Located on a long peninsula extending south into Hood Canal, this vacation house for a Seattle family draws inspiration from its site and the owner’s Danish roots. Using the clean, economical forms and materials of the classic Danish sommerhus as inspiration, three gabled structures totaling 1700 square feet are carefully integrated with the site to maximize its two distinct views. The simple forms, clad in dark stained cedar, sit quietly in the landscape, straddling the transition between dense Douglas fir and a small meadow that falls abruptly to the water.

The main living functions are split into two structures, offset and turned to orient primary rooms to specific views and rejoined at a common entry. The living room opens to the expansive southern view of Hood Canal. The master bedroom, pushed to the west edge of the meadow, frames a more intimate view of the Olympic Mountains and harbor, lightly filtered by neighboring firs. The site’s original structure was moved, remodeled and reoriented to the views southward and serves as a bunk house while defining the entry and edge of the site.

Embracing quiet Danish modesty, the interior of the house is clean and economical with minimal trim and a lightness that stands in direct contrast to the exterior. White walls, pine floors and wood windows and doors create a warm tone within the airy, vaulted spaces, while darker elements refer back to the muted exterior. Cost-effective French doors open interior to exterior, extending the primary living spaces out to adjacent decks and the meadow beyond, while numerous operable windows provide plenty of natural light and ventilation.

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Modern home with Outdoor. Quiet, dark volumes emphasize the natural beauty and views of Hood Canal. Photo  of The CoyleView Photos

Quiet, dark volumes emphasize the natural beauty and views of Hood Canal.

Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Woodland, Back Yard, Side Yard, Grass, and Large Patio, Porch, Deck. A series of French doors extends the interior living spaces to the deck and meadow beyond. Photo 2 of The CoyleView Photos

A series of French doors extends the interior living spaces to the deck and meadow beyond.

Modern home with Kitchen, Granite Counter, Pendant Lighting, Undermount Sink, Light Hardwood Floor, White Cabinet, and Dishwasher. Clean, white, and warm interiors are punctuated by darker accents. Photo 3 of The CoyleView Photos

Clean, white, and warm interiors are punctuated by darker accents.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Track Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Bench. The great room extends out to decks on two sides, creating a cozy yet expansive space for comfortable, easy living. Photo 4 of The CoyleView Photos

The great room extends out to decks on two sides, creating a cozy yet expansive space for comfortable, easy living.

Modern home with Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Track Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Table, Chair, Sectional, and Ottomans. A combination of carefully chosen furniture and finishes, including pine flooring and trim, warms up the lofty, white interior. Photo 5 of The CoyleView Photos

A combination of carefully chosen furniture and finishes, including pine flooring and trim, warms up the lofty, white interior.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Light Hardwood Floor, and Recessed Lighting. In the master bedroom, Douglas firs filter the light and mountain views for a more intimate experience. Photo 6 of The CoyleView Photos

In the master bedroom, Douglas firs filter the light and mountain views for a more intimate experience.

Modern home with Kids Room, Bedroom Room Type, Toddler Age, Bunks, Pre-Teen Age, Neutral Gender, Chair, and Rug Floor. An existing structure was moved, remodeled, and repurposed as a bunkroom. Photo 7 of The CoyleView Photos

An existing structure was moved, remodeled, and repurposed as a bunkroom.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Cabin Building Type, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and Metal Roof Material. The main living spaces were divided into two distinct volumes, slightly offset to maximize the stunning—and remarkably different—views from the property. A common entry rejoins the two structures. Photo 8 of The CoyleView Photos

The main living spaces were divided into two distinct volumes, slightly offset to maximize the stunning—and remarkably different—views from the property. A common entry rejoins the two structures.

Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Woodland, and Grass. An existing meadow provided an ideal location for the three structures. Set high above the water, the clearing is surrounded by a dense forest of Douglas fir. Photo 9 of The CoyleView Photos

An existing meadow provided an ideal location for the three structures. Set high above the water, the clearing is surrounded by a dense forest of Douglas fir.

Builder
  • Hulbert Construction
Photographer
  • Alexander Canaria and Taylor Proctor

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Scandanavian
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 1700
  • Lot Size
  • 12.7 acres