Foster Point Residence

Orcas Island | Washington

This residence occupies an iconic San Juan Islands site on Orcas Island.  It sits high on a rocky peninsula jutting out into the Salish Sea and replaces an existing house that failed to take advantage of nor honor the character of this special site. 

At 2,000 sf the home includes a Master Suite and a Guest suite.  The guest suite is a repurposing of an existing guest house on the property and is seamlessly integrated into the new design.  Responding to the steep slope of the site as it moves from the high access side to the water and view required the separation of the garage and entry to the home from the high side.  Paths and stairs lead from the garage to the front door and then continue from the upper bedroom areas, down and through the house to the lower level living areas.  These areas opening, through extensive glazing, to the incredible views of the water and Mount Baker in the distance.  Multiple doors lead to a variety of outdoor living areas of different character to be used at different times of the day and during various weather conditions.


Honoring the traditions of northwest mid-century modern design the use of concrete, wood, metal and glass connects the house to its natural setting and were chosen for their sustainable characteristics.  The interior similar includes cedar ceilings and fir windows and doors.  Custom crafted metal-work stairs and accents connect the interior and exterior of the home.

Construction: Con Russell Construction
Photography: Sean Airhart

Site Plan