Hood Canal: A Modern House Design with Durable Materials

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Completed in 2013 by Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects, Hood Canal is a modern house design project in Port Ludlow. It is a single-level home built with durable materials to accommodate the clients as they age.


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Nestled on a gentle slope, this modern house is wedged between the shoreline and highway in Port Ludlow. The site offers panoramic views overlooking Hood Canal and Squamish Harbor. It is a perfect site for those who want a cozy house while enjoying the stunning landscape.



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This modern house’s design is made by following the owner’s desire for a low-maintenance and beautiful living space. The main goal is to create a practical house that can provide ease of daily activities and handicap accessibility for the clients as they age.

The house’s guest wing can be closed off when not in use thanks to two distinct volumes connected by a glassy knuckle. Metal cladding and concrete flooring are durable materials chosen for this project due to their minimal maintenance.

Deep overhangs, expansive South-facing glass, and concrete terraces can be generous shade in the summer and generate passive solar heating in the winter.



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The owner of this house works in one of the largest commercial construction companies on the West Coast. With his knowledge of efficient building methods, he could keep the project costs down by managing the project himself.


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Images Source: Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects