Elsewhere Cabin A

Georgetown, Texas
2017–2018

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.

Client Elsewhere
Size 160 sf
Team Elsewhere, builder
Press Dwell
"Cabin Achiever"
January 22, 2019, print edition
Dwell
"A Tech Professional Heads to Texas and Builds a Tiny Off-the-Grid Cabin for $25K"
January 17, 2019, online edition
ArchDaily
"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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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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?