We’re excited to be starting on the design of a new house in the San Juan Islands. We’d love to be designing this one for ourselves! Check back in every week and see the progress unfold; it’s our own architectural reality show!
Here are some images from the very first design ideas as they emerged. The property is low-bank waterfront, with a drop-dead view to the north. The inherent problem is that the best light comes from the south, but is blocked by trees that we want to keep for screening from the road. We’ll have to devise a way to orientate the house to the view (north), AND to get light into the interior from the south.
Julie has some notions of a very simple structure with a very strong roof form: we’re thinking native longhouse, Japanese folk house, iconic woods house.