Located on rural Whidbey Island near Smuggler’s Cove, a large multi-generational local family sought a new home and retreat on the site of their existing family farm. Out of respect for turn-of-the-century agricultural buildings located on the site, the home tucks into the edge of a densely forested hillside, overlooking chicken and cattle barns, an old farmhouse, cattle fields and a fishing pond below. The house appears intentionally modest and humble from the valley, deferential to the pastoral farm lands below. The house was designed as both retreat and part-time residence for a growing family with strong local roots going back several generations on the Island. Intended for summer BBQs, fishing retreats, and family gatherings, the house was designed to be flexible and durable, and reflect the layered history both of the site and of the family itself. While designed to be comfortable for just two, the house was designed to also accommodate up to 20 people comfortably, with four full sized bedrooms and a compact bunkhouse with six queen size beds for the many grandchildren and guests.
The program of the home is broken down into discrete, modestly sized volumes, carefully woven between an array of large Douglas Fir and Madrona trees, wrapped around a courtyard of natural grasses, ferns, and conifers. A low wall of stacked local Basalt stone organizes the volumes and subtly defines the perimeter of the courtyard. The courtyard becomes the visual and physical link between the different volumes, providing access and connection, but offering separation and retreat when desired. The rustic gravel approach to the house meanders through the dense and dark evergreens, opening to the house and layered views of the courtyard and trees. At the owner’s request, intense care and effort during design and construction placed the protection of the trees over construction expediency. What little treefall required was carefully stored on the site, and is being used as lumber for the farm, cattle fencing and seasonal firewood for the two interior fireplaces and the new fire pit at the edge of the meadow.
Several of the interior doors are carved solid cedar slabs crafted decades ago by the family patriarch as a young doctor filling his time in-between patients, instilling a meaningful connection between the family’s past and present, a strong intent of the project at every layer. The new solid plank cedar master bedroom door is designed as a future carving project for the owner, in between his days working the land, clearing brush, and raising organic cattle in the meadow below. With a palette of naturally weathered woods, concrete, locally quarried stone walls, deep oak window jambs, soft plaster walls, and black steel accents, the house strives to be warm and rustic yet simple, clean, and open - a house that honors both the forest and agricultural heritage of the site.
项目地点：美国 华盛顿州 惠德比岛
Project: Whidbey Farm
Lot size: 48.6 acres
Building size: 4,290 sf
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
Project type: Single family residence