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The Collingwood Shepherd Hut is an interesting housing possibility for those of us who just love the outdoors. This modular cabin can provide shelter in a safe and very comfy way. Built with a galvanized steel structure and finished in beautiful wood all the way around, it looks both vintage and fairy tale like. The wood work is really phenomenal, inside and outside; on the roof you get western red cedar shakes, that provide a nice tile look, on the sides, a solid wood style, with special attention to detail, to ensure it stays air and moisture tight and perfectly plumb. On the inside you get pine floor and on the cladding you have 2 options, solid wood beaded paneling or hardwood veneered plywood. You also get an interesting number of chromatic and finishing possibilities. Ever wanted a cabin in the woods?
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Ever had the dream of building a tree house? Well this group of friends did, and what an awesome one they have built! Named Cinder Cone, the spectacular self-built multi-platform treehouse perches above a skate bowl and wood fired hot tub. Located in a Valley Near the Columbia River Gorge in Skamania Washington, the project was led by Foster Huntington, a professional nomad that has created a brand around his idyllic, transient lifestyle, and whom had a childhood dream of building a Treehouse. Some friends worked as carpenters professionally, others learned on the go, gaining experience along the way, Foster took thousands of photos and kept sketches, models and notes from the design process, and shot a short film that documents the process of building his dream home (watch the video after the jump).

A book documenting this year-long project is now seeking funding on Kickstarter
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Over the years we have showcased several houses, retreats, weekend cabins, and pods, places to escape hectic city life and reconnect with nature. Our latest discovery was developed by Nice Architects, a self-sustaining portable house appropriately named Ecocapsule. The ecological pod, is equipped with a built-in wind turbine, roof-mounted solar panels, and a high-capacity battery, these off-grid capabilities allow you and a guest to enjoy the convenience of household facilities. Inside you´ll find plenty of storage space, a small kitchenette, working/dining place, a folding bed, toilet, and hot shower, all the luxuries of a hotel room that you can take into wilderness. First deliveries are expected in 2016.

Also check out our popular roundup on Office Pods
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This spectacular pool house was commissioned by a home owner who wanted to transform the outdoor area at his house into a contemporary pool and spa retreat, ideal for entertaining in the hot summer months. The weekend retreat is located in the Hamptons, and was idealized by design studio ICRAVE, the result is a modern wood and steel structure with two separate spaces, creating a luxurious indoor/outdoor oasis. It features a bedroom, and a spa that includes a sauna, shower, and hammam. A sunken level between the two rooms creates a cozy living room, with fireplace, and a Jacuzzi, making this the perfect entertainment area.
 
photos by: John Muggenborg
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Our latest fantasy beach retreat is located in Auckland, New Zealand. Designed by Herbst Architects, the spectacular Castle Rock Beach House sited on the crest of the hill and offers guests mind-blowing views of the panoramic landscape. The house is split in two levels, on top level is an open plan kitchen, outdoor dining area, barbecue corner, and relaxed living area, and the lower level features two large bedrooms and an outdoor shower. The picture-perfect getaway also features a path leading to the beach.
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Inoutside is an Australian company that specializes in pre-fabricated backyard offices. The way we work nowadays is changing, with more people choosing to work from home thanks to advances in computer and networking technology. The new concept of live/work space is starting to become very popular, and "Inoutside" offer some small contemporary solutions that are perfect for a backyard office. The modern outdoor rooms are prefabricated and built using only natural green products, then transported and assembled on site. The customer is free to choose the style, the floorplan and finish desired.  
 
Also checkout our popular roundup on Office Pods.
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Looking for a place to escape hectic city life and reconnect with nature? So was Finnish designer Linda Bergroth, so she commissioned Avanto Architects this magical getaway, a unique combination of garden shed and greenhouse, with lighting, wood floors and solar panels to create her own private retreat located on a remote island in eastern Finland. Automatic glass openers were installed to control the temperature inside, and salvaged bricks were used to create the simple stairs. It also features a storage shed at the back made of Finnish pine. An idyllic place to retreat and recharge, with all that you need, a bed, books, a record player, speaker, potted plants, and inspiring surroundings.
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Noem design and build tailor made, high-tech homes just in weeks. Their modern prefabricated modular homes are built using only natural materials such as wood and achieve maximum energy efficiency, and minimum carbon footprint. The houses are tailor-made and fully customized to the clients needs and taste, and are directed and orchestrated by sensors, actuators and home automation, achieving huge levels of energy efficiency savings. The final result is a useful and utterly beautiful object that is truly respectful of its environment and its inhabitants. watch the video
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The Barrancas House is our latest house crush, situated in Mexico City, Mexico, this stunning residence was originally built in the seventies, but has recently been redesigned by Architect Ezequiel Farca. The challenge was to create a house that through different multifunctional spaces could generate a feeling of expectation and surprise. The structure, completely surrounded by nature, takes advantage of the large floor to ceiling windows to enhance the natural shape of the landscape and the full lighting provided by sunlight. The house has a cinema room, a large wine cellar, a gym, two terraces, a swimming pool, a beautiful garden and several green areas. The materials used are marble, stone and wood, that with the help of natural tones, offer complementarity between the interior and exterior of the house, giving a feeling of continuous space. Absolutely stunning.
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Winner of numerous awards, Fall House is a spectacular holiday home located on a dramatic setting in Carmel Valley Village, California. Designed by the San Francisco based architect studio Fougeron Architecture, the three-bedroom house is anchored in the natural beauty and power of the California landscape, embedded within the cliff 250 feet above the Pacific Ocean and offers breathtaking views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Check out more amazing photos after the jump.

photos by: Joe Fletcher
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Leaf House lets you set your own cabin any place in the great outdoors! The company based in Canada, specializes in making tiny portable houses that are built on trailer ranging from 16´ to 20´ in length, and made with reclaimed materials, natural finishes, and ecologically friendly building products. Each portable home is custom made to the exact specifications of the owner, features full amenities and is insulated for severe winter climates. The Leaf tiny houses take between 4 and 6 months to build, you can expect to pay between $26,000 and $50,000. 
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This spectacular retreat was designed by Andersson-Wise, an architecture & design studio based in Austin, Texas. Located on Lake Austin, The Bunny Run Boat Dock is a magical living space designed around a boat dock, it features two boat slips surrounded by the ultimate outdoor bar and living area. Can you imagine a better place to hang out and relax after a wakeboarding session? Check out some more amazing photos after the jump.
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Vipp have presented their new Vipp Shelter, a  55 m2 steel structure, which, as they say is "a livable industrial object”. It will blend well into nature, but it´s up to you to choose the place you want to blend it in. It´s prefabricated, with a two level steel frame, the bedroom and bathroom are separated from the main living frame. The Vipp shelter comes fully equipped, lighting system, furniture, even the tableware is part of the pack! No worries on filling it with things you like, because we´re pretty sure you´ll love all of Vipp´s surprises, don´t forget they make a lot of household items in beautiful steel, ceramic or porcelain. Although a bit pricey, the Vipp shelter sure is a great "plug and play" solution if you have a nice piece of land that you would like to enjoy.
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Heirloom is a recent Oregon based company that specializes in manufacturing custom luxury homes on wheels, allowing you to make home at any place you park it. Each house is custom built with high quality materials and fixtures, every detail is discussed, planned and implemented in accordance to the clients needs. The base model package starts at $65,000, and includes granite countertops, stained cabinets, real-wood flooring, heater, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer combo unit, plus painted interior and exterior. The luxury home on wheels has the capability to be plugged in to an external power source or completely run on battery, wind or solar power.
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The spectacular Cast Iron House is a new condominium project in Tribeca, New York. Located at 67 Franklin Street, the breathtaking restoration was designed by acclaimed Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, and comprises 11 duplex residences and two mind-blowing twin duplex penthouses atop the 132-year-old cast-iron beauty in Tribeca. Each residence stands alone as a singular creation by Ban, all of which have cathedral-style double-height ceilings and private elevator entry, as for the penthouses, one will have 4 bedrooms and total 3,800 sf, while the other will have 5 bedrooms and 4,560 sf. Both have glass walls that can be completely opened, creating an uninterrupted expanse between the interiors and the surrounding terraces, and making them appear from street level as though they are floating above the building.
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This mind-blowing beach house is located in Lebanon and was designed by Lebanese studio - Blankpage Architects. The dramatic Amchit Residence has an open connection to the landscape fruited with citrus, olive, and sea-salted palm trees, and offers beautiful views of the Lebanese coastline. The house features a layering of three decks held by a minimal steel structure , the upper deck contains the master bedroom that opens to the spectacular glowing lap pool, the middle deck houses two bedrooms and living areas, and the bottom deck serves as a reception area that extends outdoors towards the sea through an infinity pool as well as a staircase to the shore.
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This beautiful eco-friendly ranch was developed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects. Located on 160-acres in California’s Chileno Valley, the Hupomone Ranch is owned by a young family with three children that had the dream of building a barn house that would reflect their commitment to sustainable farming. The main house spreads over 2.498 square feet and the interior has a close connection with the outdoors, the stunning light-filled open living area and huge slide away windows open directly to the garden, inviting a healthy, happy and conscious family life.
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Casa Rambla is a spectacular weekend house designed by Chilean studio LAND Architects. Located on the seafront in Zapallar, a town close to Santiago, the idyllic seaside residence has an harmonious connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, making the most of the scenic location. The open space property features glazed walls on all sides so the living areas can be either completely enclosed or opened up to the elements.

Also in Chile, check out the amazing Casa Till
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