Thoughtful modern home tucked into 2.5 acres of old growth cedar and spruce on Guemes Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Fits into the landscape with low maintenance materials and designed to bring the outside in. Authentic and durable industrial grade steel siding and roof, polished concrete floors, 12” thick 30' tall beam walls and interior for insulation, deep-silled south-facing main windows for passive heating and cooling, second story pop-out glass reading nook to live in the 80' tall cedar and spruce forest, tall 3-pane folding glass exterior door to join the land and home, private bedroom balcony to experience the green forest.

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Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Shed RoofLine, Metal Siding Material, and House Building Type. Simple shed roof design with steel siding gives the home texture. Photo  of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

Simple shed roof design with steel siding gives the home texture.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Metal Siding Material, and Shed RoofLine. The two-level home rests on a lush property surrounded by 80-foot-tall trees. Simple black steel siding lends texture to the home’s facade. Photo 2 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

The two-level home rests on a lush property surrounded by 80-foot-tall trees. Simple black steel siding lends texture to the home’s facade.

Modern home with Outdoor, Grass, Woodland, Front Yard, Raised Planters, Field, and Trees. Large folding doors open the home to the private yard, raised bed gardens and picnic area. Photo 3 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

Large folding doors open the home to the private yard, raised bed gardens and picnic area.

Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Floor, Range Hood, Drop In Sink, Ceiling Lighting, Wood Cabinet, Pendant Lighting, Metal Backsplashe, Cooktops, Dishwasher, Range, and Laminate Counter. The home’s open floor plan allows for easy flow between the living room and kitchen. Tall ceilings make the property feel much larger than its actual size. Photo 5 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

The home’s open floor plan allows for easy flow between the living room and kitchen. Tall ceilings make the property feel much larger than its actual size.

Leather couch, twin wall interior walls, wood furniture, polished concrete floors allow for easy cleaning. Photo 6 of Guemes Island Home modern homeView Photos

Leather couch, twin wall interior walls, wood furniture, polished concrete floors allow for easy cleaning.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Storage, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Concrete Floor, and Table. The long kitchen table, which can comfortably sit eight, has been handcrafted from salvaged cedar. Birch and chalkboard barn doors effortlessly hide any unwanted clutter. Photo 7 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

The long kitchen table, which can comfortably sit eight, has been handcrafted from salvaged cedar. Birch and chalkboard barn doors effortlessly hide any unwanted clutter.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, Table, Shelves, and Pendant Lighting. Expansive doors open the the kitchen up to the forest on two sides. Photo 8 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

Expansive doors open the the kitchen up to the forest on two sides.

Outside picnics and dining steps away from the kitchen. Photo 9 of Guemes Island Home modern homeView Photos

Outside picnics and dining steps away from the kitchen.

Modern home with Kitchen. Kitchen with open low maintenance metal shelving. Photo 10 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

Kitchen with open low maintenance metal shelving.

Modern home with Concrete Floor, Chair, and Pendant Lighting. The living room, located just steps away from the kitchen, offers ample seating. The leather couch, wood furniture, and polished concrete floors allow for easy cleaning. Photo 11 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

The living room, located just steps away from the kitchen, offers ample seating. The leather couch, wood furniture, and polished concrete floors allow for easy cleaning.

Modern home with Hallway and Concrete Floor. Polished concrete floors with raised concrete base board for easy cleaning. Photo 12 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

Polished concrete floors with raised concrete base board for easy cleaning.

A fir beam stairway leads to the second floor. Open shelving provides additional storage. Photo 13 of Guemes Island Home modern homeView Photos

A fir beam stairway leads to the second floor. Open shelving provides additional storage.

Modern home with Ceiling Lighting and Storage. Main bedroom with custom set windows to join the forest with the room. Photo 14 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

Main bedroom with custom set windows to join the forest with the room.

Modern home with Ceiling Lighting and Storage. In the main bedroom, fir floors and simple fixtures add to the minimal design. Custom-set windows thoughtfully frame the nearby forest. Photo 15 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

In the main bedroom, fir floors and simple fixtures add to the minimal design. Custom-set windows thoughtfully frame the nearby forest.

Modern home with Pendant Lighting, Chair, and Ceiling Lighting. Cable railings extend across the open loft area, while open shelving houses colorful art. Photo 16 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

Cable railings extend across the open loft area, while open shelving houses colorful art.

Modern home with Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Chair. Open loft area for reading or movie watching. Movie screen is behind the artwork. Photo 17 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

Open loft area for reading or movie watching. Movie screen is behind the artwork.

Modern home with Ceiling Lighting. Steps from the bed is a private balcony, providing a cozy spot to soak up the tranquil setting. Photo 18 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

Steps from the bed is a private balcony, providing a cozy spot to soak up the tranquil setting.

Modern home with Outdoor and Trees. Private balcony lets you explore the forest outside from a unique vantage point. Photo 19 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

Private balcony lets you explore the forest outside from a unique vantage point.

Modern home with Storage, Chair, and Shelves. Office space with built-in wood desk for two. Photo 20 of Guemes Island HomeView Photos

Office space with built-in wood desk for two.

Credits

Posted By
Architect
  • Cara Piscitello
Interior Design
  • Owner
Landscape Design
  • Owner
Builder
  • Quantum Construction
Photographer
  • Rakan Alduaij

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2010
  • Square Feet
  • 1185
  • Lot Size
  • 2.58 Wooded Acres