Highcountry House by CTA Design Builders


CTA Design Builders


Ed Sozinho




Seattle, U.S.A.


Perched like a lookout on a sagebrush plateau with sweeping views of the high desert and big river cutting through it below, this contemporary three-bedroom getaway home is a serene retreat allowing the focus to be entirely on this breathtaking landscape. CTA Design Builders’ goal was to design a comfortable family-sized retreat that didn’t call too much attention to itself, but rather could sit low and quiet, and let the focus be on the views and weather all around. Because of constant winds, the house and out-buildings have been arranged in a U-shape to create a south facing sheltered patio, complete with pool, oriented to frame the best of all the views.

This is a modest-sized vacation home designed for a multigenerational family. Its main space with lofty ceilings brings everyone together in the heart of the home – cooking, eating, hanging out. The big-view wall of glass opens completely to the outside patio and pool below, creating a seamless inside/outside connection that is breath-taking in every season, every day and star-filled night. Other smaller windows throughout the house are placed with restraint, carefully positioned to afford a special private view as if looking at a landscape painting.

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