Willamette River Floating Home Under Construction

Posted by bcandj   on April 1st, 2015

BC&J Willamette River Floating HomeBC&J Architecture is proud to see a floating home we designed under construction. Our clients were looking for a river side, cottage style house well suited to their life style and entertaining guests.

The open floor plan of this 2,100 square foot floating home offers plenty of room for living and entertaining. On the first floor, the kitchen opens to the dining room and living room with beautiful views onto the Willamette River.

Upstairs, the master bedroom extends toward the river under a large, centered dormer. Opposite the master bedroom, a bonus room, under a symmetrical dormer, will serve as guest quarters when adult children and grandchildren visit.

The floating home is being constructed at a Marina in Portland. Upon completion, the house will be floated up the Willamette River to a permanent location.

Below is a rendering of the finished home. It is always exciting to compare a rendering to the in-process construction photos as a drawing comes to life.

Willamette River floating home BC&J Architecture


Celebrating the Substantial Completion!

Posted by bcandj   on December 15th, 2014

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The long anticipated BC&J project in Winslow is substantially complete!  More images to come~



BC & J Welcomes New Team Members

Posted by bcandj   on November 6th, 2014

Timothy Lin and John Whitlow

Timothy Lin and John Whitlow

BC&J Architecture is pleased to add three new members to our team: Timothy Lin, John Whitlow, and Kelley Chen. Our new team members are going to energize our work, and allow us to serve customers in new ways.

Timothy Lin, Architect, is our lead manager of sustainable design and environmental practices. Tim will focus on development and coordination of cost-effective and energy efficient solutions. Tim moved from North Carolina with his wife and eight year old daughter to join our team. Living in Washington puts Tim one plane ride closer to his parents in Taiwan. Tim speaks fluent Mandarin and has an MBA from Wake Forest University. This, combined with his LEED AP BC + C interests will help grow the firm.

John Whitlow, Project Architect, focuses on development and production of construction documents, in depth code analysis, and on-site contractor coordination. John is an experience licensed architect who was the technical lead at NBBJ before joining BC&J Architecture. Now, working on Bainbridge Island, he no longer has to commute to work. His technical expertise is beneficial on our modern homes that push the envelope of standard practices. John is an avid cyclist.

Kelley Chen and Peter Brachvogel

Kelley Chen and Peter Brachvogel

Kelley Chen, Intern Architect, provides architectural and graphic design support. Kelley also prepares documents for building permits, research support for sustainable products, and support assembly practices. Kelley is a recent graduate of University of Washington with a BS in Architecture. Peter Brachvogel, AIA was her instructor at UW for an Architectural Design course. Peter is pleased to bring a former student onto the team and help mentor Kelley through her internship. It is exiting and fun to add a young perspective to energize the team.


From Drawing Board to Construction

Posted by bcandj   on September 26th, 2014

We spend so much time building a house on the drawing board, it is a delight to watch a home be transformed from a design to a living structure.

We designed this home for an empty nest couple who wanted a universal design to age-in-place after downsizing from a bigger home.

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The 1,300 sf main floor features wide hallways and a master bedroom. The 1,078 sf second floor includes two guest bedrooms. Above the single car garage is a 300 sf studio apartment with a kitchenette and bathroom, designed with a future caretaker in mind.

The home is being built on a less than quarter acre lot within walking distance of downtown. Proximity to downtown allows the homeowners to take advantage of all downtown services without a vehicle.

In-town house



BC&J News February 2014

Posted by bcandj   on February 27th, 2014

A new series of small house plans from BC& J Architecture puts your dream home within reach.

The Maple is a Perfect Little House

The Maple is a Perfect Little House

BC & J is known for our quality custom architecture and innovative approach to meet a homeowner’s needs through planning and design. We have worked with customers and builders to create beautiful homes such as the Rockaway Beach House and Olympic View House. In order to make dream homes accessible to more people we created the Perfect Little House Company. Now, plans designed by award winning architect Peter Brachvogel, AIA and his partner, Stella Carosso, are available to give you access to your dream home.

With over 30 Perfect Little House designs, you will find a plan to embrace your tastes and lifestyle. The homes in the Perfect Little House line are thoughtfully designed for intimate and purposeful living experience. You can also express your personal style and individuality by customizing a plan.

Perfect Little House Company designs were born out of years of listening to our clients. Understanding how to integrate our clients voice into a home design allowed us to create a series of designs focused on what is important to your lifestyle. A Small plan does not mean you have to give up features. Perfect Little House plans emphasize comfort and quality of design over excessive square footage. Our beautiful homes are right at home in a forest, private beachfront, or a traditional neighborhood.

The Maple is a 2013 Howie Award winner for Best Kitchen.

The Maple is a 2013 Howie Award winner for Best Kitchen.

We were recognized by the readers of houseplans.com with two Howie Awards. The Maple won Best Kitchen for the multifunction island, window wall, open ceiling, built-in dining alcove, and strong sightline to the great room.  The Willow won Best Small House Plan for built-in seating, porches, and well-oriented windows that make a compact footprint feel larger than it is.

Recently, we have been able to watch as a Perfect Little House grew from plans to a structure in our own community.

A local couple looking to downsize without sacrificing their living experience decided The Maple was a perfect choice.

This beautifully designed Maple separates the sleeping quarters from the rooms with the most daylight activity with a dramatic entry. The house also features a large deck, embraced on two sides by the house’s structure to increase privacy. Oversized schoolhouse windows create a visual link with the outdoors, making the house feel larger than it is.

The Maple is one of the many unique plans BC&J offers through the Perfect Little House website.

Building the home of your dreams is within reach with The Perfect Little House Company.

South Beach House Under Construction

Posted by bcandj   on November 27th, 2013

South Beach

Construction is underway on a BC&J house on the South Beach of Bainbridge Island.

When completed, this house will be 4,200 square feet with a 700 square foot studio above a two care garage.

The second floor of the two buildings are bridged by a sky terrace overlooking the waterfront. The stone clad intersection between the two buildings houses the laundry room and guest house below the sky terrace.

The stair core and master bedroom with a deck occupy the main tower, massing the house to the south.

Facing the waterfront on the first floor is a covered loggia for outdoor dining. Upstairs are decks for two additional bedrooms.

Completion is scheduled for early 2014.


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On the Cover of Sunset Magazine!

Posted by bcandj   on September 24th, 2013

Sunset Magazine October Coveroctober-2013BC&J Architecture was selected to design the 2013 Sunset Magazine Idea House at the magazine’s first ever Idea Town: Seabrook  – a new town on the coast of Washington State, and we made the coveted cover!

Sunset Magazine actually celebrated TWO Idea Houses for the first time ever and BC&J Architecture modified a Wavewatcher from our Perfect Little House Company collection  http://www.perfectlittlehouse.com/ to compliment the red, three-story, modern seaside cottage design.  The smaller, two-story Wavewatcher was altered by parent company BC&J Architecture to include a master-down and a studio/ garage entry to the shared courtyard.

Both houses are currently available to tour through October 27th, Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $17, portion of the proceeds benefits the Seabrook Community Foundation. http://www.seabrookwa.com/

10 Bodacious Boathouses

Posted by bcandj   on April 24th, 2012

Bill Briggs of SwitchYard Media wrote an article hosted by MSN that features the Point Monroe Boathouse we designed! You can check it out at the following link: http://realestate.msn.com/10-bodacious-boathouses#8

Sustainability and Aging in Place

Posted by bcandj   on April 9th, 2012

BC&J Architecture Principal Peter Brachvogel, AIA addresses Sustainability and Aging in Place in the Spring 2012 issue of Premier Builder – Architect & Design Magazine.

Pacific Northwest Magazine – March 4, 2012 – The Seattle Times

Posted by bcandj   on April 3rd, 2012

BC&J Architecture’s Olympic View House “hunkers down and hovers in place”.  Only one tree was removed on an existing bluff site to make room for a modern house that
faces spectacular water and mountains views.