If my husband had his way, we'd be living in a tent. Probably forever. That's just the kind of life he prefers: the least amount of "stuff" separating you from nature. When we were dating, he would joke with me about living in a yurt one day. At one point I realized, he wasn't joking.
This is a yurt:
It's basically a big tent with a wooden frame. Some have stoves inside, and they aren't very large. Here's the inside of one that I really like:
Ooh, and here's a tree yurt, which is very Swiss Family Robinson. I like that:
This one makes me think of Christmas. So cozy!
Anyway, as I was saying, I realized at one point that Eric really did in fact want to live in a yurt. At first I was pretty disturbed, but after a while I warmed up to the idea. Not of actually living in the yurt, but owning one as type of "cabin-substitute". More comfortable than a tent, with a wood stove, but more exposed than a cabin. I actually really like the idea now.
We've been talking about building our own home one day, one that's more affordable. Sometimes I just feel like I've got too much stuff. I throw out clothes at least 3 or 4 times a year, and I swear when we move I'm throwing out half our stuff. Anyway, have you seen these? Eric and I found out about them a couple years ago and are big fans:
They're called Wee Houses, and talk about simplicity! I wish I could fit all my stuff in one of these! They're not as cheap as we had hoped (unless you want a really tiny place like the one above), but they're affordable...and yes, I do believe that that's an outhouse up there on the right.....