A Retired Couple's Secluded Home in the Forest

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This week our readers couldn't get enough of this striking home which features a serene entrance courtyard.

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Mid-Century Building Type, and Wood Siding Material. The Andersen Architectural Collection’s Eagle windows and doors provide the panes and passageways of the home. Photo  of A Retired Couple's Secluded Home in the ForestView Photos

On a site surrounded by evergreens in Washington state, principal Robert Hutchison and his namesake firm met his outdoorsy clients' request for a home with this two bedroom home clad in stained cedar. “To the east of the site is the White River,” Hutchison says. “When the windows and doors are open during the summertime, you hear the sound of the rushing river throughout the house.”

Modern home with Living Room, Light Hardwood Floor, Chair, and Standard Layout Fireplace. “From the courtyard, you then enter the house proper, directly into the main living room,” Hutchison says. “From this room, you have a panoramic view looking out through the trees to the river, or back into the courtyard.” The wood-burning fireplace, from Majestic, is clad in steel panels. Eames Molded Plywood lounge chairs sit side-by-side in the living room. Photo  of A Retired Couple's Secluded Home in the ForestView Photos

The home’s interior design was intentionally simple: access to light and views were a main priority. “The roof in this room slopes gradually up to the south, providing a light monitor that brings in southern light filtered through the trees, while providing a framed view of the tops of the trees beyond,” Hutchison says. The wood-burning fireplace, from Majestic, is clad in steel panels. Eames Molded Plywood lounge chairs sit side-by-side in the living room.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Back Yard. A fireplace can be used on the rear patio and in the living room, making it feel like one cohesive space. Ipe planks, the same wood that’s used in the front courtyard, cover the floor. Photo  of A Retired Couple's Secluded Home in the ForestView Photos

A fireplace can be used on the rear patio and in the living room, making it feel like one cohesive space.

Modern home with Bedroom and Bed. “They wanted to keep the house to one level so that they could retire there without worrying about stairs and access,” Hutchison says. The home features two bedrooms, and the second one is available to guests and the homeowners’ college-age son. Photo  of A Retired Couple's Secluded Home in the ForestView Photos

“The roof structure is exposed in every room of the house, which leads the eye to connect all of the rooms together, making the house seem bigger than it really is,” Hutchison says.