Men who are second-home shopping often fall in love with the golf course first and then settle on a house. When builder Scott Edmunds partnered with DTJ Design on the concept for Trapper’s Cabins, the goal was to have things the other way around. “Scott wanted to design a house the guys would get excited about,” says architect Rick New—something that would evoke a visceral reaction best described as “growly.”

With their chinked siding, stone masonry, heavy timber columns, and reclaimed wood (pulled from old barns and trestle bridges), the cabins deliver. Landscaped with wilderness out front and manicured links in the back, the modest-sized homes are clustered around open space “camps” to evoke the feeling of old hunting settlements.

The Colter model, being the largest of three plans, feels like a luxury lodge on the inside but has the simplest elevation on the outside. “It’s 60 feet wide, so we didn’t want it to overpower the other homes,” New says. “Plus, we thought if we did too much it would start to not look like a cabin.”

CATEGORY: Production/Semicustom, 2,000 to 3,000 square feet
ENTRANT/ARCHITECT/LAND PLANNER/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: DTJ Design, Boulder, Colo.
BUILDER: CSE and Associates, Scottsdale, Ariz.
DEVELOPER: Pivotal Group, Park City, Utah
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Hillary Reed Interiors, Littleton, Colo.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Phoenix, AZ.