North Bay Residence: Sustainable Design That Brings Nature Indoors


Combing the architectural demands of a modern home and the natural essence of a site is often the most important aspect the shapes the silhouette of any modern home. Located in San Juan Island, Washington State, the North Bay Residence goes a step further in this eco-friendly endeavor by placing natural goodness ahead of the actual home on the list of priorities. While the initial proposal was to chop off the beautiful old trees to create a more spacious and centrally placed residence, the homeowners thought otherwise. In came Prentiss Architects, who designed a home that preserved the existing greenery even while delivering a comfy, elegant living space.

Natural landscape around the North bay Residence offers ample cover

The North Bay Residence itself has been designed to bring together unabated views of the Griffin Bay that is a stone’s throw away and complete seclusion. Presence of a county road on one side of the house meant that both acoustic and visual privacy was a big issue and this conundrum was solved with the use of a large stone wall. This continuous stone wall starts right at the entry and extends all the way till the shower area in the master suite! Visually connecting one area of the home with the rest, it gives the interior an additional texture even as it keeps away the street noise.

Glass windows with steel frame withstand strong winds Green rooftop of the beautiful North Bay Residence Unabated views of the bay from the dining and living area Wonderful views of the bay area from the sitting room Beautiful home with a rustic, natural charm Exquisite use of wood brings warmth to the interior Wonderful use of contrasting textures and materials indoors Use of natural material enhances the appeal of the home

The use of texture to create cozy rooms has become a popular trend lately and a lovely blend of modern a rustic cabin styles gets this job done in the living area and the bedroom. Large glass windows with steel frames make up the grand glass pavilion that creates a fascinating indoor-outdoor interplay. Extensive use of wood and 2 concrete panel chimneys bring in additional textural contrast. By preserving the existing greenery of the lot and using materials that are as planet-friendly as possible, the exquisite home sure ups its sustainability quotient in style!

Elegant and cozy bedroom with accent wall in grey Contemporary bath with stone wall Shower area that is left open to the natural beauty outside Stone wall keeps away any street noise with ease Private entrance of the beautiful coastal home Nature-centric design of the North Bay Residence

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