When Katja and Adam Thom built a cabin on an postglacial archipelago in Canada's windswept Georgian Bay, they knew the structure would need to withstand serious natural elements. Made almost exclusively from wood reclaimed from old Ontario barns, the cabin features detailed woodworking—look closely and you can see elaborate cuts, joins, and cantilevers that hold the house together. In the sun-filled living room visitors can appreciate the wood's beauty as well as its resilience.
Though this slight, 250-square-foot addition to a Long Island summer home was largely crafted from cedar, it also features an elegantly slatted cypress divider.
Featuring an elaborate system of beams constructed from a single yellow pine tree, this barn in the Catskills was converted into an idyllic countryside getaway by a New York literary couple.
When a Portland family set ought to build a freestanding studio in their backyard, they knew a calming wood interior would be a primary feature. “Our desire was to have the spaces appear as though they were carved from a single block of wood, with the movable pieces an integral part of the overall composition,” said Jeff Vincent, who designed the project. With an exterior clad in Douglas fir reused from the previous garage, the floor is lined with strips of white-oak, which provide the desired feeling of serenity.
The soaring, cathedral-like weathered wood ceiling in famed modernist architect Jens Risom's Block Island retreat is offset by an extensive collection of wood furniture.