Sugar Shack Plans- 4-Season with Insulated Cupola
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This livable version of our sugar shack design turns the structure into a four season cabin for year round enjoyment. We swap out the double doors for a single insulated door, and shed windows for double pane. The roof opens up into the functional cupola. Insulated transom windows can be added to flood light into the building from the cupola.
Floor, wall and roof insulation, insulated double pane windows and an insulated door turn this cottage into a four-season shell. Install a woodstove, composting toilet and solar package for off-grid living or install modern electrical, plumbing and heating options. Other possible upgrades include pressure treated flooring, shingle roofing (cedar or asphalt), alternative siding choices, flower boxes and weathervanes. Purchase additional windows for more natural light.
When dreaming about the small cottage lifestyle, you may imagine tranquil surroundings that bring back memories of a simpler way of life. Cottages are adorable structures that simply emanate warmth and comfort. They make charming guesthouses or backyard retreats. When the primary purpose of your small cottage is a vacation home, the intimate space is ideal for couples looking for peaceful weekend getaways or families seeking quality time and bonding.
10×16 Living Sugar Shack
Base Area: 160 sq. ft.
Total Interior Area: 160 sq. ft.
Recommended Foundation: 10–12” Crushed Gravel
Overall Dimensions: 12’10” H x 11’8” W x 17’8” D
Estimated Weight: 8,700 lbs
2 (qty) 6x6x16’ Hemlock Skids
2”x6” Kiln Dried Spruce Joists 24” On Center
¾” CDX Plywood Floor Decking
Floor Vapor Barrier
5½” Fiberglass Insulation (R21)
Under Deck Sheathing: ⅜” Plywood
Floor Weight Rating: 25 lbs/ sq. ft.
Exposed 4”x4” Hemlock Post and Beam Wall Framing
Wall Height: 78”
Wall Vapor Barrier
Siding: 1” rough sawn Pine Board & Batten
1” rough sawn Pine Corner, Door & Window Trim & 2” rough sawn Pine Fascia & Shadow Trim
Gable Roof Style
Roof Pitch: 6/12
2”x6” Kiln Dried Spruce Rafters Rafters 24” On Center
1”x6” Kiln Dried Spruce Exposed Collar Ties
1” rough sawn Solid Barn Board Roof Sheathing
Roof Vapor Barrier
Corrugated 29g Metal Roofing, Color: Evergreen
DOOR & WINDOWS:
Door: 1 (qty) 3-0 Single Solid Pine Door, no ramp
Windows: 2 (qty) 3’x2’ 8-Lite Hinged Barn Sash Windows
Estimated Assembly Time
Estimated Assembly Time: Two People: 69 hrs