The Classic Cascadian A-Frame
The Tye Haus near Stevens Pass, Washington, is just over an hour from Seattle, but a world away from the city.
The Cascades and A-frames just go together. Maybe it’s the functionality of how the region’s abundant, wet snowfall sheds off the steep roof. Or perhaps it’s how the aesthetics mimic the surrounding pine trees. Whatever the reason, an A-frame never looks out of place in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Built in 1978, the Tye Haus is nestled in the woods at 1,026 feet just outside of the tiny town of Skykomish, Washington. The cabin is owned by Tom Feldman, a single dad and digital marketing manager in Seattle, and his six-year-old daughter, Paige. The family rents the cabin out as a vacation getaway on Airbnb, and through their own website. Rather than tackle a large-scale remodel, Feldman is picking off projects piecemeal between guests.
“We just rebuilt the entire subfloor and put in all new flooring the last week of April,” he says. “Next, we are replacing all of the windows, doors and siding on the front, probably over the summer.”
Aside from basic upgrades, the cabin doesn’t need much. There is a propane stove for heat, ambiance, and to dry the wet clothes that are a way of life in the PNW. Vintage trail maps and old skis adorn the walls. There is sleeping for up to eight on two twin beds, two full beds, and two sofa beds. For the summer months, the house offers an outdoor fire pit and a small grill.
But the real charm of this A-frame is the location. Skykomish is in Central Washington, just over an hour from Seattle but a world away from the city. Skiing and mountain biking are 17 miles away at Stevens Pass, and there’s hiking to rivers, mountain vista,s and placid alpine lakes right from the front door. “I’ve been snowboarding since the 80s,” Tom says. “And Paige just started this season.”
Photos: Brian Daugherty, Andrea Dabene, Vishnu Rajan, Scott Kranz, Rob Strok, Alex Strohl. Courtesy of the Tye Haus.
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