An open field and forest edges allow this modest 1500 sf house to be tucked away without sacrificing expansive views from the interior. The drive to the house leads through the forest to parking and a boardwalk entry above a sunken garden of native plants. A series of split-face concrete block walls separate garden from field. The exterior color palette was selected to blend with the natural surroundings.
A two-story element houses more private spaces for sleeping and bathing while the single story contains an open, common space incorporating living, dining and kitchen. Common materials and simple construction techniques were used throughout, in keeping with budget constraints. Placement of south-facing windows and a concrete floor allow for passive solar gain. Use of natural woods is intentionally spare and unrefined.