Collection by Kelly Dawson

This Retreat in the Cascades is a Bold Take on the Modern Cabin


An unorthodox design is a comfortable escape from city life.

When the owners of this home first broke ground in 2009, they envisioned a place to retreat into the wild. The land is tucked away in Marblemount, Washington, about a two-hour drive from Seattle, and overlooks a lush canopy that stretches to the Cascade Mountains. For years, nothing obstructed the view but a frame that one owner, a cabinetmaker, had built with others. But eventually, in 2014, architect David Coleman completed the long-awaited property. “I wanted to claim a small piece of the wild site, rather than create a sprawling complex,” he said. His namesake architecture firm created a joint 890-square-foot cabin and 1,000-square-foot studio where an abundance of windows and a series of open spaces maximize the natural setting.

“I wanted the buildings to be crisp, bold, and clean,” Coleman said.
The jagged edges of the roof are meant to resemble the surrounding peaks of the Cascades.
A polycarbonate wall by Lexan Thermoclick colors the west side of the studio.
“I wanted to create ‘defensible’ outdoor rooms that flowed in and around the buildings,” Coleman said.
The cabin and studio each have one bathroom and one bedroom, and the entirety of the property has geothermal heat and...
Every room in the home has views to the outdoors, including the loft. Glass walls box in Womb Chairs by Modern Classics.
The living room features a “Focus One” couch by Kasala, which sits across from Arper and Catifa 46 dining room chairs...
The 1,000-square-foot studio includes a wood shop and music room.
“I wanted the bathtub and shower to be at the foot of the terrace, so one could look out and feel the connection to the...
Windows by Milgard allow for views of the terrace below the cabin’s bedroom and the expanse of trees beyond.