Monday, May 07, 2007

Float Cabin Living - Cabin Floorplan

How Can You Live in Such a Small Space?

Our cabin is the fourth built by John. Each one has a different design, but we like ours the best. It's small enough (21'x20') to easily maintain but large enough not to feel cramped.

Part 3 - Cabin Floorplan

The first floor has most of the living space. There are two small bedrooms (7'x10'). One's for guests (mostly Mom) and the other's primarily storage. But, it has a twin bed for resting under the open window on a hot day. In the corner of the guest room we store a week's supply of firewood (Wood Storage Shelf Construction). That's handy, especially in winter. The remainder of the downstairs is in greatroom style. The kitchen and dining area are on one side and the living room with a woodburning stove is on the other. It's compact and very functional. The trick is to not clutter it up with stuff.

The second floor is a sleeping loft. When we purchased the cabin it was wall-to-wall beds (from its prior life as a rental cabin). We removed all but two twins that we pushed together to make a king. It is the loft that makes the cabin feel spacious. If you want to "get away" for awhile, this is the place to go. A window placed high on the opposite wall gives you a view of Powell Lake's First Narrows. Between naps you can watch work boats and cabin owners zipping by.

Really, if we had more space it would feel like work to keep it clean and maintained. If you are planning on building or purchasing a cabin, think about that. Bigger isn't always better. -- Margy


  1. Thanks again for passing on in "Timber" the way to our crazy ass country's archives. The photos I have discovered there have made my young summer already.

    When I worked on the river I enjoyed myself there so much I considered living on the water. The word "mould" scared me off. The Fraser was foggier then than it is now. How do you deal with mould?

  2. Beer ..... mmmm ......

    Actually in the cabin there hasn't been a mould problem. I surmise the wood burning stove has something to do with that. The deck does get a good coating of algae during the wetter winter months. A weak solution of bleach and water combined with lots of elbow grease gets it off. It only needs one good scrubbing a winter to keep it in pretty good shape. Our boats are a different story. They are closed to protect them from vandals. The moisture inside causes mildew to build up if we don't open them up frequently. We use desiccant crystal all year long. When I see mildew starting I use TSP (trisodium phosphate) crystals mixed with water to scrub everything down. I just have to be careful that my hands don't stay in the solution too long (I hate gloves). When we are near a location with electricity we use a light bulb to heat the interior. At the cabin we also use a propane heater periodically to dry things out inside. So, that' the long story about mould - now aren't you sorry you asked? -- Margy