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Anacapa completed conceptual design for a traditional mountain cabin located in June Lake, California, near the famed Mammoth Lakes ski area. Owners wanted to bring the modest-sized vacation home into the modern age through contemporary design that lends itself effortlessly to entertaining.

Located on a small hill, the site offers spectacular mountain and valley views. Our team opened up the cramped floor plan, peeling back the top floor to create a loft that overlooks an open-plan living room and kitchen. The addition of floor-to-ceiling glazing along the south-facing facade creates immersive views of the surrounding landscape from both levels of the interior, cultivating a united focal point that expands the perception of square footage while flooding the home with natural light.

We preserved the warm character of the home’s original interiors through the use of knotty pine along the floors and ceiling. By contrast, interior accents including the suspended fire place and window framing, as well as the exterior roof and detailing is dark. The interior flooring blends seamlessly with the outdoor decking to further enhance a connection to the outdoors. Improvements were made to improve the deck’s functionality as a gathering and entertaining space, including added square footage, improved access and the addition of a contemporary guard rail.

The exterior was updated to include a standing seam metal roof that easily sheds snow and provides a contemporary aesthetic. The character on the street-facing entry was updated to include more glazing, while natural forest preserves privacy along this facade.

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Location: June Lake, California  /  Architect: Dan Weber  /  Design Team: Jose Sanchez, Kristin Stoyanova  /  Conceptual Design Completed: April 2018