In the tradition of Finnish and Scandinavian summer houses, the Guemes Island Summer House is designed as a second home where the clients and their friends can enjoy a more unencumbered lifestyle close to nature. The house is sited to provide privacy and views of Bellingham Bay on the water side and entry court spaces connecting to the existing cabin on the road side. The rectangular floor plan incorporates a central living, dining and cooking space flanked by a study and vanity bath at the south end and a bedroom and bathroom at the north end. French doors open onto decks and terraces on both sides of the house, dissolving the boundaries between nature and the interior.
Materials include FSC framing lumber, salvaged fir flooring and timber framing, cedar shingles and siding, fir windows, doors and metal roofs. The terrace is made of flagstone with Chuckanut sandstone retaining walls.
- 2009 NW Chapter AIA – Merit Award