This glass-enclosed abode on Bainbridge Island, WA is a contemporary space with an earthy appeal. Surrounded by forest, this shimmering sanctuary spans 10,499 sq. ft. but thanks to its barely there glass walls, it feels much larger, drawing the eye out toward the horizon. The home's facade features a graduation of materials - concrete and stone at its base, wood, and clear glass as you make your way up, and lush forest towering around, mirroring nature. The wood-framed windows have a wonderfully warm, natural look that makes the perfect bridge between outdoors and in.
Wood plays a central part in this stunning house design - it's the star of the show, if you will. But there's more to the story than mere looks. The timber used to construct the home is FSC certified and one of a kind, including 1,000-year-old flawless cedar beams salvaged from a shipwreck. This remarkable story reflects in the finished look of the house, which has a certain authenticity about it.
The landscaped grounds are perfectly manicured in contrast to these organic surroundings, featuring a green carpet of grass with stone pathways, flower beds and a large patio that is an extension of the interiors.
The 13-acre property boasts panoramas of the sparkling shoreline, and the Olympic Mountains on the horizon. Just sit back and enjoy this pristine, private view. A water feature complements the sights and sounds of this waterfront, just steps away.
And speaking of steps, this enormous wood stairway spills through the forest and down into the valley below.
The home's interiors are also an ode to nature, featuring a palette of natural materials and a Feng Shui-compliant layout yielding to the laws of heaven and earth. This kitchen wraps you in wood, stone and views - a nature-lover's delight. This open area for food prep and dining has a warm look and feel, with a raw yet refined quality that calls you to get back to your roots and get your hands dirty!
The glass-enclosed eating area overlooks an alfresco sitting area - the perfect place for cocktail hour or to sip your java while reading the morning paper. A walk-out to the deck further connects interiors to nature and the views.
You just can't escape this view - not that you'd ever want to! The glazed living room is divided from the main hallway by a half-wall, which creates some separation while maintaining a sense of openness. The hallway is topped with a wood ceiling and skylights, bringing in natural light from both sides of the space.
This living area features a striking stone fireplace which warms up this area both in look and in feel. The substantial stone grounds this room, while the glass walls lighten and brighten the atmosphere.
On the other side of the fireplace, the dining room shares this stone wall and the view. This intimate nook invites guests to sit and linger long after the plates have been cleared. The stone walls don't close off the room, but rather they take shape like long pillars that divide without secluding the space.
You can almost smell the earthy wood, the smoky fireplace, and the leather-bound books of this home library. A big comfy chair sits beneath the massive window that frames the leafy treetops and brings a breath of fresh flair to this cozy reading corner.
The bathroom isn't quite what you'd expect, but strangely it sings in tune with the earthy style of the home. A cool marble floor underfoot, wood-framed skylights overhead, a mossy green tiled wall and the frosted glass-enclosed shower all echo the outdoors.
This home is certainly well equipped with friendly sitting areas and fireplaces! Whether you're entertaining a crowd or settling in for a quiet evening solo, this home is the ultimate hotspot.
When you're ready to retire, the bedroom is a den of delicious tranquility, featuring a cozy fireplace and illuminated by the light of the moon spilling in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Sweet dreams!
By night, it's almost like this soothing home sleeps too, the only movement coming from the flickering light of the fireplace.
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