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Big Cabin | Little Cabin

Fairplay, CO



Cabin (‘kab en’) 1. a small simple dwelling. 2. a shelter made of wood, situated in a wild or remote area.

The word “cabin” conjures up a variety of romantic images — a place to gather family, to rest after a long day in nature, or to warm your hands in front of a fire. Ultimately, a cabin tells a story of it’s particular place and time in history, and of the people who dwell inside. Big Cabin | Little Cabin strives to embody the character and sensation of a traditional cabin, and tell the story of one particular family, all within a purely modern framework.

Set high on a rocky cliff overlooking Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, the pair of cabins recall the area’s early vernacular buildings with gabled roofs and rustic materials. Exterior cedar siding is stained dark to blend the house with the surrounding forest. Plywood interior walls and ceilings keep the cabin low-key and rustic. Large expanses of glass connect the occupants to the remarkable landscape beyond.

Natural daylight and ventilation filter through all sides of the home. Electric appliances, LED lighting, and closed cell foam insulation keep energy consumption to a minimum. Heating is provided with a 96% efficiency boiler, radiant floor tubing set in a concrete slab, and a high efficiency wood burning stove. The cabin is pre-wired for a 3kw photovoltaic array which will supply 100% of the cabin’s electricity.


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