Since last March, changes to how we live and work have forced many of us to squeeze an increasing number of tasks into the same square footage. While looking for a new home is always an option, it’s perhaps become more trouble than it’s worth in the current real estate climate. But what if there was a way to boost your property’s square footage while using sustainable materials? As it turns out, there is—as long as you’re willing to build it yourself.
That’s the premise behind the Traveler, a DIY prefab cabin kit offered by Coexist Build, an architect-led business focused on ushering hemp-based construction into the mainstream. Brought to life by a team including architect of record Anastasiya Konopitskaya with engineering from Jellen Engineering Services, the Traveler aims to turn your extra backyard space into a multifunctional sanctuary. Capable of functioning as a quiet, secluded office, the cabin has sliding door panels that make it easy to bask in nature by letting the outdoors in. At 140 square feet, its ground level offers enough space for multiple queen-size beds, while a lofted area provides even more potential room for bedding if you’re in need of a cozy guest house.