Bainbridge Island’s Wenzlau Architects is doing exemplary work creating, among other things, moderate density, relatively affordable housing. One such project coming to maturation is Chico Beach Village. Seven 2 and 3 bedroom homes ranging from approximately 1600-1700 square feet are clustered on an acre of waterfront property on Puget Sound’s Dyes inlet, near Silverdale, Washington. A collaboration between The Cottage Company and Wenzlau Architects, and built by Fairbank Construction Company, Chico Beach Cottages is the first Built Green 5-Star and Energy Star Certified community as certified by the Kitsap Home Builders Association.
When you look over Wenzlau Architects’ website and particularly their multi-family projects, some words and phrases keep appearing, like low-impact, sustainable, ecological, moderate density, common spaces for developing a sense of community, courtyards, open spaces, sense of place, small scale solutions to detached housing, and energy efficient. As a Bainbridge Island resident for 24 years, I view Charlie Wenzlau’s work as having had a totally positive effect on my community, as showing the way on how to build forward thinking, energy efficient, aesthetically beautiful mini-communities. He minimizes the presence of cars, hiding garages behind the courtyards. And as you can see by these photos, the network of paths create a gentle flow amongst the maturing landscape. Well done, Charlie.