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Changing the Point

When Byron and Sue Henry began spending more time at their cozy lake cabin, they realized the existing layout no longer suited them or their two sons with growing families. So in late 2008, the Vancouver, Washington–based couple called Portland architect Michael Flowers and design partner Judson Moore of farm research and design to take charge of the remodel and expansion of their second home. Located on a secluded, half-acre hillside property overlooking Hayden Lake in Northern Idaho, the modern, 1,250-square-foot Henry Point cabin now boasts a fully-updated interior as well as an 830-square-foot loft addition that conveys a dichotomy of bright, alterable transitional spaces that engage the surrounding environment. The two, new independent living areas create a more comfortable multi-family experience.

With the aid of Byron's continuous input, Flowers and Moore were able to dramatically brighten the cabin's interior as well as enhance the relationship between the cabin and lake. "Byron was integral in the process from concept through building," Flowers says. "He allowed Jud and I the freedom to really get at what the place was about and find a balance between the existing and new while really anchoring the entire project back into the landscape. We really wanted everything to fit and feel together." The striking connection between house and land is accentuated by the fir, concrete, steel, and basalt used in the project, all of which were either locally produced or native to the area. In addition to being durable and low maintenance, these materials help mediate the wide variation in seasonal conditions at the lake edge. The result is a bright, adaptive cabin fit for Byron, Sue, and generations to come.

This is the reading room in the new addition; The T&G wood wall and ceiling finish are made from a reclaimed grain silo in eastern Washington built in the early 1900s.

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