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The two bathrooms are sited on either end of the rectangular plan. Each have been fitted with discrete skylights for additional illumination.
The dining area and kitchen.
The elongated, rectangular form has been delicately nestled into the island's steep terrain.
Beth draws at the desk in the cabin.
Plenty of white finishes give the interiors a clean, bright look.
“We designed a column-free interior space for the entire upper floor, indoor and outdoors, to connect the spaces. This structural approach, which includes outdoor space in the span of a roof system, is unusual. The seven sliding glazed panels at the rear and corner of the house allow it to open up onto large exterior spaces,” says McLeod.
The shingled exterior will weather over time, further blurring into the forested surroundings.
Mountain-shaped wall cushions line the wall of this cloistered playroom, echoing the peaked ceiling of the apartment.
Floor-to-ceiling glass walls on both sides of the main living room allow sweeping views straight through the house.
Concrete and timber meet again on the stairs that lead to the upper level.
The internal courtyard looks into the living, dining and kitchen space of the home's ground floor.
"We hope that in time the house will make the client's lifestyle better by providing spaces that can change as they progress in life, much like how an outdoor space constantly changes with the environment," say the architects.
Entry Court
The material palette of concrete, weathered steel, and natural cedar mimics the colors and textures of the hills.
The Mono structure's single-engineered truss frame makes it capable of withstanding harsh weather—from heavy snow, to downpours, to heat. It comes in three variations.
"With both sliding doors open, the two decks connect seamlessly through the building, dramatically changing the sense of scale, space, and connection to the site."
A Nectre Bakers oven provides sharply defined contrast at the kitchen, and also supplies heat in colder temperatures. The oven is used for baking, as well as space-heating. The translucent doors on both sides open to east and west-facing decks to capture morning and evening sun.
The stunning retreat is centered around a serene swimming pool with natural stone touches.
A vertical slit has been made in the main cube to create an inner patio. The slit brings in air and light, breaking up the mass of the cube and softening the sharp geometry of the design.
Vines spill over primary-colored, glazed-brick walls, which recall Girard’s eye-popping graphics.
Set on a 7.7-acre lot, the 3,400-square-foot residence is both spacious and compact with a natural flagstone facade and black-stained cedar framing.
While Falck built most of the tiny home himself, he hired a local carpenter to build the window frame and door.
Sunken Garden
A peek inside the powder room.
On the first floor of Casa R is a woodshed and a "chiflonera." This area between the interiors and exteriors is commonly found in Chilean/Patagonian homes, as it helps to regulate the region’s extreme temperature changes.
A custom-made glass door has been integrated to maximize the natural light throughout.
A sculptural staircase elegantly brings visitors down to an additional gallery space.
For plantings, landscaper Aaron Teer helped select leafy specimens like the lion’s mane Japanese maples on the lower level.
Hide&Seek Game. Location of the windows and their size is not designer’s imagination.
In the kitchen, white lacquer millwork is complemented by white glass.
Steel was chosen for the frame of the cabin because of its fire and water resistant qualities.
The master bathroom has a bamboo screen and a Deauville tub by Victoria + Albert. A vintage enameled metal sign from the London Underground is framed by the screen and a cactus that sits atop an African stool.
The neutral color palette was carried over to the interior design, a collaborative effort between Connie Wone, the senior interior designer at Swatt Miers Architects, and Elisa Chambers of Snake River Interiors.
Durable fiber-cement HardiePlank clads the rear facade.
Rising out of the earth like a natural rock outcropping, the holiday retreat is clad in a combination of stained Western Red Cedar and stained Alaskan Yellow Cedar on the upper volume, while the lower is wrapped in stone veneer.
"The bedrooms are completely separate from one another, filled with light, and oriented towards beautiful views of the surrounding context and downtown Raleigh," note the architects.
Cor-Ten steel shutters give the Little Space more security during long periods when the occupants are traveling.
Glazed walls allow the interior living areas to be seamlessly connected to the outdoors.
Space is maximized in the kitchen thanks to the functional boxes; the fridge and additional storage are built into the bathroom volume on the left.
Working within a tight footprint due to building restrictions, the two-story main building includes most of the bedrooms and communal spaces, with guest quarters placed in a separate structure.
A spacious balcony has been added to the residence.
Expansive glazing provides continuous visual connections to the outdoors.
The kitchen is fitted with sleek metal hardware, high-gloss white cabinetry, and a spacious kitchen island that doubles as a breakfast counter.

Dwell's favorite photos of modern homes and design ideas. From midcentury gems, prefabricated units, and eye-opening renovations, to shipping container construction and custom trailers and campers, these projects display the best from Dwell Magazine and submitted by the Dwell community. Here, you'll find ideas for every room in the house, whether it be kitchen, bath, bedroom, living, or dining—and beyond.