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Tour this spectacular cliff house retreat perched over the Columbia River

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Cliff House is a modern family retreat designed by Giulietti Schouten Weber Architects, perched on a rocky bluff overlooking the Columbia River in White Salmon, Washington. The homeowners built this dwelling in a desirable location, near their favorite playgrounds for outdoor adventure activities — windsurfing, skiing, or mountain biking. 

A narrow, forested road ends at the wooded site where a steel bridge spans between tall firs and rock outcroppings to the main entry which provides a glimpse of Mt. Hood and the Gorge. Inside the two-story, 4,960 square-foot home, expansive views of the mountain and gorge fill the upper level through 14-foot tall south-facing windows.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Giulietti Schouten Weber Architects CONTRACTOR Don Young & Associates ENGINEER Madden & Baughman Engineering

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A staggered open plan creates individual corner views of the Gorge at each of the living and bedroom spaces. Large roof overhangs and lower canopies at the entry and outdoor living areas were designed to provide shelter from the wet and windy Pacific Northwest climate.

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An open stair leads to a quiet lower-level office with direct access to a private terrace, and two guest bedrooms and a media room round out the rest of the level.

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A dark exterior palette of stained cedar, traditional stucco, and dark bronze windows was selected to blend in with the forested site. Walnut wood was selected for the casework to add warmth and contrast to the primarily white interior.

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What We Love: This incredible cliff house retreat provides its inhabitants with breathtaking views over the Columbia River. We are loving the attractive exterior facade of this home and the way it is integrated into the landscape. Clean lines and sleek and modern furnishings help to not detract from the views through expansive walls of glazing. Overall, this dwelling offers an idyllic retreat to fulfill the owner’s passion for outdoor activities.

Tell Us: What details in the design of this home do you find most appealing? Let us know in the Comments, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other spectacular home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Washington: A revamped lake house beautifully connects with nature on Mercer Island and This modern beach house provides a cozy refuge in Washington State.

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PHOTOGRAPHER David Papazian

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