by Maurice Miller
(Camano Island, WA)
The Yonderosa Outpost
I designed and I'm building my shed/outpost on some property we own in a remote part of the Northwestern United States. It needed to be small and simple enough to build quickly and inexpensively but big enough to be useful.
The 8'x12' porch is one of my favorite features and greatly enhances the space. There is ample room to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings with friends gathered in its shade and shelter. It serves equally well as a workspace and I can say by experience, ideal for warm afternoon nap.
The main floor is 12' x 16' with serves as a multi-purpose room. The 9'4" tall walls and vaulted ceiling visually expand the space. It is large enough to store my canoe or serve as shelter for an extended stay yet the scale remains cozy and is easily warmed.
The 12'x 12' Loft above the Porch provides room to store necessities and materials we use while enjoying the property and keeps them from being underfoot further amplifying the feeling of space.
The floor size, wall heights and rafter lengths were chosen to maximize efficiency of available regional materials. The simplicity of the design sped construction and kept costs in check.