This project has logged more hours than I can track. It’s fair to say that every free moment I have with little to no rain and temps above 15 degrees, I’m working on timbers. It’s been great fun but also great work. To break up the monotony a bit, let me explain the basic anatomy of the frame and where things will be located within the frame.
In a timber frame home, there are posts, beams, and braces. The posts are vertical and the beams are horizontal. With two posts, one crossbeam, and two braces, you have what is called a bent.
In our tiny cabin, we have three bents. The spacing between the bents are called bays. So this leaves our home with two bays. One bay is 12′ long and the other is 8′ long, giving us our 20′ house length.
So our two bays are 12′ x 16′ and 8′ x 16′. The bigger bay will be the living area. In our current home, our living room is 12′ x 16′ with a flat ceiling. In our tiny cabin, there will be vaulted ceilings in the living area. I suppose not everything in this new build is a downgrade… The other bay will accomodate the kitchen and the bathroom. The kitchen will be 8′ x 9′ and the bathroom 8′ x 7′.
The entrance to the kitchen and the bathroom will be directly from the living area. My original design had the entrance to the bathroom on the side of the kitchen so as to make more of the living area liveable. However, this really took away from the space in the kitchen.
Above the kitchen and bathroom will be a loft, 8′ x 16′. This will be our bedroom. On the front of the house, I will be adding a porch 8′ long and 16′ wide. So directly above the porch, I’ll add an additional loft. This extra loft was Faith’s idea and really helps out, adding extra space. We plan for this to be our studio/library. The dual matching lofts are really a staple in the tiny house movement and I like that we’ll be doing it on a slightly larger scale.
The roof pitch will be 12/12. Which basically means that for every 12 inch run there is a 12 inch rise. This steep of a roof is great for creating living spaces and shedding snow, but will be a chore to work on. It really is a must, though, when it comes to this home. We need to utilize every bit of space that we can.
The South-facing wall, which is the left wall as you’re facing the house will have at least three windows. The North wall will have no windows. This is partly due to passive solar design, but also because we plan to add the addition on the North wall. Without windows, an addition becomes much simpler and less time and money is wasted.
Each loft will contain a generous window. The sun will rise and peer through the window in the studio loft since it is facing East and will set through the bedroom window as it is facing West. There will also be a generous window in the kitchen facing West to allow for a view of the sunset while preparing supper.
As you can tell, attention to lighting has been considered greatly. I’m a firm believer that you can make a home feel twice as big as it actually is when you use the right lighting. Most homes today are built to where the windows look proportional from the outside. What good is that when a home is meant to be enjoyed from the inside?
As I mentioned before, there will be an addition in the future. Raising children, which is what we plan to eventually do, requires a bit more space than a shed. So our tiny home will receive a tiny addition someday that will amount to about a 16′ x 16′ space that is accessed directly from the living area. I have set aside a portion of the wall that will eventually harbor a door.
For now, the plan fits us perfect. Including the loft space, our tiny cabin will contain about 550 sq. feet of living space. Some of you would call that a hunting cabin. We plan to call it our home.