Situated on a private, secluded lot overlooking the Channel Islands off the coast of Seattle, the owners of this property wanted to maximize their exposure to nature. The house is designed for empty nesters who entertain frequently and host house guess for extended stays. The house maximizes views to all exposures and is oriented for specific vistas between trees on the densely wooded site. The temperate climate of the island allows for a lengthy outdoor living atmosphere which is reflected in the house’s many outdoor living spaces.
The plan arranges the living and support spaces around a central two story gallery entertainment hall which serves as a dining area when not used for entertaining. The main living room is located at one end with views to the sound and a separate owner’s study is on the opposite side with views to the gardens. Separate private owner’s quarters are located on the main living floor with guest’s quarters on the upper level.
Materials reflect the natural aspect of the environment with natural concrete, natural patina zinc and copper siding. All the building materials are left natural and raw to patina to natural hues to blend with the surroundings. The house is self-sustaining with natural geothermal heating and cooling, an onsite well and back-up generator power. The grounds were carefully terraces to minimize site disturbance and maximize the area for the owners gardens where they grow a significant amount of their own food.