May 10th, 2018
Wander into an old cabin and you’re awash in nostalgia. These spare, storybook-like dwellings reflect the pioneer spirit since their efficient construction relied on nearby logs and stone, and resourcefulness.
Insulated wood walls and fireplaces keep these homey hideaways warm, while their natural beauty and hewn craftsmanship invite people to succumb to kick-your-feet-up casualness.
Now, take that rustic form, and all the emotions tied to it, and move it forward to imagine a cabin that settles into the land just as comfortably as those in the past, yet opens to the landscape.
Rick Berry of Scott Edwards Architecture has designed a cedar-and-glass modern dwelling that’s not your great grandfather’s shelter in the forest, but still contains some of its DNA. Called Brightwood Cabin, it rests on a steep slope in the Cascade range below Mount Hood.
The home is remote and that was the plan for owners who wanted a scenic escape. From the air, the gunmetal-capped cabin is seen as a neat rectangle among an explosion of treetops.
The only buildable area on the 20-acre site in Brightwood required a return to the past: The long, narrow 2,322-square-foot house lies at the end of an abandoned logging road.
The constraints of the difficult site drove much of the design, says Berry.
A 150-foot-long concrete retaining wall, anchored into the slope, establishes the linear layout. From there, steel, wood and glass define the house.
From the driveway, ascend wide concrete steps to enter the transparent door, or walk around to the front patio, past a fire pit and seemingly endless transparent walls, and through one of several sliding glass doors.
The living and library areas are dramatically divided by a two-way fireplace with board shapes incorporated into its concrete face. A wood-clad ceiling and glulam beams run the length of the single-level house, through the kitchen and dining areas to three bedrooms.
Despite snow-pounding winters, the outdoor space can be enjoyed year round. The uplifting shed-style roof shoots past exterior walls to cover the patio. Around the corner, the patio continues and outside the master suite, there’s a private hot tub.
The wide overhangs minimize the sun’s rays from entering the house in the summer but allow the winter sun to heat the concrete radiant floor inside, says Berry.
The old logging road and its existing cut bank not only supplied a buildable spot on the steep hill and guided the cabin’s width and length, but the location offers views to the south and the mountains beyond, says Berry.
The home’s function and appearance were inspired by Pacific Northwest architecture’s use of natural materials, midcentury modern’s post-and-beam construction and the refined simplicity of buildings in Asia, says Berry, who spent six months designing the cabin, followed by a year of construction.
The handsome home had its challenges. The isolated location was one, so was the terrain. Berry recalls the logistics of getting heavy machinery up the steep incline and attributes the successful building as Joe Petrina and Petrina Construction working “their magic.”
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Title: Cedar-and-glass Brightwood Cabin opens to nature
Posted By: Oregonlive, The Oregonian
Author: Janet Eastman
Date: April 27, 2018
Link: Original Article