Meet the Orcas Island cabin: 400 square feet of enchanting rustic living

On Orcas Island off the coast of Washington, this 400-square-foot cabin is thoughtfully placed within the fir, cedar and madrone trees. According to David Vandervort Architects, the firm behind this charming abode, the building process not only preserved the existing vegetation in the area but also repurposed leftover douglas fir wood from another project.
The cross-shaped cabin measures 400 square feet in total, with a 350-square-foot ground level and a 150-square-foot sleeping loft. Each of the corners of this unique layout serves a purpose  — the entrance, covered outdoor seating areas, and firewood storage. 
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The airy great room is cozy without feeling cramped, and the ladder leads up to the sleeping loft.
The dining nook is the very essence of tranquility with the sunlight giving off the most gorgeous glow.
In addition to energy efficiency and how the cabin was oriented within the landscape, David Vandervort Architects was also concerned with how to maximize the amount of sunlight coming through the windows. The sunny kitchen is a testament to their careful planning, and we adore that unorthodox black sink.
The bathroom, too, features a black sink, but note how the faucets protrude directly from the wall. What a unique touch!
The back patio can be accessed through French doors, and the Adirondack chair and bench both beg for you to unwind among the trees.
Here is the floor plan:
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