Huts are extremely practical, low cost shelters. While almost the same as a cabin, huts tend to be smaller and simpler. Huts are used for skiing, camping, lodging along trails and in wilderness areas (see Appalachian Trail Shelters), emergencies, housing for the poor or as shelter while a more permanent home is being built. Although many times huts are temporary, they can be designed and built to last many years.
“A hut is a temporary shelter built with materials found nearby. It is generally built manually in a natural environment with local materials: branches, leaves, logs, bushes, etc. Less commonly, it can also be made of materials such as metal (iron), cloth or plastic (sheeting), and be located in an unnatural area such as a backyard or on the water (stilts). The hut can be used as a place to live or just as a storing place. It can also be a shelter and a camouflage for hunting, fishing or simple observation of wildlife. Besides, building a small hut, at home or in a forest is a playful and cooperative activity for children. The hut is essential where self-construction is needed, in areas where vehicles cannot access. But beyond self-construction, the hut is an eco-construction which can be an ecological lifestyle, primitivist (denigration of industrial technologies), or simply unconventional choice (natural materials).”