On the Rock

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January 15, 2009
Originally published in In Its Element

Katja and Adam Thom’s cabin, on an exposed postglacial archipelago in Canada’s windswept Georgian Bay, is more than eight miles from the nearest road.

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  The winglike dips in the roofline situate and hold the house against the region’s brutal winds. As the outdoor chairs attest, lifestyles here pass easily between inside and out; a long hike and a good swim are always just steps away
    The winglike dips in the roofline situate and hold the house against the region’s brutal winds. As the outdoor chairs attest, lifestyles here pass easily between inside and out; a long hike and a good swim are always just steps away
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  The kitchen reveals the detailed precision with which the Thoms assembled their home: Exact cuts, joins, and cantilevers bring the whole house together.
    The kitchen reveals the detailed precision with which the Thoms assembled their home: Exact cuts, joins, and cantilevers bring the whole house together.
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  A view through the house shows not only how the roofline folds down across the interior, letting in air and sunlight, but also how beautiful reclaimed wood can be.
    A view through the house shows not only how the roofline folds down across the interior, letting in air and sunlight, but also how beautiful reclaimed wood can be.
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  The house is perched in the midst of an astonishing landscape. The rocky islands here were violently scraped clean by glaciers more than ten thousand years ago.
    The house is perched in the midst of an astonishing landscape. The rocky islands here were violently scraped clean by glaciers more than ten thousand years ago.
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  Angled openings in the roofline function as both windows and vents, allowing views and cross-breezes. A dining table completes the nearly all-wood room.
    Angled openings in the roofline function as both windows and vents, allowing views and cross-breezes. A dining table completes the nearly all-wood room.
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