Charming Birdhouse-Style Tiny Home Could Be Your Next Vacation Rental Destination

Dubbed the Buitenverblijf Nest, this unique-looking cabin is designed by Namo Architecture and i29 Architects. It is an idyllic little cabin elevated in a forest in the Netherlands. The cabin is inspired by a birdhouse but it looks like a rather massive one. It can accommodate a family of four, although a bit tightly. The tiny home is tucked away in the Netherlands’ Hoge Veluwe National Park and is quite similar to BIG’s Biosphere.

Designer: Namo Architecture and i29 Architects

The cabin is part of a series of 11 dwellings in the cabin and was designed to be vacation rentals by the local authorities. The Buitenverblijf Nest is elevated on slender black supports and is raised 7.5 meters above the forest floor. The exterior of the home has space for birds,  bats, and insects, as well as solar panels on the roof that give access to power.

As you enter the home, you are welcomed by a 55-square-meter space. You can enter the cabin via a spiral staircase, and a terrace area leads you to the first floor. The home incorporates generous glazing, as well as a circular porthole-style window, that allows natural light to stream in throughout the day. These windows also offer lovely views of the forest. The layout of the home is designed to be simple and functional, with a compact living room equipped with some seating and a table, and a kitchen with an induction stove, fridge, sink, oven, cabinetry, and dishwasher.

The staircase also leads you to a bathroom with a mezzanine floor which includes a shower, sink, and toilet. The uppermost story serves as the bedroom. It has plenty of headroom for visitors to stand upright, and it accommodates a four-person bed and a porthole-style window. The room seems to be suitable for a small family – a couple and their children. If you want to check out the birdhouse-style tiny home yourself – it is available for rent on Airbnb!

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This Tiny Cabin Is Built Using Borrowed Materials, And Isnt Designed To Last Long

Called the Stable Stack tiny home, this unique tiny cabin/hotel room by Dutch studio Overtreders W is a unique and unconventional one. In a world, where tiny homes seem to be following a certain pattern, and catering to a particular niche now, the Stable Stack cabin is refreshing and unusual. The studio used borrowed materials to build the entire structure, securing it together with straps, which entails that the building can be dismantled when needed, with the materials being returned to the owners in a good state.

Designer: Overtreders W

Stable Stack was commissioned to the studio by Veen Huis Hotel in the Netherlands, and it is one of the seven innovative cabins available for guests to book for a night. The cabin is 2 x 2 meters, while its roof is 4 x 7 meters. It doesn’t have a proper concrete foundation but is elevated above the ground on a concrete pillar.

“Being largely unfamiliar with the area, we roamed through Veenhuizen in search of materials for a potential structure,” explained the firm. “Soon enough, we could conclude that Veenhuizen is fertile ground for more than just its soil. Within an hour, we had gathered enough construction materials, and this first excursion resulted in Stable Stack, a structure made with locally harvested materials.”

The studio borrowed wood for carpenter Peter Kroes, while the roof tiles were taken from the yard of the Riedstra farm. All the building materials were fastened with tie-down straps, to ensure they could be returned in one piece to the owners. The borrowed materials can return their value and be given back without any change. The colored tie-down straps used to fasten the materials, have a decorative purpose as well, adding pops of color to the structure.

The interior of the cabin is quite simple and subtle, and it contains only one room. The room includes shutters that control the natural light, as well as stairs that lead to a double bed. The cabin doesn’t have any electricity or a bathroom, which seems to be quite inconvenient, however, we presume guests will be able to utilize the hotel’s facilities. The Stable Stack cabin isn’t designed to be a full-time abode, and it is constructed for novelty purposes, and to highlight how simple materials can do a lot when given to the correct people.

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This Beach House In Denmark Is A Symbol Of Their Local Culture

Nestled at the northernmost point of Denmark in the picturesque town of Skagen, the Skagen Klitgaard Beach House stands as a testament to architectural homage, familial togetherness, and seamless integration with the natural surroundings. Designed by PAX Architects, this stunning summer retreat draws inspiration from Skagen’s Black Period, incorporating the historical use of burned shipwreck wood into its distinctive exterior and thatched roof.

Designer: PAX Architects

The exterior of the Skagen Klitgaard Beach House pays homage to the historical legacy of Skagen. The black-painted timber exterior and thatched roof evoke the charm of houses built during the Black Period, where charred wood from shipwrecks was a common building material. This architectural choice creates a connection to the town’s history while establishing the house as a visual delight against the coastal landscape.

The architectural concept revolves around the central theme of fostering togetherness, especially among three generations of occupants. The house is designed to accommodate various needs, from communal gatherings in the centrally located kitchen to more secluded areas for moments of solitude. Despite the diverse purposes of each space, a continuous pitched roof unifies the entire house, emphasizing the idea of ‘being under one roof.’

Special attention is given to inclusivity within the Beach House. The architects incorporated an acoustic ceiling to mitigate noise levels, creating an environment conducive to both family life and individual retreats. Fluid zones within the layout allow for visual connectivity between different areas while maintaining a strong sense of connection to the surrounding landscape.

Recognizing the importance of family mealtime, the kitchen is positioned centrally, acting as the heart of the house. Thick oak mullions frame large glass panels, creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. This design choice not only blurs the boundaries but also brings the beauty of the landscape indoors, enhancing the overall living experience.

To cater to the diverse needs of its occupants, the ceiling heights vary in different spaces. Lower ceilings in intimate zones, such as the multi-purpose room behind the kitchen, create a contrast with the open and social areas, offering a variety of atmospheres within the house.

The interior design, characterized by muted colors and extensive use of sustainable Douglas fir, seamlessly blends with the natural surroundings. The tactile qualities, scent, and soothing sounds of wood contribute to a warm and inviting atmosphere, aligning perfectly with the vision of the house being an integral part of the natural environment.

The collaboration with Danish company Dinesen reflects a commitment to quality and precision. Responsibly sourcing timber from forests in France and Germany, the architects ensured not only a visually stunning but also a sustainable and enduring home.

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The Konga Off-Grid Tiny Home Features A Well-Designed Kitchen Made With Offcuts

Lithuanian kitchen maker Konga used the hefty supply of offcuts they had to create their own line of prefabricated tiny houses. They used the surplus material to build a good-looking and minimal non-towable home that can run both on or off-grid. The dwelling has a pretty low starting price point of US$59,000. The home isn’t built entirely from offcuts, but they have been used in the construction of the tiny home’s kitchen.

Designer: Konga

The tiny home is designed by the Danish architect Mette Fredskild, and it is finished in charred wood, giving it a rather unique and appealing look, while also providing protection against insects. It also helps to preserve the home, while accentuating its distinctive appearance. Generous glazing has been applied to the home, and most of it is operable. It is a well-insulated home that can deal with the cold weather and snow loads quite efficiently.

The interiors are well-designed and inviting. They measure 28 square meters, which is covered entirely on one floor, and feature a shared open-plan living space. The walls of the home have been clad in wooden oak veneer panels and teamed up with oak flooring. The cabin is filled with natural light, owing to the generous amount of glazing.

The kitchen is amped with a lot of features and amenities. It showcases a fridge, sink, and propane-powered gas stove, with loads of cabinetry and shelving. There is also a living room area with a sofa, a small dining table, as well a wood-burning stove to provide warmth. Two bedrooms have been positioned on either side of the kitchen. One of the bedrooms can be transformed into a home office, with sliding doors being installed to offer some privacy if need be. Both the toilet and the bathroom with shower are located in different rooms. The home also accommodates a small utility room, as well as a couple of storage nooks that have been nestled away throughout the house.

The cabin runs from an RV-style grid hookup, but buyers can opt for an optional rooftop solar panel setup and rainwater collection system. The wood-burning stove can be connected to a hot water system as well. The tiny home features a freezing toilet, instead of a composting toilet, and it basically freezes waste, ensuring the space stays odorless.

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LEGO Brings Adorable A-Frame Cabin to Life with Amazing Details

An architectural icon from the years 1950 to 1975, the A-Frame cabin still remains one of the most eye-catching and visually memorable home styles. Characterized by an A-shaped design, the frame eschews a ceiling, instead opting for tapering walls that create a unique space to inhabit, with the option of high ceilings or even multi-level living that feels dynamic yet rustic at the same time. This cabin designed in LEGO bricks by LEGO user Norton74, captures the trend of the A-Frame heyday. In ways it also challenges the very nature of the LEGO Brick, which was itself designed to make traditional cuboidal structures back when it was invented in the 1930s.

Designer: Norton74

The beauty of Norton74’s A-Frame cabin is just how remarkably real it is. Whether observed from the outside or even its immaculately detailed insides, every corner of this build has something new to reveal. The cabin itself sits on a stone brick plinth, with colorful larch trees in the background. It’s mildly decrepit, with crooked staircases and boarded-up doors, but that adds to its charm.

The inside of the cabin shows exactly how charmingly rustic and cozy it is. A multi-level design gives you a recreational area at the bottom (with a fireplace), and a bedroom on the top that features two single beds and even some cobwebs on the wall for that forest charm. To access the insides of the cabin, all you need to do is ‘open’ its slanting walls outwards. Hinges on the bottom of the walls make it easy to access the interiors during play-time, and close it back once you’re done.

The inside is just filled with all sorts of details, from tools to trinkets, and even a tiny kitchen of sorts with a dining table. Norton74’s rather mindfully used discolored wooden bricks (including even some with shingle detailing) to mimic the variety often found in wooden cabins – especially ones that have been repaired and restored.

There’s even a backstory to Norton74’s cabin design. “Two brothers, Dan and Ethan, burned out on modern working believed that stripping away modern comforts and living more simply in nature would lead to a more spiritually a creatively fulfilling life. They looked for a cabin in the woods and finally found out this old wooden A-Frame Cabin. They fixed it up, and now they live there happily,” he mentions.

Dan and Ethan aren’t the only occupants of the cabin. Aside from the spiders on the first floor, the cabin is also accompanied by chickens, rodents, a skunk, and even a bear lurking around in the back.

Norton74’s LEGO A-Frame Cabin started its journey as a submission on the LEGO Ideas forum, where it received overwhelming support from the LEGO fanbase. Earlier this year, LEGO turned Norton74’s submission into a retail box kit (you can buy the LEGO A-Frame Cabin right now), although the design went through multiple rounds of changes to make it smaller and simpler for younger users to build. If you ask me, I prefer Norton74’s MOC (My Own Creation) overwhelmingly. It’s charmingly crude, has a son-of-the-soil appeal to it, and certainly possesses much more character if you ask me!

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The Nokken NKN-18 Cabin Is The Ultimate Contemporary Dwelling You’ve Been Hunting For

If you’re hunting for a cool cabin to get away and relax in, then you’ve reached the right spot. Cabins are my favorite kind of vacation and for good reason. They allow you to unwind, rest, and get away from the hectic city life. They’re an excellent option to escape to! They’re the perfect safe haven nestled in the midst of nature, providing you a break from your everyday hectic life. And, Nokken has introduced the NKN-18 – a cutting-edge and revolutionary 18 sqm that provides versatility in the form of customizable options and accessories.

Designer: Nokken

The NKN-18 Cabin by Nokken is created for various configurations and features co-branded bespoke designs. The cabin is designed to be a plug-and-play solution that can meet the diverse needs and requirements of people. The exterior of the NKN-18 Cabin is quite functional and adaptable and meant to survive extreme climatic conditions. It is a robust and durable design that features timber cladding, insulated wall build-up, triple-glazed aluclad panels, and a smart lock keyless entry.

The minimal and good-looking Nokken cabin is available in stained larch and other finishes, which allows it to seamlessly blend with its surroundings. It boasts a harmonious Nordic styling which allows for smooth integration with the nature around it. The Nokken cabin is much like a Swiss army knife, as it not only boasts a contemporary and elegant aesthetic, while also providing essential features. The interiors of the NKN-18 cabin are seamless and modern, including the bathrooms which are sleek and timeless, reminiscent of the bathrooms you find in boutique hotels. The bathrooms function as spaces of sanctuary in the home, allowing you to relax and unwind. The NKN-18 cabin is designed to be a peaceful retreat that is ideal for both personal and business use.

The Nokken NKN-18 cabin is available in a diverse range of colorways and setups, so you can pick the setup that perfectly matches your personal taste and preference. There is a perfect fit for every user out there – one that suits the modern requirements of everyone.

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This Oiled Cedar-Clad Home In LA Perfectly Merges Scandinavian Modernism & Bohemian Experimentalism

Dubbed the Grafton House, and located in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood, this wood-clad residence beautifully incorporates Scandinavian modernism and the bohemian experimentalism that is usually seen on the LA Eastside. The home was built by Sweden-born architect Fredrik Nilsson for his family. It is perched on a sloped site and equipped with views of the surrounding hills, and a stunning city skyline.

Designer: Fredrik Nilsson

The property was purchased by architect Fredrik Nilsson of the local firm Studio Nilsson and his wife a couple of years ago to create a space for a growing family. The property occupies 2400 square feet and was accompanied by an old 400 square feet cottage. Although the cottage is aging, and the property is quite humble, the couple decided to build a homely and warm sanctuary there. “The aim was to expand the feeling of space and tranquillity while remaining squarely in the middle of a noisy, walkable part of the city, where the buzz of police helicopters is not uncommon on a daily basis,” Nilsson said.

The home is inspired by Nilsson’s Swedish roots, as well as his wife’s Indian heritage. He said he wanted to build “a small-footprint, urban treehouse – one inspired by Scandinavian modernism and his Indian-American wife’s desire for warmth and color”. Currently, the old cottage is no more and instead is replaced by a two-story, 1850 square feet house. The facade of the home is clad in raw cedar, with windows and openings that allow daylight to stream into the home while also providing privacy. The upper floor subtly cantilevers over the ground floor, creating a shaded entryway. “Opening the entry gate, guests comment that they feel they have entered a fairyland sanctuary,” said Nilsson.

As you enter the home, you are welcomed by a reverse floor plan marked with private areas on the ground floor. The public spaces are housed on the upper storey. The upper floor also includes an office that can be used as a guest bedroom as well. The views surrounding the home are pretty serene as well, including distant vistas and glances of the nearby trees around the home.

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Perched On A Forest’s Edge, This Serene Wooden Cabin Is Designed For Quiet Contemplation

If you need a break from your hectic city life and want to unwind in a cozy little cabin, then we’ve found the perfect little retreat for you. I personally love cabins and think they’re the best type of vacation out there. Cabins are peaceful and tranquil, and an excellent option to help you dump your city life and woes, and simply unwind in the beauty of nature. If you’re looking for your next cabin retreat, then you may want to consider Hytta in Lípa nad Dřevnicí, Czech Republic.

Designers: Dominik Ilichman and Adam Hofman

Designed by Dominik Ilichman and Adam Hofman, the Hytta cabin is a serene cabin inspired by Scandinavian design and minimalism. The quaint cabin is designed to provide a calm and distraction-free environment, offering you a much-needed break from your hectic everyday life. Hytta is tucked away on the outskirts of a pine forest, which makes for an excellent location. It is designed to be a place where residents can nurture their thoughts, and dig deeper into their creative ideas without the disruptions and distractions of everyday life. Hytta is an antidote to these situations and serves as a tranquil retreat for relaxation and contemplation.

The cabin features a double-height living area, a quality workspace, a cozy bedroom, and sleeping nooks. The house is also complemented by a Finnish sauna with a cold immersion tub. It is pretty minimalist in nature and is heavily inspired by Scandinavian minimalism, which basically eradicates all unnecessary elements that can distract someone. Hytta perfectly merges modern functionality and convenience with minimalism by providing top-notch amenities. It features a spacious terrace, as well as windows on all sides, which builds a serene indoor-outdoor connection, and allows nature to intersperse with the space.

Since the cabin is nestled on a slope at the forest’s edge, it gives it an element of isolation, allowing it to be protected from the hustle and bustle of city life, while providing privacy as well. The cabin is inspired by the form of a hunting cabin, which provides it with a unique and distinctive shape, and allows it to stand out.

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This Serene Pavilion-Style House Near A Lake Makes For The Perfect Fishing Escape On The Weekends

When the weekend comes around, most of us want to head out for a weekend getaway, escaping from our hectic city lives, and immersing ourselves in nature. And graphic designer Bart Crosby is no different! He wanted a tranquil and relaxing fishing escape outside of the city on a lake in Northern Wisconsin, and Wheeler Kearns Architects provided him with just that. Dubbed the Clearwater Lake Retreat, this serene modernist home is located in a flat clearing, whilst being surrounded by 2.5 acres of lush woods.

Designer: Wheeler Kearns Architects

The Clearwater Lake Retreat is a pavilion-style house that has been oriented on the site to provide stunning views from both sides. The sides have been built with black-framed windows, which offer access to the surrounding vistas. The entire structure is marked by floor-to-ceiling glass walls, that are flanked by two heavy stone walls, which provide support to the rectangular home. It features a lovely butterfly-shaped roof that almost seems to float above it. The roof extends to shelter the porches, creating covered areas on either side, which serve as excellent chilling spots, while also functioning as a contemporary element of the home.

The interior of the home features an open-plan living space that is great for cooking, relaxation, and entertainment. The home features two private bedrooms and a central volume that accommodates all the important functional spaces as such two bathrooms, a mechanical room, and storage space. The Clearwater Lake Retreat is quite connected to nature, but it is also sustainable. The home is heated via hydronic floor heat, while radiant tubing is carried out within the three-foot thick stone walls. During summer, the surrounding trees provide natural ventilation and shade to the home, keeping the residents cool and cozy.

The home showcases a material palette of neutral colors and earthy textures, which perfectly complements the natural surroundings. On the other hand, the exterior is marked with sleek black metal-framed windows that complement the gray stone walls. The stone walls are also seen within the home, which beautifully match with the concrete floors, creating a cabin that is homely, cozy, and soothing.

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The Copper Harbour House Is A Raw, Rugged But Comfy Cabin Designed For Mountain Bikers

If you’re looking for a stunning little cabin in the woods to get away to and relax, then you’ve reached the right place. Cabins are by far the best type of vacation I’ve come across. They’re a peaceful and tranquil option to abandon your urban life and woes, and simply unwind in nature. If you’re wondering where to head for your next cabin retreat, you can refer to this collection of beautiful and super cozy cabins we’ve gathered. They’re the perfect safe haven nestled in the midst of nature, providing a break from your everyday hectic life. And we’ve found a pretty awesome cabin for you – meet the Copper Harbor house!

Designer: Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects

Designed by the US architecture firm Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects, the Copper Harbour house is located on the rugged Keweenaw Peninsula with fantastic views of Lake Superior – which is the largest Great Lake in North America. The quaint cabin features a sturdy shell built from weathering steel, giving it a homely yet rugged feel. The cabin is tucked away in a “very remote destination with an industrial history”.

The cabin is designed to be modern and minimal, a perfect abode for a couple who love mountain biking. The home is meant to withstand the extreme weather conditions of the area. “Set in a very remote destination with an industrial history, Copper Harbor blends into the shoreline while standing out with its unique design,” said Seattle-based Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects. The home occupies 1400 square feet and includes two volumes that are conjoined with a central circulation spine.

Quite interesting, there is a building located behind the cabin which serves as a bike workshop. The cabin and workshop are separated using a patio which functions as an “exterior room protected from the wind”. All three buildings are covered in a rugged exterior shell built from corrugated steel. Since the shell is made using pre-rusted steel, it has an intriguing orangish shade that references the color of the soil. “The solidity of each shell is contrasted with a wall of glass providing light, directing views, and extending the living space out on cantilevered decks toward the water,” concluded the architects.

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