Gallery: Colorful Schell Wheeler Cabin Made of Blown Down Forest Trees

This eco retreat in Snoqualmie, Washington is not your typical forest cabin. Designed by Johnston Architects for mountain guides Scott Schell and Margaret Wheeler, the house is made largely from blown down trees from the area and adds a pop of modern color to its piney surroundings. The house also boasts several other sustainable features that have it on its way to receive a LEED Silver certification.

Being that both of the home’s owners are mountain guides in the area, they felt a need to do what is right for the environment when building their new home. As such, the architects, along with Tall Tree Construction, made use of blown-down trees from storms to provide the logs that were milled into the siding, fascias and trim of the house. The energy used to heat the home comes from a ground source heat pump supplemented by solar water preheating.

Inside, natural wood is the star building material but does not make the house feel stuffy or like an outdated log cabin at all. Generous windows (some spanning both the top and bottom floors) provide daylighting to cut down on electricity.

+ Johnston Architects


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  1. JeremyMizak May 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I love it, one of my personal favorites. Great use of materials and color choice.

  2. Modular_Thailand December 1, 2010 at 4:12 am

    What beautiful it is! but I still have some question. The blown-down tree has enough to completed or just built a part of the building?


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