Liv­ing Lodge

A warm mix of ma­te­ri­als meets smart, sim­ple de­sign in this Wash­ing­ton tim­ber home.

Timber Home Living - - Contents - PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF NAT­U­RAL EL­E­MENT HOMES

When you live your life in the fast lane, sur­rounded by the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city, it’s nice to be able to re­treat to a sec­ond-home get­away that’s in­ti­mate, invit­ing and down­right dreamy. En­ter the Big Chief Mountain Lodge.

Lo­cated in We­natchee, Wash­ing­ton, based in the foothills of the Cas­cade Range, the home feels more like a cozy cabin than a mountain lodge, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t im­press. “The home­own­ers wanted a tim­ber home, but also wanted a western-style ex­te­rior,” ex­plains Robert Lam­bert, founder and pres­i­dent of Nat­u­ral El­e­ment Homes, based in Sweet­wa­ter, Ten­nessee. “They were go­ing for a look that would blend in nicely with the sur­round­ing land­scape.”

To ac­com­plish this, Lam­bert and his team cre­ated a de­sign that paired a full Douglas fir in­te­rior frame with a mix of ex­te­rior el­e­ments, in­clud­ing round logs (used as sup­port col­umns, posts and dec­o­ra­tive ac­cents), cedar shin­gles and board-and-bat­ten sid­ing. To fit the wooded lot, they also set­tled on a nar­row plan that max­i­mizes the breath­tak­ing views.

“This house was de­signed for an ex­ec­u­tive cou­ple based in Seat­tle as a place to rest, re­lax and take in the nat­u­ral beauty of the area,” says Lam­bert. “The house, com­bined with the beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion and out­door liv­ing spa­ces more than ac­com­plishes just that.”

ABOVE: The cus­tom kitchen con­tin­ues the style of com­bin­ing ma­te­ri­als, hues and tex­tures. The nat­u­ral el­e­ments, in­clud­ing a stone back­splash and hard­wood floors pair nicely with the stain­less steel ap­pli­ances and farm­house sink. OP­PO­SITE: At just over...

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