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Cozy cabin retreat boasts net-zero energy in the Pacific Northwest

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goCstudio is responsible for the design of this cozy cabin retreat consisting of two modest cabins, a new cabin and the renovation of an existing cabin, located on an island in Washington. These cabins are nestled into the natural landscape of this stunning property. This project called for the complete renovation of an existing cabin, with the addition of a compact sleeping cabin.

The project team was mindful of the environmental impact of these structures on the site, with the goal of energy-efficiency and net-zero in terms of energy use. A thirty-five-panel solar array was installed on the south-facing roof of the existing cabin, which provides electricity for both cabins.

Project Team: Architect: goCstudio | Contractor: Thomas Fragnoli | Interior Designer: Hyde Evans Design | Landscape: Field & Grove Design Studio | Structural Engineer: J Welch Engineering

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Energy-efficiency also influenced the material selection for the structures. Both of the cabins are clad with locally milled Fir trees. This provided an excellent opportunity to explore ways of using the wood both for the exterior siding and interior wood cladding.

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Above: This detail shows the end of the cantilevered gable roof with a rain chain that leads water from the gutter directly to the rain garden below.

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The exterior siding is a reverse board and batten system with varied vertical board widths. A nod to traditional siding methods, this provides the cabins with a clean, modern aesthetic. The dark stain selected for the exterior facade enables some of the natural red hues of the fir to come through while also enabling the structures to recede into the trees and shadows.

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What We Love: This cozy cabin retreat offers several incredible features, including a beautiful site, energy-efficient design, and fantastic material palette. The overall design is warm and inviting, an idyllic place to relax and unwind from city life. We would love to spend a couple of weeks lounging here, how about you?

Tell Us: Would this be your idea of the ultimate family retreat? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other net-zero energy projects that we have featured here on One Kindesign: Striking net-zero design in North Vancouver: Midori Uchi and Net-zero home in Sonoma features indoor-outdoor living and a green roof.

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The interiors bring a lighter finish while using the same material. Wire brushed vertical fir planks are stained white, allowing the natural wood grain to come through. This allows for a fresh take on a traditional cabin interior.

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The interior of this cabin was completely gutted and transformed to allow for a new communal living/dining/kitchen space. The wood rafters and roof decking were sand blasted to reveal their natural color and beauty.

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Above: An entry bench and wire-brushed fir wainscoting welcome guests into the Bunk House.

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The sleeping cabin features four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. The homeowners already had this unique bunk bed that the project team repurposed in this space for the kid’s bedroom.

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Above: Simple, crisp details along with the light wood walls make the interiors feel spacious and modern yet familiar and comfortable.

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Above: Bright white and simple modern detailing with a nod to the traditional wood wainscoting brings continuity into this bathroom space.

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Photos: Kevin Scott

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