The Hillside Cabin was a project that I designed for Anaway Place. On this particular project, I worked along side my dad (general contractor and builder), and my mother, (the Martha Stewart of her time). I’ve done many projects with my parents for Anaway, including renovating a barn into a 12-person rental unit, but this was the first ‘new build’ that we had ventured in together.
Building from the ground up may seem easier than remodeling, but sometimes when you start from scratch, there are so many different ideas and options for layouts, that it becomes challenging to make a decision. When remodeling, you are left with fewer options because you are designing around an existing structure.
My dad and his architectural mindset wanted to make this cabin different than the rest we’ve designed together. With that vision, he designed the front wall to have a curve with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a wooded view. This makes for a stunning view, but also shrinks square footage due to the curve, and eliminates wall space due to the windows.
The footprint was established and handed over to me for creating a layout. My role was to design a floor layout that accommodated two bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, and an open living concept with a kitchen, living room, and entry.
I wanted this new house to have modern materials, but also include vintage parts so that the space would avoid feeling cold, or blank, but rather give it a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Pictured above was the original cabin before it was taken down. We were able to re-use some of the materials, furniture, and appliances in the new cabin that was built in its place.
Pictured above is the new cabin at dusk, with glass windows peering into the woods. You can see the front curve detail along the windows from this view.
When you’re building new, it’s important to remember to design it in a way that gives it a rich history. Layering in texture and designing with multiple surface materials makes each room feel different, yet cohesive through out the home. I love Scandinavian feel of this cabin and the abundance of natural light that comes through. There is not a bad seat in the house.
If you would like to plan out your remodel or build new, book your discovery call with Katie by filling out a short form in the link below. We look forward to chatting with you!
Calnin Design Studio is a full-service interior design firm serving Wisconsin and beyond. Katie and her team specialize in designing laid back luxury homes for clients seeking an intentional and slow living lifestyle.
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