Houzz Tour: Log Cabin on Puget Sound Has More Room to Spare

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This log cabin on Washington’s Camano Island, with stunning views of Utsalady Bay, was built in the 1940s and has been in the same family ever since. When the current owners (he’s the grandson of the original owner and builder) found themselves growing short on space, they called on architect Dan Nelson to design a two-story addition. The new wing adds a wheelchair-accessible master bathroom and a guest bedroom with an attached deck. Nelson’s sensitive use of materials and his attention to historical detail helped retain the cabin’s original ambience and charm.

Utsalady Bay Log Cabin Addition, Camano Island WA

Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple with their first grandchild on the way
Size: About 2,000 square feet (186 square meters); the addition is 550 square feet (51 square meters).
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Designer: Dan Nelson of Designs Northwest Architects

The log cabin faces north and sits next to the beach on Utsalady Bay in Puget Sound. The two-story addition, set back and to the left of the original structure, has a master bathroom on the first floor and a guest bedroom with a deck overlooking the water on the second floor.

Utsalady Bay Log Cabin Addition, Camano Island WA

The living room in the original part of the cabin features a stone wall of granite from a local quarry. The quarry has since closed, but the clients received permission from the owners to retrieve enough granite to use in the addition, resulting in a perfect match. To the left of the fireplace, an arched doorway cut into the granite wall leads to the master bedroom. The door to the left of the arched door goes to the newly constructed master bathroom. The stairs lead to the original sleeping loft and to the newly constructed guest bedroom beyond.

The existing master bedroom features original pine walls. The green-painted sliding door was added to bring a hint of color to the log-and-stone cabin. The antique quilt on the bed is a family heirloom.

Related: Cozy Up in Your Cabin With a Quilt

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The master bathroom’s custom blue vanity brings color to the cabin’s rustic, earthy aesthetic. The vanity features a 36-inch Brockway cast-iron sink from Kohler. The floor is porcelain tile with a wood-grain pattern that matches the cabin’s “organic nature,” Nelson says. The French doors lead to the patio and views of the bay.

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The wheelchair-accessible shower features Sant’Augustino tile, selected for durability, on the walls. The shower has a pebble-patterned tile floor and frameless tempered-glass door.

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In the master suite’s toilet room, to the left of the French doors, Nelson installed a porthole that the homeowners found at a nautical salvage shop. The wall of split logs was originally part of the home’s exterior.

Utsalady Bay Log Cabin Addition, Camano Island WA

The master bath’s French doors lead outside to an exterior brick patio. Nelson added rusted corrugated metal to diversify the exterior materials of the cabin while still fitting with the original building’s aged character. “It adds a bit of modernity but respects the rusticity of the original exterior,” Nelson says.

Related: How to Incorporate the Charm of a Rustic Cabin in Your Home

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For the addition’s exterior, Nelson used split logs stained the same color as the original log cabin. Two structural beams on the second level were left unstained “to emphasize their role” and add another aesthetic element, Nelson says.

 

Utsalady Bay Log Cabin Addition, Camano Island WA

The newly constructed upstairs guest bedroom includes large French doors that open to a new deck. The wall of split logs was once an exterior wall; the cutout was a former window that now looks into the original sleeping loft. The flooring in the guest bedroom is fir.

Utsalady Bay Log Cabin Addition, Camano Island WA

The wood-framed, cantilevered deck has a railing of steel and cables. The overhang provides protection from the sun and rain so that the deck can be used most of the year.

Utsalady Bay Log Cabin Addition, Camano Island WA

The clients are the third generation to live in the cabin and can now host multigenerational gatherings in the family home, just in time for their first grandchild.

Utsalady Bay Log Cabin Addition

Mazama Mountain Cabin Makes a Cozy, Stylish Retreat: A Home Tour

Mazama Mountain Cabin Makes a Cozy, Stylish Retreat: A Home Tour

In Washington’s North Cascades, a wood-paneled vacation home provides access to views and outdoor activities
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This house nestled in the North Cascades mountains in Mazama, Washington, reflects the rugged landscape around it while also possessing a modern, airy and stylish vibe. The remote vacation house is owned by a Seattle couple who were instinctively drawn to the beautiful setting of pine forests, crystal clear rivers and diverse topography, and where they spend their free time skiing, rock climbing and hiking. 

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Walkways lined with concrete and bluestone surround the back deck. An outdoor fire pit and teak chairs from a friend create a timeless setting for entertaining.
 
Metal fire pit: custom made by Alpine Welding and Equipment
 

Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple who live full time in Seattle and work for Boeing
Location: Mazama, Washington
Size: 1,370 square feet (127 square meters); two bedrooms, two bathrooms

After finding a 1-acre plot with killer views, the couple collaborated with Mary Johnston of Johnston Architects to build a second home that would be cozy and easy to maintain. “All of the finishes used add to the rich simplicity of the home,” Johnston says. Although the site was challenging, Johnston and her team were able to incorporate the location’s spectacular views into the planning of the 1,370-square-foot residence, which has an open-plan living area, two bedrooms and ski-in, ski-out access.

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The unpretentiousness of the foursquare house begins with its exterior. The cedar siding and bluestone and concrete walkways also are durable and low-maintenance materials. Since most of their time is spent engaging in the outdoors, the couple felt it was important to have designated areas for storing sporting equipment. A long bench provides a spot for removing skis and boots. A contemporary glass door contrasts nicely with the adjacent metal grating, which offers a surface on which to lean skis and bikes while providing some lightness and texture.

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The clean look and rustic design continue past the front door and concrete floors of the entry, providing an unobstructed view to the back of the house. Pine-paneled ceilings flow throughout the house. At the far end of the hall, a custom sliding barn door leads to a gear room where the couple store sporting equipment and can sharpen their skis. The other oversized doors lead to a closet.

Paint throughout: Camouflage, Benjamin Moore

The warm wood tones are punctuated by blackened-steel pendants on the entry hallway ceiling.

Pendants: Caravaggio

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A dining room table and chairs sit between the kitchen and great room. The shelving was custom made to display accessories such as teapots, photographs and books. The couple wanted to have some fun with their other lighting choices, so instead of selecting traditional recessed lighting, they opted for black outdoor sconces that are typically used for signage lighting.

Lighting: B-K Lighting; dining room table and chairs: Room & Board

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In the sitting area of the great room, a sliding barn door hides a flat-screen TV and video equipment. A built-in bench runs the width of the room, inviting guests to curl up with a book or take in the fabulous mountain views. It is also long and deep enough to convert into a bed for two children.

Bench cushion and pillows: custom made by Manning & Son Upholstery, Seattle

Related: Cleaning Tips for Leather Furniture 

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Brown leather chairs and a sofa provide ample seating for gazing at the landscape through rows of expansive windows. A wood-burning stove brings a collected feel to the home and keeps it cozy and warm when temperatures plunge. “The homeowners spend very little time inside, but they wanted to make sure that it was very comfortable when they did,” Johnston says.

Sofa, chairs and tables: Room & Board; stove: Rais

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Sliding glass doors open the great room to the back deck.

Deck: ipe wood

Related: Why You Should Install a Sliding Barn Door in Your Home 

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The couple kept the master bedroom clean and sparsely decorated with only a bed and two end tables. Adding a bit of drama, the fir wood paneling was continued from the wall onto the ceiling.

Bed and end tables: Room & Board

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Mesh fencing on the master bedroom balcony keeps the space from appearing too dark.