Wish you had a getaway as spectacular as the rugged Cascade Mountains in Washington? One lucky family has just that: a beautiful energy-efficient retreat on the edge of the remote Lake Cle Elum, east of the Cascade Crest, that sleeps over 20 people. Designed by Johnston Architects, the appropriately named “Base Camp” brings the outdoors in with its full-height glazing and emphasis on outdoor living.
Created primarily as a retreat, Base Camp also serves as a primary home for a family of seven. Beautiful hardwood clad the building inside and out, while generous amounts of glazing frame views of the lake and bring in copious natural light and warmth to minimize energy costs. The energy-efficient home also makes use of solar thermal principles, passive solar design, solar panels, radiant heat, effective insulation, and heat recovery ventilation.
Base Camp offers many spaces, inside and outside, for work, live, and play. Johnston Architects conceived multiple balconies and terraces as well as an outdoor pool and fire pit. The contemporary interior has a variety of living areas, all of which keep the focus on the outdoors. Gabion walls are used in the exterior construction as well as in the interior.
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