Brown Bar

Brown Bar

Mathias, WV, USA | View Map
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Private Houses
© Chris Mueller (DWELL)
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct link
Cabinetry – Masterpiece CollectionMerillat Masterpiece cabinetryThe Masterpiece® Collection
Countertops – Mystic BlackCORIAN® Design
Windows – 400 SeriesAndersen Windows
3x6 Subway Tile – Ritten houseDaltile
Plumbing FixturesKohler

Product Spec Sheet
Cabinetry – Masterpiece Collection
Countertops – Mystic Black
Windows – 400 Series
3x6 Subway Tile – Ritten house
by Daltile
by Ipe
Plumbing Fixtures
by Kohler

Brown Bar


Brown Bar aka Lost River Modern is a modern cabin nestled in the woods with all the amenities of a full-time home. Two hours west of Washington D.C., in scenic Lost River, West Virginia, the cabin is a getaway for a young family. It is completely immersed in the landscape and can accommodate up to eight people.


Set into the side of a steeply sloped site on a concrete foundation the home boasts walls of glass, which extend the space into the tree canopy. The main level features a master bedroom and bath along with the open kitchen, living and dining areas. The adjacent Ipe deck expands the living area to the exterior and is the perfect setting to relax and take in the natural surroundings. The living area is filled with natural light, and features a wood-burning stove to keep warm in the winter months. The lower level is a walkout basement with polished concrete floors and is complete with a media room, bedroom, bathroom, mechanical room and bunkroom for the kids.


The single bar typology is 16’ wide by 64’ long, the largest module the factory can produce, thus maximizing the efficiencies of implementation within the factory, while minimizing the work onsite. The 2,000sf home is wrapped in cedar siding and seeks to blend into the surrounding landscape. The Brown Bar’s spare lines and beautiful natural setting leave only light, sound and space vying for attention.


In order to reduce construction costs, the client acted as his own general contractor and spent his summer months and weekends finishing the home. To educate and share with others his experience of building a prefab home, the clientprovidedweekly and monthly updates on hisblog. Additionally, he has made Lost River Modern available to rent over weekends or vacations via his website:


Material Used :

1. Andersen – Windows – 400 Series

2. Merillat – Cabinetry – Masterpiece Collection

3. Lightolier – RecessedLighting

4. Amana – Appliances

5. Kohler – PlumbingFixtures

6. Trustile – Interior Doors – FL100

7. Ipe Decking

8. Western Red Cedar Siding

9. SustainableFlooring – BambooFlooring –StrandwovenSeries

10. Daltile – 3x6 Subway Tile – Rittenhouse

11. Zodiaq (CorianQuartz) – Countertops – Mystic Black

12. Rais – Fireplace – Classic 106

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