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The Storybook-Modern Mountain Cabin

Plan ID: C101a

The Basics: 1619 Square feet | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bath | 0 Garage stalls | 2 Levels

Plan cost: Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this plan.

Project Description

This mountain cabin was inspired by storybook whimsy, then immersed in a rustic lodge aesthetic, and accented, for counterpoint, with a dramatic contemporary feature.

Suitable as one’s primary home, this nevertheless was designed with vacationing in mind, comfortable for a couple, but adaptable to a party of six to eight vacationers. Besides the two bedrooms, there are two sleeping couches on the second floor and a full bath on the first floor, providing a layout flexible for both large and small groups.

  • Two-story family room w/ vaulted wood ceiling and exposed beams
  • Stone fireplace inglenook w/ built-in bookcases and seating at hearth level
  • Built-in curtain-private sleeping couches at second floor chimney
  • Two-story cantilever tilted window wall in family room, opposite stone fireplace inglenook, for views from first and second floor.
  • Kitchen open to windowed dining area and family room, and adjacent to French doors for indoor/outdoor entertainment flow.
  • Mudroom w/ built-in shoe/ coat storage and seating, w/ laundry.
  • Designed with master suite and two-car garage addition in mind: addition has minimal effect on main structure.
  • Storage below stairs, accessed from bookcase hidden door
  • Over fifty linear feet of built-in storage space, not including kitchen, laundry, and closets.
Building Site Considerations

This home is aesthetically and practically suited to a rugged context, designed to fit along a fairly narrow mountainside ledge. The home requires a flat area of 28’ wide by 43’ deep, or could easily be adapted for a sloped site. Keep in mind, however, that if you plan to add the garage & master suite addition (Plan ID C101b) a larger flat area to the left of the home will be required.

The home was designed for both light and views from the right elevation, so the house should be oriented on site accordingly. If the solar path and views don’t mesh, prioritize view orientation, especially for the family room window. Keep in mind that the plan can be adapted to suit. Additionally the floor plan may be “mirrored”—that is, a reflected opposite of its current layout—if that better suits the site.


Total living area: 1619 sq ft.

  • First Floor: 958 sq. ft.
  • Second Floor: 661 sq. ft.
Unconditioned area: 0 sq. ft.
  • Garage: See Plan #C101b
Number of Rooms:
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Full Baths: 2
  • Half Baths: 0

Number of Stories: 2

  • Width: 27’-4”
  • Depth: 43’-0”
  • Height: 23’-9”

Ceiling heights: Various: 8' flat ceilings and vaulted

  • Pitch (main): 16:12 & 5.5:12
  • Framing: Stick
  • Type: Standing seam metal

Exterior Wall Construction: 2x6

Exterior Materials:
  • Smooth-finish 3-coat stucco w/ variable “plaster over stone” appearance
  • Stained cedar or redwood lap siding
  • River rock wainscoting
Plan Content

All plans are drawn at 1/4" scale and are annotated and dimensioned. These plans include:
  • Floor plan for each level
  • Four exterior elevations
  • Two building sections
  • Reflected ceiling plan
  • Lighting / electrical plan
  • Foundation plan
  • Construction details
  • Interior elevations