Cabana Design Considerations – RB Project #1.5

Structures · Written by Roger

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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.

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