a wall of glass invites nature into the bedroom. Set high above the cliff, the room has a treehouse feel. To keep the small rooms from being overpowered with structural beams, aircraft cables truss the timber frames.
roof.” What is not so barn-like is the siding. The Zalmag panels, produced by a local contractor, are made of a composite of recycled zinc,
magnesium, aluminum, and steel. Resembling a patchwork of pewter,
the panels are rustproof and will darken with age. The standing-seam
roof, which echoes the corrugated tin roof of a shed, is made of the
same composite. Vertical-grain red cedar was used to face the south
side of the building, and the platform porch is made of Garapa, a timber
naturally resistant to decay. Over time, both will take on a silver hue.
Time, and the future, was much on the minds of the owners as
they envisioned the cottage. “In the spirit of ‘If you build it, they will
come,’” says the wife, “my husband is convinced that the kids will want
to keep coming home and bring their own families someday.” And like the artists who came before, they will find
a welcoming retreat, only this time, it is firmly balanced
on the edge.