After we decided that we wanted to move forward with building a rental cabin, we next needed to decide what we wanted to offer in the cabin. Did we want to go with a strictly rustic, straight out of Little House on the Prairie log cabin, or something more updated? We thought about what we would like in a vacation cabin, and drew from experiences we have had on past vacations. We also had to factor in what size cabin we wanted, and still smarting from our recently-assessed home, we also factored in what taxes were going to cost us on this new cabin.
All of these ideas came together rather quickly, and we decided that we liked a 2-bedroom cabin for various privacy issues. Remembering that “everybody needs a little time away”, it is always nice whether various friends are on the trip, or if you are coming with your family or even extended families really benefit from having at least 2 bedrooms to separate everyone into. To go with the cabin theme, we determined that a log cabin design often lends itself well to a loft area. And we implemented the open-floor plan that so many people enjoy in more modern home designs.
In addition, we preferred the more executive-style of cabin, so we opted for more updated and modern, rather than rustic and old-fashioned. Since our target group is those on vacation with lots of down time, we leaned toward having a pool-table in the Great Room and a Jacuzzi on the deck. We loved taking advantage of the new pond that was built, and decided to have the back deck overlooking the woods and pond. This should make for a beautiful view to behold from the relaxing luxury of “the bubbler”.
As we like to fix at least some of our meals on our own even when we vacation, we determined that a kitchen was also a necessity. We, of course needed to offer one full bath for our clients, but we were really torn on whether or not to include a second bath on the second level. In the end we decided it would be nice, but not a necessity, and would take away too much room from the quaint loft space, and therefore, did not include a second bath in this first cabin’s floor plan. From there we reviewed several companies’ floor plans online and in books. But in the end, based on our past construction experience, we simply designed the floor plans ourselves.
So, in the end, we developed a simple 24X36 foot-print log home. One bedroom would be included on the first floor. The one full-bath was also included on the main floor, and we laid out the plumbing so that the kitchen area and bathroom plumbing could share a wall, to simplify the design, and save on costs. We did quite a bit of research to determine what size area would be needed for the pool table, in order for the guests to actually be able to enjoy playing on a full-size table, with ample wiggle room for those difficult shots. The open floor plan allows for eating, enjoying a game of pool, lounging in the family room watching TV, soaking in the warmth of a fireplace, or simply gazing out the back to enjoy God’s Creation only footsteps away!
After reviewing our layout, what are the pros and cons that you see? I am also curious to know, from a client perspective, how many people would actually rule out the cabin because it does not offer a second bath? Now view this from the owner’s perspective, would you have included a bath on the second floor? What other luxuries do you think should be included in the cabin?