Design notes on the Whidbey Island FabCab


The Whidbey Island FabCab is complete!  Since only a few of you have gotten a chance to see it in peson, we thought you might like to know the story behind the photos we recently shared on Facebook.  From the shape to the detailing, from the cedar siding to the standing seam metal roofing, from the clean modern style of the bathrooms to the bright, open kitchen, this house is pure FabCab.

Like most FabCabs, the Whidbey Island Home began with one of our standard plans, the 1337. This plan was customized through a careful process of design to the exact specifications of our clients: a couple looking to build a small home next to their daughter’s house.

The home has a modest street side presence, offering privacy to its inhabitants while presenting a fresh face to visitors. The galvanized corrugated metal siding complements similar siding on the daughter’s house next door. Galvanized metal details tie together the roof and siding in classic Pacific Northwest style.


Let’s step inside…


What here is standard in a FabCab? For one, that beautiful exposed Douglas Fir timberframe is a signature material in all of our homes. So is that feeling of light and spaciousness – a result of those grand windows set directly into the timberframe and the high ceiling that draws your eye up and out. The large open plan brings together all of the social spaces in the house, allowing each room to borrow space from its neighbor for a much larger feel. In fact, there are many little design highlights that work together to make this relatively modest-size house feel surprisingly large.


Moving through the house, we can also see what has been customized. Working closely with the homeowners, we reorganized one wing of the house into a comfortable master suite, with a large, light-filled bedroom.


An ample walk-in-closet with laundry facilities opens into a clean, modern master bath. The European style, zero-threshold shower flows seamlessly into the rest of the bathroom space, making the entire space feel bigger (another FabCab standard detail).

The second bedroom behind the kitchen became a flexible home office, sewing room, and guest bedroom. At FabCab, we love multipurpose spaces like this that give the homeowners more “bang for their buck,” complete with those grand windows to bring light deep into the room.


…and what beautiful windows they are. While the street side of the house is private and modest, the back of the house throws modesty aside and opens wide! These huge windows bring in copious southern light and sunshine, something we all celebrate here in the Pacific Northwest, especially this time of year. They also open the entire house to expansive views out across the private lawn and into the woods beyond. This is indoor-outdoor living, Pacific Northwest style: all the light and views with less of the cold and damp.

The Whidbey Island Home: a beautiful home, customized for a perfect fit for years to come.

Spacious. Modern. FabCab.

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