A low-impact cabin in Washington’s Methow Valley capitalizes on its woodsy surroundings.
A major consideration with this project was how to transition from the garage to the cabin entry. The answer was to connect yet separate the two structures with a covered bridge, which breaks up the overall mass and allows for a few moments to take in the landscape before going inside. Protection from the yearly Methow Valley forest fires was also important, hence the zinc cladding—unusual in the area. Of course, in so beautiful a natural setting, the indoor-outdoor connection was key. The kitchen, nestled into the hillside against the exposed concrete retaining wall, enjoys views through the dining room’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the meadow below. Adjacent to the dining room, the living room opens to the outdoors with a slide-away corner door joining the house with a sheltered outdoor living space and a fire pit beyond.
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see more photos of this beautiful home in the gallery below
winter aerial perspective - southwest view
perspective of the dining and living room
concrete retaining wall creating the back edge for the kitchen and covered patio; this image shows the seamless counter top relationship between inside and outside.
entrance via the back bridge - immediately accessing a mud room with a shower to facilitate clean up.
screen detail @ entry, it features the topographical characteristics of the surrounding area (material: CNC wood slats)