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Natural Modern Forest House Design San Juan


Nestled in the woods overlooking the Puget Sound, this 1,900 square foot house has an emphasis on the quality of the space and materials, rather than on size.

The wide open living “great” room is balanced with smaller, more defined spaces such as window seats and an eating nook. Its quiet, yet contemporary, design has some shades of Japanese influence which show up most clearly in the shoji-inspired windows, with alternating panels of clear and obscure glass. The windows frame views through the forest and out to Turn Island. establishing a strong relationship between the house and the surrounding landscape. A slanted roof hangs off a spine of clerestory windows that allow natural lighting to be a primary source of illumination even on the greyest of days.


Completed: 2005

Awards and Recognition: 

Fine Homebuilding: Kitchens & Baths Annual Issue, "Design Gallery", Fall/Winter, 2005

2006 NWAIA Honor Award

Skagit Valley Herald (Home Accent insert), "Simply Aesthetic", February, 2007

Journal of the San Juans, "Another top-design award for Prentiss Architects", February 28, 2007

Trends, "On Retreat", Vol. XXV No.7, 2009

Category: Natural Modern Forest House Design San Juan WA