The Ranchero Photoshoot

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Hot off the presses! We’ve recently returned from a weekend retreat and photoshoot at “The Ranchero” in Mazama. Nestled at the edge of a subalpine meadow in the upper Methow Valley, the Ranchero is a base camp for year round outdoor adventure and a social hub for gatherings of friends and family.

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The plan emphasizes simplicity, abundant natural light and a strong connection to the surrounding peaks and adjacent aspen grove. The public wing features an open floor plan with an expansive patio that sets the stage for relaxation and socializing.

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A simple material pallet focuses on highly durable, low maintenance solutions such as Cor-ten steel siding, aluminum clad windows and a concrete skirt that protects the structure’s base during the winter snowpack and spring snowmelt cycle.

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The deep veranda, oversized entry and ski wax room provide family and guests a functional landing zone between activities.

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Built at a modest scale with super insulated walls and ceilings, energy efficient windows and systems, the home is intended to minimize energy consumption.

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With a spine that is aligned along an east west axis, the home is designed to take advantage of passive solar heat gain in the winter while minimizing solar heat gain in the summer.

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Mild steel and integrally colored fiber cement panels clad the interior walls for a durable, paint free finish.

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The home features regionally crafted custom finish details, casework and furnishings throughout.

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Crisp white aluminum ceiling panels reflect light into the home and help blur the line between the indoors and outdoors.

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Low VOC finishes, concrete floors, and a heat recovery ventilator insure clean and healthy air.

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The private wing offers a master suite with an extra day bed, a ship’s berth inspired bunkroom, and peaceful getaway nooks.

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A balance of rugged materials, a simple plan and clean lines help focus this mountain retreat on the place, people and adventures.

  1. Jim Nelson’s avatar

    Great achievement melding shelter with a natural site!

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