Orcas Island Guest House

Our most challenging collaboration during the design of the Orcas Island Guest house and Workshop was with the site itself, a lush, wooded hillside with a view of the water and an abundance of trees. The Guest house and Workshop are literally made from the site; trees formerly located on the building site were milled by the clients for use as wood siding and framing. Taking cues from the vernacular of nearby island barn structures and working closely with local craftsmen, the buildings emerged as simple, elegant structures residing on a hillside meadow. The Guest house features a light-filled open living space, a sleeping loft, a galley kitchen and an office. The Workshop houses a number of functional uses including a wood shop, a covered outdoor work space, a fish cleaning station and ample storage for motor boats, kayaks and outdoor sporting equipment.

View towards Guest house and Workshop

View towards Guest house and Workshop

Workshop Entry

Workshop Entry

Guest house and Workshop Entry Path

Guest house and Workshop Entry Path

Guest house Interior

Guest house and Workshop in background

Guest house and Workshop in background

Dormer window detail

Dormer window detail

Open Air Workspace

Open Air Workspace

Guest house view from forest

Guest house view from forest