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It started with our bunkie – a Scandanavian-inspired shelter characterized by simple design and functionality. With a limited budget, we constructed the 144-square-foot building with reclaimed doors and windows (including the transom window that provides the ideal amount of light during the day). We used barn board clad for the exterior and Iuoan plywood inside to give the bunkie a distinctive rustic feel to match the surrounding landscape. Later, we fashioned a sheltered deck and benches. To create a year-round escape, we added a wood-burning stove capable of heating the interior during the coldest months.

What’s up next for the Workman’s Creek property? Having gained a true feeling for the land (after building on the site), we’re planning to design a new home that is both bold and strong – yet blends seamlessly with the surrounding wilderness.