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Orcas Island Retreat in San Juan Islands

Contemporary San Juan Islands Real Estate, WA design by DeForest Architects, USA

Apr 18, 2019

Orcas Island Retreat, San Juan Islands

Design: DeForest Architects

Location: San Juan Islands, Washington, USA

Orcas Island Retreat

Orcas Island Retreat in Washington

A young couple asked DeForest Architects to help create “a place to share with friends, a place for adventure and exploring, being a kid again, cooking together, experiencing nature and being part of something bigger.”

Orcas Island Retreat in Washington

The result is a long-term plan for “restoring the soul of the property” including designing this main house, renovating a number of existing cabins, and generally creating a more sustainable landscape and building infrastructure for future generations.

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A young couple with an extended group of friends, all ready to start families, that wanted to have a place to retreat and spend time together, a place where they could build a tradition with each other.

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Orcas Island Retreat in Washington

They wanted a place to share with friends, a place for adventure and exploring, for being a kid again, for cooking together, experiencing nature and being part of something bigger than themselves.

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Orcas Island Retreat Washington – Building Information

Design: DeForest Architects

Interiors: NB Design Group
Landscape: Allworth Design

Completion date: 2017
Building levels: 3

Orcas Island Retreat in Washington

Key products used:
The choice of materials was made to fit the palette of the landscape and evoke the traditional farmhouses and cabins of the islands, but with a modern take that fits the freshness of the clients and that would serve them for generations to come.
Stained cedar siding – durable, tactile, natural, sustainable
Salvaged wood siding – siding with a story (salvaged from snowfences and old barns, weathered from its previous life), sustainable
Natural stone from BC – natural, tactile, sustainable (not shipped halfway across the world), had longevity and “grounds” the building
Lots of glass for a strong connection to the landscape
Metal roofing – durable
End-grain wood flooring – durable and resilient, with a natural variation

Orcas Island Retreat in Washington

Photography: Tim Bies

Orcas Island Retreat in Washington images / information received 180419

Location: San Juan Islands, Washington, USA

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