Cabin envy is real with this gorgeous Back Country house in New Zealand’s Puhoi bush. Designed by David Maurice of LTD Architectural, this timber-clad holiday home combines backcountry tradition with beautiful contemporary design. The environmentally sensitive cabin was built with locally sourced materials and makes use of passive heating and ventilation.



Back Country House by LTD Architectural, Back Country House by David Maurice. David Maurice by LTD Architectural, locally sourced materials cabin, bandsawn macrocarpa, macrocarpa cabin, timber and iron cabin, passive heating and ventilation cabin,

Back Country House by LTD Architectural, Back Country House by David Maurice. David Maurice by LTD Architectural, locally sourced materials cabin, bandsawn macrocarpa, macrocarpa cabin, timber and iron cabin, passive heating and ventilation cabin,

Inspired by New Zealand’s backcountry typology, the Back Country house boasts a simple and clean silhouette comprising a single volume for the communal activities and a lean-to annex for the lower floor sleeping and service areas. The main volume embraces indoor-outdoor living and is open fully on two sides to a large wraparound deck. The deck feels like an outdoor room with its large fireplace and twin built-in bathtubs.

Back Country House by LTD Architectural, Back Country House by David Maurice. David Maurice by LTD Architectural, locally sourced materials cabin, bandsawn macrocarpa, macrocarpa cabin, timber and iron cabin, passive heating and ventilation cabin,

Back Country House by LTD Architectural, Back Country House by David Maurice. David Maurice by LTD Architectural, locally sourced materials cabin, bandsawn macrocarpa, macrocarpa cabin, timber and iron cabin, passive heating and ventilation cabin,

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Locally sourced bandsawn macrocarpa is used inside and out to reinforce the cabin’s connection to the outdoors, while galvanized corrugated iron strengthens the hut aesthetic. Natural light floods the open-plan living room, dining, area, and kitchen, as well as the mezzanine master suite. To add interest to the mostly white and timber palette, bright and colorful furniture punctuate the spaces. Passive heating and ventilation as well as high performance insulation keep the Back Country house’s environmental impact low.

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Back Country House by LTD Architectural, Back Country House by David Maurice. David Maurice by LTD Architectural, locally sourced materials cabin, bandsawn macrocarpa, macrocarpa cabin, timber and iron cabin, passive heating and ventilation cabin,

Back Country House by LTD Architectural, Back Country House by David Maurice. David Maurice by LTD Architectural, locally sourced materials cabin, bandsawn macrocarpa, macrocarpa cabin, timber and iron cabin, passive heating and ventilation cabin,

Back Country House by LTD Architectural, Back Country House by David Maurice. David Maurice by LTD Architectural, locally sourced materials cabin, bandsawn macrocarpa, macrocarpa cabin, timber and iron cabin, passive heating and ventilation cabin,

Back Country House by LTD Architectural, Back Country House by David Maurice. David Maurice by LTD Architectural, locally sourced materials cabin, bandsawn macrocarpa, macrocarpa cabin, timber and iron cabin, passive heating and ventilation cabin,