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Simple Retreats

7 small cabins that are easy to care for, easy on the environment and big on style
By Mark R. Johnson
By Kristin Sutter
Published: December 16, 2011

Cabin owners are trending toward working with builders and architects who craft smaller spaces to fit their families’ specific needs. Downsized getaways offer less maintenance (more time in the hammock!), lower energy bills (more cash for hiking gear!), and a lighter ecological footprint (cabin country lives on!). And with careful planning for efficiency and aesthetics, these designers are delivering optimal comfort and style. Scroll down to see seven simple retreats, including some floor plans and web-exclusive photos.

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Tim Bies
Located in the San Juan Islands in Washington’s Puget Sound, this 500-square-foot cabin functions as a writer’s retreat and guest cottage. The interior fireplace rotates 180 degrees, so guests can enjoy it outdoors too. Featured in the February 2012 issue of Cabin Life.

Design: Olson Kundig Architects, www.olsonkundig.com.

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