As the weather heats up across the U.S. and summer seems less a distant memory and more a real thing that's going to happen oh-so-soon, we can't help but covet the high-design summer homes we've come across lately. This one, on one of the San Juan Islands off the western coast of Washington state and clad in cedar shingles, is the work of Seattle firm Heliotrope Architects.
The clients, a family with young children, sought the firm out for this compact, two-bedroom retreat, which combines the clean-lined looks of an urban modern dwelling with the rustic vibes of a cabin in the woods. The sylvan site helps, of course: the house backs right up on a thickly forested site just a stone's throw from the nearby waterway.
The largest portion of the interior is dedicated to an open-plan living and dining room and kitchen, and sliding glass doors off this space lead out to a timber deck, a perfect place to perch and relax.
∙This wood filled holiday house is at home among the trees [Contemporist]