A Little House in the Big Woods
A roof-wide skylight brings light and drama to a small house inspired by a Pacific Northwest Indian village
Designer/builder Victoria Holland’s Native American-inspired longhouse was more than 15 years in the making. For a decade, she lived on her property in a small cabin—once her childhood playhouse—while she built homes for others. Building her own home, a longhouse with peeled-log framing and a metal roof with a 5-ft.-wide skylight cutting through it, was a five-year-long process. The interior is a clean mix of glass, concrete, and hemlock. A zen bathhouse located a few steps from the main house includes a radiant-slate floor, Japanese-style shoji screens, and a compact laundry.