Courtyard House on a River by Robert Hutchison Architecture

07.21.17 | By
Courtyard House on a River by Robert Hutchison Architecture

Located just outside of Seattle in Greenwater, Washington, near Mt. Rainier is a new 2-bedroom residence designed by Robert Hutchison Architecture. Spanning 1,900 square feet, the house sits within a forest right on the banks of the White River, blending in with its wooded surroundings.

The home’s exterior is clad in custom-run Western red cedar with a darkened finish so it doesn’t disrupt the natural setting.

A courtyard welcomes visitors to the front door, while discouraging herds of elk to keep their distance.

The interior features a large, open living space with large sliding glass doors on two sides. At the far end, a massive steel-clad fireplace is the focal point in the room, while also separating the covered outdoor veranda that includes an fireplace. Wood floors and beams keep the space from being overly contemporary, while complementing the white and black details.

They wanted to keep the footprint as minimal as possible to avoid disturbing the land too much, but by incorporating double-height ceilings and lots of windows, the interior feels quite large.

Photos by Mark Woods.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.