Explore A Modern Lakeside Cabin In Washington

This stunning lakeside cabin is designed to be a multi-faceted retreat shared by a brother and sister duo, along with their families. Glass walls in the living room offer views straight through the cabin to the lake and mountains beyond.


This stunning lakeside cabin house is a beautiful modern home on Lake Chelan in Washington and was designed by Architecture and Interior Design firm, Hoedemaker Pfeiffer. Named The Twenty-Five Mile Creek Cabin, the house was designed to be a multi-faceted retreat shared by siblings. The brother and sister duo, along with their families, came to Hoedemaker Pfeiffer with the dream of building a lakeside cabin that captures their love for the area and history on the property, as well as a cabin their families can share for generations. The owners’ family has owned a lake front cabin on an adjacent property since the 1960s.

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The cabin is approached by a long winding drive through the forest. As the cabin comes into view, at the clearing where the forest meets the lake front, the two gable-roofed structures emerge, and glass walls of the living room offer a surprise view through the cabin to the lake and mountains beyond.

The exterior of the lakeside cabin was deigned to blend into the surroundings. The cedar siding was stained to matched to the bark of the pine trees on site.

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Metal clad doors and windows and a metal roof round out the simple material palette.

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White painted wood walls create a light, bright hallway. Pops of blues give this space a slight nautical feel.

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Inside the lakeside cabin, the bedroom and bathrooms occupy one side of the property, while the kitchen and other living areas are at the opposite end. The home offers 2200 square feet of living space, and the spaces inside the cabin are designed purely for efficiency, so as to encourage visitors to spend more time outdoors.

The interiors are fresh, bright and easy to maintain, with vaulted ceilings and wood paneling to add dimension and texture.

The whole home, including kitchen walls and cabinets, is painted in Sherwin Williams Alabaster.

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There's a relaxed kitchen island breakfast bar, plus an in-kitchen dining table. Glass doors frame views of the lake.

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There's a corner family room which is used for lounging, playing games and watching TV.

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The lake front site presented a number of opportunities. One opportunity was to really showcase the lake and the vast mountains beyond it, and the other was to find refuge from the elements in the forest and hills inland.

To achieve a balance of both, the designers designed the cabin to be comprised of two simple buildings connected by a living room enclosed by glass. The glass walls of the living room can be opened and closed to change the focus of living between the lake and the forest, become an extension of the outdoors or protect from the elements.

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In the living room, the exterior materials continue through on the walls to reinforce the feeling of being outdoors.

A wood-burning, stone fireplace is the focal point of the room.

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A corner window seat offers prime views of the lake.


Bedrooms are at the other end of the cabin, off a corridor that leads outside.

The floor in the master bedroom was painted black, grounding the space. Corner windows offer uninterrupted views of the lake.

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Built-in drawers means there is no need for clunky furniture like chests.

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Photography: Kevin Scott

Architecture: Hoedemaker Pfeiffer

Contractor: Rimmer + Roeter Construction

Interior furnishing: Laura Morawitz, from M Design + Interiors

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.