This inviting modern refuge by CTA Design Builders melds into a low-bank waterfront site in the San Juan Islands, Washington. This home was sited on the property to maximize its waterfront views. Access to this home is through the trees, where guests are greeted by a front porch where, once inside, views open up to the water beyond.
Southern sunlight faces the front side of the house, hence the lifted roof with clerestory windows, allowing natural light to penetrate into the interiors. The design is simple and pure: a Northwest modern cabin with Japanese influences. The architecture is characterized by deep overhangs, simple structural components, and natural materials throughout — imparting a warm and inviting feel, yet modern and functional.
The homeowners were fond of Craftsman styling, but not wanting this to be a fully Craftsman style home. The architects employed Craftsman details into pivotal areas around the cabin. This includes generous overhangs, an expansive front porch, and an abundance of nooks, niches, and built-ins.
What We Love: Designed as an inviting modern refuge, this home provides a family the opportunity to gather in a private countryside setting. Surrounded by woods and an idyllic waterfront siting, there are plenty of outdoor activities for all seasons. The interior living spaces, although modern in design, propose plenty of warmth thanks to the heavy use of wood and a layering of textures. We are fond the cozy window seat in the living room, with its fantastic views!
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Note: Have a look at another inspiring home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, CTA Design Builders: Urban farmhouse in Seattle gets updated with a fresh, contemporary vibe.
Above: Using a slate closet runner and floor tile keeps any outside materials off of the wood floors in an simple to clean, waterproof manner.
Above: By popping the window seat out past the patio doors, it lends a feeling of being outside and experiencing nature.
Above: Adding clerestory windows especially where there is a high ceiling minimizes the need for lighting during the day and washes the room with natural light. Only a few track lights and spot lights were used in this great room!
Above: An incredibly simple way to add class and character to a kitchen.
Above: For an open and airy master bedroom, instead of closing off the room the architects utilized a partition wall to allow for flowing light and circulation.
Above: Utilizing otherwise dead space (i.e. above doors, in non structural walls) with built-in cabinetry immediately gives a customized, and more expansive feel to rooms.
Photos: Will Austin