South Pass

Traditional Japanese Architecture

Location: Whatcom County, Washington

Square footage: 1,300 sf

This custom residence is traditional Japanese in both layout and construction. Wood columns were scribed onto rocks to form the foundation. Underneath the house is a sauna as well as a cellar for food storage. A combination of stucco and cedar clad the exterior. Future plans include building a main house and tea house, which will form a courtyard with the guest house. With vaulted ceilings, skylights, lots of windows, and an open floor plan, the space feels much larger than it is and allows for a constant visual connection to the outside surroundings. The living space is surrounded by a wrap around covered porch.


  • Open studio layout
  • 2-car garage
  • Wrap-around covered porch

Construction by Big Mountain Construction

Photos by Jim Smith