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Mazama Guest Cabin modern-garage-and-shed

Mazama Guest Cabin

The Mazama Cabin is located at the end of a beautiful meadow in the Methow Valley, on the east slope of the North Cascades Mountains in Washington state. The 1500 SF cabin is a superb place for a weekend get-a-way, with a garage below and compact living space above. The roof is “lifted” by a continuous band of clerestory windows, and the upstairs living space has a large glass wall facing a beautiful view of the mountain face known locally as Goat Wall. The project is characterized by sustainable cedar siding and
recycled metal roofing; the walls and roof have 40% higher insulation values than typical construction.

The cabin will become a guest house when the main house is completed in late 2012.

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January 12, 2015
djkiwi wrote:
Nice work! What us the width and height of the large windows? Thanks!
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Thanks for your question about our Mazama Garage/ Guest House. The overall size of each of the three large windows, from top to bottom (including the operating windows at the bottom) is 7'-3" wide by 9'-10" high. You might be interested also in the main house:

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September 28, 2014
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Thanks for your question about our Mazama guest house/garage.
The roof pitch is 3 in 12.
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June 27, 2014
gypse wrote:
What is the soffit material? I can see a 4' pattern, sheet material?
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Thanks for your question about our Mazama guest house/ garage project.
The soffit material is 1x4 stained red cedar tongue and groove.
Here are some construction photos of the main house:

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May 29, 2014
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Thanks for your question about our Mazama Guest Cabin project. You might enjoy these photos of the main house:
The large windows on the second floor of the Guest Cabin face east, toward a mountain wall called Goat Wall. Thus, the west afternoon sun does melt some of the snow on the roof. If you are building in an area that has 10-ft. of snow, I would be a bit nervous about a north-facing roof. By the way, make sure you over-insulate the roof (R-50 or more) and have a 2" air space above the insulation so that the interior heat does not reach your roof surface.
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January 23, 2014
theresa00 wrote:
what kind of outdoor lights are the brown ones/
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Thanks for your question about the Garage/guest house at our Mazama project. Here are some photos of the main house under construction:

The three surface-mounted exterior bronze-colored light fixtures are by BK Lighting, and the fixtures provide both up and down lighting.
--Nils Finne, AIA
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June 12, 2013
Calvin Rodgers wrote:
can the plans for this structure be purchased and are there any pictures of the inside.
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Thanks for your question regarding the Mazama guest house and garage.
Unfortunately, we do not have any interior photos, and we do not sell plans of our completed projects. I believe strongly that every project needs to be tailored for the exact requirements of the particular client and the unique piece of land. As a matter of professional liability, I also cannot engage in a project in which I would have no involvement during design development and construction. I hope you understand!
--Nils Finne, AIA
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I have purchased a summer house and neighboring lot @ 7 Bays on Lake Roosevelt, this structure is just what I'm looking to add to the property. Also thinking of prefab, does your firm get involve with prefab?
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March 31, 2013
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Thanks for your question about the Mazama garage/guest house. The exterior siding is western red cedar, and the stain is two coats of Cabot's Semi-Transparent Stair, Red Cedar color.

On recent projects, we have switched to Sikkens Cetol 1, 23Plus. You might also consider that product.

Good luck with your project!
--Nils Finne, AIA
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February 16, 2013
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I appreciate your interest in my work. Unfortunately, I do not sell plans. I work for individual clients, and I design each project for that specific client on a singular piece of land (or a particular existing house, if the project is a renovation). While it is true that some projects can be seen as "cousins" to each other, I invariably find that every house does end up being a unique expression of the client's requirements and the specific context of the property. I hope you understand, and I am sorry to disappoint you!
--Nils Finne, AIA
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I totally understand. Disappointed? yes but I would appreciate this if I were your client.
Thank you for taking the time to respond.
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November 6, 2012
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Thanks for your question about our Mazama project, located in the beautiful Methow Valley in Washington State. We built the garage/guest house first. The total area of this building is about 1700 SF, with the garage/storage on the bottom occupying about about 900 SF and the upstairs guest suite occupying about 800 SF. The main house is now under construction; see attached photo.
--Nils Finne, AIA
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October 11, 2012
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What can be done to have the same look on the wood but less maintenance? Thanks!
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Sorry, but I do not have a magic answer for your question. If you decide to have exterior stained wood siding, then a maintenance program every 2-5 years (depending on exposure) is part of that decision.
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September 29, 2012
gary711 wrote:
I love this Garage! I would love to build this. What did it cost to Build ?
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Yes, the roof overhang is longer at the right end than the left end.....good eye!
Here are some construction photos of the main house.
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Ha! You're a metal roofer's nightmare! :-)

I love it.
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July 3, 2012
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I appreciate your interest in this project, which is a garage/ guest house, located next to the main house, currently under construction. It is located in Mazama, WA, which is the beautiful Methow Valley, on the east side of the North Cascades. Unfortunately, we do not have any photos of the finished interior of the guest house. Sorry about that!

I have attached a construction photo of the main house, which has a very interesting roof. The roof changes pitch at either end, creating a warped plane. It is very dramatic on the interior!
--Nils Finne
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Amazing idea on the warped roof!
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For shed roofs in snowy areas, the steeper the slope, the better.
A desire to live more efficiently manifests itself in overall scale as well as smart details. Architect Nils Finne characterizes Seattle style as "not showy, with an understated and restrained sense of style — small houses, not McMansions."
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An 800-square-foot cabin with a simple shed roof offers a modern update. While the roof provides the right structure to withstand and shed the snow, the slope creates a room that can be all windows.
5. Looking for insight into our design sensibility? Ask who our architectural role models are. Ask any architects you are considering hiring for your project who their design role models are, or who inspires their work. Their responses will tell you a great deal about the look and feel they aim for in their own work.Finne, who grew up in both Norway and the U.S., is inspired heavily by the architectural traditions of Scandinavia. “Sverre Fehn, the renowned Norwegian architect, was my friend. I believe he has had a profound influence on my work,” says Finne. “I will never forget the afternoons I spent sitting with Sverre in the living room of his house on Havna Alle in Oslo. Sverre lived in a classic functionalist house designed by his teacher, Arne Korsmo. He had an uncanny ability to understand construction and materials and then imbue a certain poetical dimension to those elements.”Finne adds, “He was also a very unassuming person and was amused when the Americans awarded him the Pritzker Prize (the Nobel Prize equivalent for architecture). ’Oh, yes,’ he said. They sent ‘top secret’ faxes and then flew into Oslo on their private jet. ‘But then, there was so much snow in many places that they could only manage to visit a few of my buildings!’”

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