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Chalk Hill Off-Grid Cabin rustic-exterior

Chalk Hill Off-Grid Cabin

This 872 s.f. off-grid straw-bale project is a getaway home for a San Francisco couple with two active young boys.

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March 23, 2014
jankowskitomasz wrote:
What brand are these cement boards? - Can you share details? It looks really good.
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Can you share details for the masonry stain? The masonry stain was for the fire safety reason or for color effect? Or maybe both?
    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 7:06PM
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When stained while laid flat, the stain puddles in the grooves, accentuating the grain pattern. It was done for color and effect; many different stains should work.
    Bookmark   Thanked by jankowskitomasz    April 16, 2014 at 9:57AM
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March 19, 2013
dmartenot wrote:
I love this house I would love to build it. - How do I get the plans for this house?
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The plans are available at The Store:
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Lucid Architecture
Nice project. Curious what an approximate build budget for something like that would be?
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December 6, 2012
gjConstructs House of Design wrote:
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The sleeping loft above the kitchen of this cabin is roughly 10' x 14', but it's only 5 1/2 feet tall at it's highest. One can see more photos of the project via the links on our website:
    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 10:03AM
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November 29, 2012
dream20home wrote:
What material is ground cover outside? (pea gravel?)
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Thank you. I would like to convert/replace the carport into a main living space accommodating rec room for kids, kitchen (indoor/outdoor) for entertaining, and storage. When you see the pics, do any ideas come to mind for using this carport space to transform house into modern cabin/farmhouse look? My wife and I love the modern cabin/lodge spaces like chalk hill, and landscaping that is simple and encourages outdoor life for us.

Due to limited budget restraints, we're only looking at ideas on how carport can be transformed into living space for our active lives, and how it connects to current house. Also, entry for the house is on fairway side (other side of home) and rarely used. We'd love to find ideas on where best to locate entryway also. Thank you.
    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 1:09PM
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What was done to the fiber cement to make it look more natural?
    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 9:25PM
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September 12, 2012
sadams60 wrote:
I am assuming you sealed the barndoor for when it is closed? How did you do that?
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    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 9:38PM
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Arkin Tilt, this looks awesome! Good Job. sadams60, typically when people weather strip for barn doors, they'll just get any kind of striping that will close the gap between the door and the wall from Home Depot or like stores. The most popular is the bristle type because it has the most give without harming the door or the striping itself.
    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 7:29AM
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July 20, 2012
Treybo wrote:
I love it! Can you give me an idea of the cost of this house?
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that's the underside of the roofing you are seeing - there is no additional soffit material
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O.k. Wow! Can that work on any home?
    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:34AM
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Keeping the home small and under budget were the team's biggest priorities. Since it was designed to be a part-time residence, material selection was kept to a minimum. Construction was based around simple and durable materials, such as the home's metal roof and concrete floors. Salvaged wood siding was used for part of the exterior, while the panels between the windows and the exterior of the raised bathroom and entry area are made from cement fiberboard that's stained to look like wood.

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Chalk Hill Off-Grid Cabin This 872 s.f. off-grid straw-bale project is a getaway home for a San Francisco couple with two active young boys.
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