Compact cabin in a forest commands views over Hood Canal, Washington


MW Works Architecture+Design is responsible for the design of this compact cabin located in Seabeck, a former mill town on Hood Canal, Washington. Set in a lush old-growth forest, the cabin is positioned on a bluff that provides sweeping views of Hood Canal — a natural waterway of the Puget Sound.

The cabin was constructed over an existing foundation, measuring 20′ x 20′. Simple and efficient to build, the two-story structure offers 1,140 square feet of living space. Designed to maximize views, large windows frame both the landscape and the water. On a corner section of the home, a large deck extends into the landscape and serves as a jumping-off point to the trail system meandering down to the water’s edge.


Above: Exterior walls are clad in oxidized black cedar and blackened cement infill panels.


What We Love: This compact cabin was designed to have a feeling of spaciousness, thanks to large windows and an open floor plan. The small footprint helped to lead the direction of the design, where the emphasis was placed on essentials for everyday living and to meet a modest budget. As a result, this modern structure may be small in size, yet feels larger than its boundaries.

Tell Us: What details of this home do you find most appealing and why in the Comments, we love reading your feedback!

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Above: To create bright and airy living spaces, the design team employed a palette of lightly painted panels and soft pine plywood.




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Above: Skylights in the bedroom and bathroom floods the spaces with natural light.





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Photos: Andrew Pogue

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Newell Roundy
3 years ago

I’m not normally a fan of modern minimalist design but this is so well done it’s very appealing in it’s simplicity. It’s well presented and refreshing as well. For what it’s worth I was born in eastern WA and migrated to Oregon (yes, I’m a duck) and have lived for years in Arizona. Thanks for showing the schematic floor plans. Please do more of them.