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The old wooden ceiling beams in the dining room were purchased from a local Amish farmer and painted white. Warm timbers tie the home together.
The old wooden ceiling beams in the dining room were purchased from a local Amish farmer and painted white. Warm timbers tie the home together.
As the sun goes down, the small structure’s interior casts a cozy glow.
As the sun goes down, the small structure’s interior casts a cozy glow.
A closer look at the glazed wall in the sleeping area. “Kynttilä creates a kind of mental portal to a higher dimension,” says the firm. “The framed nature image turns into an individual abstraction and projection of thoughts.”
A closer look at the glazed wall in the sleeping area. “Kynttilä creates a kind of mental portal to a higher dimension,” says the firm. “The framed nature image turns into an individual abstraction and projection of thoughts.”
Overhanging eaves create covered areas on both ends of the cabin. At the back, a slender yet sturdy bench set on the structure’s raised platform provides an intimate gathering place.
Overhanging eaves create covered areas on both ends of the cabin. At the back, a slender yet sturdy bench set on the structure’s raised platform provides an intimate gathering place.
Exposed CLT lines the ceiling and walls, and floor-to-ceiling glazing frames picturesque views of the surrounding forest and nearby waterfront.
Exposed CLT lines the ceiling and walls, and floor-to-ceiling glazing frames picturesque views of the surrounding forest and nearby waterfront.
The 150-square-foot cabin is built entirely out of cross-laminated timber (CLT) elements.
The 150-square-foot cabin is built entirely out of cross-laminated timber (CLT) elements.
“The inspiration for Kynttilä was fully derived from its unique setting,” the Helsinki-based firm states. “The place chosen for Kynttilä, in the middle of a pristine forest, on a narrow arm of the peninsula, provides views over the water in both sides of the cottage.”
“The inspiration for Kynttilä was fully derived from its unique setting,” the Helsinki-based firm states. “The place chosen for Kynttilä, in the middle of a pristine forest, on a narrow arm of the peninsula, provides views over the water in both sides of the cottage.”
The headboard was built from three pieces of prefinished maple plywood that cost $80 each. “We’re obsessive about measurements because everything you transport in has to go back out if it’s not used,” says Jeff.
The headboard was built from three pieces of prefinished maple plywood that cost $80 each. “We’re obsessive about measurements because everything you transport in has to go back out if it’s not used,” says Jeff.
Below the sink, a cooler slides out on a plywood board with the help of casters. The whole kitchen was built for $1,000.
Below the sink, a cooler slides out on a plywood board with the help of casters. The whole kitchen was built for $1,000.
“We’d go to the salvage yard every weekend and painstakingly go through hundreds of windows, see one that might work, write down the measurements, run out to Jeff’s truck, and put it in the SketchUp model,” says Molly. The chair is by Christophe Pillet for Emu.
“We’d go to the salvage yard every weekend and painstakingly go through hundreds of windows, see one that might work, write down the measurements, run out to Jeff’s truck, and put it in the SketchUp model,” says Molly. The chair is by Christophe Pillet for Emu.
"The first time we flipped a switch and a light came on, Molly and I marveled. It was mind-blowing,
"The first time we flipped a switch and a light came on, Molly and I marveled. It was mind-blowing,
The couple also built an outhouse for the bathroom area.
The couple also built an outhouse for the bathroom area.
Molly and Jeff wanted their guests to have creature comforts, so early on they built an outdoor shower that’s illuminated by string lights at night.
Molly and Jeff wanted their guests to have creature comforts, so early on they built an outdoor shower that’s illuminated by string lights at night.
A sleeping area is tucked away underneath the rafters. Large windows brighten the space and provide views of the forested surroundings.
A sleeping area is tucked away underneath the rafters. Large windows brighten the space and provide views of the forested surroundings.
Jeff climbs the hand-built ladder to the sleeping loft. Both the ladder and bench in front of the sofa were made from fallen Pacific madrone trees on the property.
Jeff climbs the hand-built ladder to the sleeping loft. Both the ladder and bench in front of the sofa were made from fallen Pacific madrone trees on the property.
Large windows brighten the space, which looks out over a large deck.
Large windows brighten the space, which looks out over a large deck.

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