Shadow House


La Conner, WA

Project Type


Consulting Architect

Tom Theisen


Tim Garrison


2500 SQ FT


Architectural Design, Finishes, Fixtures, Furniture & Decoration

General Contractor

AccuWest Pacific



Photography — Haris Kenjar

Our Seattle-based clients came to us with a request to design a weekend home on Skagit Bay from the ground up. We used the agricultural vernacular of the surrounding valley to inform a classic gabled form projecting out towards the water. Serving as a multi-generational retreat, the main volume holds the public rooms as well as a kitchen tucked into one side. An attached two-story block holds three bedrooms, three bathrooms, as well as ample storage space. With bedrooms on both floors, the structure was designed for aging in place.

With the general design established, we worked with Mt. Vernon-based Theisen Architects to coordinate construction documents and engineering. In addition to the architectural design, we selected materials, fixtures and furnishings for the home, hewing closely to the homeowner's desire for a relaxed and simple palette. Strong off-white walls, millwork and tile are balanced by blackened architectural elements such as window sashes, the stone hearth, and custom collar ties in the great room. Furnishings are relaxed but unexpected, with vintage, custom, and European pieces comfortably commingling.

A classic Ingo Maurer Flotation Pendant illuminates both the dining table as well as the vaulted ceiling above.

The crisp palette is maintained throughout the house.

Cozy nooks and small corners in private rooms provide relief from the bright, open quality of the public spaces.

Perched on fifty feet of medium bank waterfront, the house enjoys an enviable view of Skagit Bay and Whidbey Island.