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The Platte – Legacy Cabin Model No. 5
The Platte River, Colorado
Architect David N. Thermos took a hike along the Platte River on a Fall day with his twin daughters when they were about 10 years old. One of them brought up an idea for one of their dad’s cabin designs. She declared, “It would be cool to climb into the walls and sleep instead of having beds.” And that was the spark for the outward bay design for The Platte Legacy Cabin Model No. 5. It’s focal point, a utilitarian bench, stands about two and a half feet above the floor and could be used for playing games, snacking on smores, sleeping, or a good ole pillow fight.
It would be cool to climb into the walls of a cabin and sleep instead of having beds. -David N. Thermos, Legacy Cabins
The slightly curved, collar tie connects the roof rafters together for stability and provides a playful counter-measure. This unexpected arch contrasts the complex angular lines of the cabin’s outward bulging shape. In a similar notion, the cabin design reflects the historical canvas tents which were elevated above the ground on wooden platforms in the 18thCentury Adirondack logging camps.
Cabin Design Details
Four windows totaling twenty-eight square feet of glass area allow natural light to enter into the cabin.
There is a gable accent awning that provides shade for one of the windows. It also provides an architectural accent that breaks up the visual scale of the exterior walls.
The attic floor, accessed by a ladder, is sub-divided into two narrow, parallel spaces carved out of the roof framing area. Together they cover fifty percent of the main floor area below. This divided attic space provides a generous amount of storage, but still allows the center of the living area to be open. Or, you can easily upgrade with an additional center attic piece that grows the attic footprint by thirty-one square feet.