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A Modern Metal Take On The Saltbox House

CEO Khai Intela
Have you ever heard of the Saltbox house? These unique homes get their name from their resemblance to the saltbox containers used for storing salt. With steeply sloped sides and a high-pitched roof, these homes...

Have you ever heard of the Saltbox house? These unique homes get their name from their resemblance to the saltbox containers used for storing salt. With steeply sloped sides and a high-pitched roof, these homes have a distinctive shape that has been around since the 1650s. Originally built to withstand heavy snowfall in New England, the Saltbox house's design has undergone modernization while still retaining its key features.

One architect who has embraced the Saltbox house concept is Jesse Garlick. Based in Vancouver, Garlick designed the Washington Sky House, a stunning modern version of the Saltbox house. The Sky House is a prefabricated home located in Washington's high desert that runs off the grid. Garlick, who used to spend his time sailing, incorporated his love for solitude and self-sufficiency into this vacation retreat.

modern saltbox house Image: © Jesse Garlick (Dwell)

The Washington Sky House is a blend of modernity and traditional Saltbox design, using metal instead of wood. The metal structure allows for rapid assembly, making the home a prefabricated marvel. With its high thermal mass walls, solar panels, and propane-powered heating, the Sky House is both environmentally friendly and visually stunning. The views of the Cascade foothills from the house are breathtaking.

The interior of the Sky House utilizes some old cabin styles found in older cabins. For example, a daybed on the ground floor is separated by curtains to create a cozy space. The kitchen features a large stainless-steel hood and a kitchen island with a timeless PaperStone countertop in slate. The use of steel and wood in the design creates a warm and inviting atmosphere.

daybed Image: © Jesse Garlick (Dwell)

When you venture upstairs, you'll find a bedroom, closet, and laundry area. The highlight of the second floor is the staircase and viewing platform, which offers stunning views of the surroundings. The home's well-placed windows allow for natural light to flood the space and provide a long-range view for the homeowners.

Designed to be completely off-grid, the Washington Sky House showcases the adaptability of the Saltbox house concept in modern architecture. With its careful use of high thermal materials and solar power, this home proves that sustainability and comfort can go hand in hand.

sb4 Image: © Jesse Garlick (Dwell)

If you're interested in building your own Saltbox house, you can reach out to architect Jesse Garlick at Studio531. The legacy of the Saltbox house lives on, inspiring architects and builders to create modern, beautiful, and sustainable homes that honor this timeless design.

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