Whidbey Island Summer Home
For this new home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, 35 miles northwest of Seattle, our objectives were to create a comfortable home for two and maximize the views of Holmes Harbor and sunsets to the southwest. We oriented the house to provide each room with a view. We oriented the garage to provide the ideal angle and position for rooftop solar panels. We designed the house to incorporate elements of universal design. With an eye to aging in place, the house, decks, and garage are all on one level. The front entry leads to a great room comprising the kitchen, dining space, living room, and hearth. The master suite includes a sauna and a private deck with an outdoor shower. Both interior showers are zero threshold and ready for grab bars. The owners share their home office. At about 2,000 square feet, this comfortable house feels bigger than it is. Generous outdoor spaces, including a poured-concrete patio and bench connected to the great room, and a strong visual connection between the interior and exterior help maximize the feeling of light and space.