Hillside Residence

480 SF Remodel + 1210 SF Addition

Convert a weekend getaway into a permanent homestead. Preserve and incorporate an existing one-room cabin into a home that combines a cozy sense of shelter with transparency and expansive views.

The placement, scale, geometry, and design of the residence were informed by the topography, views, solar exposure, trees, and structures existing on site. Two discrete wings were developed, comprising the guest wing (the repurposed cabin) and the main living wing. Splayed to follow the site’s contours and capture panoramic views, the two volumes are hinged at the entry hall. This central link opens directly into each wing, and spills onto two covered patios.

The great room’s lower roof lifts North towards the forested slope above, bringing consistent Northern daylight, while supporting a solar panel array and sheltering expansive, south-facing patios. The dining room’s stout timber-framed ceiling supports the second-floor master suite. Echoing the original cabin’s orientation, the upper roof tilts to the South, reaching up to the sun’s path and to distant views of the Cascades.

A tower element extending North from the great room form encloses the light-filled stairway, a mudroom, and utility areas on the first floor, and the master bath on the second floor.

Photos by Bronson Studios

Wrapped in a double-insulated wall, the home is conditioned with a super-efficient heat pump split system. Abundant daylight is provided via windows, doors, clerestories and skylights. The south-facing roof carries a solar PV array, and deep overhangs reduce summer heat gain.

Structural Engineer
Woodchuck Engineering

General Contractor
Six Degrees Construction

Soil/Geotech Engineer
K & A Engineering