TimberCab, a prefab timber framed cabin | FabCab

This timber framed cabin has modern lines and an energy-efficient shell. There is 1 bedroom in 550 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

This timber frame cabin with modern lines sits overlooking Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho. It is a TimberCab 550, the smallest in the line of the prefabricated homes by FabCab. FabCab produces a kit of precut parts that are shipped to the building site to be assembled by a licensed contractor of the owner’s choosing, in this case Selle Valley Construction. The kit’s structural insulated wall panels and Douglas fir timber frame are precision cut in the factory, greatly reducing on-site waste.

This timber framed cabin has modern lines and an energy-efficient shell. There is 1 bedroom in 550 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The openness of the floor plan helps make the TimberCab 550 seem bigger than its 550 ft2 (51.1 m2). Large corner windows in every room emphasize the longer diagonal dimensions, increasing the perceived room size. Another trick was to have the bedroom and entry hall walls stop well short of the ceiling. Putting more of the ceiling within view increases the sense of space.

This timber framed cabin has modern lines and an energy-efficient shell. There is 1 bedroom in 550 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

FabCab designs all of their homes with an emphasis on accessibility and aging in place. Despite its compact size, the TimberCab 550 offers plenty of room to maneuver a wheelchair. The doorways are wide and have no thresholds to bump over. Sliding doors are easier for a wheelchair user to manage, as well as saving a bit of floor space. Here the owners opted to have the bedroom doors mounted on barndoor hardware instead of the standard three-piece telescoping pocket door. The bathroom is large enough to spin around in and also features a wheelchair-friendly curbless shower. FabCab also offers kitchen and bathroom cabinetry with roll under sinks and easy-to-operate faucets.

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