The Trunk House

Nature recreated  -  Paul Morgan Architects Regional Victoria  Australia We present hundreds of homes every year, so it's hard to nominate a favourite - but this is definitely 'right up there'. Set on a forested site in Victoria’s Central Highlands, the ‘Trunk House’ connects the occupants with their natural environment....

Redmond House – Nils Finne

Redmond WA  USA  -  Nils Finne Photography: Benjamin Benschneider Credit must always go to the tradesmen when you see quality work. But often that end result is the vision of the owners and the architects and/or designers on the project. Our experience is that architects usually have an 'A' list of...

The Hawk Mountain

Washington State - Timber Home Living Built area: 1600 sq. ft. Photography: Timberpeg Now here's a home that offers the comfort of modern home living and the atmosphere of a cozy weekend retreat! Inspired by the old European cottage design, the Hawk Mountain is a great inspiration if you want...

Shevlin Commons Meadow Modern

Portland, Oregon - Scott Gilbride/Architect Inc. Built area: 2,800 sf Completion Year: 2005 Photography: Simone Paddock   Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer 8-)

Big Sky Family Retreat

Montana  USA  -  Swaback partners Year built:    2012 If you've been dreaming of a cabin and wide open spaces, this may be as good as it gets. Compact but elegant, the high ceilings and sleeping loft help to create a feeling of space as big as the land on...

Bay Lake Cabin

Bay Lake, Minnesota - Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd Year built:   1930's Year renovated:     2013 Photography:    Scott Amundson It's always a tough decision - demolish or rebuild. The plain truth is that it costs around twice the cost per square foot to renovate than it does to do...

Southridge Cabin

Seattle, Washington - Decatur Construction and www.davidolsonarchitect.com Built area:   900 sf  (83m2) Year built:   2012 A cabin tucked into the hills of San Juan Island and surrounded by tall Douglas firs. The wrap-around windows and an opening glass wall of this forestry lookout tower design maximize the panoramic views. The timber frame is made of reclaimed...

Over the bridge and thru the woods…

Burlington, Vermont - Joan Heaton Architects Site area:    14 acres (5.5 hectares) Built area:    65m2  (600sf) Completion Date:   2010 Photography:   Susan Teare Built on a remote site, this cabin is accessed by a long pedestrian bridge that spans the New Haven River. There is no paved access to the cabin...

Cozy Rustic Cabins

Cabin. Getaway. Shack. Bach. Whatever you may call them, who hasn't dreamed of escaping the rat race, either temporarily or permanently? Of course, a cabin can be any size - it depends on your perspective. And it can be built from any locally sourced material, earth, timber, stone or sod....

RR’s Cabin

Somewhere in America Built:     1830  (approximately) Restored:     2003 - 2013 We don't know much about RR other than that he is a retired mathematician.  Some 10 years ago he stumbled across the ruins of an original settler's cabin. Although most of the cabin was unsalvageable, enough...

Montana Mountain Retreat

Montana, USA - Heritage Barns Heritage Restorations has built a business specializing in the sourcing, relocating and restoration of old barns. As you can see in this album, the results can be quite spectacular. Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox....

Fultonville Barn and Home

Fultonville TX  USA  -  Heritage Barns We're waiting for more information on this barn conversion and home.  Heritage Restorations is a Fultonville based builder that scours the country looking for re-purposing opportunities either on spec or contract. They locate, dismantle, restore and re-erect historic timber frame buildings from the 18th and...

Barn Conversions

When is a barn not a barn? When it's converted into a gorgeous home. Many old barns have a lot to offer: Aged timbers in sizes and qualities no longer available, generous ceiling height and an ambience that comes only from history. And of course, they're recycled - or at...

STF Kolarbyn/Eco-lodge

Skinnskatteberg, Sweden - STF Kolarbyn/Eco-lodge Re-established in the Winter:    1996 Photography:    Skogens Konung and Claudia Deglau The word “hotel” doesn't have to mean lots of fixed glass, endless corridors and air-conditioning. If you want to escape all of those trappings and the city, Sweden’s most primitive hotel will appeal. The "rooms"...

The Red Lake

Northern Minnesota, USA - Erickson Log and Timberframe Homes Built area: 6,400 sq. ft. Click on any image to start lightbox display.Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer 8-)   If you liked this, you will also...

One Building Technique With Many Names

Have you ever heard of cordwood masonry, cordwood construction, stackwall, log-end, stovewood or stackwood? It is a wall building technique commonly used to build homes, barns, saunas -- just about any structure that uses walls above grade.  Created by laying whole or split debarked wood, width-wise in a bed of...

Suncadia – Custom built without the one-off price tag…

Washington State  USA  -  MTN Architects and PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes Built area:     2,675 sq. ft  (248 m2) Neither log cabin nor post and beam, this home is something of a hybrid construction. But it is definitely deserving of being here in this section of our site....

Headwaters Camp

Big Sky South Central Montana  -  Dan Joseph Architect Site area:     22 acres  (8.9 hectares) Built Area:    1,800 sq. ft.  (167 m2) Year built:     2012 Builder:     Highline Partners Photography:     Audrey Hall Set on the edge in a series of man-made ponds, streams and...

The Three Bears Guest Cabin

Idaho  USA  -  Daryl Sieker Architecture Built area:  998 sq. ft.  (92.4 m2) Building system:    Post and beam This petite guest cabin sits 3,300 feet (1,000 metres) above the snow line and overlooks nearby Cougar Gulch and snow-capped Mount Spokane. It's name derives from the three bears foraging on...

Rock Mountain Cottage

North Carolina, United States  -  Travis Mileti/MountainWorks Lot size: 5 acres Built area: 1,500 sq. ft. (139 m2) This home won the 2011 ARDA (American Residential Design Awards) 'Best Model Home Under 2,500 sq. ft.) award.  It's in a lovely creek front setting some 3,700 ft. above sea level where the...

Life on a Grand Scale

Colorado USA  -  Pioneer Log Homes Area: 925 m2  (10,000 sq. ft.) You don't have to be a fan of log homes to appreciate the amazing workmanship incorporated in this home. The home is massive at 10,000 sq ft but it has to be, given the scale of timbers used! Apparently,...

The Escarpment House

New South Wales, Australia - Timothy Moon Architects Photography: © Timothy Moon Architects   The Australian Timber Development Association runs an annual competition for timber constructs.  This home is the 2011 winner of the following categories: The Recycled Timber Award, 2011 The Residential Class 1 – New Buildings Award, 2011 The Timber as a Structural...