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Modern Mountain Cabin: contemporary comfort

We probably all share images of a typical mountain cabin…knotty pine wood covering every permanent surface, plaid upholstery, and walls filled with stuffed heads and antlers. This family’s second home is not your average cabin. It offers all the comfort and warmth of a traditional cabin, with modern amenities and sensibilities. Continue reading

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Whitewashed Cabin: grounded luxury and tranquil escapes by the lake

How about escaping with me today to a wooden retreat in Wisconsin? This white washed wooden cabin is one of Jessica Jubelirer’s most stunning renovation projects. Situated next to a lake and surrounded by mature gardens and trees, the view of this cabin is breathtaking while totally tranquilizing at the same time. Continue reading

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Yakushima Takatsuka Lodge: a respite for hikers

Picture yourself hiking through the forest of Kirishima-Yaku National Park, on the southern coast of Japan’s Yakushima Island. This subtropical island boasts mountains 2000 meters in height, ancient cedars, and its own unique sub-species of monkeys and deer. As a respite for hikers, the accomplished Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, has designed a small cabin framed in timber with a steeply sloped corrugated metal roof to shed the abundant rain that is received here. You’ll be surprised to find this retreat along your trek, but even more surprised to learn what comprises the walls. Continue reading

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Pump House: weekend retreat for a couple and their horse

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What began as a wish for a shed to house a water pump and farm equipment ultimately evolved in to a self-sufficient, no frills, just nature weekend retreat for a couple and their horse. Situated close to a dam, the idyllic uncomplicated home celebrates simplicity in form and materials. Continue reading

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Artist’s Building: Summer Cabin, Swedish Island

As I write about this island cottage that is just a short boat ride from Stockholm, there are eight inches of snow on the ground outside my home. Designer Carouschka Streijffert’s summer cabin makes me feel a bit warmer with its unencumbered light and I can almost feel the balmy breezes off the water. Continue reading

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Mendocino County House: Woodsy Cottage in the Redwoods

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It is always refreshing to find a cottage in the woods that uses modern materials in sophisticated current ways. This two bedroom cottage in the redwoods of Mendocino County, California, was designed for two readers who wanted the home to feel like an outdoor porch. Architect Cathy Schwabe succeeded in creating that as well as giving the home a tree house vibe. Continue reading

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Village House: five to one summer home

Located in Sjaelland, Denmark this 110 sqm summer home presents an unusual complex of five interconnected gabled cabins. A five-fingered plan organizes the program: the cabins overlap one another to create a central living area that opens out to a series of wooden outdoor decks. The living room, kitchen and dining area occupy three of the cabins, while the fourth contains a master bedroom and the last one is reserved for two smaller bedrooms. Continue reading

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Lake House in Graz: Clear Intentions

There’s a sense of purity and clarity and ease in the form of this house on the shores of Lake Graz in Austria. It’s as if the owners insisted on leaving all their cares behind, along with material frivolity as well. The nine meter in length rectangular home nestles at the base of a hill and reaches for the lake. Crisp and even wooden deck boards prevent the home from diving in yet redeem themselves through their open air dining room. And they cleverly store a canoe underneath on the lake side. Continue reading

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Poplar Garden House: Summer Living in The Netherlands

Near the center of the Dutch city of Groningen, the Tuinwijck allotment, or community, gardens allow small buildings for garden storage or for summer living. Architect Haiko Meijer of Onix designed this seasonal home for his family. Continue reading

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Dutchess County Residence: a black steel-framed guesthouse

A single-story building, designed by Allied Works, appears to float among lush vegetation and trees. The volume serves the purpose of a guesthouse, as a part of a larger site plan that includes an art gallery and a private residence, spread out on 450 acres of meadow and forest in Dutchess County, NY. Continue reading