Escape to the Redwoods in this recently renovated Sea Ranch timber cabin

August 8, 2018 by  
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If you’ve ever dreamed of staying in The Sea Ranch community, here’s your chance to spend the night in one of the original mid-century cabins recently restored by Oakland-based design practice Framestudio . Originally designed by San Francisco Bay area architect Joseph Esherick in 1968, the Timber Ridge Sea Ranch Cabin was created as part of Demonstration Homes, a project led by developer Oceanic to show how the local design guidelines could produce a beautiful and low-cost getaway. Renovated last year, the 684-square-foot timber cabin is available for short-term rentals on Esherick MiniMod . Set amidst a forest of towering redwood trees in the historic south end of The Sea Ranch, the compact timber cabin — dubbed the Esherick MiniMod — is a peaceful getaway. Framestudio sensitively modernized the three-level cabin while preserving its historic elements; the structure is one of the few remaining Demonstration Homes that’s still close to its original state. Priorities included an updated galley kitchen, increased capacity to sleep a total of six and secure storage areas. “Framestudio developed a scheme which restored many of the original details, hallmarks of Esherick’s design, using wood which had been reclaimed from alterations not original to the design,” the project statement reads. “New interventions were conceived to contrast in color from the historic framework of the home, but constructed from materials suitable for the age of the home.” Related: Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is nestled in a Californian redwood forest The home’s open-plan nature was preserved, but the layout of the two adjoining bedrooms can be manipulated with a new full-height partition that divides the sleeping area into two separate sections and slides away when not in use. For extra storage, the bedroom alcoves were updated with blue laminate cupboards. Framestudio also added a built-in sofa that includes extra storage and a pullout queen-sized bed. Rates at the Esherick MiniMod begin at $120 per night . + Framestudio + Esherick MiniMod Images by Drew Kelly

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Hood River retreat boasts minimal environmental impact

August 7, 2018 by  
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Lovers of the Columbia River Gorge will swoon over this beautiful vacation retreat perched right on Neal Creek, just an hour outside Portland, Oregon. Designed by Portland -based practice Paul McKean Architecture to embrace the outdoors, this two-bedroom weekend getaway was crafted to maximize valley and water views while minimizing impact on the natural environment. The owners—both outdoor enthusiasts—sought an environmentally friendly home that they now serves as a vacation rental available for all to rent . To minimize site impact, Paul McKean Architecture raised the habitable part of the home to one full floor above grade, creating a top-heavy form with elevated views of the creek and treetop canopy. Set atop a concrete plinth, the second level is clad in horizontal planks of timber. “Their wooded two-acre parcel of land presented many unique challenges including wetlands, creek protection setbacks, and floodplain restrictions,” explains the architecture in a project statement. “Lifting the main space protects the house from potential flooding and brush fire damage while making way for a covered outdoor patio and much needed gear storage below. At the uppermost level, a future planted roof will replace the landscape lost to the building footprint and reduces heat gain to the interior spaces.” Related: Spend the night in this magical Hobbit House tucked into the Washington shire Completed in 2008 for a project budget of $185,000, the weekend retreat spans 960 square feet. However, full-height glazing and white walls give the home a more spacious feel than its size lets on. The two bedrooms include two queen beds, while two twin beds can be added to the hallway; the retreat can sleep a total of six people. The year-round nightly rate at the Neal Creek Retreat starts at $230. + Paul McKean Architecture Images by Stephen Tamiesie

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Sleep beneath the Milky Way in Bubble Domes in Ireland

April 6, 2018 by  
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Want to wake up in the great Irish outdoors without compromising comfort? These luxurious Bubble Domes at Finn Lough promise a cozy night beneath the stars with luxurious touches to boot. Located on a 45-acre peninsula in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland , these transparent domes offer 180-degree views of the forest as well as bespoke, Scandinavian-inspired interiors. Designed and built by Dome Experience , the Bubble Domes at Finn Lough are one of four accommodation types offered by the family-run resort. The futuristic domes , which sleep two, are perfect as a romantic getaway and digital detox destination—the domes do not have wifi or cell service. Kept inflated with an air pressure system, each dome features underfloor heating, a four-poster bed, Nespresso coffee machine, and a smaller annex bubble housing the ensuite bathroom. Related: CasaBubble’s inflatable prefab domes let you enjoy 360 degree views of nature in comfort Guests can choose between the standard Forest Bubble Dome or the larger Premium Bubble Dome, which includes a tub and other special furnishings. Each dome is accessed via a private path. Pricing for the Bubble Domes start at £245 ($345) a night . + Finn Lough Via Dwell Images via Finn Lough

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Decrepit lumberjack shack transformed into a beautiful retreat with minimal site impact

June 20, 2017 by  
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A decrepit lumberjack’s shack has been transformed into a beautiful light-filled weekend getaway just outside of Montreal . Local studio YH2 led the renovation of the shack, renamed La Colombière, turning the simple one-story building that lacked running water into a cozy three-story retreat with all the luxuries of home and minimal landscape impact. When the owner Suzanne Rochon commissioned YH2 for La Colombière, she required that the renovation not expand past the shed’s existing footprint for fear of damaging the surrounding forest. Thus, the architects built upwards, drawing inspiration from the way a tree branches into a canopy. No trees were cut and heavy machinery was avoided to minimize site impact . Related: Sublime Nook Residence blends seamlessly into the snowy Canadian landscape The redesigned three-story retreat is clad in dark cedar in reference to the bark of nearby conifers, while the vertiginous interior is painted all in white. “Materials and structure of the previous phase are kept and uninterrupted so that the addition acts as an extension rather than an insertion,” write the architects. A living room is located on the first floor while the bedroom and bath are placed on the second. The eye-catching third-floor is bookended with oversized windows and an outdoor covered terrace to the west. + YH2 Images by Francis Pelletier

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Inhabitat spends the night in a Harvard-designed tiny cabin in the woods

August 22, 2016 by  
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For our first Getaway excursion we spent a night in the Maisie , a 160-square-foot mobile cabin built for two to three dwellers. Prior to our visit were told that the cabin would be in the general vicinity of New York’s Catskills, but were purposefully not given the exact address until the day of our arrival for extra adventurous appeal. The cabin was easily discoverable by GPS and we shared a campsite with two other Getaway cabins, though each was set apart with enough room to still feel quite secluded. We were immediately impressed by the cabin’s minimalist and functional design. Its light timber interior was complimented by cozy bean bag chairs, a bed with fresh white linens, a fully stocked kitchen, ample lighting, and large tree-filled windows. We were especially surprised by the fact that the kitchen was filled with all the sundries one might need; pots, pans, cooking utensils, a hot plate, olive oil, a provisions box with snacks for purchase, and a delightful assortment of books and games. We made dinner on a pint-sized grill by the campfire, basked under a starry sky, and finished the night with a rousing game of Shut the Box . It was everything we’d hope it would be – a comfortable and magical summer night’s escape. RELATED: Harvard student startup lets you test-drive tiny house living for just $99 a night A Getaway experience is one level above glamping with a hot shower, electric toilet and a mini fridge. While these luxurious amenities are available, guests should remain mindful of their water and electric usage and note to conserve flushes of the electric toilet — 15 flushes were allotted. As in any tent or house, you’ll also want to keep the doors and windows closed and the bugs out (even so, we did wake up with a few bites). So, would we stay in a Getaway cabin again? We’re still big fans of the old fashioned tent, but having a little taste of off-grid living made us feel right at home. If you’ve ever wanted to live in a tiny home, this is a great way to test it out without taking the plunge. Getaway currently offers four different-sized models in New York and three in Boston . + Getaway Images by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat and by Getaway

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The oldest living tree in Europe has survived over 1,000 years

August 22, 2016 by  
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A pine tree rooted in Greece is thought to be the oldest living tree in Europe . Nicknamed Adonis and approximately 1,075 years old, this Bosnian pine has seen more history than any other single tree. The most impressive feat is that, despite having the capability to clone itself, this individual giant has survived centuries without having to do so.

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Tiny Lithuania apartment boasts a space-saving split personality

August 22, 2016 by  
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The owner was looking to transform his existing apartment to accommodate two people, but remain open and spacious. The architects met this request by splitting the apartment into two parts, with an open-plan main living area bathed in natural light . Terracotta tiles dominate the bedroom and bathroom and meet the white walls of the living room along a sharp line. Related: Daniel Libeskind unveils design for geometric recreational attraction in Lithuania These contrasting conditions convey the alternating nature and moods of daytime and nighttime patterns. Monochromatic tones, clean lines and an open-plan give the living room a more spacious feel, creating the impression of a single continuous volume. + YCL Studio Via FRAME

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