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1015 sq ft
The High Sierra Cabin is an award winning design that has been featured in Sunset magazine (August, 2006) and Tahoe Quarterly magazine (2005 special mountain home issue). The original design overlooks a rugged wilderness high in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. This off grid cabin is isolated and snowed in much of the year. It is used almost every weekend, has self sufficient power and heating and is protected from deep snows and vandalism.
The design is patterned after the humble mountain utility buildings common in the region. The owners required a rugged fireproof high security cabin contrasted with a very bright modern interior.
The structure is made from structural insulated panels which were prefabricated then shipped to the job site ready to assemble. This process considerably shortened the on site construction time in this remote location. When a building project is many miles, (and out of cell phone range) from the nearest supplies it is convenient to have hundreds parts to handle (prefabricated S.I.P.) instead of tens of thousands (regular wood frame construction).
Outside the S.I.P. walls are clad with zinc aluminum corrugated metal and the S.I.P. roof is topped off with standing steam metal roofing for textural variety. The surrounding porch, which nearly doubles the usable floor area, is constructed of native douglas fir and ironwood decking. The detailing is intentionally simple and unembellished. The windows and gliding glass doors are secured with sliding shutters secured from the interior. One hidden keyed lock permits access.
Inside, the furnishings and detailing is Swedish Modern with laminate flooring, cable railings, and simple douglas fir trim. Clearstory windows and vent skylights give an extraordinary interior brightness to enhance the winter light and accentuate the art filled colorful interior.
Electric power is provided by solar photovoltaic panels on the roof with battery storage. Propane is used for cooking, backup for passive solar water preheating and for the backup electrical generator.
The S.I.P. weather skin is an excellent foil for the deep snows, heavy winds, and insulates so well that a small Scandinavian wood stove easily and quickly heats the interior.
This tough yet elegant cabin requires very little maintenance and provides maximum comfort, security and fireproofing in an extreme climate.
This cabin can be adapted to any aesthetic taste or neighborhood by finishing the outside with any kind of roofing from shingle to tile and the exterior walls with stucco, wood, cement fiber, lap siding, shingles or stucco. By using colored metal roofing and siding the design can take on the hues of sky, forest, desert or even camo if one desires.
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What's included in this plan set
All plans are drawn at ¼” scale or larger and include :
- Foundation Plan: Drawn to 1/4" scale, this page shows all necessary notations and dimensions including support columns, walls and excavated and unexcavated areas.
- Exterior Elevations: A blueprint picture of all four sides showing exterior materials and measurements.
- Floor Plan(s): Detailed plans, drawn to 1/4" scale for each level showing room dimensions, wall partitions, windows, etc. as well as the location of electrical outlets and switches.
- Cross Section: A vertical cutaway view of the house from roof to foundation showing details of framing, construction, flooring and roofing.
- Interior Elevations: Detailed drawings of kitchen cabinet elevations and other elements as required.
Plan Set Price
Additional Construction Sets $50.00/each
Mirror Reverse Sets $0.00/each
The Single Set and PDF Study Set are typically stamped "Not for Construction" and are to be used for studying / obtaining bids only. We do offer a 90% credit when you upgrade from a Single Set to a 5-Copy set (or greater).
Additional copies can be ordered at the time of purchase and within 90 days after your original purchase date.
Meet the Designer - David Wright
“Our goal is to design sustainable buildings that naturally heat and cool themselves and use a minimum of offsite energy.”
A solar environmental architect with a degree from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, David has designed over 500 passive solar and alternative construction buildings. His work, which combines a deep understanding of regional traditions with expertise in solar technology, has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Los Angeles Times Home, and Sunset magazine. He received the “Passive Solar Pioneer for 2007” award from the American Solar Energy Society. His most recent book is The Passive Solar Primer: Sustainable Architecture. David designed an innovative solar cabin that was built at Sunset’s headquarters to wide acclaim.
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