The Relationship Between Cabin Layout and Energy Efficiency

As you make plans for your new cabin, think about how the size and shape will impact the ability to heat the space during the winter months. Your goal is to strike the perfect balance between having enough room to be comfortable, and arranging the cabin layout so that every nook and cranny is warm on the coldest winter night. This is not as difficult as you may think.

Limit the Number of Hallways

While you may need a hallway in order to connect bedrooms and bathrooms to the kitchen and living areas, think long and hard before adding front foyers and similar halls in the cabin design. Hallways can make it harder to heat the cabin efficiently, especially if you are using a stove that burns logs or wood pellets.

Double Paned Windows are Essential

You do want the ability to enjoy the view, especially on a snowy winter day. A lot of heat is lost when the construction includes single paned windows. Double pane designs helps to create a barrier that holds in the heat and still allows you to look outside to your heart’s content.

The Dimensions and Shape of the Cabin

Design the layout of the cabin so that warm air can flow through the space with ease. You may find that a cabin that is more or less square and includes an open sleeping loft over a great room keeps everything warm and cozy. For a rectangular shaped cabin, consider placing the kitchen and living areas in the middle of the structure. The bedrooms and bathrooms can branch off on each side of the space. That makes it easier for the heat emanating from the middle part of the cabin to flow easily in both directions.

Remember that if you are going for a rustic look, it is possible to use a process known as chinking to help enhance energy efficiency. Chinking involves filling in the gaps between the round logs with some type of waterproof material. The compounds used for interior and exterior chinking are easy to apply and dry quickly.