The Methow Valley, located in Washington's North Cascades mountain range, is an absolutely beautiful part of the state. It's an unforgiving place as well, and any home located in this area is susceptible to everything from dramatic temperature swings to forest fires and snowstorms. Johnston Architecture took these harsh conditions into consideration when designing The Miner's Refuge, a weekend home for two families.The home is sited at the base of a hill and nestled amongst tall trees, which preserve the dramatic views while protecting the house from harsh weather.
For a look at the home's interior, read more.A long corridor that runs along the length of the house gives access to the living room and bedrooms. Clad in a mix of wood and metal, the house combines rustic and modern design elements in its exterior. Since the house's design is inspired by its relationship to nature, it was a natural decision to incorporate eco features, including the use of energy efficient heating, natural sunlight, and a small footprint.
An open living space as well as two master suites and a small bunk room, which accommodates up to four guests, make up the home's exterior rooms. Fantastic rooms, thanks to generous fenestration, privilege the dramatic Eastern Washington. The Miner's Refuge is truly a home for those who love nature and dramatic landscapes. Take a tour below.