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Off Grid Cabin In The Forest

Off-grid retreats and homes far away from big cities are becoming increasingly popular as people want to escape what bothers and burdens them. Today we’re introducing another such apartment – a tree house-inspired cabin by architect Greg Dutton.

The Hut is located on a cattle ranch in the Ohio Valley in the middle of woodland on an elevated bank overlooking a lake. Dutton designed The Hut to create the feeling of being in a tree house and lifted it on concrete pillars over a slope.

Untreated pale cedar shingles that cover the exterior turn gray over time and blend into the forest. Cut back material and color palettes have been selected to bring nature inside.

The house is off-grid, which means it has no access to electricity or water. Instead, the apartment runs entirely on solar energy, so the structure has been positioned to benefit from the solar radiation in the south. The eco-friendly design features include a natural ventilation system that takes advantage of the prevailing breeze. A rainwater collection system also serves as plumbing for the building.

Inside, the cabin has a simple floor plan that includes a kitchen, bathroom, and a small entrance that opens to a living room and connected sleeping area. The minimalist design of the interior, which features eastern white pine floors and southern yellow pine paneling on the walls and ceiling, was influenced by Scandinavian architecture and the hygge of Denmark, which describes the feeling of cosiness. Floor-to-ceiling windows stretch across one of the walls, framing the view of the landscape and letting light into the room all year round.

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