Design inspiration from some of the West's most creative personal getaways
Inspired cabin escape
This streamlined cabin was built on a 2½-acre parcel near Winthrop, Washington.
By keeping the materials simple and the layout of the 860-square-foot cabin uncomplicated, the owners succeeded in a creating a warm retreat that is also budget-friendly.
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Fir plywood gives this home a warm look for less than standard wood paneling.
The metal wall grids neatly hide the rough-cut edges.
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This family getaway near Twisp, Wash., is the perfect example of how to make the most of a limited amount of space. From outdoor
living rooms to creative sleeping solutions, every square inch has been put to use.
Still the retreat feels airy and spacious.
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The open, well-lit kitchen is the central gathering spot in this house.
The appliance-free island was made from a stainless steel and butcher block workspace purchased at a restaurant-supply store, then covered on three sides with plywood.
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Mariah Morrow and Ryan Lingard make the 6-hour drive from Portland to their mountain cabin at least four times a year.
The cozy adventure outpost—just 130 square feet plus a deck—is the perfect jumping-off point into the wilderness near Joseph, Oregon.
Ryan Lingard and Mariah Morrow built their tiny cabin for $57,000, including the land. They call it The Signal Shed.
The materials cost about $10,000, with windows from a center that recycles building parts. Other thrifty choices include Ikea
cabinetry and laminate flooring. They found the barn door hardware and the woodstove—the cabin’s only source of heat—on Craigslist.
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Floor-to-ceiling windows give the living area a brightness and connection to the outdoors.
Space-saving furniture is a smart touch that allows the room to feel larger than it really is.
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Some of the latest innovations in eco-friendly, energy-efficient design and materials were used in Tom Kelly's cabin near
Oregon's Mt. Hood, making it an inspirational example of sustainable living.
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All the action happens in one spacious room on the main floor of this eco-friendly cabin. This area is where family members
gather to the cook, eat together, and hang out.
Large windows line the walls, framing spectacular views.
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When Jennifer Jenkins and her husband, Noah, bought this cabin in Alaska, it was literally falling down. The porch had collapsed,
the basement walls had rotted, and a hemlock tree was growing through the roof.
The unbelievable remodel took three years.
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The staircase is an example of how the Jenkins creatively incorporated seaside details into the design and decor of the cabin:
Old salvaged oars become handrails and complement the white beadboard walls.
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This simple, geometric cabin overlooks a creek in central California's rolling, oak-studded ranchland.
Designer and champion surfer Andy Neumann used many eco-friendly and space-saving design ideas in his unique 800-square-foot retreat.
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This vacation home—built for two families to share—features separate master suites that allow privacy for each couple and
plenty of communal space for hanging out.
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The kids bunk room, along with all the other rooms in the house, overlooks the water. When there are extra guests, the screened
in porch can be used as another sleeping area.
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This Northwest retreat was inspired by the classic summer camp experience. A reconstructed barn serves as the bunkhouse and
an industrial shed has been turned into a cookhouse and gathering spot.
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The cabin's cookhouse is where everyone gathers to eat and spend time together. The unique arrangement of this retreat allows
for plenty of space for group activites.
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Who among us hasn’t dreamed of an idyllic cabin in the woods? Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has fulfilled that fantasy for the owner
of this rustic-meets-modern two-bedroom getaway sited to maximize the sylvan surroundings, a two-hour drive from Seattle.
Indoor and outdoor rooms, linked by a “boardwalk,” frame gorgeous vistas of the Wenatchee National Forest from multiple angles.
Design: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle office (206/256-0862)
The high ceiling helps the “winter” living room feel airy, and the steep slope of the roof keeps the area’s heavy winter snowfalls from accumulating.
The interior of this simple cabin consists of one sleeping/living room, with a simple kitchen and a bathroom alcove.
Design: Stephen Atkinson Architecture, Palo Alto, CA (650/321-6118)
Sometimes inspiration comes from unlikely places: This cabin in the Sierra Nevada was modeled after the utilitarian U.S. Forest
Service maintenance buildings that dot the area.
Powered by an array of photovoltaic panels, the retreat is totally energy independent.
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Building this dream home was a long and ultimately rewarding process for Debra and Chuck Holland. The first step was locating
the property along the Hood Canal. Then, slowly but surely, the rest of their plans took shape.
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