Tucked away on the east side of Camano Island, you’ll find this stunning 1,100 square foot studio from Designs Northwest Architects. The owners dreamed up the studio after visiting an overnight winery in the Cascade Mountains, where they stayed in small, charming cabins made of stone and concrete. When it came time to build their studio getaway, the owners thought back to the cabins and decided to emulate the modern, no-fuss style.  

The owners have a larger house across the street, which they use to entertain friends and family during holidays and summer monthsThe studio serves as a retreat where they can relax and unwind after a day of socializing in the main house or whenever they’re in need of a romantic getaway.  


The studio consists of one large, mostly uninterrupted space. To offer a sense of privacy, a double-sided stone fireplace partially separates the bedroom from the living area and kitchen. The master bathroom—with a large, freestanding soaking tub situated to maximize water views—is the only truly separate room in the studio. When opened, the bathroom’s oversized walnut sliding doors help maintain the studio’s airy quality. Because the owners can rely on the kitchen in the big house, the studio enjoys a small efficiency kitchen perfect for simple meal preparation. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows and a large back deck offer guests a sweeping view of the Cascade Mountains as well as Port Susan Bay. Per the owners request, preexisting trees on the property were incorporated into the design of the studio and its landscaping. The overall effect is a clean, no-fuss hideaway surrounded by greenery and water.  

Architect: Designs Northwest Architects 

Photographer: Lucas Henning 

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