The cabin is reached by a pedestrian bridge. The 75' long, one piece, steel bridge spans across the river. Specially designed poured concrete bridge abutments are placed well beyond the river's edge for minimum disruption. The bridge carries not only occupants to the cabin it also carries electrical power. Other utilities, well and septic, are cleverly concealed in the landscape.
Each and every board that went into the cabin had to be carried over the river and up the hill. We made thoughtful choices about the size of the cabin and the material selections. The hemlock timber trusses were transported in pieces and assembled on site. The trusses support a roof made of structural insulated panels (SIPs) an efficient combination of both structure and insulation. The roof supports a snow load of 70 pounds per square foot.
The floors, spiral stair, interior doors and claw foot tub are salvaged. The same material, v-grove pine, was used on both the ceiling and walls. We varied the finish to differentiate walls from ceiling.
The rustic cabin sits on a small plateau overlooking the New Haven River and the Green Mountains beyond. Access to the cabin is by a steep foot path as well as a more gradual woods road. All of the building materials were hauled across the river and up the slope. The exterior siding and shutters are made of local rough sawn pine. The timber framed porch is constructed with round logs cleared from the building site.
I'd like to showcase another cabin. This rustic cabin, also in Lincoln, VT, is built on a remote site and accessed by a 75' long pedestrian bridge across the New Haven River. Both the design and construction of the cabin were carefully executed to make the most of the unique site and a tight budget. With a footprint of just over 600 square feet, the small cabin of sustainable design makes efficient use of resources and building materials. The interior of the cabin features locally milled and salvaged wood. The timbers are rough sawn hemlock, the boards on the walls, ceiling and the floors are pine. A south facing door with transom windows lets in lots of daylight.
The modern cabin has been completed for just over one year. The cabin accommodates visiting friends and family and is also a place for an occasional overnight for ourselves. Our neighbors rented the cabin for some guests and a client of mine made a visit during the construction of their own project. The cabin sleeps a couple and up to four kids.