Manhattan-based studio JacobsChang is an award winning architecture firm that provides architectural design, interior design, planning & building feasibility services. “We are passionate about our craft and we are invested in the quality and execution of the work we design and the relationships that develop along the way.”

The studio designed a 35 sqm cabin in the woods of Barryville in the Catskill Mountains, Sullivan County, NY. The project was built with a budget of $20,000, it is located in an isolated area of the property with no vehicular access, no piped water and no electricity. One of the goals was to designed it simple enough for the two owners to build it by themselves over the weekends.

“The topography presented a difficult challenge. In an effort to minimize sitework (in this case, shovels by hand) and to eliminate the need for large footings, retaining walls and pumped concrete, the architecture is lifted above the ground and relies upon support from the trees… Exterior and interior boards were milled and kiln-dried from the Eastern Pines felled on the property. To minimize maintenance and to withstand long wet winters, exterior boards are treated using traditional Scandinavian pine-tar. Interior walls and ceiling are painted and the floor is protected with a clear matte sealant. The space is heated with a highly efficient Jotul wood stove and power, if needed, is drawn from a portable generator. ”


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