17 great cabins & vacation homes
Design inspiration from some of the West's most creative personal getaways
Jen and Kirk Schumacher transformed their weekend house in Washington’s Methow Valley into a full-time home that married her traditionalism with his more sparse style. Seattle architect Thomas Lawrence melded their vision to create a small house on the 1-acre lot. In addition to a small footprint, the couple also wanted their home to be environmentally friendly. On-demand hot water, electric in-floor radiant heating, and ceiling fans in lieu of air-conditioning keep energy usage down.
A board-formed concrete fireplace features an efficient Morsø wood-burning stove and a handy niche for storing wood. The concrete floors were dyed to create a mottled appearance and to complement the reclaimed wood of the coffee table (fashioned from a railroad car) and the cabinets in the adjacent kitchen.
By keeping the materials simple and the layout of the 860-square-foot cabin uncomplicated, the owners succeeded in a creating a warm retreat that is also budget-friendly.
The metal wall grids neatly hide the rough-cut edges.
Still the retreat feels airy and spacious.
The appliance-free island was made from a stainless steel and butcher block workspace purchased at a restaurant-supply store, then covered on three sides with plywood.
The cozy adventure outpost—just 130 square feet plus a deck—is the perfect jumping-off point into the wilderness near Joseph, Oregon.
Ryan Lingard and Mariah Morrow built their tiny cabin for $57,000, including the land. They call it The Signal Shed.
Space-saving furniture is a smart touch that allows the room to feel larger than it really is.
Large windows line the walls, framing spectacular views.
The unbelievable remodel took three years.
Designer and champion surfer Andy Neumann used many eco-friendly and space-saving design ideas in his unique 800-square-foot retreat.
Indoor and outdoor rooms, linked by a “boardwalk,” frame gorgeous vistas of the Wenatchee National Forest from multiple angles.
Design: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle office (206/256-0862)
Design: Stephen Atkinson Architecture, Palo Alto, CA (650/321-6118)
Powered by an array of photovoltaic panels, the retreat is totally energy independent.