Small House

Creekside Cabin

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Although beautifully situated among firs and redwoods, the layout of this 1920’s shingle-style weekend cabin precluded views to the nearby seasonal creek. The architect designed a new double-height living room addition to wrap the original exterior. Weathered shingles and period windows remain – when open, kitchen and living room are connected. New materials contrast with the old; reclaimed beams mediate between them, and visually echo the surrounding woods. Window walls showcase views to the swirling waters below.

A restored 1920s cabin in Calistoga, California. Restoration by Amy A. Alper.

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102 Comments

  • Reply DeAnna June 13, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Beautiful

  • Reply Chargaile Askew June 14, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Loved it, would love to live in a tiny house like that.

    • Reply sc June 20, 2014 at 4:00 am

      this house is tiny to you???

      • Reply Mika May 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm

        M8 idk where you live but that’s considered a small cottage where I come from

        • Reply Uranus S. Brown July 12, 2015 at 2:31 am

          Well aren’t you special!

    • Reply Dolly June 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      It is not tiny. What are you talking about?

      • Reply Paulette Dodson March 12, 2015 at 10:21 am

        Sweet heart agreed with you! its so beautiful house

    • Reply asdasd January 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Its tiny compared to her! LOL

      • Reply Chris James February 8, 2015 at 4:14 am

        Spoken like a true anonymous internet keyboard warrior. asshole

      • Reply stefan February 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm

        @ASDASD: Your comment is rude and stupid. And definitely not funny at all.

      • Reply Wilhem February 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm

        ASDASD: You’re a small person. You should kill yourself.

        • Reply KellyJean99668 March 30, 2015 at 10:46 pm

          Suicide is no joke. Don’t even PRETEND it is! That’s horrid. I was three steps away from suicide, you can’t say that, it’s rude. Thanks.

      • Reply Forneverknew June 10, 2015 at 9:36 am

        Look, everyone is too serious like hell. Just like teenagers telling her bf she has a baby. LOL

  • Reply Venus June 14, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Where can I go to get one made just for me, very interested.

  • Reply nancy June 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

    how nice. if only there were 7-1/2 billion creeks so everyone could have the same view you have …

  • Reply don iaruussi June 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    how much?

  • Reply ben June 16, 2014 at 3:55 am

    what evs deanna

  • Reply Wolfgang June 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Das ist einfach nur traumhaft schön 🙂 That is so beautiful, I like it so much 🙂

    • Reply Cliff Sheridan May 21, 2015 at 4:41 am

      Please, write in english, bloody bastard ¡¡¡

      • Reply Forneverknew June 10, 2015 at 9:26 am

        Please, he didn’t write it for you. And bastard? Wow, you’re so rude! You don’t even know his last name is SNOW or PYKE or else!

  • Reply Lauren June 17, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Absolutely stunning, Amy!
    Thanks for sharing this project.

  • Reply Kim June 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Beautiful…….. for sale?

  • Reply Erin June 18, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I love it. What a great interior – cozy and modern. I wonder what it feels like at night in that living room, is it comfortable without curtains over those large windows?

  • Reply snowy June 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    That is NOT a small house, my house isnt much bigger! Thats a freaking Palace! I LOVE it. Who do I have to sleep with to get one?

  • Reply mcnaught June 23, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Beautiful but stupid.

    One terrific storm, some kind of foul-up in the way the floodwaters are suppose to flow, and that stream will rise right into that beautiful building.

    I’ve seen exactly that here in the Catskills.

    Then it will no longer be Creekside Cabin but Creekcurrent Cabin.

  • Reply Edwin June 25, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Totally beautiful and breathtaking.

  • Reply Liza Saidin June 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Wow, this is AMAZING!
    Where is it?
    Wish I could have one like this one day.

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  • Reply Liza Saidin June 25, 2014 at 11:32 pm

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  • Reply Carol July 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I would love to live in something like this when I retire. I wish all the sites that are posting these would put square footage and simple floor plans. Others could building something like this on their screen.

  • Reply Christopher July 25, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Is it Dinosaur proof?

  • Reply DONALD TRISDALE July 27, 2014 at 12:12 am

    how can we purchase something of this nature?

  • Reply Danny Odom August 12, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I would like to see the plans for this one.

  • Reply Shalaco December 9, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Who’s the photographer?

  • Reply David December 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Beautiful place! But the next big storm and it will be damaged or washed away.

  • Reply Devon December 26, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    A stunning home!

  • Reply Jenifer January 17, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    wow its just like heaven, i love it..

  • Reply Nemi Eco Villa January 20, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    This home looks so peaceful…what a great place to unplug and get away from it all.

  • Reply Nicola Miller of The Millers Tale January 27, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    People! It’s been there since the twenties.

    • Reply HUNTER April 7, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      EXACTLY NICOLA!!! People just don’t know how to read any more, geezzzz…………

  • Reply Plexure January 30, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Beautiful house.

  • Reply Virgil Contos February 3, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    This looks like the perfect place for a good read. It softly whispers “cozy and warm.” Whoever owns this is one lucky camper.

  • Reply Boblgumm February 8, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Looks like the kind of place you would feel terrible if you tracked any nature into it. It looks to me supremely unlived in. Sterile.

  • Reply FERNANDO CALS February 20, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Amazing…very good project and a beautiful – very beautiful – site

  • Reply Acredeals February 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Beautiful house

  • Reply pippa March 15, 2015 at 4:20 am

    What a wonderful makeover that cabin has had! It looks an idyllic hideaway.

  • Reply Evangel Architect March 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Simply Beautiful. Cool

  • Reply Evangel Architect March 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Very Nice and extra ordinary design.

  • Reply russ scott March 15, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Its hardly a tiny house………………………..

  • Reply john March 18, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Building an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) and this looks great. Anyone know the footprint sq. footage and the living space sq footage?

  • Reply Retro Brit March 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Smashing setting. What a wonderful escape.

  • Reply Thiago April 1, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    What a wonderful makeover that cabin has had! It looks an idyllic hideaway.This looks like the perfect place for a good read. It softly whispers “cozy and warm.” Whoever owns this is one lucky camper.

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    Woaa,,, this inspiratif home,, beutiful,,

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  • Reply Dane Rigby May 2, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Love the atmosphere this cabin offers. It gives you the creature comfort while keeping you involved with the nature. Very creative. I like it.

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  • Reply Pete Rose May 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    How many millions? Oh, just several……

  • Reply Abbas May 25, 2015 at 9:03 am

    The beauty with lots of silent words

  • Reply Craig Campana May 29, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I love it! When can I move in?

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  • Reply Marnix June 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    WoW! That looks like a place to get really winddown! Relax en enjoy eachother and nature!!
    Well done!

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  • Reply vineet June 5, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Awesome ……… This home looks so peaceful…what a great place to unplug and get away from it all.

  • Reply vineet June 5, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I love it. What a great interior – cozy and modern. I wonder what it feels like at night in that living room, is it comfortable without curtains over those large windows?

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  • Reply Erika June 15, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    gorgeous!!

  • Reply Ashley June 21, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    For those arguing about the size of the home, it is considered a cabin, as it says in the title. Silly people. It might not be considered small to some people but it is certainly a small home. Clearly they went out of their way to make clever use of the compact space for example the drawers under the staircase. Regardless of the size, I think it’s absolutely perfect.

  • Reply Karel Paragh July 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I love the design and architecture of this cabin. very nice! Karel Koes Hiranjgarbh Missier Paragh

  • Reply d.long July 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I do not expect people to speak so disrespectfully to 3ach other… i’m really shocked at some of the name-calling.this is just a home site, not a rock and roll forum…. I would not like all those open windows at night ,either maybe half-shutters…

  • Reply Jane July 12, 2015 at 12:22 am

    I would be constantly watching out of those great windows for deer or even a bear to walk by!!

  • Reply wascl July 25, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Did any body notice that the last picture was a before pic of the original cabin and the first picture was after the remodel.
    I have to agree that the house is very picturesque. and I especially like the living room. But I can think of many places that that house would fit in perfectly so it isn’t like building something similar would be impossible to capture that feel. No body would want to have exactly the same house that everyone else had anyway it wouldn’t be special if every one had the same thing. I love the warmth and openness it is not easy to capture that feeling especially in a small space. It makes me want to build something again 🙂

  • Reply Kritika Jaiswal July 25, 2015 at 11:23 am

    thanks for sharing very beautiful houses, these all houses are very good looking and color, design combination is nicely used.

  • Reply Karel Koes Hiranjgarbh Missier Paragh August 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Beautiful design. just great! Regards, Karel Koes Hiranjgarbh Missier Paragh

  • Reply Liz August 3, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Why oh why do people have to put up so many rude and stupid comments, there really isn’t any need for it, we are only looking at someone’s beautiful house, if you don’t like it then move on, chill out, find some peace in your life, but leave other people out of your negativity.

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    Really good

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    Nice, Decent and Pleasant. Want to build something like that for me

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    Wow…Mind blowing…very contemporary!!

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    I would simply love to live here. This is absolutely magical.

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  • Reply Tasos Poirazis January 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Dreaming some day ( almost sunday ) weekup thear .

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    It is to good and beautiful…………. <3

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    • Reply LARINOC April 30, 2016 at 5:31 am

      Glad there are a few of us that read ’20s (dare I say that the original house was built there years before most if not all of us were conceived!) instead of being preoccupied with slinging the next biting hate-mail. This is a gorgeous renovation and shows amazing talent and creativity. Thank you to Amy Alper and Steven for sharing their dream-come-true with all of us!

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    very nice

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  • Reply Paykwik Satın Al August 8, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    It is not tiny. What are you talking about?

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    which rooms we always use most. May be bed, kitchen or shower room. In USA many of us don’t pay the attention on shower room. Well decorated shower room and best rain shower head can make us always happy with body and soul.

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