A small cabin home that lives big
How to live well in 1,200 square feet: ideas from a jewel-like cabin inspired by its setting
Ray and Mary Johnston of Johnston Architects (206-523-6150) designed the 1,200-square-foot cabin for their family of 4.
Every part of it is oriented toward the floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the mountain view of Washington's Methow Valley and the Cascade Sawtooth Mountains.
See how the Johnstons got the most from their square footage.
The Johnstons think of the veranda as another room. "The concrete steps off the veranda extend the house further," Mary explains.
"And in the summer, people sit on the granite rocks below."
One of the couple's favorite things is the appliance-free island they made from a stainless steel and butcher block workspace they bought at a restaurant-supply store and covered on three sides with plywood.
"It was incredibly inexpensive, and it's become one of the central gathering spots in the house," she says.
In other words, no extra rooms and no wasted space.
The inviting alcove is both a convenient throughway and another place to hang out.
"We were a little experimental," Ray says. Unless there's company, the doors are left open to the view.
The sleeping loft above the living room creates more spaciousness.
Design Johnston Architects, Seattle (206/523-6150)