This Family Vacation House Was Designed With Entertaining In Mind

Coates Design Architects recently completed this vacation house in Tumblecreek, Washington, for a family with lots of extended relatives. It was designed with entertaining in mind but was also intended to have a low impact on the environment.

Photography by Lara Swimmer

 

Coates Design Architects recently completed this vacation house in Tumblecreek, Washington, for a family with a lot of extended relatives. It was designed with entertaining in mind but was also intended to have a low impact on the environment.

At the front of the cabin, you’re greeted by stone work leading up to the wood front door. Just inside the front door, a small contained room offers a place to leave shoes, greet guests, and makes sure that excessively cold or warm days don’t affect the main living area of the cabin.

 

At the front of this modern wood cabin you're greeted by stone work leading up to the wood front door. Just inside the front door, a small contained room offers a place to leave shoes, greet guests, and makes sure that excessively cold or warm days don't affect the main living area of the cabin.

Photography by Lara Swimmer

Once inside, large floor-to-ceiling windows fill the main living area of the cabin with lots of natural light and let you take in the views of the surrounding landscape without having to be outside.

Double height ceilings help the space feel open and airy, while the tall board formed concrete chimney provides a cozy gathering spot in the winter and acts as a main focal point in the living area.


Inside this modern wood cabin, large floor-to-ceiling windows fill the main living area of the cabin with lots of natural light and let you take in the views of the surrounding landscape without having to be outside. Double height ceilings help the space feel open and airy, while the tall board formed concrete chimney provides a cozy gathering spot in the winter and acts as a main focal point in the living area.

Photography by Lara Swimmer

In the kitchen, a large farmhouse sink and lots of work surfaces provide ample space for preparing family meals, while bar seating at the end of the island allows guests to sit and chat.


Inside this modern cabin, there's a rustic modern kitchen with a large farmhouse sink, while lots of work surfaces provide ample space for preparing family meals.

Photography by Lara Swimmer

A bright hallway, lined with windows and family photos, leads away from the main living area into the private spaces at the back of the cabin, and also leads back outside and connects to a path that runs around the exterior.


In this modern vacation home, a bright hallway, lined with windows and family photos, leads away from the main living area into the private spaces at the back of the cabin, and also leads back outside and connects to a path that runs around the exterior.

Photography by Lara Swimmer

The path starts just outside the hallway and leads back towards the front of the house. Landscaping around the path makes for a pleasant walk around the exterior and eventually leads you around the corner to a covered outdoor entertaining area.


This rustic modern cabin has a landscaped path that wraps around the house and eventually leads you to covered, outdoor entertaining area.

Photography by Lara Swimmer

The overhang of the sloped roof provides some shelter from the elements and makes it easier to enjoy the outdoor seating area regardless of what the weather is doing. And if it suddenly takes a turn for the worse, the doors leading back inside are right beside the seating area.


This modern cabin has a sloped roof that provides some shelter from the elements and makes it easier to enjoy the outdoor seating area regardless of what the weather is doing. And if it suddenly takes a turn for the worse, the doors leading back inside are right beside the seating area.

Photography by Lara Swimmer

From the back of the cabin you can clearly see the slope of the roof, a design detail that was included to allow for the use of solar panels that provide all of the energy that the cabin needs. The sloped roof also serves as protection from the extreme weather during both winter and summer months – offering shade in the summer and letting in sunlight throughout the winter.


This modern cabin has a sloped roof, a design detail that was included to allow for the use of solar panels that provide all of the energy that the cabin needs.

Photography by Lara Swimmer

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