My wife and I recently took a quick, much needed, weekend getaway to the RADLANDER, a cabin situated amongst the rugged badlands of ND. This is the first project I have ever been apart of designing in which I have been able to experience overnight. As a designer, being able to actually live in and use first hand something you have designed is one best educational tools you could buy. It allows you to critique, analyze, and study what was planned vs. what was actually built and how they relate.
Our experience left us wanting more. We love spending time in Medora and the rugged Badlands of ND. This was our first winter trip to Medora and surely not our last. It was validation as to why one would build a vacation cabin in the middle of such rugged land. Exploration and adventure can happen year around at this retreat. Not to mention the absolute darkness of night this location has to offer. If you live in the city you will know what I am talking about.
The cabin is truly a cabin in the sense that there are still some loose ends that may or may not ever get done. That is also the joy of what it is. Spending time with loved ones becomes more important than the final details. The layout, function, and systems of the home were comfortable and easy to manage. The windows capture all the right views and essence of the land that surrounds. When design considers it surroundings first and foremost, the results are compelling.
Needless to say my expectations were surpassed. I can honestly say I learned a few things from this stay. Yes, I would have changed or addressed some things, but that is why the next project will always be our best. We don’t always get the opportunity to be involved throughout the building process and I would argue that having the designer involved throughout the build is extremely beneficial on many levels. Things that are overlooked become missed opportunities that you never realize until it is to late. All in all this project is exactly what it was meant to be and will likely be enjoyed for many years to come.