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Cady Mountain

Sustainable Home Design San Juan

2800 SF

Nestled on the top of a small mountain in the San Juan Islands, this retreat combines the clients’ desire for privacy with their desire to experience the landscape and expansive views to the east, south, and west. The three separate forms (sleeping cabin, main house, and guest house) complement one another both spatially and through the use of materials.

The idea of being ‘one’ with the natural environment was essential, accomplished in part by using natural materials that reflect the unique site and the Northwest region. The use of wood was a key component, from structural members to exterior siding and interior details. It enhances the feeling of warmth in the spaces and directly connects them to the landscape, an essential element in the design. Detailing in the spaces uses clean lines, natural materials, and brings in plenty of natural light. The retreat was designed with environmental sensitivity in mind: well sited structures, sod roofs, and a concrete fireplace (thermal mass) all relfect best practice solar design principles.



Awards and Recognition: 

Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, "Split Personality", September, 2004

Northwest Architect, "2005 NWAIA Design Awards", 2005

2005 NWAIA Honor Award

2006 NWAIA Honor Award

Residential Architect, "Kitchen: Culinary Connection; Bath: Ablution Seclusion", July, 2006

Custom Home, "Kitchen Connections; Peaceful Separation", July/August, 2006

Journal of the San Juans, "Prentiss Architects Wins Top Design Award from AIA", July 19, 2006

Fine Homebuilding: Kitchen & Bath Annual Issue, "A Kitchen Opens Wide to the Outdoors", Winter, 2007

Seattle Magazine, "Island Lifestyle", May, 2008

Category: Sustainable Home Design San Juan WA