Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Mobile Cabin













This is a hybrid concept that is part mobile home, part modular building and part RV. The idea is to have a cabin with the flexibility to be set up for longer term stays on a scenic parcel of purchased or leased land, or for shorter duration on open camping areas of BLM managed lands.  Once you have enjoyed that area for a month, or a season, to then be able to move it to storage or another location, leaving the land relatively undisturbed.

The dimensions of 32' long, 8'5"wide and 12'5" tall make it similar to a large travel trailer.  The large windows and modular deck system make it more like living in a second home, but without having to make the decision of where to build; the beach, lakeside, mountains, or desert. One can get to know and explore an area better with a longer stay, rather than the typical transient RV stop in a crowded park or campground.

The interior is very simple and clean so the focus is out the window at whatever beautiful landscape you have set up your Mobile Cabin in.  There is a large storage room, a living area, a sleeping area and a bath with open shower.  A 12 foot counter looking out at the view can be used for dining, spreading out work or an art project.  A wrap-around built-in seating area can also be used as another bed.

When it is time to move on, you can hire a company to move it to storage or the next location, thereby being able to enjoy a mobile lifestyle without the stress and fatigue of towing or driving a large RV.

My design for a Class C Motorhome can be seen here and here.

My design for a Class B Motorhome can be seen here.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Island House Plan 10




Main Level Plan

Second Level Plan

This plan is a reduced area version of Island House Plan 8, seen here.  It has a larger more private Master Suite with it's own spacious verandah on the second level.  There are two guest suites facing the opposite direction on the second level.    The wrap around verandah and additional guest cottages have been eliminated to reduce construction cost while maintaining the impressive elevation of a traditional colonial style Island home when seen from the road.  This plan also maintains it's simple symmetry and casual layout. Each room is on a corner to allow natural trade wind ventilation and the main gathering terrace is totally open to the pool and gardens, and depending on the site, ocean view. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Custom Motorhome Design 3

                                                             © MCM Design 2013, All Rights Reserved
                                                              © MCM Design 2013, All Rights Reserved
This is a design for a Class "B" motorhome using the Sprinter Extended Body van (perspectives show Long Body van).  The concept here is to make a comfortable (though narrow) living environment that efficiently utilizes all the space available.  The sofa/bed and revolving sprinter passenger seats form the seating area which looks out the large van door.  A sliding screen is available for this door allowing the inside to open to the outside in a way not possible in most conventional RV's.  A long kitchen counter provides flat space to place things and easily make meals, something almost totally lacking in Class "B's".  The wet bath, with teak floor mat, uses a little more than half of the van width in the back, the rest will be a storage garage for chairs, mechanical items, toys.  The batteries will also be placed here under a platform.  The outside wall of the bath will be used for hanging items such as hoses or portable solar panels, all accessible from the rear van doors.  The exterior would be kept clear of attachments as in my other RV designs.  Ideally this unit would be mostly electric with large battery capacity, solar recharging, and utilizing diesel systems for water and air heating rather than propane.  The advantage to an RV of this size is the possibility of visiting urban areas and at least have a chance of being able to park downtown without giving up the comfort of a similar length Class "C".

My Class "C" motorhome designs can be seen here and here.

My design for a Mobile Cabin can be seen here.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Jumby Bay Estate House




















This is a design proposal presented to Jumby Bay for new dining facilities at the Estate House.  The Estate House dates back to early colonial days of the Island as a sugar plantation, and had been modified by the time we got involved in the design of the Island and resort in 1983.  It was two buildings made out of three foot thick ruble walls with a courtyard between paved in colonial era English bricks used as ballast on sailing ships carrying the rum and molasses back to Europe.  Unfortunately those bricks were lost one year when a hotel manager had them taken up because their uneven surface made the tables wobble.  The stone rubble walls, fortunately, proved to be more resistant to impromptu renovations and remain to this day.

In 1983 we added a small wooden dining pavilion between the courtyard and a beautiful Saman tree.  Over the years extensions were added eventually creating the unique outdoor dining experience Jumby Bay became known for. However, it was very difficult space for hotel staff to provide service, especially in blowing rain.  This design concept replaces that dining area with a new wing that is in the spirit of the original Estate House and embraces the Saman Tree (which by now has survived major hurricanes and grown into a commanding tree with an incredibly broad canopy).

This new dining room has thick Caribbean stone walls, 20 foot high ceilings and 12' high doors that can be closed when air conditioning is needed or allow evening meal service to continue in torrential rains.  The new wing is surrounded by a wrap around terrace allowing outside dining that is, for the most part, protected on the leeward side from blowing rain.  No guest is seated more than one table from the view or lush tropical gardens under the canopy of the Saman tree.  An elegant yet intimate dining experience that is central to the Jumby Bay style of casual elegance.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Minimum Island House Plan






 























This design looks at what is the minimum needed for an Island vacation home.  Two bedroom suites, a kitchen and utility room make up the enclosed portion of this 680 sf house.  The rest of the living area is outside or under roof cover.  An entry courtyard on the windward side of the house buffers the wind force as well as provide an outdoor room with sun bed and sitting area. The main living area is an open verandah facing the view on the leeward side of the house.  A work alcove and a media alcove have sliding doors to be locked off when not in residence.  Each bedroom suite has a private walled garden with a rain shower.  The kitchen also opens to the outdoor living area with lockable sliding doors and has a washer and dryer.  A utility room is provided for storage and mechanical components.

The simplicity of this plan creates a very spacious and casual environment while providing all the functional needs for an Island hideaway.

For another in the series of Minimum Plans look here.




Sunday, June 23, 2013

iPad Sketches made with Paper

 
 Champoeg Area, Willamette River, Oregon
Champoeg Area, Willamette River, Oregon
 Deschutes River, at Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
 
 Deschutes River, at Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
 Deschutes River, at Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
 Maryhill, on Columbia River, Washington
Maryhill, on Columbia River, Washington
 Champoeg Area, Willamette River, Oregon
Deschutes River, at Columbia River Gorge, Oregon


For years I have made or modified my architectural renderings using a digitizing pad and stylus on Photoshop.  This took  about a year for me to learn to detach my hand from my eye as I moved the stylus on the digitizing pad in my lap while I looked up at the screen.  I recently did the above sketches in the field with a stylus directly onto the screen of my iPad using Paper by "53".  Compared to Photoshop, Paper is pretty primitive with limited pen points and with my iPad version, the stylus is not pressure sensitive.  Paper is suppose to have a very intuitive interface, but I think it's intuitive for the younger generation since there is no apparent way to save a file.  You are suppose to "share" it.  Turns out to save a file you "share" it with yourself.  Anyway, for me it was an interesting experience, like learning to draw again by reattaching my hand and my eye.