“Cabin Style” features three houses by JLF Architects that reflect current cabin ethos
Bozeman, Montana – August 20, 2019 – Three houses by JLF Architects are featured in the just-released new home design coffee-table book “Cabin Style,” published by Gibbs Smith. The book, written by Chase Reynolds Ewald with photography by Audrey Hall, captures the ethos of the American classic refuge as it is interpreted today. On the inside: expressive, organic, unique. On the outside: respectful of place and sitting lightly on the land.
JLF Architects and Big-D Signature’s design-build philosophy is very much in keeping with author Ewald’s updated take on the cabin. In her introduction to “Cabin Style,” she uses one of the three featured JLF-designed homes as illustration of a house that “lives lightly in deference to the land,” and goes on to quote JLF principal Paul Bertelli as saying, “From the very beginning, we discuss what we see in the land so that the architecture doesn’t lose an opportunity in the landscape, and the landscape doesn’t lose an opportunity in the architecture.”
Two separate chapters of “Cabin Style” are devoted to JLF-designed houses. In the chapter titled “On the Edge of Rustic,” despite the house’s relatively level Jackson Hole golf course site at the foot of the Tetons, the homeowners were “not looking for a starter castle,” and the architects successfully created the sense of a cabin-style compound, rich with the reclaimed materials JLF is known for and including a separate-but-linked log-cabin office retreat for the husband, a separate guest house and a barnlike garage wing.
Unlike a traditional cabin, the home features a modern open floor plan and windows that allow daylight to flood the living spaces. Rather than building separation from the environment, JLF centers its architectural design on connecting the landscape from the outside in. Expansive windows capture views, natural materials echo with a sense of place and the house wraps elegantly into the location. Inside, high pitched ceilings are clad with reclaimed wood boards, and dramatic, unexpectedly structured scissor trusses in the great room create volume and energy while outside a swimmable pond rests below a large patio enveloped by breathtaking mountain views.
The third design-build house by JLF Architects and Big-D Signature is the subject of the chapter “Lakeside Cabin Style.” The remarkable lake house, created on a privately-owned lake in a rural, forested area of Tennessee, appears to literally float on water. The chapter chronicles the journey of the homeowner who searched for years for the perfect property to build his dream lake house. When he finally found it, he had just one architect in mind to carry out his hope for a house that would bring the outdoors in and feel like part of the land, an approach JLF Architects has been practicing for 40 years.
The homeowner had admired houses by the JLF and Big-D design-build duo he had seen in Wyoming and was particularly happy about the idea of architect and contractor working hand in hand. The result is a peaceful, waterfront cabin retreat made with stacked limestone and reclaimed wood – including doors, flooring and timbers of chestnut rescued from a dilapidated local barn – that unfolds in four segments connected by footbridges. Author Ewald describes the house as “at once graceful yet grounded, fanciful yet weighty” and “integrated into its site in a way that is both novel and harmonious.”
Just published this month, “Cabin Style” showcases how the idea of cabin has transformed while still maintaining the traditionally appealing qualities of refuge, retreat and connection to nature. Photos depicting a third JLF design-build residence, also in Wyoming, pepper the pages of the introduction. In all, the book highlights 15 houses, ranging from traditional to contemporary in style and created by top designers in destination mountain resorts and pristine rural, rustic and mountain regions around the country. From Napa to Nashville and along the Rocky Mountain spine, each project reflects the ways that a more contemporary spin on cabin style allows us to live, and play, in nature.
About JLF Architects:
Building timeless structures rooted in integrity and simple elegance, Jackson Hole, Park City, and Bozeman-based JLF Architects applies distinctive solutions and materials to create place-based houses marked by the influences of landscapes from the Pacific coast to the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Seaboard. Their award-winning perspective is powered by inspired design and an exacting eye for placement, an ethos that stems from a unity of nature, beauty, balance, and imagination. JLF Architects has established a genuine alliance with Big-D Signature, built over 19 years of working together, to create a streamlined design-build process that benefits clients. Winners of Mountain Living magazine’s 2016 Home of the Year, the JLF Architects and Big-D Signature design-build team unites passionate architects with dedicated builders to enable the collective imagination of visionary artisans working with visionary clients. For more information visit www.JLFArchitects.com and follow JLF on Instagram.