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It’s a simple idea really. If you can afford less cabin than you ultimately want, build the bones with the hope to one day grow into the place. Also, if you’re a deer hunter, built a huge veranda to store messy gear and to offer shelter while butchering. So that’s what this Norwegian couple did.

Designed by architecture firm Rever & Drage, this cabin, located in Øksendal, Norway, is two-thirds cabin, one-third empty, covered space for when the couple can afford to fill out the entire roofline. The wife hunts as part of her job and she wanted a big open space. The husband wanted a homey rural cabin. They have both. For now, the space looks hypermodern, but as the couple eventually fills in the empty spaces, it may resemble a traditional farmhouse.

The main house is roughly 50 square meters; the open air extension has twice the footprint.

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By building the entire roof at first, it will be far easier to add rooms and walls in the future. But in the meantime, wow, look at all that space. The angular supports frame the mountains surrounding the home so beautifully it would almost be a shame to eventually fill the space in completely.

Photos by Rever & Drage

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