New Homes

A new house is a unique opportunity to customize your environment to reflect how you really live, cook, eat, entertain, bathe and sleep. Working with a designer who takes the time to understand your lifestyle priorities results in a singular design for your new home. The other major factor in new home design is understanding the site: slope, view, access, and land use regulations like setbacks and lot coverage. Together these two aspects should combine to create the house of your dreams.


family-friendly craftsman house with adu  (Seattle 2017)

New craftsman-style house will have two-stories plus a full basement featuring an ADU (rental unit) in half the space.  Upper floor will have a master suite with oversize bedroom, walk-in closet and master bath.  On the same floor there will be three bedrooms with a shared bathroom.  Main floor has large open kitchen/dining area with oversize back wall storage plus pantry; living area with fireplace; craft room linked to home office space; entry mudroom and half-bath.  Basement has an ADU on one side, and media room; laundry room; bonus space plus access to front garage.

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two-stories-for-one house (meadowbrook, seattle 2017)

Older one-story house was slated for teardown and replacement with a two-story house. Original scheme included roof-top bonus-room and deck. This home has a modern look while also including the transitional design elements of a low hip roof and gable roof to integrate with the neighborhood.

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multi-generation house (Bellevue 2017)

New shingle-style house will have three stories plus basement.  Intended for potential multi-generational use.  It will have four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Three bedrooms will have a great view of the wooded and planted rear yard. It features a unique upper-story tower office. An elevator will connect all 4 levels.  Intensive planning and permitting went into approving and planning this house on a steeply sloping rear yard.

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NOT-SO-BIG GETAWAY (LOPEZ ISLAND 2003)

This new house for a family is the first part of a master plan for a five-acre property on Lopez Island. The workshop/ apartment will allow the Owners to live on the land while planning a master house for vacations and retirement. Total house is 2000 square feet with 500 square feet of upper floor decks.

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JUST RIGHT SIZE ON PHINNEY RIDGE (SEATTLE 2005)

This new house for a couple is a 'not-so-big' house on a zoning restricted site. Each floor is 793 SF. It features radiant heat on all levels. 

The ground floor is gently recessed into the ground and provides a home office and guest bedroom with its own bath. The main floor has a open plan. The commons area is defined by four massive wooden posts holding up beams with exposed oversize joists framed in. The upper floor is a large open master suite with separated front room. Small upper deck offers views towards Greenlake. 

Total house is 2355 SF with 75 SF of main deck and a 30 SF balcony upper deck.

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600 SQUARE FOOT MOTHER-IN-LAW (BELLEVUE 1997)

Added "mother-in-law" unit to existing house on a tight site. Compact living arrangement on one level in 600 square feet. Features cathedral ceiling, sunny kitchen with laundry area, front porch and side deck.

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ACTIVE RETIREMENT HOUSE (KIRKLAND 1994)

This new house for a retired couple is set back from the street. It features a partial second-story with a two-story atrium and a main-level master bedroom suite. Towards the street is a detached garage with a studio above for a home business. This house uses the design approach of Pattern Language, incorporating traditional people-oriented design patterns in modern construction.

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STUDIO/GARAGE (WEST SEATTLE 2013)

This new garage/studio features a two--car garage with shop space on the main level, and a studio above with a deck. Total main floor is 954 square feet. Studio is 405 square feet with 120 square feet of upper floor deck.

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backyard cottage (dadu) (west seattle 2013)

This is a compact two-story cottage with a total of 777 sq ft. The main floor features a small recessed entry, kitchen, bath, and laundry areas. The upstairs is a large open bedroom with a half bath, and a small porch with a view.

 

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Green Dancer House (shoreline 2011)

The Green Dancer is a new house in Shoreline. The owner wanted to create as green a house as possible on a limited budget.  She is a dance enthusiast and wanted to integrate a ballroom into the design, hence the house name.  This was a collaborative effort between 2 architects, a green contractor, and an energy engineer, all members of the Seattle Chapter of the NW EcoBuilding Guild.

The efficient building design maximizes space while minimizing energy loss and construction costs.  It features a large multi-use space upstairs.  This space is large enough to be used as a ballroom, but can also be used on a more daily basis by the owner as 4 spaces relating to the 4 corners: home office, exercise space, crafts area, etc.

The house has above code insulation in the walls and attic.  Other features include a heat recovery ventilation (HRV), tankless hot water heater, ductless heat pump system, and a large south facing metal roof for future solar panel installation and rain water collection. 

All in all, this project was a labor of love for the Owner, who was involved in all aspects of the design selection and construction.  That effort paid off in both the process and final result as a wonderful and affordable very green house. But this house is not only a wonderful home.  It is also an educational exhibit where guests in small groups or large dances will learn about the benefits of green design from an enthusiastic owner.

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passive solar house (whidbey island 2011)

This new house for a young family is designed for maximum self-sufficiency on a Whidbey Island rural site. It features a radiant floor boiler system, tankless hot water heater, and a heat recovery exchanger. Total house is 2700 square feet with an oversized garage.

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new house with Rooms with Views (Seattle 2014)

This new house is designed as a rental with five bedrooms.  Located in the Eastlake neighborhood, it faces west and all five bedrooms have a great view of Lake Union. It is designed in a modernist style with a great rooftop deck. Seattle Green Factor results in lush plantings, including a potted garden on the deck, and living green walls.

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