After purchasing a forested piece of property on Orcas Island, the landowner enlisted Gary Gladwish Architecture to design a simple, open, and low maintenance home that preserves the surrounding environment. The solution utilizes recycled wood from a 100 year old barn, rusty steel for the siding, as well as moss and rocks salvaged from the building site. Large doors slide away to open the house to the expansive views, creating a living room in the woods. Taking advantage of those magnificent views to the west, a combined kitchen-dining-living area overlooks the water.
Two large islands define the kitchen area. Both feature mid-toned wood bases with PentalQuartz surfaces; one houses the sink and the other claims the gas stove with hood above. Abundant cabinetry along the back wall is finished in high-gloss white, with a central recessed panel to create even more counter space and provide a pop of color with a polished red backsplash. Simple lines, minimal décor, and floor to ceiling windows allow for the focus to stay outside the house.
The house is built with structural insulated panels, LED lights, super insulated windows and a retention pond to conserve energy and reduce waste. This home on a hillside is truly one of a kind. Beautifully captured by Will Austin Photography.