Orcas Island, WA - 2008
This 2,200 SF house is built on a forested site that receives little or no direct sunlight for much of the year and long days of intense direct light during summer months. The site is steep, and the view is spectacular --the property's most powerful feature. The house needed to capture as much natural light as possible, with strategies for controlling the intense low light of summer afternoons. The Owners requested a house that took advantage of the views and accommodated their work-at-home lifestyle. It needed to be able to accommodate two separate working offices, dogs, damp wetsuits, fundraising events, and long winters shared with guests.