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Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design

Project name:
Tumble Creek Cabin
Architecture firm:
Coates Design
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington, USA
Lara Swimmer
Principal architect:
Matthew Coates, Coates Design
Design team:
Project Architect- Brian Schroeder, Project Team- Justin Helmbrecht, Nathan Brantley, Daniel Stewart
Quantum Consulting Engineers (Civil engineer)
Design year:
Completion year:
Built area:
3835 ft²
Site area:
41,450 ft²
Interior design:
Melissa Anderson – All in the Details
Patrick Lounher
Structural engineer:
Brock Smith Custom Homes
Coates Design
Tools used:
Wood, Concrete, Glass, Stone, Metal
Residential › House

Completed in 2018 by Seattle-area architecture firm Coates Design, Tumble Creek Cabin is a single-family home situated in Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington, USA

Architect’s Statement: This vacation home designed to be “net-zero” lies in the beautiful Suncadia Resort in Washington State’s Cascade Mountains. The resort, located on the sunny side of the Cascades, hosts an intimate community that enjoys a rich and diverse collection of amenities. Set just across from, but with easy access to everything at Suncadia Resort, members of this community enjoy their own exclusive 2,600-acre haven with a Tom Doak golf course rated among the best in the Country, trails, parks extensive social programming and a grand clubhouse breaking ground soon.

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Designimage © Lara Swimmer 

The house blends sustainable modern architecture with reclaimed rustic materials. Repeat clients Ed and Joanne Ellis first hired Coates Design Architects for their home and primary residence on Bainbridge Island—the first LEED Platinum residence in Washington. They worked again with Coates Design who brought the same modern and sustainable design sensibilities to this vacation home in the pristine and beautiful Tumble Creek Community at Suncadia Resort. This home is intended to be a legacy piece for their extended family.

The extreme weather conditions challenged the design team to create a comfortable environment without the use of traditional energy consumptive cooling and heating systems. The team sited the building to take advantage of passive solar strategies and created an abundance of sloped roof to support a 10 kWh PV Solar Panel array. This system is designed to provide all of the electricity required by the home and is engineered to include a Tesla Powerwall. The Powerwall will store extra electricity and will maintain functionality during power outages as well as a vehicle charging station for the owners’ electric cars.

cabin house with outdoor furniture image © Lara Swimmer 

An entry vestibule and mud room conserves energy and creates an elegant entry into the main living space. This self-contained room serves double duty as a special place to welcome visitors and an air lock to keep the outdoor elements contained. Wintertime’s chilly drafts and summer’s excessive heat are kept at bay with this simple solution. Dramatic cantilevered roof planes utilize passive solar strategies by barring the summer sun & heat yet inviting in the winter sunshine. These broad overhangs also create covered outdoor space, much coveted in this climate, and a sheltered entry experience.

Vaulted ceilings in the main living and dining area are supported by exposed steel and wood structural elements, and floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the landscape beyond. A large board formed concrete chimney commands attention as the focal point of the main living area. This solid mass, along with areas of concrete floor, serve also as a thermal heat sink to help maintain a stable and comfortable temperature inside. There are two primary bedroom suites and a bunk room in the main house to accommodate family members. A separate bunk house has space for recreation and an additional bedroom suite. The two-car garage features an electric vehicle charging station, a wine cellar, and plenty of storage.

cabin house with steel structure and glass windows image © Lara Swimmer 

a young man relaxing on outdoor sofa with nature view image © Lara Swimmer 

glass door entry to living room image © Lara Swimmer 

living room with sofa and wooden dining table image © Lara Swimmer 

pendant lamp hanged over wooden dining table image © Lara Swimmer 

living room with double volume roof image © Lara Swimmer 

sunlight enters the corridor through the opened windows image © Lara Swimmer 

family pictures are hanged on the coridor wall image © Lara Swimmer 

kitchen island made with marble stone and wood image © Lara Swimmer 

cozy living space with fire place and rustic sofa image © Lara Swimmer 

pendant lamps over kitchen dining table image © Lara Swimmer 

a bottle of wine and tow glasses on round table image © Lara Swimmer 

metal ladder inside cabin house image © Lara Swimmer 

fruits and flowers on the kitchen island image © Lara Swimmer 

cozy living room at evening image © Lara Swimmer 

cabin house made with wood and steel structure image © Lara Swimmer 

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Designimage © Lara Swimmer 

cabin hoe with vaulted ceiling image © Lara Swimmer 

modern residence surrounded with green landscape image © Lara Swimmer 

cabin house surrounded with green plants image © Lara Swimmer 

house made with steel structure column and wooden beam image © Lara Swimmer 

enters step staircase image © Lara Swimmer 

rustic facade and wooden beams image © Lara Swimmer 

house with illumination at night image © Lara Swimmer 

modern residence with illumination at night image © Lara Swimmer 

house with illumination at night surrounded with green landscape image © Lara Swimmer 

Main Floor Plan Main Floor Plan 

Site Plan Site Plan 

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South Elevation South Elevation 

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West Elevation West Elevation 

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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