A handcrafted rustic guest cabin | Dotter & Solfjeld
This guest cabin is tucked among oak, buckeye and redwood trees in southern California. It replaced a small barn that previously stood there behind the owners’ house. The old barn was too far gone to save but Dotter & Solfjeld Architecture + Design used it as inspiration, designing a new cabin and garage that would fit the area’s rural character.
The guest cabin is actually on a separate legal lot from the main house. Because of that, the local government required that it be treated as an independent dwelling, complete with its own kitchen and two covered parking spaces.
The architects separated the required parking from the cabin, designing a one-car garage that looks more like a stable and adding a trellis on one side for the second parking space. Wood from the old barn was salvaged and used for siding on the new structures.
The cabin’s interior also features wood finishes and custom cabinetry, all of it handcrafted by artist Scott Constable. The wood, mostly salvaged deodar cedar, came from sustainable local sources.
The cabin’s 714 ft2 (66.3 m2) floor plan steps down with the terrain. At the low end is the living room, its vaulted ceilings and large windows imparting a sense of spaciousness. The kitchen and dining areas, a couple of steps up, have a lower ceiling for a more intimate feeling. The dining space is a cozy nook with built-in seating and storage, also designed and built by Scott. A few more steps brings you to the bedroom and bathroom at the far end of the cabin. There is also a sleeping loft over the kitchen and dining level. Shed-roofed dormer windows provide increased headroom in the loft and offer views over the property.
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