Casa Della Buona Forchetta

Samish Island
Project Role:
Principal in charge: David Hall, HKP
Project Designer: David Hall

Casa Della Buona Forchetta is located on the western end of a sloping, fourteen-acre site on Guemes Island, Washington. Designed for year-round living, the house is composed in three parts: living pavilion, master bedroom wing and guesthouse. The kitchen, dining, living and study rooms form the living pavilion, while the master bedroom is located in a semi-private wing. The guesthouse connects to the living pavilion via a covered walkway. Large, sliding glass doors in the living pavilion open at the corners, bringing the outdoors inside. A centrally located concrete and metal fireplace provides enjoyment from the living, dining and kitchen spaces.

Sustainable features incorporated into the design include a living green roof that slows runoff and provides additional insulation. All potable water for the home is collected from the roofs, and the cabinetry and countertops were milled from salvaged maple trees felled on the site. The extended roof plane shades the interior in summer, while allowing the sun in during the fall and winter months. The concrete floor is heated by a ground score heat pump.

A detached Music Studio was added in 2013 using similar materials as the house.


  • 2010 NW Chapter AIA – Glenn Hunt Award
  • 2011 NW Chapter AIA – Merit Award
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Unless otherwise noted, all photography by David Hall.
P.O. Box 255, 14032 Gilmore Ave. Edison, WA 98232 Phone: (360) 707-8804