The Blue Mist Cabin: A Small Timber Frame Home Plan

Home Designed by Timberpeg Independent Representative, Kenneth J. Wertheim, AIA, Mountain Architecture, http://www.mtnarc.com/

Last month, we celebrated the opening of “cabin season” by featuring the Foxtail cabin. The Foxtail cabin plan is great for short getaways and packs a great number of features into its 835 square feet of space. If you are looking for a bit more space, then the Blue Mist cabin extends the basic plan of the Foxtail while maintaining the overall layout and charm. Both of these plans were designed by Ken Wertheim, one of Timberpeg’s great Independent Representative/Architects. Below, we’ll examine how some minor modifications to the Foxtail result in the slightly larger Blue Mist cabin, at 1,230 square feet. From the outside, the two plans look very similar but a few features of the Blue Mist are readily visible. The most striking difference is the roofline. The roofline of the Blue Mist is higher and the cross gable extends the whole width of the house, unlike the Foxtail. This gives the Blue Mist more usable upstairs space. The second major modification is that the deck off the bedroom has been eliminated and that area used for more interior space.

Stepping inside the front door, some layout changes are immediately apparent. While the entry of the Foxtail was necessarily small, the Blue Mist has more room at the front of the house. A dedicated coat closet is present on the left, while the laundry is to the right. Also on the right is the staircase to the upper level. While the Foxtail used a ladder to the upstairs to save space, the increased room in the Blue Mist allows for a proper staircase which makes the upstairs more accessible for everyday use. The living quarters are much the same as the Foxtail. The Blue Mist also features a very functional U-shaped kitchen with dining space immediately adjacent. A screened porch perfect for outdoor dining and a living room, now with a fireplace rather than woodstove, round out the public side of the house. The master bedroom still lies off the living room, but the increased space means that the bedroom has a normal swing door rather than a pocket door. In this design, the rear deck has been eliminated and the space used for the bedroom. The covered porch off the living room is still accessible from the bedroom. The greater space of the Blue Mist also allows the bathroom to grow, as it now has room for a double vanity and swing doors on both entries.

Since the upstairs is now accessed with stairs, the loft overlooking the bedroom has been replaced with a larger, separate retreat or office space. The storage room remains, as does the loft overlooking the living room. If you are interested in learning more about this plan or how to begin on a custom design of your own, please contact the team at Timberpeg to learn more.