Location:  San Juan Islands, Washington
Type:  Residential

A remodel involving the removal and recycling of the original 1960s split-level house and the design of a home that’s more connected with its location.  The island residence is comprised of several natural materials associated with the Northwest vernacular, including exposed wood, iron, glass, and local fieldstone.  Exterior windows provide a continual view of the San Juan Islands region, while the architectural elements and materials reinforce the Pacific Northwest locale.

In keeping with GBA’s practice of employing reused and sustainable materials, metal destined for the dump has been reclaimed to form the divider between kitchen and dining space, and beautifully weathered Australian gumwood from Sydney Harbor’s wharves has been repurposed as exposed trusses within the house.  Custom ironwork was fabricated by Seattle-based Gulassa and Co.

The transition from interior to exterior space is minimal with the use of a panelized glazing system that easily folds and tucks away to allow nature in.  Deep overhangs protect the interior spaces from overheating during the summer while letting in the much-needed low sun during the winter.  The open floor plan allows for amazing views from all positions, making the Puget Sound environs a constant in the residence and tying in beautifully with the physical elements of the house.

Photography:  Benjamin Benschneider, Michael Matisse