Review of Premier Architectural Tour on Bainbridge Island

Last weekend was Bainbridge Island’s first architectural tour and what a success! Gorgeous weather, incredible houses in amazing settings, talented interesting people… for the design minded, it was an inspiring two days of fun. Produced by GEM and Seattle Homes and Lifestyle Magazine, it was a thoughtful way for local architects and builders to show off their style. We were able to go inside more than twenty incredible homes and talk directly to their architects. Bainbridge has some amazing residences! Amazing attention to detail and energy saving innovation from Coates Design. (I have to say this was the most intriguing home):

Coates Design Vanity

Impressive land use strategies and flexible utility from Peter Brachvogel. (Most gorgeous garage on the island - I can’t wait to see the primary residence):

Brachvogel Compact=

Renovated boat house on Bainbridge Waterfront

Accessory Dwelling Unit designed to become future garage

Stylish modern design on the waterfront from LaRoche. (I felt like I was floating walking through this home – perhaps it was the light colored cork flooring and darker natural wood ceilings. This home was definitely a play on smooth and textured surfaces. I’ve been admiring it from the water for a couple of years now.)

The firms on the tour are just a sampling of the very talented professionals that live right here in the community. If you are remodeling or building new, I encourage you to ‘shop local’: Participants included:


Bill Chester, Williarm Chester Architect & Planner

Charlie Wenzlau, Wenslau Architects

Sean Parker, Sean Parker Architect

Ron Holsman, Ronald H. Holsman Architects

Peter O’Connor, O’Connor Architects

Marc LaRoche, Marc LaRoche Architects

Peter Manning, Manning Architecture & Planning

Julie Kriegh, Kriegh Architects

Devin Johnson, Johnson Squared Architecture

Jeb Thornburg, Indigo Architecture & Interiors

Hris Gutche, Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting

Dick Dunbar, Dunbar Architects

Dana Webber, Dana Webber Architect

Lane Williams, Coop 15

Mathew Coates, Coates Design Architects

Peter Brachvogel, BC&J Architects

Nate Thomas, Architects/Thomas

Building Contractors:

Toilsome Construction

Andrew Constan, CDB General Contractors, LLC

Port Blakely Builders, Inc

Bill Agnew/Thom Fowler

Hall Construction


Jim Bickford

Drury Construction

Brian Russell

Smallwood Design & Construction

Carley Construction, Inc.

Cratsman Building

Fairbank Construction Company

Mike Fisher Construction

Tom Salisbury

Pacific Pointe

Structural Engineers:

Swenson Say Faget, Paul Faget

Jay Oleson PE, Brain Glover SE, Arup

Quantum Consulting Engineers

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