10 Beautiful and Inspiring Winter Homes

Photo by Isidoor van Esch and Rein Janssen

Winter is just around the corner and unfortunately for most people that’ll mean early mornings shoveling snow and late nights hugging the electric heater. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

At Josh, we believe that your home is only as good as its design and truth is most residential homes aren’t built to withstand the winter elements. So with the holidays quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to rally up your kids, family, and friends to spend some of the coldest days of the year in a cozy, modern cabin designed and built to withstand and help you survive the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall.

Before you begin your search and choose your winter escape, we’ve compiled 10 beautifully-designed winter homes to provide you with some inspiration and guidance.

  1. Nelson Cabin by CAST Architecture

Located in Wintrop, Washington, this home is perfect for a family retreat. Super-insulated walls and ceilings, energy-efficient windows, and an efficient radiant heating system minimize energy consumption — even in snowy winters. Click here to learn more.

2. Hide-Away in Quebec by _naturehumaine

The snowy forests of Easter Quebec makes it an ideal site for a winter fortress. The intention for this project was to create a secluded place for employees to recuperate from intensive, exhausting projects. Moreover, its geometric silhouette modernizes and echos the classic typology of the region’s gable roof barns. Click here to learn more.

3. Le Nook by MU Architecture

The Le Nook Residence is an all-white retreat that seamlessly integrates and blends itself with its snowy environment. The house presents itself to passersby as a blank monolith; yet around the corner, it opens onto a lake through expansive windows and an interior balcony. Click here to learn more.

4. Pasture Project by Imbue Design

This residence is built in the shadows of Mount Olympus in Holladay, Utah. In addition to a focus on using minimal energy, the home’s living space is situated with a north/south orientation to aid in winter heat gain and summer protection. Click here to learn more.

5. New Jersey A-Frame Holiday Retreat

A husband-and-wife duo transformed this classic 1960s A-frame cabin in New Jersey into a Scandinavian-inspired holiday retreat in the woods. This home is perfect for a quick weekend escape from the city. Click here to learn more.

6. Mylla Hytte by Mork Ulnes Architects

This compact, pinwheel-shaped, pine-clad cabin residence is located on a hilltop side in the north of Oslo with four wings that looking out to their own unique view of the incredible landscape. Moreover, the home is designed to respond to heavy snow shed and also meet spatial and aesthetic wished. Click here to learn more.

7. Delta Shelter by Olson Kundig Architects

Built in 2005, this winter cabin is a compact, easy-to-maintain space. Delta Shelter is virtually indestructible with steel shutters rolling over the glass windows, so it can be sealed off from the elements when not in use. In addition, the steel exterior makes it fire-resistant, while its steel-beam legs protect from flooding. Click here to learn more.

8. Vindheim Cabin by Vardehaugen Architects

This is an off-grid cabin is located deep in the alpine landscape in Norway. The cabin is small and sparse but yet spatially rich, featuring a large living room, bedroom, ski room, and more. Click here to learn more.

9. The Kicking Horse Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

This weekend gathering place is situated in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Golden, British Columbia. Originally designed for family weekend getaways during the winter, this residence has been the center of activity for families year round to embrace the outdoors. While the home provides a strong connection to its mountain settings, it still maintains great privacy from nearby homes. Click here to learn more.

10. Oisterwijk Brouwhuis by Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten

The finished structure of this residence resembles an elongated barn in the forests of Oisterwijk. The pitched roof allows for a window wall alongside the entire face of one end of the home. The Oisterwijk Brouwhuis also features a black-stained wood for its exterior that matches the wooded forest around it but contrasts with the snow. Click here to learn more.

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