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Home inspiration: Jim Olson's country retreat

This cosy corner caught our eye recently and when we discovered the house, we were blown away. Over the years, Seattle based architect Jim Olson created this beautiful country retreat for his family. A timeless, natural home with the most amazing views.

"When he was 18 years old and a first-year architecture student, his dad gave him $500 and said, 'Go build a bunkhouse'."

The cabin was first expanded in 1981, which resulted in three small pavilions linked by wooden platforms. Olson undertook more additions in 1997, 2003 and 2014, including the creation of several bedrooms, a living room with a large glass wall and a unifying roof. The architect has used simple and readily available materials at all stages of the cabin's evolution. Columns and beams are made of wood and steel. Walls are covered in plywood and recycled boards, with large expanses of glass offering views of the scenic terrain. The floors are covered with rugs made of natural materials like wool and hemp.The cabin's function has changed over the decades. Initially a bunkhouse for friends, it later became a retreat for a young family. It now serves as "a quiet place for contemplation and creative work, and a comfortable place for visiting grandchildren, extended family and friends".

"The cabin has been a work in progress since it began, with each transformation acknowledging the changing priorities of its designer," the studio said. "What has remained unchanged is Olson's deep reverence for nature and his admiration of the site's beauty."Source: