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It’s that time of year. You’re probably starting to think a vacation somewhere warm sounds pretty good right about now. Well, we hear you. That’s why we want to share these incredibly beautiful photographs, to send you on a virtual vacation to the magical mists of Kauai, where photographer Jess Bianchi documented the construction of The Kauai Cottage, an off-the-grid Hawaiian hideaway.

Built and designed by San Francisco artist and surfer Jay Nelson, the philosophy behind the project was to encourage residents of the cabin to “live simply and small and only use what you need,” according to Jess. “In a time of excess when everyone seems to be building bigger and higher, we wanted to experiment with a simpler kind of living.” And at only 200 square feet, it is certainly less living space than most people are used to. But the detail and care that went into crafting the reclaimed redwood structure is evident in every inch, and the natural beauty surrounding the structure is truly inspiring. Plus there’s no TV to distract or take you out of the moment, and you can pick fruit right off the front porch! Isn’t that pretty much the definition of paradise?

If this sounds like a place you need to visit for real, and not just look at on the internet, we have good news: the owners are currently discussing the possibility of opening the cottage to the public in the near future, and have plans to add solar panels, a garden, and possibly build another structure on the property. Until then, take a look at the photos below and drift away on an imagination vacation. Aloha!

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Source: Jess Bianchi

While dreaming of summer getaways, we found this amazing treehouse in Whistler, British Columbia, on Dwell.

Engineer-turned-builder Joel Allen built this 200-square-foot treehouse over the course of four summers using items he sourced through Craigslist. He calls it The Hemloft. (More images and details about the construction here.)

The total price tag for for this extraordinary hideout? $10,000.

Images: © Joel Allen via Dwell

 

When her friend began purchasing and renovating large homes, photographer Heather Weston found herself bemoaning the tiny 450-square-foot apartment that she shares with her husband, daughter, and their cats in New York City. So she channeled what could have been negative energy into a creative pursuit.

Heather spent the next 52 weeks photographing families in New York City and Washington, D.C., documenting the different ways that we occupy the spaces that we call home. (You can see more of the series on her blog.)

The perfect antidote to keeping up with the Joneses.

Images: © Heather Watson

Source: Huffington Post