The home’s remote mountain site is nestled among expanses of moss and rock outcroppings.
Landscaping sources native plants to unify the home with its site, while also working to restore habitats. A natural swim pond incorporates a regeneration zone of plants to filter water without the use of chemicals.
A sawtooth roof with clerestories spans the length of the home, gathering daylight to interior spaces throughout the day as well as providing significant fresh air ventilation and passive solar gains—aspects critical for the resident's physical, mental, and emotional health.
Central to the space is an an expansive window wall overlooking a 900-acre ecological reserve with views of the Gulf Islands, the Cascades, and the Olympics.
Healthy material strategies are paramount to the design, with the clients requiring a chemically neutral space. The design focuses on the aligned priorities of healthy spaces and a healthy environment.
Creating visual and physical connections to the outdoors was a key design concern, since the owners find their residence to be the vehicle linking them to the outside world.
The design prioritizes non-toxic materials, including an exposed timber Tight Frame structure and douglas fir casework finished with a VOC-absorbing paint. Careful research yielded material specifications that are low-VOC, NAUF, CARB and LBC 4.0 Red List compliant.
Exposed Carbon Cure concrete floors act as a carbon sink and a thermal mass, additionally providing radiant hydronic heat.
Aluminum cladding on a PERSIST envelope helps deflect unwanted electromagnetic frequencies, while also providing a resilient shell that can stand up to the marine environment.
Climate Zone: 4C
Winter Design Temperature: 16° F
Ground Snow Load: 50 psf
Wind Design Speed: 110 mph
Seismic Design Category: C
Frost Depth: 18"
Termite Hazard: Slight