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Vashon Island Glidehouse Prefab Shows Off Fab Northwest Vista

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So you own property on the eastern shore of Vashon Island with a million dollar view of Mt. Rainier towering over Puget Sound. You want to build a house, but you know this perspective requires more than just a few nice windows; it has to be the focal point of the entire project. What do you do?

May we all be faced with such conundrums.

For homeowners on SW Dillworth Road on Vashon, the solution was a prefabricated home, but not just any prefab. Blu Homes' Glidehouse design offered a chance for a highly customizable home with a distinct Pacific Northwest vibe while also showing off the property's incredible natural beauty.

The 1,680-square-foot house features a sleek, modern two-bed, two-bath layout, as well as a large living and dining area and spacious kitchen. But the star of the show is the east-facing 60-foot-long wall of windows, which shows off a wooded back yard just yards from the sound, with Rainier looming in the background on clear days. A wraparound deck provides the perfect opportunity to take in the panorama.

Fourteen-foot high ceilings and interior windows give the home an open feel and allow natural light to penetrate all the way through the interior of the home.

Cedar siding, bamboo flooring, maple-finished cabinets and slate accents make the home feel as if it were a custom job, and in a way it was. Blu Homes designs allow for almost complete personalization, so homeowners can decide between their choice of exteriors, countertops, floors, appliances, etc.

The property also features a matching 280-square-foot guest house and a Blu Homes-designed garage (when the home was built in 2011, Blu didn't build garages -- they do now).

Blu's unique approach and propriety steel frame technology allows for a home to be built in their northern California factory, then folded up and shipped to far-flung locales. (Click here for a video showing the Vashon house during the building stages.)
· Glidehouse [Blu Homes]
· Blu Homes Unfolds Iconic Glidehouse on Washington's Vashon Island [YouTube]