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Useless Bay Beach House in Washington

July 27, 2020

Useless Bay Beach House

Design: Stuart Silk Architects

Location: Whidbey Island, Washington State, USA

Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington

This beautiful, south facing, ten-acre site on Useless Bay sits at the southern end of Whidbey Island. The clients wanted Useless Bay Beach House to accommodate large groups of friends and family – a place in which to celebrate weekend gatherings over food and shared time together.

Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington

Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington

The focal point for the home is the dramatic, two-story great room. The space – which includes a dining area at one end and a generous seating area at the other – is book-ended by two identical national park-scaled stone fireplaces. A series of stone columns surround the space and support the exposed structural system above. Stained, clear fir ceilings are layered with a crisscross of wood purlins and trusses in a tapestry that recalls traditional Japanese detailing, appropriate to this Pacific Rim setting.

Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington

The carefully crafted wood detailing is paired with impeccably fitted stonework that captures our client’s desire to create a home to stand the test of time. The great room opens to a covered terrace, a place to sit sheltered from the southern sun and misty rains. Beyond lays a long sandy beach and panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington

Daylight—a precious commodity in the Pacific Northwest—was central to crafting the interior gathering spaces of the house. To make the home light-filled, even on the greyest of days, there are two window-lined, twenty-five-foot-long shed dormers on either side of the main gable that runs the length of great room. These clerestories admit balanced, natural light into the great room throughout the day.

Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington

Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington

The home’s aesthetic takes inspiration from early Northwest agrarian domestic architecture. Richly-toned, stained shingles, ledge stone chimneys with a band at the base, and super-scaled (eight-foot-tall) double-hung windows contribute to the timelessness of the design and its contextual response.

Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington

The entire house is set upon a thirty-inch-tall stone base, providing a subtle yet visually sound platform for the home. Close collaboration with the owners resulted in interior finishes and furnishings that feel both inviting and comfortable and that complement the architecture.

Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington

Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington

Useless Bay Beach House, Whidbey Island, Washington – Building Information

Design: Stuart Silk Architects

Interior Design: Susan Young Interiors
Landscape Architecture: Bruce Hinkley
Construction: Heggenes Construction

Useless Bay Beach House Whidbey Island Washington

Photography: Benjamin Benschneider

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