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A modern take on the classic cabin.

The Nomad is a modern bunkie with everything you need to escape into the wild. An open loft and extra high ceilings make for a bright, airy space within a small footprint. With infinite customizations like a slatted wooden awning and a variety of exterior and interior finishes to choose from, you can make the Nomad your very own wilderness—or backyard—escape!


The Nomad comes in a range of sizes, from small and permit-free to large and roomy, depending on your needs. No matter its footprint, the Nomad’s high ceilings and loft provide tons of vertical space, so the interior still feels airy and comfortable.

Nomad Style Guide

Sample Nomad gallery

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Nomad specifications


  • The Nomad is a cabin with a clean, fresh aesthetic. The low-slope roof and overhang contribute to its contemporary design. An open loft, high ceilings, and large windows create a bright, airy space within a small footprint.

    Find all the details you need to know about our Nomad in these style tabs.

  • Nomad video tour
  • Contemporary, low-slope roof

  • Double-height ceiling

  • Enhanced siding package

  • Premium STK Western Red Cedar siding with stainless steel fasteners

  • Open loft with pine railing, T&G pine flooring, and ship’s ladder for access

  • Full 2-year warranty on materials and craftsmanship!

    Popular Options & Upgrades:
  • Pine T&G or cedar channel interior cladding

  • Modern vinyl sliding doors and windows

  • Custom front porch

  • Optional wooden awning

  • Maintenance-free Canexel siding in a variety of colours

  • Maintenance-free Siparila wood siding in six natural tones

  • Clear cedar siding (thin, modern nickel gap or v-joint profiles)

Nomad Interior

Below are some Nomad interiors to help you envision your main floor and loft space. For more ideas and photos, visit our Interiors page.

  • Modern Nomad cabin interior

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  • Modern Nomad cabin interior

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  • Modern Nomad cabin interior

    Nomad Interior

  • Modern Nomad cabin interior

    Nomad Interior

  • Modern Nomad cabin interior

    Nomad Interior

Available Nomad sizes

The Nomad is offered in sizes starting at 100 ft². If you can’t find your desired size in the price list, please contact us.

Floor plans

Below is an Nomad style floor plan to get you started. For more ideas and photos please visit Interiors under inspiration.

  • Ground Floor

    Nomad Cabin Floor Plan
  • Loft

    Nomad Cabin Floor Plan
Sample 8' x 13' Floor plans

Feeling inspired? Get creative with this fun, simple layout tool for planning your interior.
Or, download graph paper and plan your space the old fashioned way.

  • 3D Tour of a Nomad

    View a 3D tour of the Nomad in a lakeside setting. It features a double-height ceiling, cozy loft space, ship’s ladder for loft access, large windows and sliding doors for plenty of natural light, beautiful pine interiors, a custom front porch, and a wooden awning.

    Visit our 3D Tours page to see all the Summerwood styles.

  • Nomad 3D video tour


Level of Difficulty:

The Nomad requires some skill to install: if you have carpentry experience, you may be able to navigate this project with our detailed instructions and easily accessible online and telephone assembly support.

Hiring a contractor

If you think you may want assistance with assembling your Nomad, check out our Hire a Contractor page.

Modern Nomad cabin Hiring a contractor
Contractor working on a roof

details & specs

Nomad Dimensions

Nomad Cabin Dimensions

Our measurements (i.e. 8ft. x 13ft.) are taken from the outside of the floor & wall framing, therefore, they don't include the siding, and/or sheathing.

For true interior measurements, subtract the thickness of the wall framing: 3 ½” for 2 x 4 walls, and 5 ½” for 2' x 6' walls. Note: 2 x 4 is actually 1 ½” x 3 ½” and 2' x 6' is actually 1 ½” x 5 ½” due to the properties of "finished” lumber.

Wall Plan

Nomad Cabin Wall Plan
Wall plan drawing for a Nomad

For true exterior dimensions, add the siding, sheathing (if applicable), and corner trim pieces. The Canexel siding is 3/8" thick, the cedar siding is 3/4" thick and the log siding is 1 1/2" thick. The wall sheathing varies from 7/16” to 3/4”. The corner trim is 3/4".

If you have any other questions pertaining to the size of your Nomad building, please do not hesitate to ask us, we're here to help.

Roof Framing Plan

The Nomad roof is designed to have a standard 4’ overhang on the front side and 2’ around the remaining perimeter. The roof consists of ½” Spruce plywood sheathing and pre-engineered trusses allowing you to lay the EPDM rubberized membrane on top.

Due to its geometry and low pitch, flat roofs do not always require vents. If vents are desired, they can be installed on the tallest wall or sidewalls of the building. Consult
with your contractor or roofing company, for the most effective ventilation system for
your roof.

Nomad Cabin Roof Framing Plan
Roof framing drawing for a Nomad

Overhang Detail

Soffits are the cedar trim pieces that are attached to the underside of the rafter ends.

Fascia is typically the cedar 1x4 that’s used to cover the rafter tips and provide a nice straight level line for the bottom of your roof.

Nomad Cabin Foundations Overhang Detail
Nomad overhang detail


Due to its high walls, a more advanced foundation is recommended for the Nomad. A concrete pad is ideal for this style, with Sonotube footings being recommended for situations where you’re faced with steep grades or rocky terrain.

Visit our foundations page for more details or contact one of our design specialists for assistance.

Nomad Cabin Foundations
Nomad building foundation


Like all Summerwood designs, the contemporary Nomad is a fantastic display of premium grade materials coming together for any your outdoor needs. Our materials are chosen for their aesthetic appeal, durability, and environmental friendliness. Construction is engineered for garages and cabins, but ideally suited for storage sheds and cabins as well. All of our buildings are designed with style and longevity in mind.

item material dimension notes
beams pressure treated 3-ply 2x8 - 2x12 underside of floor framing
joists pressure treated 2x6 - 2x8 16" on center
sheathing t&g spruce 5/8" n/a
material options + upgrades
floor insulation expanded polystyrene 3 1/2" or 5 1/2" within floor cavities
pine flooring white pine t&g 1x6 n/a
item material dimension notes
wall plates spruce 2x6 bottom, top, double top
wall studs spruce 2x6 16" on center
exterior siding stk cedar channel (shiplap) 1x8 horizontal
enhanced siding package plywood + typar 1/2" wall sheathing and building wrap
material options + upgrades
exterior siding stk cedar channel (shiplap) 1x8 vertical
clear cedar t&g v-joint 1x4 or 1x6 horizontal or vertical
clear cedar t&g nickel gap 1x4 vertical installation only
canexel 7/16x12 maintenance-free; various colors
siparila wood 1x6 maintenance-free; 6 natural tones
interior siding pine t&g 1x6 n/a
cedar 1x6 n/a
item material dimension notes
rafters spruce 2x6 - 2x10 24" on center maximum
sheathing osb 7/16" n/a
material options + upgrades
roof boards cedar 1x6 - 1x8 n/a
rafters cedar 2x6 - 2x10 n/a
item material dimension notes
soffit stk cedar channel 1x8 n/a
fascia + corner boards stk cedar varies n/a
material options + upgrades
soffit clear cedar t&g v-joint 1x6 n/a
fascia + corner boards clear cedar varies n/a
versatex (white) varies n/a
siparila wood (black or white) varies n/a

Popular upgrades

Enhanced Siding Package

Our enhanced siding pages includes a layer of sheathing. It's a layer of sheathing (OSB or plywood) and house wrap (Typar and optional HomeSlicker) that provides a moisture barrier to your structure.

Nomad Cabin Enhanced Siding Package
Enhanced siding package upgrade

Interior Cedar Siding and Framing

The Nomad style allows for a wide array of interior finishes. Our cedar siding or framing interior upgrade can be incorporated on the walls and/or ceiling.

  • Nomad Cabin Interior Cedar Siding
  • Nomad Cabin Interior Cedar Siding
  • Nomad Cabin Interior Cedar Siding
Interior cedar siding choices for a modern Nomad


Once your modern Nomad is complete, there are a few things you can do on the inside to add to the comfort and enjoyment of your new Summerwood design. Please see Interior Finishing under Advice for more information.


If you plan to heat your Nomad, insulation may be added either at purchase or after-the-fact if you decide to do it later. The walls and roof are constructed in such a way that adding insulation either as an option or on your own is quite simple to do. If you’re thinking of using your Nomad all year round, then insulating it is the way to go.

Nomad Cabin Insulation
Insulation for a Nomad building


The inside of our modern Nomad is deliberately left exposed to accommodate wiring for lighting, outlets, heating equipment, whatever you have in mind. Once the installation is complete and before finishing your interior, simply have an electrician come and do his thing.

Nomad Cabin Electrical
Electrical configuration option


Provided you have a water source nearby, your Nomad pipes can be run for sinks and taps. If you have something a little more elaborate in mind like a shower or toilet, best to make sure it is coordinated with the concrete pad and installation of the cabin.

Nomad Cabin Plumbing
Plumbing for a Nomad


Visit "options and accessories" for detail and pricing of our accessories.

Find below pricing for all of the Nomad sizes that we have built so far. Don't see your size? Ask us and we will provide you with a quote.

MD Nomad
Cabins ( 70 - 100 sq.ft.)

All prices in $USD
Medium Nomad
Cabins, price list
kit size pre-cut pre-assembled
10ft.x10ft. $22,495 $22,495 $25,995 $25,995

LG Nomad
Cabins (100 - 130 sq.ft)

All prices in $USD
Large Nomad
Cabins, price list
kit size pre-cut pre-assembled
8ft.x13ft. $20,895 $20,895 $24,195 $24,195
10ft.x12ft. $25,095 $25,095 $28,895 $28,895

XLG Nomad
Cabins ( >130 sq.ft.)

All prices in $USD
Medium Nomad
Cabins, price list
kit size pre-cut pre-assembled
10ft.x15ft. $30,395 $30,395 $35,195 $35,195
10ft.x16ft. $31,695 $31,695 $36,495 $36,495
12ft.x14ft. $35,595 $35,595 $39,295 $39,295
10ft.x18ft. $37,495 $37,495 $43,295 $43,295
11ft.x18ft. $41,295 $41,295 $47,595 $47,595
12ft.x18ft. $45,195 $45,195 $51,995 $51,995
12ft.x20ft. $50,695 $50,695 $58,295 $58,295
13ft.x20ft. $66,695 $66,695 $76,795 $76,795
14ft.x20ft. $61,095 $61,095 $70,395 $70,395
16ft.x20ft. $72,395 $72,395 $83,295 $83,295
14ft.x24ft. $75,995 $75,995 $87,495 $87,495
16ft.x24ft. $86,795 $86,795 $99,995 $99,995
23ft.x28ft. $145,295 $145,295 $167,395 $167,395
25ft.x30ft. $169,195 $169,195 $194,895 $194,895

Custom Designs

Summerwood will take your custom design and make it your own. If you have something different in mind, talk to one of our designers about bringing it to life.

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