A farmhouse style, woodsy cabin was designed by Wade Design Architects in collaboration with Jennifer Robin Interiors, located in St. Helena, a city in Napa County, California. The home was originally designed as a guest cabin on a wine country property that has a main house on site. It was meant for guests to stay while the homeowners lived in the main residence while on vacation. As the owners spent more time on the site, they realized they preferred to live in this smaller, more efficient design.
At just 1,200 square feet, this woodsy cabin exudes a warm and welcoming aesthetic. The homeowners requested the design team to create a cabin that appears as if it came from the land. The home feels quite spacious for its size, nestled into the site while maximizing the views. The surrounding views are breathtaking, a working vineyard and mountains in the distance. To increase the feeling of spaciousness, the architect encouraged as much natural light as possible.
On the interior, an almost 24 foot vaulted ceiling adds to the feeling of spaciousness. To create harmony throughout, a simple, clean material palette was utilized. This included using reclaimed wood on the walls and ceilings to ground the space. Concrete flooring creates a clean aesthetic that is durable and low-maintanenace. Elements of steel can be seen throughout, including a stunning fireplace in the living room that plays well off the textured wood.
The main living spaces are in an open concept layout: living, dining and kitchen. A ladder takes you up to an open sleeping loft above. On the other side of the fireplace, a sliding barn door conceals a guest bathroom. The soothing color palette was inspired by the surrounding landscape. In the image below you can see how the clerestory windows runs the length of the house, illuminating the space with natural light.
What We Love: Despite the small footprint of this woodsy cabin, this wonderful retreat offers ample style and comfort with maximized light and views. The verandah surrounding the home helps to engage the homeowners with the site. Offering relaxing spaces to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature—loving the suspended daybed… Readers, what are your thoughts on this cabin, could you live here?
Note: We have featured another fabulous home tour featuring both Wade Design Architects and Jennifer Robin Interiors. Have a look here: A chic wine country renovation with emphasis on entertaining.
Above: The dining area features a built-in bench that plays double duty as a cozy reading nook.
Above: An upstairs sleeping loft features beds on casters for easy mobility. This space sleeps guests or the couples teenage kids.
Above: A suspended daybed on the verandah is a custom design that features a reclaimed wood frame with steel backs. The backing can be adjusted to soak in views of varying perspectives of the property.
Above: The exterior facade is comprised of patinated board-on-board red cedar, Douglas fir and native stone excavated from the site. Natural light is also maximized through the use of clerestory windows, at the center of the home.
Photos: Paul Dyer Photography
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