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Sustainably designed home on Lopez Island

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A stunning showcase of sustainable design, 1102 Shark Reef Rd. looks like it was ripped from the pages of a magazine—and it was. Featured in Dwell, the 1,619-square-foot home offers automated LED lighting controls, emerging monitoring, rainwater catchment and design elements built from reclaimed wood and metal materials.

Situated on a prime three-and-a-half acres, the eco-friendly two-bedroom residence faces southwest toward the San Juan Channel and neighboring San Juan Island. Past the rain garden and inside the home, the massive main living space is flanked along one edge by a Ferrari-red kitchen complete with efficient European appliances. Home chefs will appreciate plentiful cabinet storage, the porcelain backsplash and tile counters.

Elsewhere in the great room, a custom wood-burning fireplace pulls double functionality as a media cabinet. The entire piece was fabricated from raw steel and sits nestled in a wall of reclaimed wood from a deconstructed building near Vancouver, BC. Speaking of unique building materials, the property’s exterior siding planks were cut from the floor joists of the home that originally sat on the property; themselves cut from trees on the property in 1970.

Back outside, the rain storage tank was built to be seen—not hidden. Plenty of outdoor living and entertaining space is further enhanced by the yard’s natural landscaping, views of the water and a sculpture by local artists.

Listed by Mary Clure, Orcas Island Realty LLC | Listed at $2,980,000