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Buchter Retreat in Orcas Island, Washington by David Coleman Architecture

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Article source: David Coleman Architecture

Program: A 2000 square foot vacation retreat located on a 15 acre wooded site littered with  glacial ledge in Washington’s San Juan islands to accommodate two sisters and their spouses.
Design: Our clients had long envisioned developing a cluster of buildings on the site, carefully  sited to preserve the rugged, natural landscape. In keeping with this vision, we endeavored to  create a modern rendition of the “summer camp,” complete with sleeping pavilions, a great room  and covered porches, all inspired by the platform tents and national park lodges of the late 19th  century.

The Buchter Residence


Doe Bay Cabin in Orcas Island, Washington by Heliotrope Architects

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Article source: Heliotrope Architects

Our clients for this project have been traveling regularly to Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island for two decades.  Now with two young children they have formalized their affection for the place by purchasing property located a short walk from the resort.   We were challenged to design a modest cabin in size and cost (but not in character) that captures the spirit of this place while reflecting the Japanese and Chinese heritage of the owners.

South View (Image Courtesy Ben Benschnieder)

  • Architects: Heliotrope Architects
  • Project: Doe Bay Cabin
  • Location: Orcas Island, Washington
  • Contractor: Sudden Homes
  • Size: 1,050sf
  • Completion: 2008
  • Photography: Ben Benschnieder


North Beach in Orcas Island, Washington by Heliotrope Architects

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This residence is located on a northwesterly oriented beach fronting the Strait of Georgia.  The site includes many second-growth douglas firs, a beech grove and a grassy meadow with good solar exposure.  For over a thousand years this site was a summer camp location for the Lummi Indians, and due to its archeological significance, no footing excavation could take place on the site.  Further, its location in a federally designated flood plain required that the structure be raised off the ground several feet.  The design brief called for a very low-impact, easy to maintain summer home that provides necessary programmatic functions with minimum distractions from the land and the view.

North Beach

  • Architects: Heliotrope Architects
  • Project: North Beach
  • Location: Island, Washington
  • Collaborators: Swenson Say Faget (structural), David Shore (general contractor), the Loop Company (cabinetry), owner (interiors)
  • Primary exterior materials: standing seam metal siding, ironwood decking, powder-coated steel railings & planters
  • Primary interior materials: alder, marble, laminated glass, painted wood
  • Primary products: Dorn Bracht & Lacava (fixtures), Wetstyle (tub), Raumplus (sliding interior doors), Fleetwood (exterior windows/doors)
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp


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