The San Juan Islands are part of the U.S. state of Washington (our home sweet home). There are 172 islands in the archipelago, some little more than rocks, and there are over 300 miles of shoreline. Six islands are accessible by passenger ferry and they are an important tourist destination. Sea kayaking and orca whale-watching are popular attractions.
The islands are famous for their resident pods of Orcas; marine mammals including the River otter , Steller sea lions , Common minke whales, Dall’s porpoise and other cetaceans. These beautiful islands feature many vacation homes including today’s beach house tour; which is actually much more than just a house – it’s a compound!
The architects of the Nettly Wood compound made sure that it provided a place to come together as a family and several ways to retreat into small personal spaces. The main house has four public areas which are arranged along a central axis – the kitchen, dining room, living room, and den. The compound also features a master cabin, writer’s hut, guest cabin, barn, and picnic shelter – what more would you need?
“With an aesthetic that is at once both modern and timeless, our designs reflect a sense of place and emphasize the use of natural light and the relationship of the building to the landscape.” Which is probably exactly how anyone touring the San Juan Islands vacation home called Nettly Wood would describe the place. It is a home that is rich with expansive, inviting spaces to share — the dining area, the picnic shelters, acres of porches — and sprinkled with nooks that create mini-sanctuaries nearby.
“The client wanted a property where they could escape individually and collectively that provided the space for each of them to have their own space but that invited them all to gather for meals and shared activities,” says Steve Hoedemaker of Bosworth Hoedemaker.
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