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Toby & Matteo spent a year building their Chalk Road cabin by the Little Ouse River in Suffolk, England. They had the best time working outside, getting to know the local owls, hares and deer, and watching the seasons change. They made the hut using Douglas Fir cladding and floorboards and finished it inside in clay plaster.

From Toby & Matteo:

Douglas fir has an understated beauty and inherent function. For our exterior cladding, it’s extreme durability against weather is matched aesthetically by the cloud-like patterns that appear when it is treated. On our decorative interior trims and sills, it’s rich peach and pink tones and tight end grain sit alongside warm clay plaster to create a palette of calming colors. On our floor, its toughness is vital in order to last a lifetime of heavy foot traffic - it also feels incredible to walk on. Our floorboards are 4cm thick and extra smooth. Naturally sound dampening, they replicate the feeling of walking on the wooden temple floors of Japan.

Our walls are insulated with British sheep’s wool and finished with natural clay plaster. Sheep’s wool is renewable, sustainable, breathable and naturally fire retardant. It also purifies the air by absorbing and neutralizing nitrogen and super dioxides.

After insulating we finish our walls with non-pigmented clay plaster. This creates a surface that is naturally beautiful, breathable and functional. Clay helps to moderate humidity, staying cool in the summer and holding in warmth during the winter.

 All photos courtesy of @chalk_road.

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Phoenix Rising, another work of art at SunRay Shire, home of @sunraykelley and Bonnie Howard, natural builders who have hosted many travelers from all over the world in the unique structures on the land. This quiet retreat is only 15 minutes to the quaint town of Sedro Woolley in Washington state.

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This is SunRay Shire, home of @sunraykelley and Bonnie Howard, natural builders who have hosted many travelers from all over the world in the unique structures on the land. This quiet retreat is only 10 to 15 minutes to the quaint town of Sedro Woolley in Washington state.

This rugged 9 acre property has walking trails, mountain views, gardens, apple orchard and many examples of handcrafted, sculptural homes and structures.

The Stump House is an adorable little cold water cabin set in a stand of giant fir and cedar trees. You can book your stay here: https://www.vrbo.com/1541586

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A riverside cabin in The Lake District in northwest England.

Photo by @harry.t.baker.

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The epitome of a front porch built for two, photographed by @kevinstiles at a log cabin on Lake O’Hara in British Columbia, Canada.

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A couple, ages 25 and 22, hand-built a small log cabin over this past summer in a spruce forest in the French Alps near Val D'Arly

There are two beds and a small wood stove. Every detail they made themselves. 

They plan to marry and so they spent four months to complete this project as a way for preparing for their commitment. 

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We love this long exposure of a winter night in Finland by @anthophotographie.

This time of year often reminds us of Finland. It’s a place we love to visit during the season of long nights to experience the skillfulness in which they use warm light to create spaces for coming together and reflecting and celebrating with the people who you just shared another year of life.

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Swedish designer Hanna Michelson conceived this stilted timber cabin overlooking the Åsberget mountains.

We especially love the exposed chimney pipe running the height of the cabin.

Book your stay at the Bergaliv Landscape Hotel.

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An interesting submission from a filmmaker who prefers to remain anonymous:

Here’s my cabin in Canada where I now live full-time.  I was a workaholic filmmaker. My work took me around the world and then one day I just woke up and wanted a more sustainable future for myself. I switching to working part-time and turned my focus to building my own home. It took me 3 years to build it. 

I named my cabin Jeanne. It is 700 sqft, solar-powered, I harvest rainwater from the roof into a tank as my main source of water. 

You can follow along this filmmakers’ cabin life: @canadiancastaway 

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Yesterday’s post of the gothic A-frame in British Columbia inspired a submission from Garvan de Bruir, a leather craftsman who built his own workshop with a similar silhouette.

He is also building a house in Kildare, Ireland using the same style. It’s prefabricated with OSB and plywood, clad in cedar and roofed with corrugated iron. 

See @debruir for in-progress shots of his new home as well as samples of the gorgeous leather bags and goods he makes.

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The Julian Harrison Hut is a gothic A-frame located 50km from Pemberton, British Columbia at an elevation of 1,725 m (5,659 ft). The Hut rests in a subalpine meadow at the northernmost part of the Pemberton Icefield in the headwaters of Barr (a.k.a. Madhorse) Creek. The Hut is maintained by the Varsity Outdoor Club.

Photos by @shotsbyluke

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From Toni Goltz, the designer and builder of @luomukoti – a tiny home project in Finland that offers inspiring prospectives on materiality and shapes for any room, on wheels or not.

“My house gives me a freedom of living, the atmosphere of location-free work. It offers time freed up due to its minimal cost of living and independence through self-sufficiency.  It is completely free of adhesives and other chemicals, plastics, and unnatural materials.  The material is Finnish pine, spruce, aspen, and the insulation is Finnish hemp.

The design of the house began with an interest in circular shapes and cornerlessness - a continuous form.  The shape selection was also guided by the aerodynamics of transporting the house.

The house is seamlessly and uniformly insulated and exterior lined and can be supported by poles using the frame’s longitudinal beams.  I like the idea of ​​choosing a place for the house in natural conditions and sitting in the landscape while the wind keeps the floor dry. “

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A remote cabin in a snowy spruce forest in Lapland, Finland.

Gorgeous photo by @tonitoyras

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This isn’t a cabin, but it appeals to us. The truth is we retreat to place in the woods, but spend most of our time in a small home in a city with a garden we tend. So we’re fond of any effort to bring nature to society, to bring folk design patterns and sustainable methods and mesh them with density to create more livable, more human urban cores. There’s a lot of this good stuff going on with this project in the North of Amsterdam

An old and decayed brick house has been replaced by a completely new and sustainable house with wax-covered pine cladding on the walls and roof. The old house has not vanished completely. Roof tiles and wooden floors have been re-used in the garden and the inner brick layer of the old house has been used again to create new interiors. 

This 645-square-foot dwelling and its compact garden demonstrate that it’s not necessary to have plenty of room for a satisfying home, just enough of the good things in the right proportions.

Designed by @chriscollaris; Photos by @tvdvphotography

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A handsome folk cabin in an undisclosed forest in Poland.

Photo by @damian_guzik.

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A private lookout tower near Whitefish, Montana.

Photos by @isaacsjohnston​

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A treehouse you can book to stay in snowy Glacier National Park, USA.

More photos at @mttreehouse.

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This is Inshriach Bothy in Cairngorms, Scotland built by @bothyproject to serve as an artists’ residency space.

Bothies were basic shelters built and kept unlocked for gardeners, farmers and other workers in estates in Scotland, Wales, Northern England, and Northern Ireland. Eventually, they became important social spaces.

@bothyproject is honoring this tradition by building a network of off-grid art residences in diverse locations all over Scotland.

This is one of our favorite projects happening right now, see our latest book Inside for the whole store plus more pictures including the interior.

Photo by Andrew RIdley.

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A cabin across the valley in Utah’s Uinta Mountains. Contributed by Colin Clancy

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At the end of a long rural dirt road in central Prince Edward Island, Canada facing out towards the calm Wheatley River sits The River Cabins. The project was designed by the folks at @nine__yards__studio.

The cabins take their inspiration from the groupings of traditional gable farm buildings typical of rural PEI and exhibit a modern take on a classic lean-to shape so common to this landscape.

The steep slope of the asymmetrical roofs functionally provide space for loft sleeping zones and extend toward the sky with the black peaks blending into the landscape of the evergreen treetops. The cabins are clad in black standing seam metal siding and black stained vertical pine boards up the gable ends on each side elevation.

The three cabins include a main lodge, a half size bunkhouse for visiting friends and a small shed for storage. The shed has an inset feature wall for wood storage that greets you as you approach the site.

The main house interior is clad entirely in whitewashed spruce boards up to the asymmetrical roof peak giving it a soft and cozy feel.

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