The distinctive look
of The Powder Haus comes from a considerate combination
of materials and textures.
The Alaskan Yellow
Cedar siding is not only distinctive but is also the
hardest known cedar in the world. Prized by boat
builders for its exceptional resistance to weather and
insects, the siding will continue to grey giving the
haus an intentionally distressed look.
Form meets function
through the extensive use of copper. More than just an
accent color, copper was used not only for its natural
beauty but for its proven durability in the mountain
environment. The copper doors, windows, chimney cap,
flashing and fixtures will continue to weather and
oxidize; a process that produces a self protective
coating called a patina.
The prevalent use of
indigenous, high sierra granite not only protects the
haus from the elements but also creates a beautiful
mosaic of color and craftsmanship. This stone styling is
also enjoyed by the internal living spaces, most
noticeably by the great room’s grand fire place.
"There is something peculiarly rural and domestic in the
character of the Swiss farm-house. Their broad roofs,
open galleries, and simple and bold construction are
significant of strength and fitness... " A.J. Downing,
The Architecture of Country Hauss, 1850