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Striking net-zero cabin provides a cozy respite in the Cascade Mountains

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Coates Design Seattle Architects is responsible for the design of this net-zero cabin getaway set in the lovely Suncadia Resort in Washington State’s Cascade Mountains. The resort, located on the sunny side of the Cascades, hosts an intimate community that enjoys a rich and diverse collection of amenities.

Set just across from, but with easy access to everything at Suncadia Resort, members of this community enjoy their own exclusive 2,600-acre haven with a Tom Doak golf course rated among the best in the country, trails, parks extensive social programming and a grand clubhouse breaking ground soon.

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The house blends sustainable modern architecture with reclaimed rustic materials. Extreme weather conditions challenged the design team to create a comfortable environment without the use of traditional energy consumptive cooling and heating systems. The team sited the building to take advantage of passive solar strategies and created a large sloped roof to support a 10 kWh PV Solar Panel array.

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This system is designed to provide all of the electricity required by the home and is engineered to include a Tesla Powerwall. The Powerwall will store extra electricity and will maintain functionality during power outages as well as a vehicle charging station for the owners’ electric cars.

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An entry vestibule and mud room conserves energy and creates an elegant entry into the main living space. This self-contained room serves double duty as a special place to welcome visitors and an airlock to keep the outdoor elements contained.

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Wintertime’s chilly drafts and summer’s excessive heat are kept at bay with this simple solution. Dramatic cantilevered roof planes utilize passive solar strategies by barring the summer sun & heat yet inviting in the winter sunshine. These broad overhangs also create covered outdoor space, much-coveted in this climate, and sheltered entry experience.

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What We Love: This beautiful net-zero cabin offers its inhabitants an inviting and relaxing retreat surrounded by woods. A tranquil getaway, this home offers a fabulous indoor-outdoor connection courtesy of large windows and expansive patios. Overall, this light and airy home offers a wonderful atmosphere for family gathering and entertaining in a breathtaking environment.

Tell Us: What do you think of the design of this cabin retreat? Would this be your idea of the ultimate vacation getaway? Let us know what you think in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of reader favorite home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign by the architects of this project: Pacific Northwest-style house on Bainbridge Island: Seaview Escape and Sustainable home with an inviting modern design aesthetic.

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 The patio is sheltered by a 14-foot cantilevered shed roof. Expansive windows place the inhabitants of this net-zero cabin into a world enmeshed with nature, inside or out.

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Vaulted ceilings in the main living and dining area are supported by exposed steel and wood structural elements, and floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the landscape beyond. A large board-formed concrete chimney commands attention as the focal point of the main living area.

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This solid mass, along with areas of concrete floor, serves also as a thermal heat sink to help maintain a stable and comfortable temperature inside. There are two primary bedroom suites and a bunk room in the main house to accommodate family members. A separate bunkhouse has space for recreation and an additional bedroom suite. The two-car garage features an electric vehicle charging station, a wine cellar, and plenty of storage.

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Photos: Lara Swimmer

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