The first project to take advantage of Langley's new cottage housing code, Third Street Cottages encompasses eight detached homes, all less than 1,000 square feet in size.
With its built-in character, energy efficiency, and neighborly attitude, the pocket-sized community embodies Chapin’s values of quality construction combined with a strong sense of place.
Conover Commons, phase one, is organized around Chapin's trademark child- and dog-friendly village green.
The homes' fiber cement siding, painted cedar battens, and Dutch-cut wood doors are updated versions of Northwest vernacular architecture.
Each of the 12 cottages at Conover Commons in Redmond, Wash., is less than 1,000 square feet, so socializing often spills into the commons building. Its columns, beams, and paneling come from maple and fir trees on the land. One of the first buildings in
A custom home inspired by local farm buildings in Dungeness, Wash., orients to views and weather. Chapin opened the house to the south, toward a view of the Olympic Mountain range.
A flying rain shelter with polycarbonate roofing shields it from the strong winds and rain that blow in off the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
At Greenwood Avenue Cottages, personal gardens range in style from Japanese Zen to tousled English cottage. “Some people just manage to plant clover, but it all holds together,” Chapin says.
This custom home in Saratoga, Wash., slips between existing trees; the satellite outbuilding houses a guest bedroom.