After the cabana was framed, the exterior plywood sheathing went up and that really defined the form of the building. We could now see its basic design, scale & proportion on the site.
The roof would be a prominent feature, especially approaching from the upper level of the property. The architect specified a simulated slate roof that was so authentic looking I had to pick up a piece to see that it was manufactured.
A stone veneer would be used for the building’s exterior – a great look with the slate roof. These natural elements would give the cabana an old world feeling and help the building meld with the surroundings.
From my experience sometimes a cabana or other accessory building can crowd a site. This can be a result of:
- not having enough space on the property.
- not locating & orienting the building correctly.
- designing it too large.
Scale drawings are always helpful to illustrate size proportions in terms of space. However, I often mark-out with paint or granular lime the footprint of design elements to give myself and the homeowner a visual reference. It’s not unusual to make size adjustments after seeing the mark-out.
In this project the cabana was both an aesthetic & functional asset. At more than 150′ from the main house it stood as a remote extension of the home encouraging family & friends to “come on down!”
A good sized patio was planned to accommodate a table with chairs, some additional seating and plenty of space for just hanging out. The problem I anticipate is getting people to leave once the party is over.
Here’s the previous post for this project.