As a project the 186 S.F. cabin represents two urban dwellers needs to escape the city. In a subdivided cattle ranch of 40 acre plots overlooking the Sangre De Cristo mountain range, the cabin is a modern day settler’s claim. Perched on an outcropping of rocks at 9,800 feet it is an amalgam of the windblown Bristlecone pine and the natural tectonics of the early settlers cabins both indigenous to the area.
The cabin’s skin alternately is tongue and groove cedar or 5/8” exterior plywood with 1x4 cedar slats over 2x2 cedar battens. The design recalls the horizontal lines in the body of settler’s cabins and the vertical quality of board and batten used in the gable. Battens are installed directly behind 2x4 studs concealing plywood joints and linking vertically to roof joists. This configuration reveals the inner construction of studs spaced at 16” on center and as interrupted by king and trimmer studs at window and door openings. The screens act as security shutters over windows and an escape from the heat of mid-day sun.