What could you build with a 14' x 16' space and $11,000? Chances are it wouldn't be half as impressive as this forest home built by Oregon kayak instructor Brian Schulz. The two-story cabin takes inspiration from traditional Japanese architecture, but it is all American and all sustainable as well.
Impressively, it only took him a year to finish the home, although he claims it will never truly be complete. Right now he still intends to add a stone-weighted shingled porch roof, bamboo plantings, an outside lantern, a tori arch, shoji for the windows and more.
As it stands right now, the structure makes great use of oversized beams, visible wood and minimal decoration, which Schulz believes helps to encourage a natural sense of calm. Additionally, he made no effort to hide fascinors such as screws and bolts in an attempt to keep the building "architecturally honest."
From the outside, the building compliments the forested setting, providing a natural home that doesn't detract from the beauty of the woods.
If you like what you see, you can stay in the Japanese House, which is on Schulz's Cape Falcon Kayak property, but be warned, you might have to sign up for a kayak class first.