Simple American Getaways

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From Missouri to Maine, these laid-back houses are perfect for a weekend escape.

Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, and Cabin Building Type. The Fish Camp acts as the couple’s forest getaway, just a quarter mile from their main house. Photo  of Simple American Getaways

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

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Butterfly RoofLine, and Metal Siding Material. The steel-clad Rolling Huts designed by Olson Kundig Architects in Manzama, Washington, sit lightly on the land thanks to wheels that allow the tiny residences to "hover" above the site, optimizing views of the landscape. Photo by Derek Pirozzi. Photo  of Simple American Getaways

The steel-clad Rolling Huts designed by Olson Kundig Architects in Manzama, Washington, sit lightly on the land thanks to wheels that allow the tiny residences to "hover" above the site, optimizing views of the landscape.

A verdant tundra that the architect dubbed the “courtyard” separates Bullitt’s house from his 900-square-foot studio. The space, which is planted with Bog Myrtle, bearberry, and other native plants, “reinforces...the dominance of the landscape over the building,” the architect says. “The end result was an exceedingly naturalized setting.” Photo  of Simple American Getaways modern home

In coastal New England, an artist turned a wooded property into a haven for creating and living. The house rises from a meadow as a series of timbered diagonals radiating toward the Gulf of Maine.

Modern home with Exterior, House, and Prefab Building Type. In a family’s pint-size lake retreat in Austin, Texas, ipe siding and decking meet concrete floors and steeland-glass windows. Stained cyprus was used for the ceiling and soffit. The custom barn-style sliding door conceals the family’s collection of giant inner tubes and other boating equipment. Photo by: Kimberly Davis Photo  of Simple American Getaways

A family matriarch enlisted an architect, an interior designer, a builder, and a landscape architect to help realize her vision for a diminutive, low-key lakeside getaway in Austin, Texas.

Modern home with Exterior, Prefab Building Type, House, Shed RoofLine, Cabin Building Type, and Metal Roof Material. Architect Charlie Lazor opted for a wash of black on the prefab cabin he designed on Madeline Island, Wisconsin. Photo  of Simple American Getaways

Prefab construction simplified the building process of this northern Wisconsin summer home, where all materials required ferrying across Lake Superior. Architect Charlie Lazor opted for a wash of black on the exterior.

Modern home with Exterior, House, Cabin Building Type, and Shed RoofLine. While it was tempting to embed the cabin into the hillside, Balance Associates sought a smarter solution. By elevating the project on two concrete walls, the clients could avoid a costly foundation, improve their view of the landscape, and stay above the thick winter snowfall. Photo  of Simple American Getaways

Avid outdoors enthusiasts, a couple was looking to build a modest year-round retreat in Washington’s Cascade Mountains in order to make the most of the region’s vast network of hiking and cross-country skiing trails. Balance Associates worked to create an 850-square-foot cabin with commanding views that's well-adapted to the region.

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