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This 850-square-foot vacation cabin is located in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. The clients, a pair of educators at Arizona State University, wanted a summer retreat where they could focus on writing and painting.

The program called for a single bedroom, a living room, and a dining room, as well as a loft that could accommodate weekend guests or serve as a study. A strict budget required the design to employ a simple form, traditional platform framing, and local materials. Affordable materials such as concrete block, cedar siding, and raw aluminum roofing are left unadorned to age in their forest setting. The building's mass and orientation are designed to take advantage of passive solar heating and cooling techniques while screening out views of nearby neighbors.

Mountain Cabin

Greer, Arizona

Mountain Vacation Cabin

Photography: ©

Size (sf): 850

Cost: $90,000

Completed: 2005

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