The roof of this small retreat on Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho is brought to life by four different kinds of sedum (fleshy herbs of the orpine family). The trays that the plants sit in are 4 inches deep and have an integrated drainage and sprinkler system. Underneath, insulation and waterproofing membranes make the roof 8–10 inches thick.
Architect Jon R. Sayler, AIA, designed the 10-sided, 700-square-foot cabin. It was important to Sayler, who also lives on the lake, and the owners to have the structure blend into the landscape, and keeping a low profile and adding the green roof did this. The shape and floor plan were determined by setback regulations. To get to the cabin, visitors must walk through the woods, which seems appropriate when this treasure is at the end of the trail. There are only two rooms that make up the cabin: the open living space with a bed, and the bathroom.
Lake Pend Oreille is the fifth deepest lake in the U.S., at about 1,150 feet. Today, it’s used by the U.S. Navy for acoustic submarine research. Steep rocky cliffs surround the water. Many houses on the lake can only be reached by boat.
Of note for cabiners in the area: Schweitzer Mountain Resort is only 25 minutes away, offering great skiing opportunities.
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Photo by Woods Wheatcroft Photography, www.woodswheatcroft.com