Chuckanut Drive Residence
Architects & Firms
Photo © Benjamin Benschneider
Overlooking the craggy Washington coastline, this waterfront residence enjoys cinema-worthy scenery — but is subject to significant winds and extreme weather. The Miller Hull Partnership devised an elemental design and materials palette — exposed-timber framing, abundant fenestration — to harmonize with the wooded site and water views.
The west wall’s view is no less diminished, thanks to a clever glazing treatment that offers water vistas and access to the patio beyond. A wall cavity between the stove’s glass backsplash and a double-glazed fixed window accommodates one of the sliding doors when open.
Such expansive glazing does come at a practical cost, limiting available wall space for storage.
To compensate, a large walk-in pantry adjoins the kitchen, accessed near the refrigerator. Base cabinetry was also maximized: Maple units capped with stainless-steel counters line three walls, surrounding a concrete-topped island that holds court in the center of the room.
After sunset, dimmable MR15s illuminate the space, along with halogen undercabinet lights and pendant fixtures above the island.
Miller Hull Partnership — Robert Hull, design partner/partner in charge