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Dec 22 2010

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Learn the Basics about Cabin House Plans

032H-0005 Cabin House PlanCabin house plans are small in nature and are often used as vacation homes or secondary residences, perfect for weekend getaways. They are generally known for their rustic appearance and ability to blend with their natural surroundings. Many times, cabin home plans are built as a hunting or fishing retreat and work well in the mountains, beside lakes and in wooded areas. The exterior finish and trim often consists of natural materials such wooden siding or shingles and stone. Outdoor living spaces such as covered or screened porches encourage the enjoyment of nature. Inside, cabin floor plans deliver the basic amenities. They usually provide one or two bedrooms (or maybe an upstairs sleeping loft), a full bath, an efficiency kitchen, and an open floor plan with the kitchen and eating space adjoining the living area. Sometimes, cabins even include a fireplace and a stacked/washer dryer unit. The interiors are usually finished with wood continuing the rustic feel inside the home. Log cabins are perhaps the most well known cabin home plans. The designs in The House Plan Shop’s cabin house plan collection are typically less than 1220 square feet and do not have a garage. Due to their small nature and ability to fit into the surroundings almost anywhere, cabin floor plans are closely related to cottage home plans and vacation house plans.

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May 04 2009

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A Carriage House: The Alternative Cabin or Vacation Home

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Are you looking for a weekend getaway that is as cozy as a cabin and as accommodating as a vacation home and has plenty of storage for all of your recreational vehicles and water toys? A carriage house is the answer. Perfect for your wooded lot or near your favorite lake, a carriage house can accommodate all of your needs. Generally two levels, the first floor offers a garage with lots of room for storage. Park the car or truck, ATVs and dirt bikes inside. You will also find it is easy to store a canoe, a couple of kayaks or the kids’ bikes. Garages with deep bays easily accommodate a boat. There are plenty of designs to choose from offering storage for one or more cars and providing more than enough room for all of the things you love. Some carriage houses even provide storage areas ideal for fishing poles, tackle boxes, life jackets and hunting gear, pleasing the outdoorsman in your family.  


Just right for long weekends with the kids or your neighbors, fishing with your pals or just getting away from it all, the living quarters of a carriage house offer all comforts of home in a compact floor plan. Typically, the living areas are situated on the second floor and are easily accessed from interior or exterior stairs. In most cases, the floor plan is open combining an efficient kitchen with the dining and gathering areas. Accommodations provide one or more bedrooms and baths. Some floor plans even provide a pantry, walk-in closets in the bedrooms and room for a washer/dryer unit. Occasionally, special extras are included like a private master bath, raised or vaulted ceilings and a fireplace.


Though modest in size and design, a carriage house is just right for your home away from home.

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