Wawona Home

Yosemite, CA


Big Trees

The wind through Ponderosa Pine and Incense Cedar trees settles you into this place. Located along a winding road in Yosemite National Park, the home is a short walk to a waterfall and groves of big old trees. Envisioned as a retreat for a landscape photographer and her family, the materials of original cedar and stone Yosemite cabins inspired the timeless shape and character of the home. The landscape obscures the property from the main road, with the decks and paths wrapping around lichen-covered boulders, blurring the lines between built and natural, home and forest.

With a modern play on the humble cabins in the woods, the walls and ceilings are wrapped with cedar milled from trees on site, and the gable form and granite fireplace echo the beauty and simplicity of timeless structures. An efficient kitchen serves the family and can become the center of big gatherings that spill out through the lofted living room and onto the covered deck. Bunk rooms and a primary suite provide comfort for extended family and guests and small nooks provide comfortable places to read, rest, and soak in the golden light of Yosemite.