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December 17, 2013
Christmas vacation is right around the corner and that has got us all pining for a fabulous vacation getaway home. Here, we take a look at seven enviable escapes from the beach to the mountains.
compact prefab new zealand exterior

A COMPACT PREFAB VACATION HOME

A compact prefab vacation home in the seaside community of Onemana Beach is clad in plywood and vertical timber battens finished in Resene’s Lumbersider paint in Foam. Photo by Simon Devitt.

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Modern cabin in Muscoda, Wisconsin

A STACKED CABIN FOR A STEEP SLOPE

A steeply sloped site in the Wisconsin forest, plus an equally steep budget, led architect Brian Johnsen to reinvent the archetypal cabin for a sturdy vacation home. Photo by Narayan Mahon.

Originally appeared in Angular Architecture: 5 Modern Homes We Love
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PART OF THE PLAN

For years, Eileen and Jelle Kiesling spent much of their time in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, she as a teacher, and he as a manager for Royal Dutch Shell. Reaching semi-retirement, the couple, who live in the Netherlands, were looking for a vacation home back in the United States, specifically northwest Arkansas, where Eileen grew up. Photo by Daniel Hennessy.

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"We wanted something lively for the house, something spectacular but not vulgar," says Bériault of the blue hue of the modest 1,690-square-foot house.

BLUE IN THE FACADE

Canada's Magdalen Islands offer a seaside retreat to landlocked Quebecers, two of whom have turned the local vernacular on its oreille with a winsome vacation home. "We wanted something lively for the house, something spectacular but not vulgar," says Bériault of the blue hue of the modest 1,690-square-foot house. Photo by Matthew Monteith.

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Modern prefab lakeside home in Bloomingdale, New Jersey

LAKE IOSCO HOUSE IN NEW JERSEY

New Zealand transplant Debbie Gibbs and her young sun retreat from their New York city life to their custom prefab home in Lake Iosco, New Jersey. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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A modern retreat in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

MODERN MARTHA'S VINEYARD RETREAT

A Martha’s Vineyard retreat surpasses the traditional boundaries of Cape Cod architecture with a contemporary design by Harvard professor and practicing architect Toshiko Mori. Photo by Iwan Baan.

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modern,house, bridgman, michigan

A WEEKEND RETREAT IN THE FOREST

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. Photo by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing.

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compact prefab new zealand exterior

A COMPACT PREFAB VACATION HOME

A compact prefab vacation home in the seaside community of Onemana Beach is clad in plywood and vertical timber battens finished in Resene’s Lumbersider paint in Foam. Photo by Simon Devitt.

Photo by Simon Devitt. Image courtesy of Simon Devitt .

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