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San Juan Islands Residential House Design

A contemporary approach to Classic Island Home Design. We use 3D computer design to create plans for  custom homes and remodels. We are skilled in making the probable possible. Cultivating balanced unpretentious design that serve the inhabitants and honors the environment. Inspired designs grounded in practical livability  & construction.

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With a passionate belief that great design rooted to its environment can enhance lives and make a difference to those that use and engage with it, our process involves examining each project’s context in order to come up with design solutions that feel appropriate to the situation at hand. Using cutting edge 3d computer design to create inspired and resolved architecture. Founded in 2008, Habitat Designs llc has established a reputation for delivering quality innovative design solutions.

San Juan Island

We feel grateful everyday to call San Juan Island our home. Blessed to be able to live and practice architecture in such a stunning natural setting. Every project seems to be in its own special Island environment. We have designed homes on many of the islands Mountaintops, Valleys and Shoreline. Our specialty is  designing a home that really fits and responds to this spectacular natural environment. I have thoroughly enjoyed raising my two daughters on this island with my wife Vail a practicing Real Estate Broker.

Design Build Partnerships

Our design process has been influenced by years of experience leading the design build team for "Ravenhill Construction"  the award winning  San Juan Island construction firm. A decade spent practicing the art of designing, budgeting and managing custom home build has brought a complete vision of the design build process. Out team oriented approach with owner and builder has allowed us to bring a level clarity and ease to the construction and realization of each home. Habitat Designs llc and the current owners of "Ravenhill" continue to closely partner and collaborate on custom design builds.  Click the link to see and example of our collaboration. The "Tower House".

Our work is enhanced by our close collaboration with Joe Cooper Designs. Responsible for cabinetry, casework and custom furniture.  Joe brings a level of excellence and detail to any project that he is involved with. Our collaborative team approach to interiors and design resolution results in a fit and finish attenuated for each client.

Green Building

We are certified as a "Built Green" . Knowledgeable in green home building and design efficiency. As well, Jonathan was responsible for leading the "Natural Balance Home"  to a "LEED"  Platinum certification. The highest  and most intensive level of green building certification in the world. Habitat Designs is also a "Greenshores" for homes verifier that specializes in green waterfront shoreline development.

We love envisaging new custom homes. However, we particularly love revisioning existing homes. Reusing, updating and improving an existing homes functionality and energy performance fits with our Green Building design sensibilities.

Community Development

Habitat Designs has also supported and guided the San Juan Island Home trust in certifying their Sunrise development to the Evergreen Standard of home efficiency.

The Brickworks Community Stage project is underway. Our newest community outreach project will provide a much needed music venue in the heart of Friday Harbor. A joint design venture with Peter Kilpatrick. See the progress here  @ fhbrickworks.com

BIO

YEW LANE CLIFF HOUSE

EAGLE POINT LOOKOUT

HIGH HARO HOUSE  

 

CADY MOUNTAIN TOWER HOUSE

SHAW ISLAND SHIPWRIGHT HOUSE

WESTSIDE BRIDGE HOUSE

MODERN ISLAND CABIN

MOUNT DALLAS RAINBOWS END

MOONLIGHT ABODE
 

BRICKWORKS BANDSTAND

TRIPLE B RANCH HOUSE

ISLAND REFUGE

 GUEST/BOAT HOUSE

ROCHE HARBOR HOUSE

           From the beginning, our collaboration with Jonathan Hu ( Habitat Designs llc) on design was a fun an illuminating adventure. We wanted to create a structure that would coexist naturally with the oak groves, meadows, and rocky terrain of the land. Jonathan was able to juggle all the variables and my strong opinions in mind, while gently correcting course to the realities of home construction.

Owner: Tower House

Jonathan is  a true professional who will work with you to create and formulate a vision for your specific needs. He  not only has talent and  focus, but personal  skills that bring the project together for the client without ‘worries’. The end result can be no less than fabulous!

                                 

Owner: Rainbows End

Jonathan seemed to intuitively 'get' us from the start; having seen some of his previous projects we knew he shared our design aesthetic, so the actual design process came together fairly quickly.

We found him responsive, resourceful & very easy to work with. He is extremely good at coming up with innovative solutions to any problems arising during the iterative process. And somehow still making them look cool!

Owner: High Haro House

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