I have been planning on building my own little mountain getaway for quite a while now. At first I was looking at pre-cut log home kits that are available on the market, but after a few days of extensive research, I decided for myself that they are all crap. They look very artificial and boring, and most of them are drenched in unhealthy flame retardants and various pesticides. Growing up near the German Alps, I saw hundreds of cabins, roughly a hundred years old, that are untreated and still going strong. In this post I have collected for you my favorite wooden cabins. Enjoy the show. Quite a few of these came from Cabin Porn, an awesome website for cabin fans. Be sure to check it out. And don’t be afraid to visit this particular porn site. Is has absolutely nothing on it that will cause you to pitch a tent. Pun intended.
#1 A-Frame – Triple Falls, Oregon
I adore the idea of a cabin so spartan that it forces one to be „bored“. City life and the 9-to-5-treadmill tend to clutter my mind with so much mental trash that it needs a very quiet, solitary environment to hear myself think again. Well done.
#2 British Columbia Boat House
Photographer Mark McInnis found this one in BC, Canada. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find more information aside from the fact that 8 children were born and raised there.
#3 Treehouse Point – Washington State
Treehouse Point is a bookable bed and breakfast in the trees. Drop-dead gorgeous treehouses in pristine nature should be more than enough to consider Treehouse Point when planning a vacation.
#4 „Waterfall Cabin“ – Asheville, North Carolina
This cabin is on my fly fishing bucket list for quite a while now. Fortunately, it’s located quite close to my wife’s family in North Carolina and can be rented. I’ll provide an extensive review and more high-def pictures after I have gone there.
#5 Trouthouse Ettrachsee – Austria
I hiked up here a year ago and fell in love with this place instantly. The scenery is as good as it gets and the fishing is superb, too. If you ever happen to go to the Oktoberfest or anything else nearby, make sure you pay this place a visit. The Austrian Alps are one of a kind.
#6 Lakeside Cabin – Mt. Katahdin, Maine
Picture by Sean Litchfield. Again, I’m lacking a little information on this one. Another find on Cabin Porn that left me green in envy.
#7 Floating Cabin – Powell River – BC, Canada
A very neat approach to living close to water. I really like the floating gardens and the fact that you can tow your cabin to new places on the water. Very cool.
#8 Solling Treehouse – Uslar, Germany
This one is a rather modern approach. Located in the rather boring region of Lower Saxony (I would know, I’ve been there), they counteracted the dull surroundings with a kick-ass dream house made from wood and metal. Check out the company that built this treehouse, Bauraum, for other genius treehouses.
#9 Hemloft – Secret Location – Whistler, Canada
My last two cabins are reserved for special cabin enthusiasts. These two stories inspired me like nothing else in the last decade, and will be covered in separate posts to do them justice. The first one is an ingenious treehouse called the Hemloft. It was created by Joel Allen, a Canadian software developer that wanted to retire at the age of 26, but realised that he was short on funds after a while. He found inspiration in an old homesteader who sparked his fascination for cabins and self-made things, and decided to become a carpenter. After learning some essential skills, he built the Hemloft in a secret location near Whistler, BC. His Hemloft was featured in magazines and will probably get more coverage in the future. If you are intrigued by these stunning cabins and the lifestyle that comes with it, you CAN’T miss out on Joel’s story.
#10 Dick Proenneke’s Cabin at Twin Lakes in Alaska
Well… I have to take a deep breath and choose my words wisely. Dick Proenneke has godlike status in my mind and it’s hard to come up with the right words to do him justice. He essentially invented the cabin lifestyle that many city-dwellers crave so much in our fast-paced, detached-from-nature, unhealty times. Although he probably wasn’t the first guy who headed into the wild to find peace and happiness, he surely was one of the best to document his endeavours. He went into the Alaskan wilderness in 1965 planning to stay there for just a year. He ended up living there for 30 years and died shortly after coming back to the city. He crafted his cabin completely by hand, using only traditional tools—no machinery whatsoever. There is a 15-minute video showing his life in the wild that he created for his relatives back home. If you are not at work at the moment, and there is no other valid reason you can’t watch a video right now, then you should really watch this and bask in Dick’s magnificence. No excuses. Do it. DO IT. DOOO ITTT!!!! You shall be highly rewarded. I have to warn you, though. It may make your current lifestyle, job or neighborhood look like crap.
For anyone who is interested in handmade cabins I can highly recommend these books: