No shortage of personality at Falk Farmhouse on Bainbridge Island

Fitting into a neighborhood peppered with 100 year old farmhouses was of primary importance to this family of four.  The trick was how to do this when the desire was for a modern architecturally designed home?  The dry-stacked rock wall that bisects the house became the anchor point for joining those two objectives.  Combining this with the board and batten siding prematurely aged to a driftwood patina and tucking the home into the landscape, created a beautiful juxtaposition with the expansive glass that looks out to the Puget Sound and Seattle.  The magnificent view is as much a part of this home as the wood framing, masonry, rusty roof and cast in place concrete.  Although it’s hard to pull yourself away from the view, the open floor plan on the entry level is filled with light and an overscaled fireplace detailed with blackened steel making it a perfect place for entertaining or curling up with a book.  Well placed windows from the home office affords views of the Sound as well as the perfect place for the family dogs to hop up onto the desk and wait with expectation until their family walks through the front door (really!) … as long as the barn door is slid to the open position!  The modern stair creates another special moment, where the blackened steel is repeated via an exposed stringer and concrete treads lead up to the bedrooms and luxurious master bath, while looking out to the shade garden tucked behind the home.  While this custom home reflects the personality of the clients throughout, it is no more evident than on the lower level where a special room was created to showcase a vast Star Wars collection.  What a delight to discover this adjacent to the home theater equipped with a bar, Slurpee machine and life size Darth Vader.  There is no shortage of personality at this modern interpretation of a Falk Farm on Bainbridge Island.

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