Interior: Laid-back island retreat
Situated on a point on the south side of the island and covered in trees, including sculptural arbutus evergreens, the area benefits from all-day sun, water on three sides and what’s known as a less rainy “Gulf Island climate.” With the purchase of this unique property, the couple’s long-term retirement goal was set and, in 2009, when their children had moved out and Soren had retired from his legal practice, they were ready to build.
Leading from the driveway to the house’s front door, the clean-lined concrete stairway and stainless steel railings offer an intriguing juxtaposition next to the rugged natural landscape. “There are about 30 steps in total but two separate landings,” says homeowner Soren Hammerberg, “so people can stop to appreciate the view.”
On the wooden deck, which wraps around most of the house, a custom propane fireplace provides a focal point for the cozy outdoor sitting area. The glass railing allows for unobstructed ocean views.
Light, airy kitchen
The kitchen design showcases a mix of Shaker-style cabinetry. Hits of blue in the stool upholstery and backsplash tiles are reminiscent of the ocean.
The great room
In the great room, the wide-plank oak floors, treated to a brown-grey colour with hints of white, were inspired by nature. “We mimicked the colour of driftwood from the beach on the hardwood floors,” says designer Teresa Cain.
“The wingback chair is the perfect spot for reading,” says homeowner Elizabeth Hammerberg. The bookshelf was stained to tie into other elements like the kitchen cabinetry and window frames.