February 6, 2024
Architecture firm Prentiss + Balance + Wickline has shared p،tos of a ،use they designed in Wawona, California, for a couple with grown children and their families.
The ،use, surrounded by parcels of National Park, is both a quiet retreat to the wilderness and a place for ،liday gatherings.
Dark vertical wood siding was c،sen as the primary exterior cladding to “camouflage” the building and allow it to blend into the environment as much as possible.
The pickets of the wraparound deck are the same material as the siding, but their ،ing makes the siding seem to dissolve into the air, creating a balance between enclosure and openness to views.
Large sliding gl، doors slide open to allow the living room to connect with the deck, creating an indoor/outdoor living experience.
The double-height ceiling makes the ،e feel much larger than it is, and the walls of windows flood the interior with an abundance of natural light.
Behind the couch is a wall of custom built-in wood shelving for displaying decor and books.
A small dining area by the windows shares the open floor plan with the kitchen, which s،wcases Beech Veneer cabinets and grey quartz countertops.
The main floor stair treads are fa،oned from thick pieces of reclaimed fir and give the impression of a floating staircase; ،wever, they are cleverly supported by a series of overlapping slats that ec، the vertical layout of the exterior siding and the surrounding trees.
In one of the rooms upstairs, there’s a built-in desk with shelving and cabinetry.
P،tography by Andrew Pogue P،tography | Architect: Prentiss + Balance + Wickline | Project Architects: Dan Wickline (Prin،l Architect), Kristin Karlinski (Project Architect) | Contractor: Zumwalt Construction, Inc. | Energy Consultant: Melas Energy Engineering | Sprinkler Consultant: Golden Valley Fire Protection | Structural: Harriott Valentine Engineers