To create a residence that would fit into the marine design theme of this historic waterside neighborhood, yet have modern sensibilities and sustainable features, was a bit of a balancing act. The solution was to create a home that celebrated the traditional Craftsman Style features of rich detailing and fine wood and masonry work but was contemporary in feel by encouraging a connection to the outside to draw in light and exploit views. Large swatches of ribbon windows wrap around the two main living spaces - the great room and master suite -providing sunlight and a panorama of the Guemes channel.
Mementos and belongings that have earned a special place in one's life's can often serve as focal points in a new design. Such was the case with the Ferry Project where a handsome wrought iron sunburst, relegated to an outlying spot in the owners previous dwelling was able to enjoy new life and predominance as the center piece for the new hearth.
The client once owned a celebrated bakery in town, so when a new home was commissioned, it was quite apparent that the kitchen would be the heart of the great room design. The requirements prompted some lively design dialog that produced a well-stocked kitchen design, complete with extended counter space, an informal dining area, a cookbook library and naturally, being the domain of a baker, a fine, imported wood fired pizza oven.
"We hired Richard to design a custom home. He did a great job of incorporating our wishes and needs into a beautiful structure that also fits well into the surrounding neighborhood. His availability, flexibility and responsiveness throughout made the process go smoothly. We get many compliments on our home from both friends and strangers. Having lived in it for almost a year, there's nothing that we feel was left out or that we would change. We heartily recommend Richard." - Warren T., Anacortes, WA
Built-in features like an entry bench and display niche for a special piece of pottery provide utility and character.
NSA strives to incorporate sustainable features into all of its designs, including the subject project which required the integration of arrays of solar panels into the structure’s roofline to meet the owner’s energy consumption goals.
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