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The Case Inlet retreat by MW Works architects     Photo: Courtesy of Jeremy Bittermann

Case Inlet Retreat

A luxury sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest

Burrowed into a bluff overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, this private family retreat sits within a lush forest just south of Seattle.  

The bedrooms are housed in a cedar-clad wing, while a floating concrete staircase leads to the glass front door. Living, cooking, and dining areas can be found in the airy open space to the south. The views are spectacular from any of the rooms—the walls are almost 100 percent glass. Wood floors extend from the interior to the outside deck where a staircase with a metal pipe rail heads up to the rooftop seating.

The natural palette of mixed wood walls, weathered grey pendant lights and upholstery, concrete slabs, open-timber book shelves, and a modern cast iron wood-burning stove provide simple luxuries. High ceilings wrapped in wood and black framed windows and doors mimic the forest outside.

But it’s the main bedroom suite that steals the show. Floor-to-ceiling windows make up the corner of the sleeping area. The bath—a modern-soaking marvel with ridiculous views—even has its own balcony and a rain shower. Unless you swap the cabin for a transparent tent, you’d be hard pressed to feel more immersed in nature.

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