Elsewhere Cabin A
Elsewhere, an Austin-area vacation rental company, commissioned me to design their first cabin. My goal was to create a compact living space with everything one would need for a weekend of focus and fresh air.
January 22, 2019, print edition
"A Tech Professional Heads to Texas and Builds a Tiny Off-the-Grid Cabin for $25K"
January 17, 2019, online edition
"Elsewhere Cabin A / Sean O'Neill"
March 14, 2019
The atmosphere I aimed to recreate was that of a Texas porch. It’s a serene feeling of sitting outside in the heat, the breeze, and the rain under the shade of a roof. A 10' folding glass wall allows the entire living space to become a porch.
The exterior siding is cedar charred on site.
It was important the cabins be functional off-grid. This would give guests a greater sense of detachment and allow periodic relocation. To this end, I designed the cabin on a trailer base with on-board utilities. Solar panels provide power for lighting, hot water, and wifi. The bathroom has a composting toilet and a shower and sink fed by an on-board water tank.
On the inside, I avoided filling the miniature space with normal-sized house furnishings. Instead, I outfitted it with integrated, compact, multi-purpose components. A singular surface transitions from desk to sofa to kitchen counter.
Tucked under a loft are a kitchen, storage area, and bathroom.
Behind the kitchen is a compact bathroom.
The living space and kitchen counter surface continues into the bathroom. A frosted glass panel provides a faint view of the continued surface on the other side.
Tiny structures are enormously fun to work on together. Thinking about one of your own?