ISSUE 48  |  Gracious Tabletops

Architect Visit: Eric Cobb Cascade Lake House

November 27, 2008 11:15 AM

BY Janet Hall

A modern, simple sensibility doesn’t have to exclude child-friendly living. Case in point: the Cascade Lake House by Seattle-based architect Eric Cobb. Built for an active family, this year-round mountain retreat outside Seattle incorporates a climbing wall, secret passages, bunk beds, and plenty of chalkboards. According to Cobb, “There was a kind of Hardy Boys sensibility in the direction we were granted.” Mission accomplished.

Photographs by Steven Keating.

Seattle-based architect Eric Cobb designed this Cascade Lake houseAbove: The house is nestled amid trees on a hillside near Cascade Lake.

Seattle-based architect Eric Cobb designed this Cascade Lake houseAbove: The kitchen offers an expansive view of the lake.

Seattle-based architect Eric Cobb designed this Cascade Lake houseAbove: This sleeping and play room also offers an amazing view.

Seattle-based architect Eric Cobb designed this Cascade Lake houseAbove: The climbing wall gives children an alternative to stairs between two floors.

Seattle-based architect Eric Cobb designed this Cascade Lake houseAbove: Those taking the stairs can make a pitstop at the chalkboard.

Seattle-based architect Eric Cobb designed this Cascade Lake houseAbove: Glass lightens up the stairwell.
Seattle-based architect Eric Cobb designed this Cascade Lake houseAbove: Cobb masterfully hides one of the bunk spaces.

Seattle-based architect Eric Cobb designed this Cascade Lake houseAbove: Light makes for drama at Cascade Lake.