The Chechaquo cabin began with a simple request: a quiet retreat for two that could double as a place for entertaining friends and family. The result is an open-concept floorplan with an easy flow, laid out as a long, narrow rectangular house half-buried in the steep slope and nestled between three large fir trees. A generously overhanging roof is supported by an exposed steel and glulam structure, forming a loggia and shading extensive outdoor living spaces.

Sited at the base of Flagg Mountain, the sweeping Methow Valley and North Cascades views lie mainly to the south, presenting both opportunity and challenge. Extensive glazing on the southern façade brings in these views and much-needed winter sun, while deep overhangs to the south and east shade the upstairs bedrooms during the summer months.

The ground floor mainly consists of the contiguous kitchen/dining/living room, with high windows that let in both down- and up-slope views, providing a near panoramic sense of the grade change from within. This space extends beyond its walls, opening onto almost 900 square feet of covered outdoor patios. As outdoor living rooms, the patios provide perfect spots to lounge on sunny afternoons or gather around an outdoor fireplace on cool evenings. The secondary private spaces, including the master suite, guest quarters, and a reading nook, are all secluded upstairs. A deck off the upper level master suite offers a private outdoor area and a hot tub, supported by the higher grade behind.

A simple material palette plays a supporting role: corrugated metal and plywood panels, exposed steel and glulam structure, and glass are thoughtfully detailed and layered onto the concrete base. The unfussy program and simplified form, coupled with the extension of space outside, creates a sense of expanded ease that belies its relatively small, 1700 sf size.

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Modern home with Exterior, Shed RoofLine, Metal Siding Material, and House Building Type. Warm light emitted through the expansive windows lets the home glow warmly against the mountain and forested setting. Photo  of ChechaquoView Photos

Warm light emitted through the expansive windows lets the home glow warmly against the mountain and forested setting.

Modern home with Outdoor, Flowers, Trees, Hardscapes, Shrubs, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Front Yard, Grass, Metal Fences, Wall, Walkways, and Vertical Fences, Wall. The steel-and-glulam support system forms the covered corridor of the loggia. Photo 2 of ChechaquoView Photos

The steel-and-glulam support system forms the covered corridor of the loggia.

Modern home with Doors, Wood, Exterior, and Swing Door Type. Bright orange paint trims glass doors set in the corrugated metal siding, providing a cheerful contrast. Photo 3 of ChechaquoView Photos

Bright orange paint trims glass doors set in the corrugated metal siding, providing a cheerful contrast.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Metal Railing. Two sets of double doors merge the interior with the covered exterior.   Photo 4 of ChechaquoView Photos

Two sets of double doors merge the interior with the covered exterior.

Modern home with Kitchen, Laminate Counter, Wood Cabinet, Refrigerator, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, and Drop In Sink. An open-tread stair keeps the relatively small space from feeling cluttered or closed off from the view at the entry and kitchen. Photo 5 of ChechaquoView Photos

An open-tread stair keeps the relatively small space from feeling cluttered or closed off from the view at the entry and kitchen.

Modern home with Kitchen, Drop In Sink, Refrigerator, Range, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, Laminate Counter, and Wood Cabinet. The staircase’s open treads and slim, cable railing avoid blocking sight lines outside. A modest material palette, including a concrete floor, wood cabinetry, and charcoal laminate counters, cedes to the views. Photo 6 of ChechaquoView Photos

The staircase’s open treads and slim, cable railing avoid blocking sight lines outside. A modest material palette, including a concrete floor, wood cabinetry, and charcoal laminate counters, cedes to the views.

Modern home with Office, Study Room Type, Library Room Type, Concrete Floor, and Storage. An upstairs reading nook behind sliding doors offers quiet and solitude in the open plan. Photo 7 of ChechaquoView Photos

An upstairs reading nook behind sliding doors offers quiet and solitude in the open plan.

Modern home with Bedroom, Concrete Floor, Bed, Chair, and Ceiling Lighting. In the summer, the deep roof overhangs shade the two upstairs bedrooms, while also letting in enough sunlight to penetrate the interior in the winter. Photo 8 of ChechaquoView Photos

In the summer, the deep roof overhangs shade the two upstairs bedrooms, while also letting in enough sunlight to penetrate the interior in the winter.

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, and House Building Type. The design plan created both public and private outdoor spaces. There’s the fire pit, lounging area, and dining table accessible to the ground floor. A second-floor rear deck is propped up on the graded slope to host a secluded spot for a hot tub. Photo 9 of ChechaquoView Photos

The design plan created both public and private outdoor spaces. There’s the fire pit, lounging area, and dining table accessible to the ground floor. A second-floor rear deck is propped up on the graded slope to host a secluded spot for a hot tub.

Builder
  • Rhinehart Construction
Photographer
Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2015
  • Square Feet
  • 1700