1. Südtirol, Italy
Built on stilts in Braies Lake.
2. Olympia, Washington
This cabin on a 10 x 10-foot base was built, completely out of recycled materials, by Jacob Witzling when he was just 23. That was 10 years ago and since then he’s gone on to build several other exquisite cabins.
3. Småland, Sweden
This earthen cabin was actually built back in the early 1800s by a man named ‘Little Jon.’ It has three stone walls, one wooden wall, and a live sod roof — which doesn’t only look cool, it’s great insulation as well. These sorts of structures were known as ‘backstugas’ and were common from the 1600s to the late 1800s. They were often built on forested land that couldn’t be farmed, between two properties. The inhabitants usually worked for the landowners.
4. Leavenworth, Washington
This one’s built out of stone, so the necessity for masonry skills boosts the difficulty level, but the design is simple and check out those recycled skis along the top edge.
5. Nevada City, California
6. French Alps
7. Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia
8. Arctic Norway
9. Hallstatt, Austria
10. Columbia River Gorge, Washington
This ‘Cinder Cone Home’ was built by a group of friends in Skamania County. Within a year, they built two treehouses, a woodburning tub and a skate bowl.
11. Washington, Massachusetts
12. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Just a little shelter at the Keyhole on Longs Peak.
13. Ebenalp, Switzerland
14. Varanger, Arctic Norway
This one was built right on the Veines Cliff.
15. Somewhere in Iceland
The pool is actually a hot spring.
16. Somewhere in Washington, USA
17. Arlina di Castro, Italy
18. Crystal River, Colorado
19. Whistler, Canada
20. The Forbidden Corner, England
Featured image by: Virginia State Parks
Best Travel Credit Cards
Top offers from our partners
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
100,000 bonus points
The Platinum Card®
75,000 bonus points
American Express® Gold Card
60,000 bonus points