After many years of enjoying this quaint timber frame cabin, nestled into a cliffside on a remote San Juan Island, this growing family approached us with the goal of increasing their living space without compromising their cabin and property’s rustic, endearing charm. From constructing a dynamic cedar deck that melds into the rocky contour of the hillside, to creating a detached dwelling that serves as a flexible space for family and guests to spill into, our client’s efforts were focused on livability and site preservation.  

A short forest path connects the original cabin to the new structure where reclaimed fir timbers, carefully considered natural lighting, and an open, flexible floor plan work in concert to create a warm, calming space. It’s not hard to imagine the scents of seaside breezes and island fauna mixing with the smell of dinner cooked in the woodfire oven. The natural finishes and thoughtful placement of the buildings serve to create a natural dialogue that will continue to evolve as they age alongside their coastal forest surroundings.  

Contractor:  Bellingham Bay Builders 

Photographer:  Radley Muller Photography