In remote spots all over the western United States, one architecture firm is blending the past with modern design. JLF Architects has designed several sustainable cabins to create a vision for the future
The cabins reflect each area’s regional heritage, resembling the farmhouses and ranches that once dominated the western landscape. For example, 18th-century barns inspired the Indian Springs guest house in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Built with stacked stone, the guest house has an underground hallway that leads to the main house. This spares guests and hosts from walking through inclement weather to get from one location to the other. The home’s entrance was made with reclaimed timber and an Old-World design. Salvaged wood also makes up the bedroom ceiling. Meanwhile, huge windows let in light and the surrounding natural world.
Using stone and reclaimed wood is a recurring theme in JLF’s cabins. The series shows off multiple ways to build with reclaimed wood and integrate historic design and rustic charm into modern luxury cabins. These cabins sit tucked into nature, surrounded by growing plants and woodland creatures. The reclaimed and reused wood contributes to a comfortable, rustic appeal that blends in with nature.
Another Jackson Hole guest house, the Refined Alpine, takes on a “French Country farmhouse vibe.” Again using stone and reclaimed wood, the home feels like a cozy cottage. The home sits in front of a gorgeous pond, offering an immediate connection to nature. As JLF explains on its website, “the landscape punctuates a fluid connection between indoor and outdoor lifestyle.”
After 40 years in architecture, JLF is a leader in creating sustainable homes in contemporary designs. The firm prides itself on blending the old and new to create modern homes with Earth-friendly features. Reclaimed and salvaged materials help these sustainable cabin homes achieve a rustic beauty.
Images by Audrey Hall