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Ranch home with a contemporary twist enjoys views of the North Cascades

contemporary ranch home exterior

Designed by RHO Architects, this contemporary ranch home nestles comfortably in the lee of the hills enjoying views of the spectacular valley in Eastern Washington. This rural retreat is nestled near the edge of the Yakima River Basin, offering views of the expansive North Cascades on the horizon. The home and outdoor patio were oriented toward a spectacular view of snow-dusted peaks and meandering pines across the valley.

For the design of their residence, the owners envisioned a contemporary take on the classic ranch home. Board form concrete, corrugated exterior wall paneling, re-sawn fir timber bolt frame, and steel windows and doors give integrity to the design while also acting as a bulwark against the sometimes harsh environment of the Cascade range.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT RHO Architects BUILDER Lockhart Suver INTERIOR DESIGN SPACES LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Alchemie

contemporary ranch home exterior with a covered front porch

Above: A colonnade of steel columns and cedar decking helps to create this rustic entry walkway.

contemporary ranch home exterior with a covered front porch

Tucking a portion of the home and garage into the natural slope, selecting a darker color palette for the exterior, and constructing a separate bunk house for family and guests—these elements combined, serve to harmonize and ease the overall visual scale of the dwelling into the picturesque, rolling Eastern Washington landscape.

contemporary ranch home entry

Above: Color, pattern, and texture are bountiful and varied throughout. This warm circulation vestibule pictured above connects the deep cyprus greens of the living room with the lighter, softer blues of the kitchen/dining areas seen beyond. 

contemporary living room

Above: The living room boasts rich textures, deep colors, and abundant natural light. The space also provides access to the upper floor using a winding wooden staircase that wraps around three sides of the fireplace/chimney structure. A well-placed ridge skylight illuminates this “hidden” stair hall with a gentle glow during the day and by night frames the ever-bright country stars above.

contemporary kitchen

Above: The kitchen and dining room harmonize with a blend of warm colors, textures, and natural finishes.

contemporary dining room with a home bar

On the interior, spacious gathering areas are matched with the owner’s bold use of color and texture, creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere.

contemporary dining room

What We Love: This contemporary ranch home is surrounded by an expansive mountain prairie, tucked into a hillside. The hill provides shelter during the windy season while also adding to the scenic beauty of the landscape, creating a tranquil retreat for its inhabitants. With its modern design and natural setting, the home offers a perfect blend of comfort and serenity, making it an ideal haven for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Tell Us: What details in the design of this Eastern Washington home do you find most appealing? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Check out a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Washington: A Nordic-inspired farmhouse nestled in a wooded sanctuary of Washington and Inside this dreamy mountain retreat in the breathtaking Cascade Mountains.

contemporary ranch home exterior with a covered porch

Large overhangs offer shelter during the hot summer months and a buffer from snowy winters.

contemporary bedroom entry

contemporary bedroom with a built-in window seat

contemporary bathroom vanity

contemporary bathroom freestanding tub in front of a window

contemporary indoor spa

contemporary ranch home exterior with a covered porch

Above: The roof assembly varies in composition and transparency across the two outdoor patios, striking a balance between weather protection and the play of dappled light and rolling shadows.

contemporary ranch home exterior with a covered porch

contemporary ranch home exterior with a covered porch

contemporary ranch home exterior

contemporary ranch home exterior

contemporary ranch home exterior

contemporary ranch home exterior

contemporary ranch home exterior window detail

Above: A vignette of the owner’s bedroom bay window— an idyllic spot to sit and daydream. 

contemporary ranch home exterior aerial view

contemporary ranch home exterior aerial view

contemporary ranch home exterior

Above: The open-air pole barn was constructed on the site of an existing barn, salvaged during demolition. It now functions as both a staging area and a wood shop for various home projects.

PHOTOGRAPHER Andrew Pogue Photography

contemporary ranch home site plan

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Josh
3 months ago

An example of doing spectacular work on a modest budget. Mature art. Bravo!