2011 Merit Award - Wolf Creek, Winthrop, Wash.
Entrant/Architect: Balance Associates Architects, Seattle; Builder: Bjornsen Construction, Winthrop, Wash.
The house's shape and orientation block the strong wind and sun.
Sliding gates at the entrances close off the courtyard in the evenings or when the owners are away.
Scored concrete, raised beds, and sitting areas direct the path to the front door.
The master bedroom has its own intimate courtyard.