The clients asked architects Margaret Menter and Patrick Byrne for a house with a modern look and feel, but still in keeping with its island setting. The house has the same cedar shingles and standing-seam metal roofing as the more traditional houses on the property, but it has a paired down aesthetic and is composed of simple house forms with minimal roof overhangs – Shaker meets Pacific Northwest.
The prominent chimney and low parapet walls were constructed by a local mason of San Juan fieldstone. Tall window walls give the house a crisp, modern feel, while blackened steel mullions maintain human scale. Moving from inside to outside, the polished concrete floors flow naturally into stone terraces that surround the house.