Into the Woods

By Diana Budds / Published by Dwell
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The efficiency and aesthetics of prefab proved appealing to the owner of this Dwell Home, built on a rugged island off Canada’s western coast.

When Johnny Bellas set out to construct his dream home on British Columbia’s Gambier Island, he knew that building prefab would clear the logistic hurdles his plot of land posed. The qualities that made it desirable—a steep slope draped in trees overlooking a waterfront panorama of Howe Sound—are also a builder’s nightmare. However, Bellas was confident that Lindal’s TD3 2490 model, part of the Dwell Homes Collection, would rise to the challenge. He fell in love with its mid-century sensibilities, great room with soaring 18-foot-high ceilings, ample natural light, and rustic facade that blends in with its surroundings. With the help of local firm My House Design/Build/Team, Bellas customized the interior finishes and furnished it with reissues of design classics.

Photo by Patrick Barta

Photo by Patrick Barta


Project: Gambier Island House

Architect: Turkel Design

Interior Design and Construction:

My House Design/Build/Team,

Building Package: Lindal Cedar Homes

Project: Gambier Island House

Diana Budds


A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis. Before rising to Senior Editor at Dwell—where she helped craft product coverage, features, and more—Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, gets excited about any travel involving trains, and her favorite magazine section is Rewind. Learn more about Diana at:

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