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. 

A Beautiful Tent You Can't Pitch

While you might not notice it immediately, this family’s private summer cabin was designed to mimic a series of tents.

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.

Build the Ultimate Deck

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

Turn a Cottage 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.

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.

How to Build the Perfect Deck

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...

How to Build the Perfect Seaside Retreat

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.

A Cabin Set in Stone

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

Base Camp on the Shores of Lake Superior

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.

Cast Off in This Norwegian Cabin

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

Montana's Lakeside Tree House

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.