Inspired by traditional American corn cribs, “The Crib” is a tiny cabin designed by Broadhurst Architects. The Crib utilizes sustainable and recycleable materials and is prefabricated off site then shipped to be installed on location.
There are three models of the cabin available, each a very simple but sturdy structural concept that allows for flexibility in the size of the building.
The original Crib was build to replace an old fishing cabin and accompanying outhouse for a client in Maryland who would use it as a small weekend getaway. Since this building was on a flood plain, it was elevated 8 feet above the ground on a masonry foundation. The extra height of the foundation gave the client room for a bathroom, bedroom, and extra storage space.
Heat to the building is provided by a small steel propane heater and radiant floor system, though solar heating options can be incorporated. The homes come equipped with a rooftop rainwater collection system.
A small “kitchen in a box” is built into one wall, with creative storage spaces and doors that can close it off from the room. The interior is finished with heat-treated poplar and energy efficient lights and ceiling fans.
The building can be securely closed down when not in use to protect it from animals and the elements. The materials and construction of the home make it somewhat portable, as the building can be dismantled and moved to another location.
Read more about The Crib and see more photos at Broadhurst Architects.