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Modern sanctuary nestled on the rugged San Juan Islands

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Designed by Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects, this intimate yet dynamic family home reflects the beauty of the site and the lifestyle of the San Juan Islands, Washington. Consisting of 2,800 square feet of living space, this modern dwelling is nestled on a breathtaking site overlooking Griffin Bay. Built by Ravenhill Construction, this home caters to entertaining large dinner parties with friends and family as well as being a cozy sanctuary for when the couple vacations solo.

The design of this home was sited around three beautiful old growth trees that the architects had decided to preserve. Additionally, due to site restrictions, the programmatic requirements were squeezed into a limited footprint that was pressed tight against property setbacks. A stone wall creates a delineation between the public road and the private living space of the homeowners. The main living spaces as well as the master bedroom suite face the water, while the remaining rooms are tucked into the hill along the road side wall.

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What We Love: This San Juan Islands home reflects the beauty of its surroundings, with walls of glass framing both water and nature. The use of materials in the construction of this home creates a rugged aesthetic the melds with the exterior environment. This is a tranquil oasis to relax and enjoy island island while entertaining family and friends in style… Readers, please share your overall thoughts on the design of this home in the comments below!

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Above: The exterior stone throughout this project is Buff Gray Castle Rock, sourced from the Marenakos Rock Center.

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Stone was mixed with wood to create an atmosphere that would feel both peaceful and comfortable for the family residing here. A large expanse of windows (HOPE’S steel custom crafted windows) allows natural daylight to penetrate into the spaces and enables a panorama of the rugged beauty surrounding the home. The wood chosen for the furniture complements the interior design and strategically placed light fixtures were used to create ambiance, mood and drama throughout the spaces.

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Above: The focal point of the space is the floor-to-ceiling fireplace, which features five-feet wide concrete panels. These were cast on site and lifted into place. The two-ton basalt sculpture set in front of the fireplace is by Seattle-based sculptor John Hoge.

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Set between the stone walls is the pavilion, constructed to withstand winter storms. Aesthetically, the structure is light and airy, yet consists of glass, steel, wood timbers and doors, slate flooring and a stone roof. The glass pavilion is anchored by two custom designed concrete panel chimneys. The windows are steel framed, while the exterior facade features a powder coated steel sheathing.

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Above:  The slate is called Montauk Black Brazilian Slate, sourced from from Oregon Tile + Marble. The slabs were cut down to 36”x48” for installation. Above the dining table is a custom sculpture by Seattle artist Nancy Mee, which is illuminated by the recessed and track lights above.

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Terraces offer a picturesque vista of the bay just like the embankment of windows allows the residents to retreat inside and enjoy the view whenever the weather does not allow the full outside experience.

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Above: Berger Partnership designed the landscape and green roof. The roof was planted with mats of sedum, which was established off-site and rolled out over the roof. There is a waterproof membrane underneath the green roof which carries all the water to the low end of the roof. A concealed gutter (the strip of small stones) is used to drain.

Photos: Jay Goodrich

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