Olympic Peninsula, WA

Situated in the rain shadow of Washington’s Olympic Mountains, this wooded 20-acre estate includes a main residence, guest cottage, woodshop, and detached garage. The unique architectural style marries elements of the early 1900s’ Shingle Style with Japanese undertones, evident in roofline and eave details.

The 2,500 square foot residence responds to the site, thoughtfully framing views of woods and distant mountains, and providing graceful transitions to the outdoors. Connections are provided to a perennial garden, patio and south-facing kitchen garden. An organic palette of stone, douglas fir and cedar complements the surrounding natural landscape.

Common living spaces are arranged under a cathedral ceiling with exposed truss work. A centrally located gathering area with a window-flanked fireplace and woodland view is the heart of the living area.

Unique elements include:

  • A pair of expansive windows aligned along a north-south axis create a sense of transparency through the house to a wooded backdrop;
  • Handcrafted built-ins and custom cabinetry;
  • An upper story “hidden room” located behind a pivoting bookcase (also accessed via a secret ladder in a child’s bedroom closet); and
  • A south-facing window seat surrounded by a corner of heirloom beveled glass windows.