2023 RDAA | Custom Rural or Vacation Home | The Rambler | GO’C

It’s both a big opportunity and responsibility to add onto a cherished family property. This is doubly true if you are both client and architect, as was Jon Gentry, AIA, on this wooded parcel in Indianola, Washington. 

Understanding this, Jon and his wife (whose family property this is) took pains to engage their community of “makers.” Ultimately, more than 30 contributed to the project—all within a mile of the site. “It was very much a village approach,” says Jon.

Responsible design was top of mind for every choice, from orienting the house for passive advantage, to using materials directly from the site—including Doug fir, cedar, and stone. The house is intentionally small at under 2,000 square feet, but engineered so a second story could be added. And, in an area often tapped for weekend getaways, this is a primary home for Jon and his family. He commutes to work on the new fast ferry from Kingston to Seattle. “It’s the only reason we considered this move,” he says. 

Family properties get handed down through the generations, and this house—one our judges said “looks like a modern icon of a building”—should stand the test of time. “We like the scale, the massing, the interiors, the detailing,” they added. “It feels like a pavilion almost more than a house.”


Custom Rural or Vacation House


The Rambler

Indianola, Washington

Project Credits

Architect/Interior Designer: Jon Gentry, AIA, principal in charge; Aimée O’Carroll, ARB, and Yuchen Qiu, project team, GO’C, Seattle

Builder: Sparrow Woodworks, Indianola, Washington

Project Size: 1,700 square feet

Site size: 0.5 acre

Photography: Kevin Scott

Key Products

Bath Ventilation: Panasonic

Cabinetry: Custom by Sparrow Woodworks from designs by Jon Gentry

Cladding: Brick from Mutual Materials; Richlite panel siding

Countertops: Richlite

Door hardware/locksets: Inox; Emtek; custom

Faucets: Brizo; Chicago Faucets; Grohe

Heating: In-floor hydronic radiant 

HVAC: Zehnder HRV

Insulation: Rockwool comfort batt

Kitchen Appliances: Beko

Lighting: DALS; Juno; Stonco RoughLyte; Hinkley; Hay; Artemide; Lumini LED

Paints/Coatings/Stains: Color Atelier Lime; Dinesen lye-washed with Daly’s clear coat

Sinks: Kraus; custom by Trueform

Skylights: Crystalite Skylights

Thermal/Moisture barrier: Prosoco R-Guard System

Toilets: TOTO

Tubs: Signature Ocala; American Standard

Washer/Dryer: Samsung

Windows/window wall systems: Quantum (windows, lift-slide doors); Fleetwood (windows)