On 30 acres of forested woodland with views of Mt. Adams to the north, this whole house renovation reestablishes lost connections between the functions of a home and drama of its natural surroundings.  Interior spaces were re-worked in better alignment with the homeowners’ lifestyle, and extended into the landscape in carefully chosen locations.

Additions to the house connect to local building practices deployed in nearby alpine cabins and agricultural structures. This tectonic is carried through the interior spaces of the house, connecting its inhabitants to the legacy of pragmatism and craft celebrated in this rugged environment.



  • Designed from the inside out
    • A series of focal points from the kitchen command center.
    • Spaces visually and physically connected to the outdoors around them with outdoor spaces that flow outward from the interior.


  • The existing trussed roof structure was completely removed.
    • Redesigned roof allows the interior layout to change to better cater to clients lifestyle
    • new north main entry with heavy timber structure and solid concrete plinth, firmly connect house to the ground and calls out new design language, while other new added pieces of house support
  • The dining area with a feature wall of shou sugi ban burnt wood
  • the casual TV area, that can be closed off per client request with a series of sliding doors gliding over from the formal living / entry area
  • the formal living area connects to the backyard outdoor space with the fire pit area protected from the west winds by a heavy timber structure echoing the other newly added pieces to the house.
  • Completion:: 2016
  • Size:: 3850 sf
  • Location:: White Salmon, WA - Snowden
  • Photography:: Jeff Amram