San Juan Islands Residence

This new home in the San Juan Islands sits on a lovely rural property with low-bank waterfront. The architecture responds to the site: one approaches through the trees to the front porch, then once inside the house, views open up to the water beyond.

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Southern sunlight faces the front side of the house, hence the lifted roof with clerestory windows to get light deep into the interiors. Our design is very simple and pure: a Northwest contemporary cabin with Japanese influences. Deep overhangs, clear and simple structural components, and natural materials throughout impart a warm and welcoming feeling, yet modern and very functional.

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Our owners were fond of Craftsman styling, but not wanting this to be a fully Craftsman style home,  we incorporated select Craftsman elements into key places around the house: extra-large overhangs, a broad low front porch, lots of nooks, niches, and built-ins throughout the interior. Many of these architectural features are tips featured in our Craftsman Tips blog here.

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Photos by Will Austin

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