Denise Hopkins

Author's Bio

Denise Hopkins is an architect with a serious and long-term love of nature, modern design, health, food, and wine. When she’s not designing, gardening, or out exploring nature, she’s writing about the incredible power of our natural world in design. 

Designing the Perfect Private Sanctuary

We’re a country obsessed with privacy—or a lack of it. But that doesn’t mean you have to shut yourself in a bunker whenever you go on vacation.

How to Build the Ultimate Deck

You know that cabin you’ve been dreaming about building? Well, maybe you should go ahead and break ground.

Turn Your Cabin Inside Out

Massive windows, sheltered decks, and rooftop seating are all features you might expect in a house that celebrates nature. But sliding glass walls and slatted wood screens aren’t exactly standard.

Volga Dacha: Redefining Minimalism

This Volga Dacha, located in the country outside of Moscow, is one of the best examples we’ve seen of a simple, efficient four-person home.

Building the Ultimate Green Home

How do you build an energy-efficient home on an island that’s 20 miles from civilization—and electricity? Let’s just say you’ll need some creativity, and a lot of time.

The Deck House

The Janda Baik forest in Malaysia is a great place to be active, with its backpacking trails and mild climate. But it’s an even better place to be inactive, especially if you can hole up inside this...

Cabin Vardehaugen

Rocky slopes. Powerful winds. Mercurial weather. Those are some of the challenges architects face when designing a home on the wild shore of Fosen, Norway’s outer coast.

The Pierre

This retreat on San Juan Island in Washington is set in stone. Literally.

Lake Superior's Secret Shelter

Almost every feature of this Lake Superior cottage is remarkable. First, let’s talk about its location, perched atop a granite bluff overlooking the lake.

Dalene Cabin

Like the prow of a ship, the roof of this 1,290-square-foot cabin glides over the retreat’s sliding glass walls.

Lopez Island Cabin

This cabin on Lopez Island, Washington was built in homage to the area’s striking natural beauty.

Flathead Lake Cabin

On a perch overlooking Flathead Lake—one of the largest freshwater lakes in the U.S.—there’s a stunning cabin masquerading as a tree house.