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April 23, 2014
It can be a challenge to achieve a feeling of coziness without making a space seem cluttered. But spatial restrictions sometimes produce the most creative solutions.
Living room with custom millwork and salvaged windows

In this cabin on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia reclaimed materials like salvaged windows and doors kept costs down, while white paint, customized workspaces, and custom millwork keep the interiors airy.

Originally appeared in Tiny Studio Cabin by Hinterland Design
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bedroom in a modern eco-friendly house

This compact cabin in Washington shows how room for storage can be claimed in unlikely spaces, while glass walls can help create a sense of spaciousness. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.

Originally appeared in An Eco-Friendly Compact Cabin in Washington
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Wooden guest cabin rooms with ladder

Squeezing in multiple levels and creating multifactional spaces is how the owners of this Ontario vacation home ensured a roomy layout. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

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Originally appeared in Four Friends Joined Forces to Realize This Idyllic Forest Retreat Outside Toronto
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Jaanus Orgusaar NOA Cabin

The unique window shapes in this cabin in the Virumaa region of Estonia make the interior appear more dynamic. 

Originally appeared in Estonian Designer’s Tiny Geometric Cabin
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The entire Wooden Cabin—including the sleeping cubbies, shown here—is clad in locally sourced larch, which over time will turn gray then black. <a href="http://www.dwell.com/articles/first-class-cabins.html">Read the full story here.</a>

Bunk beds are a staple of small vacation houses. The sleeping cubbies of this Swiss cabin are clad in locally sourced larch, which will turn gray and then black over time. 

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David Gagnebin-de Bons and Benoit Pointet / DGBI
Originally appeared in First-Class Cabins
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Photo by Leo Mieles

Often, the biggest appeal of vacation homes is what lies outside their walls. The owners of this Georgian Bay Cottage find a way to relax in nature through a “long-shed” construction that features a large sliding door and pull-down bug screen, a translucent corrugated-fiberglass roof, and exposed studs and ties. Photo by Leo Mieles.

Originally appeared in First-Class Cabins
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The Fish Camp acts as the couple’s forest getaway, just a quarter mile from their main house.

This prefab cabin in rural Missouri is only 312 square feet, so it fits in perfectly among the surrounding trees. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Originally appeared in All You Need Is LV
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Living room with custom millwork and salvaged windows

In this cabin on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia reclaimed materials like salvaged windows and doors kept costs down, while white paint, customized workspaces, and custom millwork keep the interiors airy.

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