Charred Cabin, a place to eat, sleep and read for two | DRAA

A small cabin in Chile designed as "a place to eat, sleep and read for two" and built for just $15,000. The studio cabin has a 161 sq ft footprint. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Located a couple hours drive into the mountains north of Santiago, Chile, “Charred Cabin” is an appealingly simple vacation retreat. Working with a client budget of just $15,000, studio DRAA had to keep the cabin small and limit it to just the essentials, “a place to eat, sleep and read for two” as the architect put it.

A small cabin in Chile designed as "a place to eat, sleep and read for two" and built for just $15,000. The studio cabin has a 161 sq ft footprint. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

To reduce the time and cost of building at the somewhat remote site, the walls were assembled from pre-cut structural insulated panels. The exterior of the cabin is clad with inexpensive pine siding applied vertically. To protect the boards from decay and insect damage, they were burnt just long enough to leave a thin protective layer of char. The charred surface is also more fire-resistant than plain wood.

A small cabin in Chile designed as "a place to eat, sleep and read for two" and built for just $15,000. The studio cabin has a 161 sq ft footprint. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The tiny cabin has a 15 m2 (161 ft2) floor plan. A kitchenette and wet bath are at one end below a sleeping loft. Many tiny houses use lofts for sleeping with the mattress right on the floor, but this is the first we’ve seen that incorporates slats in the floor for air circulation below the mattress. The other half of the cabin is the living area, with just enough room for a couch, a table and a couple of chairs.

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