This Summer-Camp Cabin Is a Study in Cozy Surprises

A mountain-modern home in Jackson, Wyoming, creates masterful illusions with rustic wonder.
Photos by Aaron Kraft, Krafty Photography

Built into the hillside in Jackson, Wyoming, this mountain-modern home is more than meets the eye. The owner’s vision of a small log cabin was in conflict with his desire to accommodate his siblings’ families for vacation getaways. In essence, he wanted to capture that small, cozy, summer-camp vibe but also incorporate a handful of guest rooms, bright-and-airy spaces, and cool, contemporary finishes. Luckily, the design team pulled a crafty magic trick and made all of the above come to life.

Upon arrival, visitors might assume they are indeed approaching a true log cabin, one that is of humble size relative to the Jackson area. After further inspection, however, the cabin’s “logs” are actually carefully crafted siding made to appear like rounded timbers—without the hefty maintenance attached.

The rear exterior of the cabin reveals a home almost doubled in size, appearing to emerge from the hillside.

An indoor bridge connects the main house to another wing, which houses the garage and a one-bedroom suite above. The L shape of the cabin allows water to run down the hill between the two structures.

The interior of the bridge is comprised of glass and timbers, creating a feeling of floating among the trees.

A color palette of silver barn wood adorns the entryway, with some brown tones strewn about for warmth.

The great room welcomes the homeowners and their visitors immediately upon entry, with a giant wall of windows framing extraordinary views of the Snake River Valley and Sleepy Indian Mountain beyond.

The build-out black-finished windows are German and well insulated. The fireplace is crafted of Chief Cliff stone from Select Stone in Montana, the built-ins around the fireplace are barn wood, and the siding is new wood made to appear dark and aged. The large timber trusses above are flitch plate trusses, which use steel in concert with wood for a more modern, industrial flair.

The great room extends onto a large east-facing deck that wraps around the entire rear of the home—the perfect “campfire” spot for enjoying a drink and basking in the mountain views.

An open layout connects the great room to the dining and kitchen areas. Above the kitchen sits a mysterious loft; its access point is not easily discovered (spoiler alert: the hidden library ladder sits against the wall in the laundry room and snaps into place for safe climbing).

“Log” siding continues in the bright, clean-lined kitchen with bay windows and a concrete surface on the cabinetry.

In addition to the standard window above the sink, this kitchen’s cooktop also comes with a view. Honed Madreperola​ quartzite adorns the countertops and island, and reclaimed timbers add an additional rustic touch to the ceiling.

The double-sided fireplace creates multiple cozy spots in the master suite and its adjacent private deck. A built-in seat is framed by the illusion of full round logs—a tribute to the owner’s initial log-cabin vision.

The master bath is an exercise in contrasts. The super-cool space blends rustic mountain charm with an edge of contemporary style.

The home boasts several guest rooms for hosting family and friends. The guest room near the master suite doubles as an office and sitting area.

What’s a mountain cabin without a bunkroom? These summer-camp-inspired quarters include four twin bunks and two queen beds.

A contemporary staircase wraps around a stone column, leading to more guests’ quarters and a rec room to die for.

A white soffit, reclaimed timber trusses, and walls of barn wood comprise the perimeter of the rec room. A fireplace, built-in shelves, and a large TV make this the ultimate relaxation zone.

A bar—complete with a wine refrigerator—comes equipped for entertaining.

The space opens out onto the back patio, for fresh air and a seamless indoor-outdoor connection.

The lower-level guest rooms also daylight onto the patio for easy gatherings.

At the end of the day, this owner’s home combines childlike wonder with the capacity to provide luxurious accommodations to all his favorite people—his very own summer camp for family and friends to gather and chat over s’mores by the fire.


ARCHITECTURE Design Associates Architects CONTRACTOR Wilkinsin-Montesano Builders KITCHEN DESIGN Mountain Land Design WINDOWS Peak Glass LANDSCAPE DESIGN Horizon Landscaping

Christopher Lee is the lead architect of Design Associates Architects, which specializes in creating remarkable custom residential architecture throughout the Jackson Hole and Rocky Mountain region. View their profile or contact Christopher at 307.733.3600.

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