Snow Country Cabin by Balance Associates

By Dan Gregory

Shed roofs, timber, and glass make for an arresting and efficient mountain cabin.

Here's an innovative and unusual mountain cabin by Seattle architect Tom Lenchek and his firm Balance Associates for a site in North Central Washington. It's a weekend getaway for Tom and his wife, who both enjoy cross country skiing. The strong shed roof profile matches the slope of the site --  the garage roof runs in the opposite direction, as the following photo shows.


The 1,400 sq. ft cabin occupies two terraces formed by concrete walls. The dramatic double-height great room on the lower level rises from a glass corner with a round Rais wood stove on its own stone platform.

The kitchen counter boomerangs around in a beckoning curve. Overlooking the great room is the stairway and balcony/hallway for the upper level where there are two bedrooms and a bath.

A few years ago Tom gave me a tour of this house (for a story in Sunset Magazine) and I felt right at home: I like the way the design celebrates its setting as a contemporary take on the snow shed. In summer the house opens to the terrace. It’s a great example of a design that is both warm and sleek, regional and modern.

Originally Published in Eye On Design

Mon Aug 26 00:00:00 PDT 2013