Also known as mother-in-law apartments or granny flats, ADU’s (accessory dwelling units) refer to an additional, separate dwelling unit on a property that would otherwise legally accommodate only one residence or dwelling unit. The City of Bainbridge Island allows the creation of an accessory dwelling unit to most single-family residences where water and sewage requirements can be met.
ADU’s are a sustainable way to increase housing density as they rely mostly on existing infrastructure. They also add tremendous value to a single-family residence not just by adding square footage to your home but by creating the potential of rental income and aging-in-place living arrangements. Well designed ADU’s are very flexible and are also commonly used as guesthouses, home offices, art studios, or just as places for teens to hang out with friends.
ADU’s on Bainbridge Island may be attached or detached but must be designed to maintain the appearance of the primary dwelling as a single-family residence and its size must be limited to 800 square feet of floor area or less. One off-street parking space must be provided in addition to the off-street parking required for the primary dwelling and the ADU must share a single driveway with the primary dwelling.
Please contact us if you’d like to discuss the feasibility of an ADU on your property.
We are very pleased to announce the new home of Michael Wangen Architects, Davis Studio Architecture + Design and Fischer Bouma Partnership at 310 Madison Ave S, Suite A, on Bainbridge Island, a space formerly occupied by a home accessories retailer, Hat Factory Studios and even a Laundromat.
Immediately recognizing the potential of this large, light, dynamic open space, we banded together to jointly occupy it as a cooperative of like-minded, creative professionals. Our modifications include new paint (white, of course), energy efficient, LED light fixtures and lamps throughout, stained and waxed hardboard flooring, custom plywood furniture, and fiberboard, tackable panels. All products and materials used in our remodel were selected to showcase our enthusiasm for green design principles such as energy efficiency, recycled content, sustainability, and high indoor air quality.
Special attention was also paid to maintaining flexible use of the extensive, creative space. Several large pieces of storage furniture are mounted on casters to allow easy reconfiguration of the room for accommodation of various meeting sizes and display needs.
We’d like to give special thanks to our friends at Craftsman Building, a residential general contractor on Bainbridge Island, for their help in the transformation of this great workspace.
JUNE Green Drinks
Friday, June 28
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
253 Winslow Way W (South building entrance behind Bargain Boutique)
Celebrate the beginning of Summer with friends at month’s Green Drinks, hosted by a fine trio of local green-thinking architecture firms: Michael Wangen Architects, Davis Studio Architecture + Design and Indigo Architecture + Interiors.
Meet these design professionals to whom green building certifications, care for the environment, and awards are nothing new. Davis Studio designed Grow Community, the first residential One Planet Community to be built in North America; among Michael’s projects are several that are noteworthy for R & R – remodel and rehabilitation – and others that are stunning examples of fitting in with the natural environment; Indigo has community at heart, gives priority to local contractors, and brings “less is more,” “not so big,” and “leave the land untouched” approaches to their designs.
We’ll feature wine from Amelia Wynn Winery and beer at the no-host bar, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, and tasty morsels to go with it all – locally sourced, of course.
Tell your friends…and bring them along! Please tell us you’re coming on Facebook or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The sole (and soul) purpose of Green Drinks is to connect with others who are interested in and care about the environment and, through their business, profession, studies, policy-making, and/or participation in grassroots advocacy, work to honor, protect, and restore our natural world. There’s no agenda, program, or presentation, except for our short 10-minute “non-program” to thank our hosts and sponsors. We are one of 600 Green Drinks cities around the world, and one of 14 in Washington.
Orcas Island mountainside home featured in Pacific Northwest magazine of The Seattle Times on May 13, 2012
Excerpts from the story by Rebecca Teagarden
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider
YOU CAN see how it happened. Who could resist these views, singing their misty siren song from a piece of land hurtling headlong down an Orcas Island mountainside? High and grand, sweeping from the Olympic Mountains to the Canadian Gulf Islands, encompassing Orcas from Eastsound to North Beach. Pretty and rugged, the lemon-yellow afternoon sun kissing water the color of Elizabeth Taylor’s eyes.
Not Karen or her husband, for sure.
“We stupidly bought it because of the National Geographic views,” she says. “And then we thought, *%&$, what are we going to do with it?”
The answer, oddly enough, lurked in a Spanish columbarium (a mausoleum for ashes of the deceased). Her architects showed her photos. They were boxy. She thought, “That’s it! If we can stand the house up and not blow up the mountain . . .”
As she says this we sway ever so slightly, because the house is blowing in the wind. The solution, you see, was to place the building upon two slim concrete fins set into the rocky ground, floating the home over a carpet of moss. The foundation legs support a steel Vierendeel frame allowing the wings of the house to cantilever 28 feet outward in both directions. Within the steel-frame box sits a concrete-paneled box, the home.
Dramatic design for a dramatic setting; the land remaining almost entirely untouched by structure’s presence. Walking the 360-degree catwalk outside this hovering, contemporary container, you see no sign of support.
“You really feel like you’re on a ship,” Karen says. “But it isn’t about the house even. It’s about a frame for nature.”
And for that there are tall glass walls, clerestories and cutouts.
“It’s a treehouse,” Karen says. “That’s often what we call it.”
It is also a playhouse, and, really, it is Karen’s house.
“Our house on Bainbridge (Island) is a stucco French farmhouse. My husband loves old, classic homes; I love contemporary.”
At his, he gardens five acres. At hers, Karen will have none of it. “There is no gardening up here. I’ve got two tomboys and a boy (4, 7 and 10) and there is no TV, no Internet here. I want the kids running around. We crank country music, Mom drinks wine, and we dance all night. There’s no fighting over DSL lines. My daughter will sit and count how many swallows fly by. There’s always something flying by.”
The family came to the island half a dozen years ago in search of farmland. (Family members include dogs, horses, cats.) But the view stole their hearts and changed their minds.
To make her dream a reality, Karen, a devoted Bainbridge islander, hired locally. Bainbridge architect, Bainbridge builder, Bainbridge metal artist, Bainbridge interior designer. Jeb Thornburg and Michael Wangen of Indigo took up the mountainside design challenge; Rachele Turnbull of Clark Construction took charge of building it; Steve Humphrey of 47 West crafted the metal work; Michelle Burgess of Michelle Burgess Design helped with furnishings. And last, but most certainly not least, Swenson Say Fagét, of Seattle, worked out the structural engineering. The result, finished in April 2011, is 2,400 square feet (two bedrooms, three baths, two lofts) of darned-near maintenance-free family fun.
Karen steps into the bunk room. Beds, on each side of the room, are stacked three high. “This is where we shove the kids, plus one friend per child.
“This is a place for people to reconnect. And I’m just thrilled the kids get it. They get what it’s all about.”
Rebecca Teagarden writes about architecture and design for Pacific Northwest magazine. Benjamin Benschneider is a magazine staff photographer.