We got so used to seeing home designs pay tribute to minimalism and functionality, that this particular residence and its splashes of personality surprised us in a pleasant manner. The Dorsey Residence on Bainbridge Island in Washington State was especially envisioned by Coates Design to maximize its footprint through the use of vertical space. Located on a waterfront propriety and anchored into the hillside, the residence showcases two completely different facades: one facing the street with an austere, closed appearance and the other, comprised of many windows, opening the interiors towards the green landscape.

Once inside, this seemingly anonymous home will reveal its true nature. Flooded in light, the interiors inspire space and allow the inhabitants to experience spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and the neighboring waters. Color is tastefully present throughout, contributing to a dynamic social space. A generously-sized deck communicates with the living room and cantilevers from the home’s structure, providing a perfect bridge between the indoors and surrounding natural environment.