Taking a break from the cutting edge Solar Decathlon homes, today we have a small house from the past. The Chalford Roundhouse is one of five similar houses along the Thames and Severn Canal in Gloucestershire, England. They were built in the 1790′s to house the families of canal workers.
This rustic cabin is on San Juan Island in Washington state. Perched on a hill, it has a commanding view over the islands and waterways below. The 672 ft2 (62.4 m2) cabin was designed by architect David Vandervort. The cabin consists of two 2-storey “towers” joined by a single storey living area. The towers are reminiscent of forest fire lookout towers, with wide overhangs supported by knee braces providing shade for the wrap-around banks of windows.