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Casa Della Buona Forchetta

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.


Posted by on December 19, 2011.


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Education and Licenses: Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction, Washington State University, 1968 State of Washington, License to Practice Architecture, 1975 Past Experience: 2012 – Present STUDIOEDISON 2005 – 2011 HKP Architects; Partner 1978 – 2005 The Henry Klein Partnership, Architects; Partner 1972 – 1978 Henry Klein and Associates 1971 – 1972 Mel Streeter and Associates, […]more →