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June 9, 2014
These off-the-grid retreats are bright, cozy and minimal, perfect for summer or winter getaways.
Jaanus Orgusaar NOA Cabin

This summer cottage in the Virumaa region of Estonia rests on three feet, so it doesn't require a foundation, while the unique shape of the dwelling creates a very open interior.

Originally appeared in Estonian Designer’s Tiny Geometric Cabin
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modern landscaping backyard metapod structure

Though diminutive in size, Jerome A. Levin’s backyard structure has lofty ambitions. “I wanted to create a place that feels like it has no connection to the world it stems from,” Levin says. Photo by Dustin Cohen.

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Originally appeared in Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island
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writer's cabin oregon

The Watershed is an off-the-grid writer’s retreat that architect Erin Moore designed for her mother, nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore. Though the retreat is clearly meant to afford the solitude writing so often requires, Kathleen reports that "it's very lively. Deer approach, birds bathe. The sun warms my desk and you can hear the rain." Photo by Gary Tarleton.

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Originally appeared in Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon
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Tiny Studio Cabin by Hinterland Studio

The design brief for this studio cabin on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia was, "Small but airy, bright but cozy, and most importantly modern, yet in keeping with the rustic charm of the country."

Originally appeared in Tiny Studio Cabin by Hinterland Design
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This small shipping container home in New Plymouth, New Zealand, features a retractable porch. Photo credit Paul McCredie.

Originally appeared in Tiny House Swoon
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norwegian prefab cabin side exterior

A small prefab cabin in Norway is offering an alternative view on the concept of luxury. Named Woody35 because of its size and wooden structure, the main cabin can sleep six persons, has a living room, kitchen and bathroom. It is all fitted neatly together in a veneer-clad interior that allows simple and beautiful details to grasp the attention. Photo courtesy of Marianne Borge.

Originally appeared in A Prefab Cabin in Norway
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backyard studio

When sustainable building advisor Megan Lea set out to build a backyard retreat, she knew that reclaimed materials would figure prominently into the design. What resulted is a polychrome of salvaged 100-year-old barnwood by West Salem-based Barnwood Naturals that makes the facade of this Bernard Maybeck–inspired design as unique as it is environmentally friendly. Photos by Uwe Schneider.

 

 

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Originally appeared in Backyard Retreat
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Jaanus Orgusaar NOA Cabin

This summer cottage in the Virumaa region of Estonia rests on three feet, so it doesn't require a foundation, while the unique shape of the dwelling creates a very open interior.

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