This Clever Cabin in Hood Canal, WA Outlives Its Little Footprint

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This Clever Cabin in Hood Canal, WA Outlives Its Little Footprint

A modest escape among evergreens on the edge of the Puget Sound proves much can be done with just 1000 sq ft

This Clever Cabin in Hood Canal, WA Outlives Its Little Footprint


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Andrew Pogue

After mentally escaping to micro cabins Tasmania and Rural Montreal for recent installments of our ongoing Arch Inspo series, this week we’re back in the land of plenty that is The Great Northwest. Situated on a bluff overlooking Hood Canal—a long and narrow natural waterway west of Seattle separating the Olympic Peninsula and the Kitsap Peninsula—among second growth evergreens, Little House by mwworks design studio is a tiny home-lover's dream.

Built reusing an existing foundation, the aptly named Little House tops out at just 1,100-square-feet spread over two floors. A large, western facing patio extends the footprint on sunny days, and ample, large windows helps the modest size feel much larger. Endless hiking trails extend from the front door, inviting visitors take advantage of the site’s real draw.

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Oxidized black cedar and blackened cement infill panels clad the exterior while the inside is defined by light washed paint and natural pine plywood, drawing design inspiration from both Japan and Scandinavia.

A wood burning stove rounds out the highlights. As the architect puts it, the modern cabin is “small in size, but much larger than its boundaries.” With direct trail access out the back door and stunning views from the front, it's not difficult to see what they mean.

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