Waterfront Dream Home
After several years of working remotely while traveling the world, the couple began designing their dream house from the road. And the bluff near downtown Port Townsend was the perfect spot to come back home to.
Along with embracing the surrounding views, the homeowners needed space for parents and guests to visit and wanted to ensure the home office had a beautiful backdrop for the husband, a university professor, to host his lectures. A butterfly roof sloping front to back provided internal volume while accommodating the height restriction. The shape allowed for an expanse of doors and windows across the water-facing rear of the home where the primary bedroom, living room/dining room/kitchen, and office are all located. A large sliding door in the great room offers a true indoor-outdoor connection with the water visually close at hand.
The roof style also ensured plenty of windows on the front side of the house for the two guest bedrooms, while transom windows bring in light on the sides while maintaining privacy from close-by neighbors. The small footprint meant limiting the home to two bathrooms, but left space for a nice-sized laundry room with ample storage.
Special features inside and outside the house accommodate the couple’s lifestyle, including solar panels and an electric vehicle charging station. The modern lines on the exterior, including vertical siding and an eye-catching blue color, give way to a more traditional interior, with cozy wood, a large custom shower with pebble stone wall accents, lots of shelving, and a live-edge mantel.
Despite the property’s unique hurdles, the homeowners were able to work with Estes Builders from the road, with the Estes team sending photos and coordinating questions through an online system. With Estes Builders’ Guaranteed Fixed Price and the team’s due diligence on accommodating property obstacles, the home was built as designed in 10 months with no overages.