Cabin Fever: Small Retreats with Style

Cabin Fever: Small Retreats with Style

Dabney Frake
May 1, 2013

It's that time of year again - when I begin freaking out about spending summer in hot, humid Missouri. Without fail, I start frequenting real estate pages, drooling over houses in the woods. The location always changes, but it's always somewhere cool and dry, and preferably on a lake. Sigh.

This also means that it's time for some good old fashioned small house porn. Here are some of my favorites from around the world — some are private residents and others are available for rent.


1.   Broadhurst Architects created The Shack at Hinkle Farm as a Virginia retreat for a family seeking refuge from Washington, DC on the weekends.
2. "Hut on Sleds," designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan, comfortably houses a family of five on a idyllic beach in New Zealand.
3. Photographer Matthew Hranek built this tiny cabin on his upstate New York property, as a stop-gap measure until their permanent pre-fab was constructed on the same property.
4. Femina featured this 220 square foot Danish beach house, decorated all in black and white.
5. Robin's 128-square-foot micro-house in Finland is so small, it doesn't even need a permit.


6. Jessica Helgerson used nearly 100% reclaimed materials to renovate this 540 square foot property north of Portland.
7. These "Rolling Huts" in Washington State can be rented for $135 per night and sleep two people.
8. This Japanese mountain retreat is by architect Satoshi Irei and measures under 600 square feet. Via Small House Bliss
9. Olson Kundig fashioned this one-room cabin with a modern industrial/rustic aesthetic
10. Sarah of Smitten Studio has been documenting her Lake Michigan cabin renovation for months now.

(Images: as linked above)

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