As a vacation home for mostly weekend visits, this house not only looks but feels the part. Homeowners live about an hour away in Canada and say as soon as they walk in, they decompress. A water view, looking toward Point Roberts and White Rock, helps. With a farmhouse type design by Haven Design Workshop and touches like interior sliding barn doors, the home is functional and easy to maintain as the couple nears retirement. An expansive deck extends the footprint outside, while an open floor plan, lofted master bedroom, and lots of natural light helps broaden the living space inside. Janzen Custom Builders suggested dense and durable Alaskan Yellow Cedar, instead of more conventional Hardie board, that will age to a distinguished silver gray over the years.

Architect: Sean Haven of Haven Design Workshop

Builder: Janzen Custom Builders

Photographer: Jim W. Smith

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"With a farmhouse type design by Haven Design Workshop and touches like interior sliding barn doors, the home is functional and easy to maintain"