Architecture Design of Island Retreat

Description About The Project

Island Retreat designed by Coates Design on Bainbridge Island, Washington, that features a palette of stone, concrete, wood, and metal. This house is 2600 square feet with two bedrooms, fit for a small family to enjoy an island getaway.

The hillside waterfront property has been in the clients’ family since the 1950s and contains two parcels that once had a mid-century home and a 1920s cabin. The two siblings that had acquired these wanted the two homes redeveloped in conjunction with one another. On the other hand, they hoped they would be able to use the houses, which are just 50 feet apart, as a retreat for big family gatherings to ensure their families stayed close.

Indeed, the existing site topography maintained to minimize earth disturbance on the steep slope and the new homes built on the existing footprint. Each home includes a material palette of stone, concrete, wood, and metal, complimenting one another. Also, defining the subtle differences in the siblings’ personal tastes. Both utilize a stone mass wall to delineate the private spaces from the shared central public spaces. The site accessed by a communal drive shared between the two retreat homes, providing a unique overlook of the cantilevered green roof.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

Island Retreat Features Pacific Northwest-style House by Coates Design
Island Retreat Features Pacific Northwest-style House by Coates Design
The social areas of the house open up to a deck with an outdoor dining space and hot tub.
Island Retreat Features Pacific Northwest-style House by Coates Design
The front covered entryway at the side of this Island Retreat has a rain chain, sculptural accent and a small foyer with artwork and wood floors. Besides, the entryway opens up to the double-height main social area of the house with an open plan living room, dining area, and kitchen.
Island Retreat Features Pacific Northwest-style House by Coates Design
Island Retreat Features Pacific Northwest-style House by Coates Design
Island Retreat Features Pacific Northwest-style House by Coates Design
Cantilevered wood “floating” stair treads lead to a library overlooking the double-height living and dining space below.
Island Retreat Features Pacific Northwest-style House by Coates Design
A stone mass wall with weathering steel panels provides the focal point of the living space, housing a fireplace and media center while providing separation from the master suite.
In the kitchen of this Island Retreat, a large white island provides space for three counter stools that complement the color of the light blue oven. While a chalkboard, dark counters, and backlighting provide a contrasting element.
Island Retreat Features Pacific Northwest-style House by Coates Design
Beside, the master bedroom located behind the wall in the living room, and has a large window that allows for water views.
Island Retreat Features Pacific Northwest-style House by Coates Design
In one of the bathrooms, a white vanity with double sinks is topped with a grey countertop. While white tiles adjacent to the bathtub have a strip of color.
Island Retreat Features Pacific Northwest-style House by Coates Design
Island Retreat Features Pacific Northwest-style House by Coates Design

The Island Retreat Gallery:

Text by the Architects: This hillside retreat is 2600 square feet with two bedrooms, fit for a small family to enjoy an island getaway. Similar to its sibling shoreline home, Seaview Escape, the island retreat is done in the Pacific Northwest architectural style, with wood floors and expansive two-story glazing allowing a view of the mountains from the upper balcony. Besides, cantilevered wood “floating” stair treads lead to a library overlooking the double-height living and dining space below.

Photo credit: Lara Swimmer| Source: Coates Design Seattle Architects

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: 900 Winslow Way E #210, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
– Tel: (206) 780-0876
– Email: [email protected]

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