Up on Orcas Island is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath contemporary house with an asking price of $949,000. The style is modern (2011) without being industrial. There is also an innovation or two, like putting the guest rooms in a separate building, and storing a canoe in the ceiling, tastefully. Tsunami preparedness meets a living room aesthetic? Does the canoe in the ceiling rafters stay? That might be one of the first questions. It isn't necessarily stuck there; the pulleys suggest it can be lowered, but the immaculate nature suggests it has been more ornamentation than nautical transportation. The canoe and the house have much in common, clean lines without ostentation, the delicate use of wood, and the possibility of practicality. Form doesn't overwhelm function, and the general layout of the house is for living and working, not showing off. The downstairs is open, except for the master suite. The upstairs, where you can stare across at the canoe, is a loft for another guest suite, a studio, or an office. While you work, you can remind yourself that you're not out on the water.
· 531 Old Farm Rd, Orcas Island, WA, 98280 [Estately]
Written by Tom Trimbath