The Judith Mountain Cabin was
designed by Prairie Wind Architecture in Montana
When building the
fire lookout cabin, this lookout had to become part of those landscapes. Not
just in form and material, but in time, as well. It had to look old from the
moment it was finished. It had to look like 1939, like the CCC had built it.
A lot of recycled material was used to accomplish this. Corrugated metal
roofing from a barn being demolished down the road. Beams, flooring and
decking were recycled from an 80-year-old trestle, recently dismantled. The
stone came from the site, and rock flooring was quarried in Idaho.
In contrast to the exterior, the interiors are archaic, but light, and anything
but rustic. The ground level provides cooking, washing and storage, with
sleeping for two. The upper level provides the connection to the views, with
windows in every direction, and a six-foot square skylight at the peak of the
roof to insure even more light to the space. On the second level, there is also
sleeping for two, and storage between the floor beams and in the furniture.
The cabin is powered by two
fifty-watt photovoltaic panels that provide twelve volt direct current power
to outlets, lights, and the well pump. That power lets the client have a
stereo, a TV/VCR, running water in the sink, and water to fill a wood-fired
hot tub. A composting toilet, visible in the tenth photo, provides
The Judith Mountain Cabin was designed by Jeff Sheldon of Prairie Wind
Architecture. For more information