Cabin That Brings You Closer to Nature

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Cabins and vacation homes in general serve the purpose of bringing us closer to nature, something that most of us still yearn for. And this glass cabin, recently completed by the Dutch firm 2by4-architects, offers just that. It is located in built Loosdrechtse Plas, a region of Holland filled with picturesque lakes.

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The cabin measures only 215 square feet, since local regulations mandated it to be the same size as the structure it was built to replace. In an effort to make it appear larger, as well as to bring the inhabitants closer to the nature surrounding it, the cabin’s eastern and western side is completely glazed. The rest of the façade is clad with charred wood siding. The glass walls also let in plenty of natural light and maximize solar heat gain.

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The cabin also features a unique moveable wall that together with the glazing leads to the complete removal of one of the cabin’s walls. This truly blurs the line between the interior and exterior spaces. It is achieved by completely opening one of the glass facades so that the wooden outdoor terrace actually becomes part of the interior space. The wooden façade can also be folded down, which offers wraparound views of the surrounding landscape. This also forms a deck over the lake next to which the cabin was built, forming an easy way for the inhabitants to access the water.

The interior was kept simple and functional. It’s all just one room, and features a small kitchen, toilet and shower, which are integrated into a double wall. There is also a suspended wood stove, which can be rotated to heat both the interior and the deck.

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The cabin has already become quite famous, and with good reason, so the firm is planning to design a cheaper, prefab version that will be easy to construct.

Lovely Tiny Cabin on Wheels

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The so-called Collingwood cabin was created by the Canadian builder Güte. It was inspired by shepherd wagons of the past, while it also bears all the hallmarks of a camper, and a modern tiny home. It’s mostly made of wood, and can sleep a whole family, so it’s a great choice for any eco-conscious glamping enthusiast.

The Collingwood is very well insulated and weatherproofed. The roof is basically wrapped all around the hut, while they used cedar shingles and steel for cladding the roof and walls to protect against all types of weather. The walls are also very well insulated using batt insulation, as well as waterproofed.

The hut also features fairly large thermal-paned, fully-operable windows, which let in ample amount of daylight and aid in ventilation. The door is made of oak, while the cast-iron wheels offer a nice rustic touch. The cabin needs an external electricity source though. It would be nice if it was also equipped to be taken off-the-grid.

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The Collingwood is a 15-foot cabin, but it can easily fit a family of 4, due to a bunk bed set up, as well as a dining area, which can be turned into a bed. There is also a storage compartment under the bunk bed, which rolls out and could also be used as a bed if needed. To maximize available living space, the builders installed a wall unit, which houses all the necessary storage areas as well as a fold down table.

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There is, unfortunately, no bathroom or kitchen in this hut, both of which would make it a lot more attractive. As it is, the Collingwood is basically a more unique version of the classic camper, and built from more sustainable materials. The basic model costs $23,098.

Off-The-Grid Eco-Tourism Vacation Cabin

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If you’re yearning for a nature escape and completely unplug from the rest of the world, then a stay in a Cabin Drop XL might be just what’s needed. Cabin Drop XL was designed by the Spanish firm In-tenta which is focused primarily on providing sustainable designs for the modern world. The Cabin Drop XL can be dropped anywhere, for a completely independent, off-the-grid vacation with a minimal impact. It’s almost like camping out in a tent.

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The Drop XL is a modular house, and measures 325 square feet. It is shaped like an oversized cylindrical tube, and looks a lot like something from a sci-fi movie. The entire structure is built in a factory and made out of wood, steel and glass. It is also designed in such a way as to make it completely removable after a vacation stay, meaning that it can be placed anywhere with a minimum impact on the environment. The tiny cabin’s base rests on adjustable steel legs, which minimizes the contact with the ground and makes it possible to position the cabin on uneven terrain.

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The middle part of the cabin is taken up by the main living area, with a bed, table and chairs for lounging. One end of the cylindrical tube houses the bathroom which is equipped with a toilet, shower and sink. An external wooden deck can also be added to the front of the cabin to extend the amount of living space available.

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The cabin features two large, fully operable bubble windows at either end of the cabin, which lets in plenty of light and provides natural ventilation. On the outside, the cabin is wrapped in a slotted wood façade, which works to regulate heat. There is also a skylight that runs the entire length of the home and provides all the needed daylighting. The cabin is also equipped with a rainwater recycling system, which works to harvest water for use within the cabin.

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The entire cabin is, in fact, designed so that it brings the occupant into direct contact with the natural environment around them with as little impact on it as possible. The main reason these were designed and made is to cater to the emerging market of eco-tourism without sacrificing style and comfort. It is also perfect for anyone who enjoys travelling but doesn’t like the hotel stays.

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Teacher Builds a Tiny House Heated by a Passive Sun Room

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Doug, a school teacher, built his own 8 foot by 20 foot Tumbleweed Elm 20 Overlook mobile tiny house on a trailer. It took him nearly 3 years to complete it, though he lived in it while finishing it and held down a full time job at the same time. One of the most unique things about his tiny house is the small sun room that can be used to heat the whole home. Doug built the sun room using glass storm doors at the entrance to the tiny house in place of a more traditional front porch.

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The sun room was designed by Doug in a way that generates a large amount of solar heat gain. According to Doug, on a winter sunny day the sun room heats up to 90 F, which is ample to heat the whole tiny house. As a result, Doug’s yearly heating bill is just $104, while his total energy utility bill comes to just $176 per year.

A 30-inch stained glass door leads into the main area of the house, and when closed and bolted the door creates an airtight environment in the tiny house. Since the heat accumulated in the sun room is not sufficient to heat the whole house year round, Doug also installed a Dickinson marine fireplace, which is powered by propane.

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The sleeping area is located in a loft, to maximize the downstairs living space. There is enough room for a queen size bed, though the slanted ceiling is so low it would be impossible to stand up in. The loft is accessible via a ladder, which Doug hand built from trashed wood. There is also enough space in the loft for a closet, while Doug also installed a window for ventilation and a great view.

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The kitchen, main living area and bathroom are located in the main area of the house. The kitchen is fitted with an instant water heater, a sink, 3 burner stovetop, and a compact refrigerator. The bathroom is located right next to the kitchen and is fitted with a standard RV shower along with a Nature’s Head composting toilet that comes with a venting system. Doug claims he has only had to empty the composting toilet once every six months, and that he’s had no problems with odor whatsoever.

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Polyhedral Tiny House Makes For a Very Unique Cabin

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Architect Jaanus Orgusaar from Estonia has designed a tiny modular house that is also a polyhedral form. This fascinating shape occurs in nature, such as in the molecular build up of diamonds and in honeycombs, and it is quite interesting to see it applied to a house. Jaanus has called his cabin Noa, and it consists of twelve identical rhombic faces setup into a unique three-dimensional form.

Noa is a 231-square-foot cabin with a wooden structure that uses a hidden polyhedral space frame, which gives it the necessary rigidity. It also features a modular, prefab design, which makes it possible to link single units together into a larger space. The polyhedral shape of the cabin means that it has no acute angles, which gives the impression that the interior is one single round space. The floor plan of the house is a hexagon, with walls and roof shaped as identical rhombuses, and therefore it is easy to elongate the structure in space by connecting several units together. The prefab nature of this cabin also allows it to be easily transported to anywhere in the world.

The inside of the Noa cabin contains an elevated hexagonal floor. To add to the uniqueness of this creation, there are also several fun details worked into the design, such as round windows and polygonal-shaped doors. The supporting floor beams are placed in accordance with the geometry of the “Flower of Life” design, which has been known and used since ancient times. Due to the fact that the ceiling has angled faces, the cabin also appears more spacious that its meager dimensions would suggest.

The kit for assembling a Noa cabin can be purchased from Katus. Since the cabin is supported by three feet-like ground supports, there is no need to first lay a foundation before assembling it on site. Due to the fact that it’s raised above the ground, it is also more cold resistant than average cabins.

Since Noa is an attempt to produce an environmentally- friendly and sustainable living solution, the cabin is primarily made from sustainably harvested wood. The floor, outside boarding and roof are all covered with thermally treated lumber. The walls are plastered with limestone paste, while the outside paneling is soaked with iron oxide to color the house grey, and make it fit into any natural environment almost inconspicuously.

The cabin can be purchased for about $17,000 from the Katus website. This price does not, however, include transport and assembly.

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