Rustic contemporary home nestled in secluded forests of Washington

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This rustic contemporary home was designed with reclaimed trees from the surrounding area by Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architects, located in the secluded forests of Carnation, Washington. The home was constructed on a property where there was originally another log home. The design of this home was inspired by the cedar trees and peacefulness of the surrounding area. The homeowners wished to bring the natural environment into the design and details of their newly designed cabin. They requested for the home to feel like it belonged to the site, but did not wish to have a log home.

The architects goal for this project was to evoke the feeling of a rustic log cabin, yet still instill a contemporary aesthetic through floor-to-ceiling windows and clean lines. The designers integrated exposed wood beams in the dwelling’s vaulted ceilings and used natural wood trims on the windows and doors to infuse rustic charm.

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Project Team: Architects: Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture / Builder: Hamish Anderson Custom Homes / Interior Designer: Deborah Hart / Lansdcape Architect: Darwin Webb Landscaping / Structural: Voelker Engineers

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What We Love: This rustic contemporary home in the perfect marriage of rustic outdoor features and traditional log cabin living. Striking vaulted ceilings and walls of windows in the great room helps to seamlessly connect with nature, while allowing the indoors to be bathed with natural light. We are especially loving all the fine details, such as the gnarled stumps used throughout the design.

Readers, what are your thoughts on the design of this home, would this be your idea of the perfect dream house? Let us know in the comments below, we love reading your feedback!

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Highlights of this property includes three stunning stone fireplaces, with two indoors and one residing in a cozy, covered outdoor living space. Both of the fireplaces and chimneys were constructed from reclaimed stones. Earth-toned tile flooring throughout lends the home both a stately and natural aesthetic. Natural logs have been integrated into the design of this home, which you can see a perfect example of in the kitchen image above. You will also find live edge wood details throughout the interiors.

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Note: Most of the logs used as decorative and structural pieces used in the design were reclaimed from the surrounding property; in addition to branches, stone and other found objects. This helps to add to the organic undertone and overall natural beauty of this residence.

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Above: The living room features an expansive, three story glass wall, blurring the boundaries between indoors and out.

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Above: A focal point in the entryway of the home is a centuries old, colorful petrified stump. The curved space encircles the stump, which foregrounds a blue stained glass window and a dramatically up-lit ceiling.

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Above: The spiral staircase has a sculptural quality to it, with tapered posts that mimic a grove of trees.

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Above: Gnarled cedar trunks are used as pillars both inside and outside the home. This includes the twisted tree trunk that drapes elegantly over the indoor fireplace in the recreation room.

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Photos: Benjamin Benschneider

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2 years ago

What a beautiful home! I love the windows and lighting in the dining room and office area, as well as the gorgeous bathroom, and petrified stump in the entry. Definitely my style of home.