This residence was designed for a retired civil engineer and his wife, a fashion designer. Clean straight lines were important to him and texture was for her. Rather than blend in with the lush greens of the area, they wanted something light to counterbalance the grays from the many rainy days. The lot was on a hillside overlooking the beautiful waters of the San Juan Islands, so they wanted different levels and big windows along with a rooftop deck to take advantage of the view. Because of the large windows and the cooler temperatures of the area the home was designed to meet all the efficiency energy codes. The home was designed with two exterior claddings in contrasting colors and textures to add interest and beauty. The cladding was chosen to protect the home from rain, wind, and mold that is prevalent to that region.
The interiors were planned in an open, mid-century style. The colors were chosen to bring in warmth and to tie in the rich, deep colors of the forest. The different spaces are united by using the same rich, walnut hardwood flooring as a backdrop to the design throughout the main floor. This adds continuity and a feeling of wellbeing. The spaces are unified by using the same light neutral color. I then created interest in each area individually with pops of color found naturally in the vibrant flora of the surrounding countryside. Because of the large windows, the home is flooded with natural light. This also gives each level a view of the beautiful scenery adding even more interest and enjoyment as the view is always changing.
The residence is located in Washington State. It was designed for a semi-retired couple who enjoy their freedom as much as they enjoy their family. The main floor is where much of the time is spent, with the guest area on the second floor and a roof top entertainment deck. There is a basement that has a water closet and is used as a mechanical room.
Third Level - Roof Plan
Main Level Furniture Plan
With the newfound freedom of retirement, the kitchen was designed with the idea of ease and convenience in mind. This was accomplished by creating an all-in-one work area. Having to spend a large majority of her time in New York City, the homeowner got used to the convenience of living in an apartment. This same feeling was achieved by placing the laundry, kitchen, pantry, and dining areas in the same end of the house. using contemporary appliances and furnishings.
Second Level Furniture Plan
Roof Top Deck Floor Plan
The home has three outdoor entertainment areas, one on each level, with the main one on the roof. This was done so that the homeowners and their guests could enjoy the outdoors from wherever they are in the home. However, for security, the upper levels are only accessible from inside the house.