Are you in or out? You can barely tell the difference in this modern cabin full of natural materials and expanses of glass
Thomas J. Story
For the interior, the couple had one request: Keep it “rustic, and not too precious,” says architect Eric Walter, who designed the home with architect Steve Mongillo. “Claudia and Harry wanted to be able to come up here with their wet dog and muddy boots.” So Walter and Mongillo chose honest, unfinished materials—cedar siding, ipe flooring, walnut built-ins—and crafted them into unobtrusive design details. Closets and pantry doors almost disappear into the hallways, flooring extends from the kitchen to the deck, and simple window frames seem to fall away so all that’s left is the view.
“Mornings we can sit here and stare out for hours,” says Harry. “The other day, we saw some western tanagers,” Claudia adds. “I said, ‘You make the coffee,’ and Harry said, ‘No, you make it.’ ” Neither of them could walk away.