Winter is quickly approaching in the northern hemisphere and for some people that means the arrival of ski season. Gîte la Bartavelle is a small mountain chalet at a ski resort in the French Alps. Like the traditional alpine chalet, or Swiss chalet, this new version is constructed of wood and has the characteristic gabled roof which slopes to the sides, substantial overhangs supported by heavy brackets, and small windows protected by operable shutters.
It’s Friday and time for a bit of weekend fun. And this is a fun little project, a tiny shed-roofed retreat built to resemble a stack of logs that has been snapped in half. Consider it post-modern log cabin.
Gites Castelnaut is a recently modernized house in the tiny village of Laroque de Fa in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southwestern France. The roughly 135 m2 (1,450 ft2) cottage has a straightforward rectangular floor plan with living areas on the ground floor and bedrooms up.