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Big Pine House in Mazama, Washington

Rural Retreat in North America design by Prentiss + Balance + Wickline

Oct 23, 2019

Design: Prentiss + Balance + Wickline

Location: Mazama, Washington, USA

Big Pine House Mazama WA

Photos by Eirik Johnson

Big Pine Retreat, Washington

Located in Washington’s Methow Valley, the Big Pine Retreat is nestled into a sloping site that is reigned over by a large, six-foot-diameter Ponderosa pine tree. The 2,500 square foot house is set at the edge of the meadow, taking advantage of the sweeping views of the Valley and North Cascades mountain range beyond.

It steps down the sloping hillside where the main living area looks onto the meadow on one side and back into the trees on the other. Reclaimed siding, a shed roof, and two large stone chimneys tie the house to the site.

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The clients desired both a clean, modern aesthetic and the down-to-earth sensibility of a cabin, and wished for the site to be the main focus. Its ultimate use is a quiet mountain haven for the busy urban professional couple, with the capacity to host their extended family and entertain their friends.

Big Pine House Mazama WA

Retaining the character of the site was the main driver for the design of the house. The lot is nestled in a transition between the sloped forest and open, flatter meadow, and large pines dominate most of the site.

Big Pine House Mazama WA

The design incorporates major aspects of the site: the roofline mirrors the slope of the earth; the dark tones and restrained materials of the chosen exterior palette fades the house into the shadowy treeline when viewed from the meadow; and the house itself is strategically placed between stands of the large pine trees, removing as few as possible to keep this key aesthetic feature intact.

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Two stone-clad fireplaces anchor the overall form, while a single roof spans across the various spaces all lightly connected. From the interior, the high ceiling of the main living space creates an airy, easy feel, and opens out to a spectacular view of the valley. From the exterior, this same roof height disappears into the slope and darker hillside, creating a sense of quiet with its low-slung form.

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Pines that needed to be removed from the site found new life in the project, as a unique log column, a fireplace mantle, and some simple side tables.

Big Pine House Mazama WA

Big Pine House, Washington – Building Information

Bridge Architect: Prentiss + Balance + Wickline

Project size: 2500 ft2
Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 1

Key products used:
Stone cladding: stone veneer panel system, Realstone Systems Ledgestone Panel in “Charcoal”
Wood cladding: Harvest Timber shiplap siding, Engelmann Spruce Lodgepole Pine
Fiber cement cladding: HardiePanel
Wood doors, aluminum clad windows and doors: Quantum Windows & Doors with fir interior
Metal roof: Nu-Ray Metals NRM 2000 pencil rib in “Dark Bronze”
Refrigerator: Liebhner with custom wood panel to match cabinetry
Cabinets: Beech veneer
Backsplash: Steel panel
Countertop: Granite in “Absolute Black” (kitchen), Caesarstone in “Eggshell” (bathrooms)

Big Pine House Mazama WA

Photography: Eirik Johnson

Big Pine House in Mazama, Washington images / information received 231019 from Prentiss + Balance + Wickline

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