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There’s not much written about the Garden Refuge house. It was designed by Rohleder Borges Architecture, and built in midst of tall, lush trees in a garden in Hansville, Washington. We don’t have background on the inspiration or details on the woods and finishes. All we know is what we see, and in a way, that makes sense.

This is a home that wears its heart on its sleeve. The massive windows open to an idyllic garden setting, blurring the line between interior and exterior. The house isn’t so much “set in the garden” as much as the garden seems to embrace the home in its midst. An enormous wraparound porch protects your outside time from the intense weather – both cold and hot – of the Pacific Northwest. When the famous rains fall too hard to enjoy the porch, imagine lounging in the second story room listening to the barrage of drops against the metal roof.

The Garden Refuge is a guest home for a private residence and we respect its right to privacy. Though with accommodations this appealing, the owner’s guests may never want to leave. Heck, they may never even get out of that bathtub.


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Photos by Cynthia Grabau.

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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