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Kitchen of the Week: A Small Off-Grid Kitchen in an Architect-Designed Guest Cabin

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Kitchen of the Week: A Small Off-Grid Kitchen in an Architect-Designed Guest Cabin

March 17, 2022

Who says you can’t go home? A while back we dropped in on an off-grid cabin in eastern Ohio; designed and built by Greg Dutton of Midland Architecture on his parents’ 2,000-acre property , it serves as a guest quarters for him and his siblings. Today we’re taking a closer look at the cabin’s small-space kitchen, with a few budget elements, Etsy finds, and a countertop built by a childhood friend.

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Photography by Alexandra Ribar, courtesy of Midland Architecture.

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Above: The 600-square-foot guest cabin is perched on a ridge on Greg’s parents’ farm, which was once a strip mine and has now re-wilded with forests and meadows. Here, in the petite kitchen, unadorned windows connect indoors to out and the walls are paneled in Ponderosa pine shiplap, painted in Sherwin Williams’ Pearly White.

“The pine flooring was a steal,” says Greg. “At less than $2 per square foot, it was a huge budget saver and allowed us to splurge in other areas of the project.” The pegs along the wall were an Etsy find.

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Above: The interiors nod to farming traditions. Greg designed the cabinets and had them built by makers in Ohio’s Amish country; they—and the wooden knobs from JBplusDG on Etsy—are painted in Sherwin Williams’ Greenblack.

The cabin was a labor of love: The white oak countertop and shelving was made by Greg’s best friend from elementary school, and Greg’s brother, father, and friends pitched in to help with the building process.

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Above: The two-basin undermount sink. The cabin is fully off-grid, fitted with solar panels for electricity and a rainwater collection system for the kitchen and bath.
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Above: A look at the guest cabin, tucked in the woods.

For a look at the full project, see Hygge in Ohio: An Architect’s Scandi-Inspired Off-the-Grid Hut.

And for more off-grid kitchens, see:

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