Novotny Cabin

This cabin, located on Decatur Island in the San Juan Island chain, is perched on a steeply sloping site which terminates in an abrupt rock cliff at the waters edge. The cabin is shared by two couples who use it on an alternating schedule. The 840 s.f. structure is entered from a bridge onto the upper floor living/kitchen/dining area. Glass surrounds all four sides and deep six foot overhangs extend out to protect the outdoor decks.

The lower floor elevations are solid with punched windows at the built-in beds. The upper floor post and beam construction extends out of the solid lower walls. The thirteen foot wide plan provides exterior elevations reminiscent of forest service lookout stations.


Project Type


Decatur Island, Washington, United States

Related links


  • The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Michael Shopenn and Miller Hull