Designed as a modern alternative to camping by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle, the six huts are grouped as a herd, each with views of the mountains.Each hut comes equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, fireplace and Wi-Fi. There is a sleeping platform perfect for two, and modular furniture in the living area that can be reconfigured to sleep two more. Each hut has an adjacent portable toilet. Full bathrooms and showers are housed in the centrally located barn a short distance away.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
This retreat is essentially a wooden tent on a platform that opens to the forest and river. Materials are allowed to weather to merge with the site. It's located in Skykomish, WA and was built in 2008 by Olson Kundig Architects
The Shipping Container Cabin was constructed in about a month without skilled construction labour under the architect’s instruction.
The Architect considered all the natural and man made elements already available in the setting and advised the owner to find the reclaimed material to be used in the project. Materials used included timber strips from old bunkers and weapon boxes, and used railway sleepers. The overall intent of the designer was to create a relaxing and enjoyable space by using already available resources and the surrounding environment.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
After shopping around for heaters, we decided to get an infrared heater from XS Cargo for the cabin this week It pumps out a lot of heat compared to our ceramic heater and it takes up a lot less energy.
We are heading up there for Thanksgiving where we expect to run into the Siebert's. While Jared used our cabin this summer, he forgot his hockey stick up there (an odd Canadian thing when you think about it) where he played road hockey on the basketball court (where they added some boards). It was a good thing he forgot it there as it made me realize that we needed to bring up some sticks as well.
Mark's stick was in horrible shape so we got some new NHLPA hockey sticks (wooden, not composite) for Mark and Wendy. We took the heater and the hockey sticks up to the cabin and set up the heater. While I was doing that, the boys and Wendy played some hockey today and we will have them all up there for this Thanksgiving if he mood strikes us to play some hockey.
I wish I could say that it was a pleasant day but I was sicker than a dog today. After the heater was setup, I crawled into bed exhausted and had a nice nap while they were playing hockey. Both Oliver and Wendy were sick as well so whatever it is, it's affecting all three of us.
We did head down to the marina where I was about to toss Mark in the water but the idea of a soggy Mark complaining all the way back to Saskatoon persuaded me otherwise.
While the panorama didn't turn out that well (most motion panorama's have problems with water) this does give you an idea of the kind of day it was.
So in the end, we drove four hours to drop off some stuff to make Thanksgiving nicer, play some hockey, and have a nap. It was kind of worth it.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Living well in a 180 square foot cabin on Vancouver Island.
So how big is it?
Before we added the deck, the footprint was 10 by 12 feet. That's right: 120 square feet. The sleeping loft is 6 by 12 10, making the grand total 180 square feet. The deck, which we added this past spring, is 10 by 10, and boy, does it make a difference. With both doors open, it feels luxuriously spacious, believe it or not.
How much did it cost to build?
The materials cost - including salvaged windows and doors - was about $7,000. But there were a bunch of big expenses along the way. We realized we needed a truck on the island, so we spent $2,000 on an awesome orange 1990 Chevy Blazer. We don't use it often, but when we need it, we really need it. The propane fridge was $2,500. We needed two barge trips to haul the truck and our supplies, so that was another $2,500. And we spent about $500 to rent a generator and a couple of power tools we didn't own.
How long did it take?
All told, about two weeks of work for two guys: my husband, John, and our good friend Stefan, who brought a lot of skill and positive thinking to the whole project. And when I say two weeks of work, I'm talking about hardcore workdays. They started in right after breakfast and worked straight through till dusk. If the weather was good, they hooked spotlights up to the generator and worked till late at night.