Weekend Cabin: Jackson County, Colorado

At first glance, this cabin near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, looks positively huge. Turns out, it’s like a small cowboy with a big hat: The powerfully visual A-frame roof covers a lot of ground, but a lot of that shade and shelter covers a broad outdoor living space. The interior certainly isn’t tiny, but the roof belies a much more human scale.

Located at 8,000 feet on a cattle ranch and tucked at the edge of an aspen grove like a kid with just her nose poking out from under the blanket, the spread also includes a small guest house and a garage. There’s great frontcountry and backcountry skiing nearby and phenomenal singletrack…but what closed the deal was that outdoor fireplace. Dang, that’s sweet.

Architect: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

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