The Cody Cabin, as I’m calling it, has been through several iterations to date, but I think we’re getting very close to locking in the floor plan. Thanks to everyone who commented either via the blog or through email on the first posting for this project. It’s great to get feedback from other architects and designers on your work. Without critique we can’t really grow or learn to look at things from a fresh perspective and that is important for the success of any profession. So, again, thank you.
This latest version takes into account some design changes more heavily based on the premise that this will be a vacation rental. Therefore storage and more generous closets are not as important or necessary. Currently the plan sits as a 2 bedroom, 2 bath home, but the second bedroom is designed to ultimately be divided into two separate sleeping spaces for a total of 3 full bedrooms.
As you can see the organization of the plan hasn’t changed overly much. The main differences are, of course, the reduced size of storage and the enlargement of the guest bedroom. The living space was made a little more generous, but is still kept compact. The idea is that the main living and dining space is more of a staging area to the real “living” space which is outside taking advantage of the spectacular views on site.
The structure, at this point, is a combination of concrete masonry and wood framing, which can be seen in the renderings below. As a way to play with texture and material on both interior and exterior faces, it was decided to mix up the material a little bit. So, essentially what I’ve done is create a stem wall around the perimeter out of concrete masonry and varied the heights to create a great deal of visual interest and finishing the walls off with 2×6 wood framing and horizontal siding. An upcoming change will most likely be to update the structure from cmu and wood framing to an all ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) wall structure. This will save some money in erection/construction time but it will also allow for a continuous and unbroken insulation and moisture barrier around the entire home.
Topping off the structure is a simple shed roof over the main living areas and a separate, lower shed roof over the garage. The roof itself will utilize engineered single span rafters (LVL most likely) with a insulated sheathing panel in order to leave the rafters exposed on the interior and a standing seam metal roof.
Again, and as always, I welcome any and all critique. What do you think?