The Port Ludlow Residence is a compact, 2400 SF modern house located on a wooded waterfront property at the north end of the Hood Canal, a long, fjord-like arm of western Puget Sound. The house creates a simple glazed living space that opens up to become a front porch to the beautiful Hood Canal.
The east-facing house is sited along a high bank, with a wonderful view of the water. The main living volume is completely glazed, with 12-ft. high glass walls facing the view and large, 8-ft.x8-ft. sliding glass doors that open to a slightly raised wood deck, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor space. During the warm summer months, the living area feels like a large, open porch. Anchoring the north end of the living space is a two-story building volume containing several bedrooms and separate his/her office spaces.
The interior finishes are simple and elegant, with IPE wood flooring, zebrawood cabinet doors with mahogany end panels, quartz and limestone countertops, and Douglas Fir trim and doors. Exterior materials are completely maintenance-free: metal siding and aluminum windows and doors. The metal siding has an alternating pattern using two different siding profiles.
The house has a number of sustainable or "green" building features, including 2x8 wall construction (40% greater insulation value); generous glass areas to provide natural lighting and ventilation; large overhangs for sun and rain protection; metal siding (recycled steel) for maximum durability, and a heat pump mechanical system for maximum energy efficiency. Sustainable interior finish materials include wood cabinets, linoleum floors, low-VOC paints, and natural wool carpet.See less
FINNE Architects This client took a bit of a risk because it's smaller than what other owners might have built. I generally push for smaller homes because it's easier to build something that is higher quality and more sustainable. We also initially had a more architecturally ambitious design for the house. The original design included a vaulted roof, but it proved to be too expensive for the overall budget.
FINNE Architects This project went through a lot of iterations. Typical project duration, which includes design, permits, pricing and construction runs 10-12 months—this project took 2.5 years overall. Design and permits took almost a year, and construction itself was around 18 months.
FINNE Architects 2,400 sq. ft.
FINNE Architects We faced economic challenges when we went into construction due to the fact that the economy simultaneously tanked. Anytime you're in a downward economic recession and you are building something, there's a lot of strain on all parties involved. The short-term market value of what we were doing was decreasing, so it was necessary to take a step back and look at the project long-term.
FINNE Architects The main living space—which is about 15 feet high and all glass on two sides—has these two eight-by-eight foot sliding glass panels. Upon opening them up, you really feel like you're on this big, beautiful porch. It feels natural while still being contained inside of a built space.
FINNE Architects Take your time. Do not feel pressured to rush into any decisions, because those you make up front are critical to the end result. Be thoughtful about design and planning, which includes cost and mechanics. Construction is a rough-and-tumble business, and if everyone is going to get through it unscathed, they need to have a nice contingency to fall back on.
FINNE Architects I think houses these days are completely kitchen-centered, and are by far the most important space in our houses. In terms of lifestyle, people are always in the kitchen. Technology is allowing us to create spaces that have multiple functions, which ties into the idea of utilizing smaller square footage. Nowadays, 60-70% of the houses we design combine family and living room, using technology to hide TVs and provide multifunctional capabilities to the home.