Let It Snow — Or Not
After all the feasting it’s time for a change of pace and some fresh air for the new year, so here are two innovative and unusual mountain cabins by Seattle architect Tom Lenchek and his firm Balance Associates, to whet your appetite for an architectural escape. Let’s start with Tom’s own retreat near the
corner containing a cylindrical Rais wood stove on its own jagged stone platform.
around in a beckoning curve. A few years ago Tom gave me a tour of this house (for a story in Sunset Magazine) and I felt right at home: I like the way the design
a magical double height translucent-roofed screen porch — so arrival becomes
the main event. At the other end of the narrow house the simple gable roof shelters and frames another outdoor room — this time with its own soaking tank and shower tower. In a sense the design is all about making a progression from work to play — across a bridge, no less — and into rejuvenating nature. Time to fire up the hot tub and enter the new year with a splash! (All photos courtesy Balance Associates)