Fox Island Residence

Location Fox Island, Washington
Design Principal Jim Olson

A family home originally built over four decades ago, this Fox Island beachfront residence boasts unobstructed views of the Puget Sound and an island wildlife area to the west. Opening up these previously constrained views and integrating the family’s active coastal lifestyle into the home served as the primary directives for the new design.

An elevated roofline and a new row of clerestory windows on the home’s water-facing side, along with wall-height windows replacing the original truncated glazing, brighten a previously darker and compressed living area. Hidden pivot points in several of these window walls open the west side of the home to the outdoors, extending the livable area out to the newly remodeled deck.

Inside, exposed wood pillars supporting the clerestory windows are paired with a corresponding row of pillars on the exterior, creating a visual link to the outdoors.

Beachgrasses push up to the wall-height windows in the main living area, further connecting the interior to the exterior.

Reclaimed antique wood floors, sandy-colored cedar board ceilings and interior walls, and nickel and cold-rolled steel fireplaces continue the Northwest natural aesthetic inside.

The interior offers a neutral backdrop for the client’s eclectic art collection. Large, colorful wall-mounted glass pieces and small-scale freestanding sculptures alike find new life in the subdued interior, where additional window openings allow the home itself to frame the artworks. Opening up the stairwell and upper level hallway created new views to the artworks installed below, generating a visual connection between the home’s two floors, and to the coastal landscape beyond.



Design Principal

Jim Olson

Project Manager

William Franklin


Christine Burkland

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