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October 9, 2015
An unorthodox design is a comfortable escape from city life.
Cedar facade of modern Seattle cabin by David Coleman.

“I wanted the buildings to be crisp, bold, and clean,” Coleman said. Exterior vertical siding is made from locally sourced cedar stained in a “hazelnut” shade by Sikkens Cetol SRD.

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HardiePanel and benjamin moore paint exterior of modern Seattle cabin by David Coleman.

The jagged edges of the roof are meant to resemble the surrounding peaks of the Cascades. The exterior HardiePanel vertical siding is painted “dark pewter” by Benjamin Moore.

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Green polycarbonate exterior of modern Seattle cabin by David Coleman.

A polycarbonate wall by Lexan Thermoclick colors the west side of the studio. Exterior doors are from Codel, and they are also painted in Benjamin Moore’s “dark pewter.”

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Patio with Red Balau hardwood and Messmer oil finish in modern Seattle cabin by David Coleman.

“I wanted to create ‘defensible’ outdoor rooms that flowed in and around the buildings,” Coleman said. The deck was built with Red Balau hardwood, which has a custom oil finish by Messmer’s. 

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Custom steel stairs in modern Seattle cabin by David Coleman.

The cabin and studio each have one bathroom and one bedroom, and the entirety of the property has geothermal heat and super insulation. The custom-made stairs in the cabin are by Westside Metal Fabricators in Mount Vernon, Washington.

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Womb Chair in modern Seattle cabin by David Coleman.

Every room in the home has views to the outdoors, including the loft. Glass walls box in Womb Chairs by Modern Classics.

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Focus One couch by Kasala and pendant light from Kartell in living room of modern Seattle cabin by David Coleman.

The living room features a “Focus One” couch by Kasala, which sits across from Arper and Catifa 46 dining room chairs by Hive Modern. The pendant lights that hang above them are “Easy” by Kartell

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Red Balau flooring with Osmo Polyx finish in modern Seattle cabin by David Coleman.

The 1,000-square-foot studio includes a wood shop and music room. The Red Balau wood flooring was treated with Osmo color oil and Osmo Polyx finish. The walls are painted “white heron” by Benjamin Moore.

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Shower with American Olean porcelain tile in modern Seattle cabin by David Coleman.

“I wanted the bathtub and shower to be at the foot of the terrace, so one could look out and feel the connection to the site,” Coleman said. “French roast,” an unglazed porcelain tile by American Olean, covers the shower.

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Milgard windows on modern Seattle cabin by David Coleman.

Windows by Milgard allow for views of the terrace below the cabin’s bedroom and the expanse of trees beyond. 

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Cedar facade of modern Seattle cabin by David Coleman.

“I wanted the buildings to be crisp, bold, and clean,” Coleman said. Exterior vertical siding is made from locally sourced cedar stained in a “hazelnut” shade by Sikkens Cetol SRD.

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Bear Run Cabin
Interior Designer 

When the owners of this home first broke ground in 2009, they envisioned a place to retreat into the wild. The land is tucked away in Marblemount, Washington, about a two-hour drive from Seattle, and overlooks a lush canopy that stretches to the Cascade Mountains. For years, nothing obstructed the view but a frame that one owner, a cabinetmaker, had built with others. But eventually, in 2014, architect David Coleman completed the long-awaited property. “I wanted to claim a small piece of the wild site, rather than create a sprawling complex,” he said. His namesake architecture firm created a joint 890-square-foot cabin and 1,000-square-foot studio where an abundance of windows and a series of open spaces maximize the natural setting. 

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