Styles Northwest Architects have recently completed the Tsunami Home, located on Camano Island in Washington State.
From the architects
The Tsunami House is a waterfront home positioned on a 3,140 square foot website in a higher velocity flood (V) zone on the northern end of Camano Island. The creating footprint was limited to a 30’ x 30’ pad.
The 887 square foot principal living level had to be positioned 5′ above grade and the foundations had to be designed on pilings capable of withstanding high velocity tsunami wave action. The decrease 748 square foot space had to be developed with walls that have been capable to break away in the event of a storm surge.
Our style strategy was to locate the primary living level 9′ above grade and leave the reduce level to be employed as a flexible multi use space dubbed the “Flood Area.” Clear glass overhead doors open up to the waterside deck facing north, and translucent overhead doors open to the entry courtyard facing south, enabling privacy from the road.
The depth of the lot is only 50′ deep and essential an above ground sand filter drain field that was 10 ‘ wide. In order to integrate the sand filter into the restricted website, it was encased in 3′ high architectural concrete walls and covered with a pervious sun deck on best of the drain field. The drain field/sun deck also acts as a visual barrier amongst the road and the house offering privacy when all the overhead doors are open.
A steel stair constructed of bent plate steel leads up to the principal living area, which is developed as a wonderful area with the kitchen, living, dining, and a 198 square foot third level sleeping loft facing the water. The master bedroom located adjacent to the wonderful space has sliding translucent doors that let light into the space and open up to the water view.
The exterior materials of the home are durable and low upkeep. The architectural concrete columns are left exposed and the exterior siding is a mixture of composite and galvanized standing seam panels and aluminum windows. The decrease level floor is polished concrete with radiant in floor heat and the ceilings are covered with western red cedar to add warmth to the otherwise industrial feeling of the lower level.
The upper level is a lot more refined with porcelain tiles on the floor, western red cedar on the ceiling and a sculptured “wave” plaster panel and milled completed steel trim surrounding the fireplace. The interior ship ladder and loft railings are mill finish steel throughout. References to the natural world are made throughout the interiors.
Architect: Designs Northwest Architects – Dan Nelson, Principal Architect and Tom Rochon, Project Architect
Structural Engineer: Jason Lindquist
Interior Design: H2K Style
Garrett Khulman and Wendy Kennedy
Landscape Design and style: Scott Lankford
Photographer: Lucas Henning