Dykeman

Vashon Island Residence

Situated within 7.6 acres of heavily wooded land on a bluff overlooking Vashon Island's Quartermaster Harbor, this new residence was designed to have minimal impact on its natural environment. The 3,000-square-foot home is a retreat from the city for its owners: a young, active family that enjoys flexibility.

Taking advantage of the sloping building site, the entry facade is purposefully understated to be visually minimized among the trees. As you enter, the modest entry gives way to poetic views of the harbor filtering through the trees. A massive concrete chimney pulls double-duty anchoring the living spaces both within and at the exterior of the home. The adjacent rooms are versatile and open. A series of operable accordion-like floor-to-ceiling windows provide access to the 1,200-square-foot entertaining deck, which includes an "outdoor dining room." Other amenities include a flexible daylight basement, custom soaking tub, and cabin-like bunkroom, all with expansive windows that open to allow nature to flow into the house.