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Off-The-Grid Cabin With Glass Garage Door


Designed by Washington, D.C.-based Broadhurst Architects, this tiny cabin combines tried and true tradition with a few key contemporary touches which keep its design fresh. Affectionately called “The Shack at Hinkle Farm”, the one-bedroom cottage occupies a portion of land that has been farmed for centuries, but recently allowed to grow back into a more natural state. As a result, the cabin boasts a hillside location free from visual clutter and easy to access, but still engagingly organic and untamed. The building itself is constructed mostly of locally sourced wood, with a cantilevered deck on one edge overlooking the valley below. Between the deck and interior, a garage door opens upward to combine those two spaces, almost doubling the size of its tight bedroom. In true self-reliant style, the cabin relies on its own water and heat sources, including rainwater collection for showers and oil lamps for light.


All on its own on a West Virginia hillside, the escape for two is far from the nearest sources of electricity. Built in very traditional style with a few modern touches to take advantage of its scenic location, the getaway is a cozy, isolated place to run away from today’s bustling life for a weekend.

The property around the cabin is the site of a historic farm, meaning that the land directly around the structure has already long ago been cleared of trees. This means that the cabin can boast impressive unobstructed views towards the valley below without necessitating any destruction of natural habitat.

In addition to the use of stilts to create a level structure for the cottage, the raised nature of the abode also serves an additional purpose in keeping local wildlife out. Since the cabin isn’t occupied full time, it must remain as untouched as possible when nobody’s there to monitor it.

The cabin’s decor is quite traditional, in keeping with its use of antique, on-site means of heating and lighting. A wood-burning stove stands on one side of the single bedroom, with a small kitchen of sorts behind it supplied with water flowing down from a tank above instead of being pumped up through pipes by artificial means.

Straight out across from the bed, the cabin’s wide front facade is composed of a garage door mechanism with glass panels, creating a contemporary open window space with impressive views or moving overhead to open up the room to nature.

When both the front and side doors are opened, air flows freely through the compact cabin, expanding its living spaces onto the front deck and uniting its interior with the farm beyond it. Enhancing this unity is the fact that both the deck and bedroom share the same pattern of floorboards, and the awning above the deck terminates at the same height as the diminutive structure’s ceiling.
Broadhurst Architects


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