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Summer camp inspired cabin immersed in a majestic grove of Redwoods

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Dotter & Solfjeld Architecture + Design is responsible for the design of this summer camp-inspired cabin set on a heavily wooded 4-acre site in the town of Ross, just north of San Francisco, California. Surrounded by a magnificent grove of Redwood trees, this home has the air of a very sophisticated campsite in the woods.

The goal for the design was to bring the woods into the interior, creating a deeply immersive woodland lifestyle carried out with meticulous care. The cluster of structures steps up the gentle slope, with a stone walkway leading past the detached garage to the main house. 

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Dotter & Solfjeld Architecture + Design INTERIOR DESIGNER Josefa Buckingham Design BUILDER Nordby Signature Homes LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Arterra Landscape Architects

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On the exterior, Redwood board-and-batten siding on the exterior is topped by a standing-seam metal roof punctuated by a progression of dormers. Nestled into the trees slightly up-slope from the main house, the guest house was constructed first, then the project team worked backward to construct the main house in front of it.

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The board-and-batten is carried into the attached screened porch, complete with a pass-through that connects directly to the adjacent kitchen. Several redwoods on the site, which were removed to provide fire department access, were milled into lumber used on the ceilings throughout the house.

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What We Love: This rustic cabin was inspired by summer camp, redwoods, and reuse. Surrounded by woodlands, the cabin features clever design solutions to create an open and airy feel. Living spaces are adorned with personalized touches such as art and antiques along with contemporary design selections to create a timeless feel. From the secluded location to the gorgeous kitchen and screened porch, we are loving every detail of this cabin.

Tell Us: Would this secluded summer camp cabin be your idea of the ultimate family getaway? Let us know in the Comments, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the Northern California region: Serene woodsy setting inspires a stylish family home in Northern California and Step inside a jaw-dropping mountain modern retreat in Martis Camp.

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Inside, a vaulted great room houses the living and dining spaces, as well as an open kitchen. A ship’s ladder leads to an upper-level loft, and a short set of stairs leads to a master bedroom tucked behind the living room. The project team incorporated steel shear walls to address the structural and construction challenge presented by the expansive windows that flood the wood-lined interior with light.

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The tightly constructed interior includes several unexpected features, including a laundry room door inset into the kitchen cabinetry and a loft railing with an integrated gate for furniture placement. The flooring is oak.

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This small retreat is designed with two zones – one with a kitchenette, and one housing a bunk room and poker room. Every square inch of this small space is optimized: wood shiplap covers walls and ceilings, and hand-built bunk beds with custom steel ladders have built-in drawers for storage.

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GUEST CABIN

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Above: This cozy guest cabin is 714 square feet, located on a property adjacent to the main house. The space includes a living room, small kitchen, built-in dining area, bathroom, laundry closet, one bedroom plus a sleeping loft. The windows are Loewen Wood windows. The upstairs has one dormer with a window seat that allows for standing height and another dormer across the hallway with a great view of the grounds. The openness and all the windows make this small cabin appear much larger than it is.

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Above: The light fixture is the Ashland Gooseneck Light with a black powder-coat finish, sourced from Barn Light Electric Company.

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Above: The siding is Cedar 1 x 10 T&G ( left to weather naturally) installed over building paper and 1/2″ exterior grade plywood. The roof is corrugated metal. The color was selected to appear like rusted metal. The garage is clad in the original siding from the old barn that was dismantled.

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Above: The interior woodwork uses locally sustainable harvested wood.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Michelle Wilson Photography

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