The Greatest Collection of Cabin Inspiration Ever Assembled

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Photo: Ethan Welty
It’s no secret what you’re getting into when you run across Cabin Porn on the bookshelf: unadulterated, glorious cabins. Released this fall, the book began as a scrapbook for a group of friends who were saving photos for inspiration on their own project in Upstate New York and posting them online to the now very popular tumblr page. One of those friends happens to be Zach Klein, who co-founded Vimeo. The printed book is a deeper dive on some of Klein’s favorite setups from around the world plus some valuable service and profiles including chapters titled “How to Craft an Off-Grid Bunkhouse” and “How to Live Underground.” Here, a look at some of our favorite digs in the 336-page cabin bible.

Photo: Three Fingers Mountain Lookout, Boulder River Wilderness, Washington.
Photo: Brice Portolano
Zelenkovac, Bosnia: A magical cabin converted from a water mill. A Serbian painter built several wooden cabins along this river in the village, transforming the mills that belonged to his father.
Photo: Noah Kalina
Wonder Valley, California: Lisa Sitko and Douglas Armour’s bungalow, which they purchased and began renovating in 2006. One essential design element: from the bedroom on the left, the couple has an unobstructed view of the sunrise.
Photo: Sebastian Heise
Oberwiesenthal, Germany: A private home in the countryside.
Photo: Noah Kalina
Pine Valley, California: Built by hand in the Ventana wilderness, the lumber was cut and milled on site and all of the tools were packed in, hand carried, or carted by wheelbarrow.
Photo: Anka Lamprecht and Lukas Wezel
Grotli, Norway: An archival image featured in the backcountry section of the book.
Photo: Noah Kalina
Joseph, Oregon: One of two underground structures on the Pacific Northwest property. Each hut is dug out from the hillside and supported by wood beams.
Photo: Marieke Kijk in de Vegte
Ten Boer, Netherlands: A simple holiday house and escape.
Photo: Noah Kalina
Keene, New York: The first, and smaller, of two hand-built yurts on the family-owned property. This yurt was built back in 1976 by the parents, which inspired the two sons to build a larger one to house their families decades later.
Photo: Jaime Diaz
Tintaldra, Australia: A prefabricated and customizable structure with solar panels, as well as septic and rainwater tanks.
Photo: Noah Kalina
Scottsdale, Arizona: This small desert shelter was designed by Dave Frazee who was an architecture student at Taliesin West founded by Frank Lloyd Wright. The school owns a 500-acre swath of desert land in Arizona where students are encouraged to build their own structures or even modify ones from decades past.
Photo: Noah Kalina
Deer Isle, Maine: This cabin sits on a 17-acre property on an island only reachable by boat. The builders imitated the gabled dormers and overhanging second story of colonial American architecture.
Photo: Noah Kalina
Sandpoint, Idaho: Ethan Schlussler’s pad features a bike-powered, elevator pulley system if you aren’t interested in taking the ladder.
Photo: Haukur Sigurdsson
Kulusuk, East Greenland: One final archive image from the Cabin Porn library. The tumblr page now has more than 350,000 followers.