a boat storage shed over the winter. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

With that in mind, he configured the cabin’s roughly 65 m2 (700 ft2) floor space as a single open room, other than the bathroom and a storage closet. A kitchenette is tucked into the alcove between the bathroom and closet, and a small woodstove provides heat. Exposed trusses support the gable roof which extends forward to create a large porch outfitted with a built-in barbecue.

"Casa Bote" is a dual-use structure, serving as a cabin in the summer and a boat storage shed over the winter. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The small cabin had to be close to the lakeshore to facilitate moving boats in and out, but it was carefully positioned to be almost unnoticeable from the water. Grey asphalt shingles and pine cladding help blend the cabin into the trees.

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