Bunkies & Cabins Posts

Small in Size, Big on Function: Leading the Tiny House Movement

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Over the past few years we’ve been hearing more and more about tiny houses. Admittedly our design team was initially a bit skeptical about the concept of cramming all of our everyday household items into a very small space. In today’s “bigger is better” culture we truly thought the tiny house movement would come and go quickly. But when we started seeing tiny homes pop up in Texas of all places, we know we were wrong to doubt the trend! Small house designs continue to be one of the more popular conversation starters the Summerwood design staff engages in with our customers. In reality we’ve been building micro homes and small cabins and cottages for over 20 years, making us an ideal resource for designing and purchasing a tiny home.

Save Space & Earn $$$ with Your Own Tiny House

Tiny homes have exploded in popularity over the past few years and Summerwood Products’ line of outdoor structures have been a natural choice for tiny home builders across North America. Our DIY and fully-customizable building kits can be designed to your exact specifications and can be fully insulated for use in all four seasons just about anywhere in the world. We had the great pleasure of working with a Nashville-based client, Rebecca, on the design of a tiny home that new serves as an investment property and offers space for guest overflow. Here’s a Q&A with Rebecca’s story (and some incredible pictures she shared with us!).

Why did you decide to purchase a Summerwood building specifically?

My husband and I chose to buy a Summerwood product specifically because we truly feel they have the best kit designs out there. We had looked at a few competitors and just felt there was no match for Summerwood. We loved that the designs are customizable, and spent a lot of time choosing exactly which style of cabin we wanted, and how many doors/windows etc. It was a fun process!

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Sleeping space for guests (paying or otherwise!) or perhaps a year-round living space.

What did you intend to use the building for? Why did you need it?

We have a smallish house in Nashville without an easy way to add on to it. With the birth of our son our house felt increasingly cramped and we were without a way to host guests. Additionally, we wanted to be able to rent out part of our house for income, and with short term rental websites like airbnb, it is very easy to use a space for two purposes. So our Summerwood cabin is now part-time guest space, part-time rental. We love it!

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Tiny home living doesn’t mean giving up on modern comforts!

How was the building experience?

The building experience was honestly a bit harder than we’d expected. We had a “house raising” after we received the kit, when around 8-12 friends/family members came to get us started. We got a lot done that first day, but there was still a lot left to do, and we generally were able to work primarily during our son’s naps (so, not that much). It was often enjoyable, at times it was frustrating, since we didn’t really have building experience going into this.

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With an open roof space, skylight, and pull-out bed, Rebecca is making the most of this small space.

How has the building helped alleviate a previous need?

We have started to host our first airbnb guests and we are loving it! And we now have a place for friends and family to stay! It is absolutely wonderful to have it finished.

 

How would you characterize your experience overall?

Our overall experience was that this was more difficult than we thought it would be, but that we do not regret going with Summerwood at all. The design continues to please us – we love the dormer, the rounded door, the tall ceilings – and Summerwood was helpful throughout our experience.

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Live in a cold climate? Insulate your tiny house for year-round living in comfort.

Design Your Tiny House Today

Start online with our Custom Design Center to begin designing and pricing your own tiny house or give us a call now at (800) 663-5042 to talk about your ideas, we love answering your questions and helping make your tiny house plans turn from dream to reality!

 

The Top Reason to Attend the 2016 Spring Cottage Life Show + FREE Ticket Opportunity!

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It’s that time of year again; Spring has begun to show itself slowly and with the changing seasons Summerwood gears up for cottage season! As Canadians we know to embrace whatever good weather might come our way and to enjoy every possible second that we can in the great outdoors. Read on to learn about the top reason you should attend the 2016 Spring Cottage Life Show, where we’ll be featuring our incredibly popular Glen Echo “Permit-Free” Ultimate Cottage Bunkie, and how you can get your hands on free tickets to the Spring Cottage Life Show.

 

What You Need to Know About the 2016 Spring Cottage Life Show

If you’ve previously attended the Spring Cottage Life Show you might know a little about the amazing little 3-day show that exhibitors and consumers both love for its fun, laid-back “cottage” atmosphere and great mix of eclectic exhibitors. The Main Stage, Model Cottage, and Dock Party (yes, really!) are a few of the neat features that visitors enjoy every year at this show and part of the reason many families make attending this Show an annual tradition. The 2016 Cottage Show is being held at the International Centre at 6900 Airport Rd in Mississauga and features free parking for all visitors (more parking has been added for the 2016 show). All of the information you need, including ticketing information and directions, can be found here.

 

The #1 Reason to Attend the 2016 Spring Cottage Life Show

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Our show-stopping Glen Echo “Permit-Free” Bunkie, featuring expansive “bigger than you think” loft space and oodles of natural light.

You may have seen our Glen Echo design at a previous Cottage Show where we always have one of the busiest and most active booth spaces at the show. As a company we love showcasing this incredibly cool product and conversing with our fellow cottage-goers and explaining how this building, or perhaps one of our other prefab cabin designs, is the perfect solution to your cottage storage or sleeping overflow problem.

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Come join the crowd! Our booth is a real highlight of the Spring Cottage Life Show. This year you’ll find us at Booth # 932 in Hall 2.

Why would I want a “permit-free” cottage Bunkie?

As families grow and the need for extra storage and sleeping space increases, you may find yourself looking into potential opportunities for adding space at your cottage or vacation property. The Glen Echo bunkie was designed with you in mind and is the perfect solution for adding beautiful and functional sleeping or storage space in a short time frame. We have DIY and fully installed options available, so regardless of your building and design skills a Bunkie like this is well within your reach. Perhaps the best selling feature of this building is that it can be built without a building permit in many jurisdictions across Canada and the United States; a real benefit given the often lengthy, complicated, and potentially restrictive permitting process in place with many building departments. (*Note: you should always consult your local building department to verify local rules prior to construction*)

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The Glen Echo bunkie, built from a DIY kit by our client in Ontario, Canada. It’s the perfect tiny house!

The Glen Echo is designed in a 10′ x 10′ size to clock in at 100 square feet and as a result of its small footprint is typically classified as an “accessory storage structure” under many municipal bylaws, which generally means a building permit application isn’t required when building this unit. The building features a steep roof pitch and “dormers” to open up the ceiling space and create headroom in the loft. The 3′ of roof overhang on the front side of the building, typically not counted as square footage by building departments, adds close to 130 square feet of usable loft space. To learn more please download the building schematics now to learn all about this exciting design and its very handy features. Are you a more visual person? Take a 3D tour now!

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Add a mattress or extra large sleeping bag to create the ultimate loft space that kids and adults love!

Come See Us at the Spring Cottage Life Show

You’ll find the Summerwood booth located at Booth #932 in Hall 2 of the International Centre. We’ll have a gorgeous Glen Echo Cottage Bunkie on display where you can take in the space for yourself, ask us questions, and learn about the endless customization possibilities with all Summerwood buildings. We love hearing from our customers – past, present, and future – so please be sure to say hello!

Check out our Bunkie and climb the super cool drop-down ladder. Kids love it!

Check out our Bunkie and climb the super cool drop-down ladder. Kids love it!

Looking for free tickets to the 2016 Spring Cottage Life Show?

We have a limited quantity of complimentary tickets held exclusively for VIP Summerwood customers, please Contact Us for more details and availability.

The Ultimate Bunkie Build

We hope you are having an awesome autumn!

You may not know that a large majority of the photos we collect at Summerwood are sent in to us by our amazing customers. We love getting to see the finished product and hear about the process from them. Recently, we received photos from the Munro family who went above and beyond documenting their Glen Echo Bunkie building process. We’re so excited to share this Glen Echo Bunkie build with you, and thought it would be best told by Alan Munro himself. Thank you Alan for taking the time to take so many fantastic photos and tell us about your experience!

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“I have a space at the back of my cottage that I always wanted to build a Bunkie to alleviate the pressure on the main cottage. I had previously built an outhouse near that area. My kids are getting older with partners and they needed more private space. Plus it has given me more room for guests.”

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“I thought with my two sons we could have it up in a month – but it took all summer and really looks good. My experience started with the unwrapping of the skid and my son said: ‘Dad, try and lift this wall up’ and we couldn’t as the siding was so heavy. So I had to get more help to put up the walls and the heavy dormers and gable walls.”

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“My sons helped me and an ex-fireman handy neighbour helped with wiring. My sons disappeared in August so I had to paint it myself and do the trim. The windows are vinyl and double-pane and they fit in like a glove. Overall, the quality of the wood was excellent – everything was straight and there was more than enough wood. I enjoyed the experience and the final result but my summer went by very quickly!”

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“I relied on the internal Summerwood people to help. William was just completing some drawings so he forwarded them to me and verbally stepped me through the pages. And Jim Hickey was especially helpful giving me more detailed help and even answering the phone on a Saturday. He also sent me some photos of many angles of the structure.”

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“My overall experience was great as the final product is outstanding and has been well received. My overall experience has been wonderful dealing with Brandon at the beginning and William and Jim during construction – all great employees.”

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We couldn’t have said it better! Thanks Alan, we think your Glen Echo Bunkie looks spectacular, and now that it’s complete we hope you and all those who helped get a chance to relax and enjoy!

To learn more about our very popular Glen Echo Bunkie, check out this blog post “Spring Best Seller: Permit Free Cottage Bunkie”.

You can also visit our website for tons of photos and additional information: “The Ultimate Cedar Cottage Bunkie” and our Glen Echo Cabin Kits” page.

And as always, feel free to contact us:
Check out our website: www.summerwood.com
Email us: design@summerwood.com
Call us toll-free: 1 866 519-4634

Stay cozy!

Best Seller: Permit Free Cottage Bunkie

We won’t make you wonder, our most popular building of the season is definitely the permit-free Glen Echo Bunkie!
 

You can almost smell the cedar!

You can almost smell the cedar!

Ultimate Glen Echo Bunkie

Ultimate Glen Echo Bunkie

Here’s a few reasons why Glen Echo Bunkie has been so popular this spring.
Features

  • It’s a 10 x 10 building, so at 100 sq. ft. it’s permit-free in most areas!
    Can you say woo hoo!? Awesome. 
  • 3 foot front-overhang creates a bonus 130 sq.ft. half-storey loft space.
    Perfect for storage or extra sleepers. 
  • Efficient: Front and rear dormers max-out the loft space, enough for a queen size mattress!
  • Customizable: You choose your doors and windows, we have over 50 to choose from.
    So you can gaze upon your lovely view! 
  • Stylish: This Western Red Cedar Cottage Bunkie is a lovely focal point.
    It may steal the spotlight! 
  • Includes an attic ladder which allows access to the loft area, but leaves usable floor space downstairs when folded up.
  • Affordable! We’re a custom builder, allowing you the flexibility of creating a Bunkie that’s as elaborate or simple as you like.
Bunkie view from the front

Bunkie view from the front

Back

Bunkie view from the back

Here’s why

It’s the perfect addition to your cottage property for a lot less than building an addition and living through a renovation. Yes, we did say it’s permit-free, as it’s only 100 square feet! Also, it won’t affect your property taxes, so not only is it lovely to look at, it’s a smart choice. Who says you can’t be both!?

 

Our 10 x 10 Cottage Bunkie doesn't need a permit!

Our 10 x 10 Cottage Bunkie doesn’t need a permit!

What can I use it for?

Well, The Glen Echo Bunkie is perfect for cottage hang-outs, extra sleepers, grandkids and all kids, man-caves, and even as a She-Shed (the ladies need some space too!)

A Space Solution: The Kepler Creek “Man Cave” Cabin

Here’s our family, and our problem:
Three teenage boys, and a house no longer big enough for all of them.

The solution? An 18’ x 24’ Kepler Creek Cabin from Summerwood.