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58 Cozy Summer Cottages

From Backyard Grill Houses to Open Air Concept Homes

— July 28, 2014 — Eco
When the weather gets warmer, getting away with a trip to the summer cottage is the perfect way to pass a warm afternoon. Whether you're cooking in the great outdoors, lounging by the lake or participating in some water sports, it's all about being able to soak up nature, good company and the beauty of the surroundings.

These cottage designs include everything from ultra modern and expansive summer dwellings to the uber compact and eco-friendly. Although a lot of these designs retain a rectangular shape that helps the houses hide within the tall trees, one exceptional design is the McBride Charles Ryan Cloud House, which features a distinct-cloud like shape—it's unusual, but still nature-inspired and just as cozy as plenty of other traditional cottage designs.
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Carousel Cottage Design
Carousel Cottage Design
This Playful Holiday Home Architecture Will Leave Your Head Spinning
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Mediterranean Beach Residences
Mediterranean Beach Residences
This Luxurious Summer Home Boasts Sleek and Modern Design Details
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Lawn-Extended Roofs
Lawn-Extended Roofs
The Cliff House by Scott Allen Makes the Most of Restrictions in the Area
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Slatted Facade Abodes
Slatted Facade Abodes
The House Riihi in Finland Focuses Around a Central Courtyard
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Pastry-Inspired Accommodations
Pastry-Inspired Accommodations
The Cinnamon Roll House by Katsutoshi Sasaki is Geometric
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Cedar Plank-Surrounded Abodes
Cedar Plank-Surrounded Abodes
Arbol Design Provides Ample Privacy for a Residence in Japan
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Rustic Wood-Accented Homes
Rustic Wood-Accented Homes
This Home by FMD Architects Brings a Woody Feel to Your Home
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Spatially Optimized Residences
Spatially Optimized Residences
The Beeston Street House is Space-Efficient
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Literary Barn Lofts
Literary Barn Lofts
The Betty MacDonald Farm Bed and Breakfast is a Cozy Nook
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Charming Organic Winter Cottages
Charming Organic Winter Cottages
This Small Cottage is Functional and Only 18 Square Meters Big
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50
River-Ensconced Hideaways
River-Ensconced Hideaways
The Kaweah Falls Retreat Home Incorporates Living Over a Lake
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Tiny Timber-Clad Abodes
Tiny Timber-Clad Abodes
JP Architects Focuses on Wood Materials for the 'Qilin' House
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Cross-Shaped Cottages
Cross-Shaped Cottages
The Skit is a Wooden Home by Dachi Papuashvili that is Shaped like a Cross
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Unified Earthly Homes
Unified Earthly Homes
The Terraced House Features a Host of Materials
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Contemporary Cottage Housing
Contemporary Cottage Housing
The Buck Creek Vacation Home by Studio Fougeron Embraces Modern Lines
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Cute Two-Faced Cottages
Cute Two-Faced Cottages
The Chameleon Cabin Masquerades as Black or White Marble, View Dependent
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Metal-Clad Cottages
Metal-Clad Cottages
The Aluminum Cabin Mirrors the Mineral Aesthetic of its Rough Site
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Protruding Roof Architecture
Protruding Roof Architecture
The Hotel in Czorsztynie Mimics the Forms of Nearby Hilltop Homes
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Understated Hillside Abodes
Understated Hillside Abodes
Norway's Vega Cottage is a Modern Translation of a Classic Cabin
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Rustic Garden Studios
Rustic Garden Studios
This Timber Retreat is a Multi-functional Space
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40
Charming Cottage-Inspired Homes
Charming Cottage-Inspired Homes
The Dune Home by Min2 Blends with its Rural Surroundings
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Hen House Dwellings
Hen House Dwellings
The Passive Roost House Would Be Perched on Spindly Legs in the Highlands
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Contemporary Rustic Cottages
Contemporary Rustic Cottages
The Northwood Residence by BBP Architects Embraces the Woods
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Zigzag-Contoured Cabins
Zigzag-Contoured Cabins
The Noa House Features Six Rhombus Facades for an Idiosyncratic Appearance
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Wooden Block Homes
Wooden Block Homes
The Wells Fargo House in Malibu Colony is Lumber Luxe
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Contemporary Courtyard Abodes
Contemporary Courtyard Abodes
Spanish Oaks by James D LaRue Architects is Welcoming
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Camera-Inspired Cabins
Camera-Inspired Cabins
GO Portable Office Provides a Picture of Your Future Well-Earned Success
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Transparent Hilltop Sanctuaries
Transparent Hilltop Sanctuaries
The Island Retreat by Fearon Hay Architects has Panoramic Views
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Curvy Carved Cottages
Curvy Carved Cottages
The Dalene Cabin by Tommie Wilhelmsen is a Refined Retreat
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Open-Concept Compact Cottages
Open-Concept Compact Cottages
Claim Architecture Creates a Spacious Get Away on a Small Lot
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Winsome Whitewashed Cottages
Winsome Whitewashed Cottages
Roaman House by Bates Masi is a Big Cabin with Character
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Folded Transparent Cottages
Folded Transparent Cottages
The Zeroplus Architects Sneeoosh Cabin Brings the Outdoors Inside
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Contemporary Forest Fortresses
Contemporary Forest Fortresses
This Modern Forest Cottage is Completely Connected to Nature
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Rainbow Interior Cabins
Rainbow Interior Cabins
Chalet Cyanella is a Stunning French Cottage Harboring Modern Structure
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Tree Palaces
Tree Palaces
Bates Masi Architects Combine Wood Paneled Treehouse and Contemporary Design
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Stunning Simplistic Retreats
Stunning Simplistic Retreats
The 'Warburg House' by Bioi in Alberta is Forest Surrounded
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Eco-Friendly Cedar Cabins
Eco-Friendly Cedar Cabins
The Stealth Cabin Combines Modern and Traditional Design Philosophies
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Miniature Dog Cottages
Miniature Dog Cottages
The 'Cozy Cottage Dog House' Lets Your Dog Live the American Dream
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Cliff-Hanging Cottages
Cliff-Hanging Cottages
The Greg Wright Architects ‘Las Palmeras’ Home is Mysterious
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Pentagonal Eco Abodes
Pentagonal Eco Abodes
The Oyster House Caters to the Natural Environment of the Seaside
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Upcycled Modern Housing
Upcycled Modern Housing
The Mooramie House by Tobias Partners is Comfortable and Clean
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Sustainable Lakeside Cottages
Sustainable Lakeside Cottages
The Omena House by Danny Forster Will Attain LEED Gold Status
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Curving Cumulus Cottages
Curving Cumulus Cottages
The McBride Charles Ryan Cloud House is Whimsical
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Deceptive Cottage RVs
Deceptive Cottage RVs
The Escape Cabin by Kelly Davis is a Tiny House on Wheels
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Backyard Grill Houses
Backyard Grill Houses
'Arctic Finland House' Sells Personal Scandinavian Grill Houses
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Contemporary Shingle-Clad Cabins
Contemporary Shingle-Clad Cabins
This Eco-Resort is Disguised in Roofing to Sink into its Setting
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DIY Victorian Cottages
DIY Victorian Cottages
Sandra Foster Transforms an Old Home into Something Romantic
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Contorted Architecture
Contorted Architecture
The Ellis Park House Defies That Little Foe Known as Gravity
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376-Square-Foot Eco Houses
376-Square-Foot Eco Houses
The Faberhaus Pavilion is a Diminutive Prefabricated Cottage
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Woodsy Music Studios
Woodsy Music Studios
The Log Cabin in the Netherlands is an Office in Disguise
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24-Hour Home Construction
24-Hour Home Construction
‘Cottage in a Day' Makes Fast Housing for Everyone
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Modern Montreal Homes
Modern Montreal Homes
Henri Cleinge Updates a Historic 200-Year-Old Residence
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Forest-Embracing Abodes
Forest-Embracing Abodes
Dutchess Country Residence is Made of Wood and Passable Glass
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Recycled Rustic Retreats
Recycled Rustic Retreats
The Finland Micro Cabin is a Nature Lover's Dream Space
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Rustic Sustainable Cottages
Rustic Sustainable Cottages
Portland Garden Cottages Incorporate Found Materials
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Nature-Focused Getaway Homes
Nature-Focused Getaway Homes
The Palmyra House by Studio Mumbai Architects is Green & Stylish
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Wooden Bungalow Cottages
Wooden Bungalow Cottages
'Shuswap Cabin' by Splyce Design is Located in Canada
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Deceptive Cottage-Shaped RVs
Deceptive Cottage-Shaped RVs
The ESCAPE Luxury RV Cabin is Not Your Average Mobile Vehicle
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Minimalist Micro-Cabins
Minimalist Micro-Cabins
The Nindo Micro-Cabin Makes a Great Shelter in the Woods
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Eco-Friendly Cozy Cottages
Eco-Friendly Cozy Cottages
Matali Crasset's 'Le Nichoir' is a Snug Abode Tucked Away in Nature
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