Gallery: PREFAB FRIDAY: Modern Cabana


Say the word “cabana” and most people immediately conjure ideas of banana daiquiris, palm trees and flower print shirts. However, take one look at The Modern Cabana and a totally different aesthetic comes to mind. Not to say that this great little outdoor room wouldn’t lend itself perfectly to a lazy afternoon with some blended drinks and tiki torches! Designed and produced by brothers-in-law Casper Mork-Ulnes and Nick Damner of San Francisco, the Cabana originated out of a desire to provide a little extra space that is often desired, but hard to implement.

The Modern Cabana was designed to provide a contemporary alternative for a home office, guest bedroom, or studio space without requiring a loan- or ripping off the side of your house. The necessary components ship flat-packed (IKEA style), reducing shipping requirements, potential damage en route, and waste. Once it arrives, the Cabana can be erected by the home owner using common tools.

Although the Modern Cabana does not come wired or plumbed, the walls are constructed as cavities so that any wiring or infrastructure can easily be accommodated. Additionally, the roof, siding, and windows can be customized to match your home, or give you an entirely different look altogether. Starting at around $100 per sq-ft, the Cabana is a tad pricier than we’d like to shell out for a backyard hideaway without electricity. However, the fact that you can build this thing yourself in a weekend – without even applying for a permit (in most areas) – is deliciously tempting to the erector-set-kid in all of us.

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  1. Inhabitat » Blog ... July 14, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    […] We’ve waxed lyrical about many a mini backyard prefab, (the FutureShed, the Modern Cabana, the MetroShed) but the EcoSpace Garden Studio really takes the cake. This stylish little prefab is green in almost every way: it is constructed from sustainably harvested cedar, employs eco-friendly materials throughout the structure and interior, and even comes outfitted with a pre-built green roof! Starting at £15,850, its reasonably priced as well – although bathrooms, kitchens and necessary amenities cost extra. […]

  2. Kiki June 12, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    Awesome. Great, clean expression of and out-building…

  3. doug brockman June 12, 2006 at 11:37 am

    Really. Gheda is right. Everything lately that has a 10’x10′ (3mx3m) footprint seems to be a shameless knock-off of Blazona work. Albeit his is still more refined and adaptable. Even his Modular units can built side by side or off set with front window openings flush, to form larger more interesting spaces and not leave the 10’x10′ modular format. None of the “bargin backyard shacks ” that have surfaced lately can do that.

    I am in the process of building one of Blazona’s 10’x10′ Modulars by Redi-made and have not any way possible to stay close to the $1500. cost estimate. Bare bones more like $2300-$2500. But then who can’t resist putting in a few little upgrades while building yourself. Even so. bare bones or souped up much less expensive than this lack lustre effort.

    And what is that I see? An el cheapo aluminum sliding glass door and the worst of the worst prefinished wood paneling. Tacky. And at a $100./sqr.ft. ….shameless.

  4. Gheda June 9, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    Or you can go to and order their architect stamped plans for a 10 x 10 room that can be built for about $1500. Not as fancy as this one but good enough for the back yard, or as fancy as you want to make it with material upgrades.

  5. Architect Leopold Mak E... June 9, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    Please go on, the world need evolutions like this.
    Do never hesitate to go on with ideas.

  6. Richie K June 9, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    An interesting template to copy. Bring the pictures to ‘Home Depot’ and shop. The materials should cost about $3 – 4,000.00 Max. get a contractor friend to help you spec out and build it. Costs will probably top out at $6000. That is a $6,500 savings over what Modern Cabana is asking. Use part of what is saved to install water catchment from the roof, a composting toilet, electrical wiring and solar power panel.



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