The combination of a unique setting, buildable site, and personalities of the owners inspired the design of this contemporary farmhouse. The buildable site was bordered by salmon bearing streams on either side converging to a wetland area below the site. This dictated a small footprint within a very specific area and careful consideration of how the building would impact the site. We chose a Gambrel barn vernacular, in keeping with the rural setting.
The economic parameters of the project suggested we design the very structure of the building to convey the finished elements. So beams were exposed, floors became ceilings, and the frame itself became in many ways the finished product. This was a low VOC project, and we used many recycled and reused materials.