High Prairie

Tucked into a gentle hillside on 120 acres in the High Prairie community of Lyle, Washington, this 1600 sf getaway residence knows its priorities: soak in the stunning view, connect with the landscape and protect against a sometimes harsh environment.

The main living area, with its expansive window wall, takes in the Mt. Adams view to the northwest, and on clear days, Mt. Rainier and the Goat Rocks wilderness. Extending from the main living area, the covered outdoor space makes for the perfect spot to warm up at the fire pit while watching the sun go down.

Public and private separation is defined by a central cast in place concrete wall in this simple 2 bar plan. A covered communal outdoor space, the main entry, provide planform counterweight, balancing the adjacent master and guest bedroom suites. The master suite steps down from the main level, in line with the existing topography, to become its own sanctuary with large window apertures on all sides that take in the view. The two additional bedrooms and a shared bath are integrated without intruding.

The building exterior is clad in ground face veneer and covered by a weathering steel roof — a nod to the agricultural language of the surrounding area. Two site walls extend (parallel/?) from the building on its southwest side where the structure tucks into the topography. Stretching out, these walls anchor the house into the landscape and provide extra protection from the unchallenged prevailing winds.

Not only does the form provide solid protection from the elements, the simple exterior palette blends in with the surrounding environment and echoes the agrarian vernacular of the high prairie.

Completed late fall 2019.


  • Contractor:: Paul Carloss Construction
  • Size:: 1600 sf main house / 864 detached garage
  • Location:: Lyle, WA - High Prairie
  • Photography:: Erik Becker