South Puget Sound House Captures Joy of Family Life

Posted by bcandj   on June 19th, 2015

South Puget Sound Beach HouseThis four bedroom beach house in Washington’s South Puget Sound is all about growing up near the water’s edge during summer’s freedom from school.

The owner’s childhood was spent in a small cabin on this site with her parents and siblings. Now married and with children of her own, it was time to savor those childhood memories and create new ones in a house designed for generations to come.

At 3,200 square feet, including a whimsical Crow’s Nest, the new summer cabin is much larger than the original cabin. The home is still about family and fun though. Above the 600 square foot water toys filled garage, there is a 500 square foot bunk room for friends and family. The bunk room is connected to the main house by an upper bridge where built-in storage frames a window seat overlooking the property.

Beach House Interior

Throughout the home are playful details drawing from the waterfront locale. Paddles are integrated into the stair railing, engineered flooring with a weathered look, marine cleats as hardware, a boardwalk to the main entry, and nautical lighting are found throughout the house.

This beautiful home was built by Al Fujita. Photographs were taken by Ben Benschneider.

Northwest Villa Designed for Generational Living

Posted by bcandj   on May 25th, 2015

South Beach Road HouseThis South Beach House began as a sketch the homeowner brought to BC&J Architecture. The owner envisioned an Italian countryside family home would organically grow through the generations.

This Northwest version of an Italian villa is 4,300 square feet and situated on a narrow lot along the water’s edge facing west towards beautiful sunsets. The vast amount of sun exposure makes the covered loggia one of the owner’s favorite summertime locations to entertain.

Fine detail shows throughout the house with shaped and oiled rafter tails, oiled horizontal siding and oiled, battered shingled walls that ground the stairs and master bedroom tower to the property.

The kitchen flows into the dining and living area while the back of the house offers ample pantry, storage, and utility space.

South Beach House Kitchen

The main body of the house is separated from the garage and a square foot 650 square foot studio by the stone base of an upper terrace space that enjoys breathtaking views of the water. Breaking up the structure reinforces the idea the house could have expanded over time and generations. The owners wanted a comfortable house where their grown children would be sure to visit again and again with the new generation in tow.

South Beach Road House

Winslow House Blends Homeowner’s Needs and Unique Design

Posted by bcandj   on May 11th, 2015

The Winslow House is a 2,300 square foot home uniquely designed for the lifestyle and future needs of the homeowners.

Winslow House BC&J ArchitectureBeing empty-nesters, the homeowners wanted a master bedroom downstairs and a home designed for aging in place. The 350 square foot studio above the garage is perfect for guests or a future caregiver.

This design of this home is a play of solid and void in the context of a modern farmhouse. A nocturnal wing is a complement to the main quarters where most of the daytime living activity occurs. The daytime pavilion houses a kitchen and home office that spreads into the living and dining spaces. The nocturnal wing includes a master bedroom downstairs and two junior masters on the upper level. The bedroom arrangement allows guests to visit for long periods with plenty of privacy.

A continuous skylight separates the two wings of the house. The skylight allows light to penetrate into the core of the home while reinforcing the design concept. Plus, the skylight gives a one of kind view through the house as you approach the entry.

Winslow House Skylight

Windows were placed in the corners of the house to create the feeling the void was carved from a solid mass. Hardi Artisan Lap siding recalls the local history and gives the structure crispness at the carved edges. Interior minimalism and unique design created a clean and unfussy space.

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 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.


South Beach Exterior Windows Exterior View Corner Rafters South Beach South Beach House



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 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.