Whether you're building in the mountains or near the water by the lake or ocean, a cabin feels perfectly relaxed and simple. Of course, cabins come in all sizes and a variety of styles, from classic log cabins to A-frame designs with steeply pitched roofs (the better for shedding snow) to cozy chalets that look plucked straight from the Alps. Either way, the priority is on relaxation and comfort. That means a fireplace to warm up next to on chilly nights, big windows for capturing the view, and (often) an open floor plan that encourages everyone to hang out together. Some of the homes in this collection feature classic log cabin exteriors.