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September 20, 2013
Eight riffs on the cozy cabin typology that make the most of a forest setting with modern architecture that connects to the outdoors.
Along the entire west side of the house, a lush courtyard creates private exterior space that can be enjoyed during much of the year in Austin, particularly with large shade trees overhead. The entire ground level of the house opens onto the courtyard, in

Architect MJ Neal, much like his hometown of Austin, Texas, possesses a balanced combination of country cordiality and urban edge. Along the entire west side of the house, a lush courtyard creates private exterior space that can be enjoyed during much of the year in Austin, particularly with large shade trees overhead. The entire ground level of the house opens onto the courtyard, including the first-floor shower.

Originally appeared in Wolfe Den, Austin, Texas
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Modern A-frame structure with glass extension in Belgium.

For this tiny house in the Belgian forest, a little extra square footage comes in the form of a glassed-in addition with a stellar view.

Photo by: Frederik Vercruysse

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Originally appeared in A Modern Glass Addition in Belgium
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The Fish Camp acts as the couple’s forest getaway, just a quarter mile from their main house.

In the most unlikely of places—rural Missouri—Rocio Romero has designed and built a prefab empire. Conceived as studios, backyard offices, guest cottages, and short-term getaways, the 456-square-foot Base Camp and 312-square-foot Fish Camp will both be priced in the $20,000 range. Here, a Fish Camp acts as a couple’s forest getaway, just a quarter mile from their main house.

Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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Originally appeared in All You Need Is LV
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A film writer and director asked Austin, Texas–based architect Henry Panton to build a bunkhouse with a huge screen porch for family and guests on his 40-acre property in Bastrop, Texas. Situated over a dry creek bed and carefully crafted around the existing loblolly pine trees, the bunkhouse “is sort of like a bridge into the woods,” says Panton of the 1,400-square-foot structure.

Photo by: Greg Hursley

Originally appeared in 10 Modern Gables
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kuklinski rappe michigan weekend house rear facade

Built on a challenging hillside site and tucked behind a thicket of trees, the Bridgman, Michigan, house designed by Scott Rappe provides a modern weekend retreat for a Chicago couple.

Originally appeared in A Weekend Retreat in the Forest
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Entrance pathway with a charred cedar façade and concrete pads

A gently winding set of exposed aggregate concrete pads leads to the Wabi House’s front door. Architect Sebastian Mariscal sought to “hide the house behind a dense forest front yard.” As the crape myrtles grow in, they will further filter the home’s facade. During construction, the construction team adjusted the design to accommodate the boughs of an old pine tree in the backyard.

Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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Originally appeared in An Atypical Modern Home in Southern California
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The upper floor is sparsely decorated and the height of the room is just under six feet. Because of the low ceiling height, Hasegawa designed a table and selected chairs with an equally low height, 660 mm and 360 mm respectively (about two feet and one fo
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Originally appeared in Stilted Living
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When architect Brett Nave and his partner, architect Kelley Bishiop, began developing the Heron Park neighborhood in the coastal town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, they managed to lay 1,200 feet of road through a forest and pecan orchard while only removing six trees

Originally appeared in Mississippi Queen
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Along the entire west side of the house, a lush courtyard creates private exterior space that can be enjoyed during much of the year in Austin, particularly with large shade trees overhead. The entire ground level of the house opens onto the courtyard, in

Architect MJ Neal, much like his hometown of Austin, Texas, possesses a balanced combination of country cordiality and urban edge. Along the entire west side of the house, a lush courtyard creates private exterior space that can be enjoyed during much of the year in Austin, particularly with large shade trees overhead. The entire ground level of the house opens onto the courtyard, including the first-floor shower.

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