On April 28, the Modern Architecture + Design Society opens the doors to the 2018 Seattle Modern Home Tour.
This is your chance to tour the properties, meet the architects, and talk to the homeowners of some of Seattle’s most forward-looking home designs!
Ashworth Ave N.
Architect: CAST Architecture
Photography: Cindy Apple Photography
A serene modern oasis on a small urban lot, the Ashworth House is a renovation and second-story addition over a cottage originally constructed in 1912. The owners were strongly drawn to open spaces with a modern sensibility; but they love the location and zoning constraints on this undersized property made a new structure infeasible. They were also committed to being good neighbors on this street of bungalows and small lots.
The solution was to echo the massing of the surrounding traditional houses with a modest second-story addition, emphasizing exquisitely simple lines and taut details. Seen in silhouette, the Ashworth house might almost pass unnoticed; in daylight, the minimalist intersections of walls, roof and openings leave no doubt that this is a twenty-first century dwelling. The exterior is a deceptively simple – it took a superior level of craftsmanship from general contractor Model Remodel to execute the high-precision façade that really sets this residence apart.
The main floor consists of a single loft-style room that stretches from front to back, with utilitarian spaces — mudroom/entry, stairs, powder room and pantry — tucked along the north wall. A sixteen-foot folding glass door allows the open living area to extend out to include the sunset-facing deck with views out to the Fremont Bridge and Lake Union below. Exposed ceiling beams and a massive kitchen island help define zones within the larger room.
The homeowners are gourmet cooks and love to entertain, so the expansive kitchen is the heart of the home. On the single-slab quartz island, a 48” Wolf range creates a focal point for cooking raised to the level of performance art; a custom stainless steel sink & countertop unify the functional side of the kitchen below a large window. With built in nooks for cutting boards and the array of eclectic cookbooks they own, the space is finely tailored to the owner’s needs.
The upper level is a single master suite. Carefully considered details belie its apparent simplicity: a reclaimed wood wall using floorboards salvaged from the original house; a full-height entry door that recesses fully into the wall when open; and in-wall lighting illuminating the ceiling. The playful master bath incorporates a pass-through shower and a soaking tub with a view, enlivened with a unique blend of multi-colored subway tiles and Popham Design hexagon star tiles.
The lower level is sectioned off so that family, friends or even renters could use the basement as a semi-separate dwelling unit with its own bed, bath and side door.
NE 21st Pl.
Developed by BDR Fine Homes
Architect: Jim Dwyer
Photography: Images coming soon!
Introducing a fresh new modern design on Clyde Hill. This new luxury home boasts over 6,000 SF and features 5 bedroom suites plus a den. The expansive covered outdoor room is designed for year-round entertaining, featuring heaters, a fireplace, TV, BBQ. The chef’s kitchen is equipped with professional grade appliances and features a large 12’ kitchen island and separate prep kitchen. Additional features include a large media room, an inviting wine grotto, and an exercise room.
Farwell Place SW
Architect: PRDG architecture + design
Contractor: Better Builders
A visionary Architect approached the design for his family with the creative integration of context, function, and natural materials to sculpt this exquisite home. Coupled with a passionate Builder who promotes environmentally friendly home building methods and craftsmanship, every detail was precisely thought out.
This 3,500sf residence is situated on a west facing hillside of West Seattle capturing the awe inspiring water and mountain views. Descending down a cul-de-sac, the panorama is back-dropped by a wooded forest that instantly removes you from urban environment and transports you into a peaceful oasis. Grade levels out upon arrival as you reach the front of the house. Entering through a sculpted wood framed portal, a mahogany door awaits you. As you enter, unobstructed views through wall to wall glass windows envelop you.
The house is designed around a large, historic madrona tree. From every room a new perspective into the landscape is constantly framed by the floor to ceiling glass windows like artwork in a gallery. The open plan extends out onto an expansive deck that wraps around the ever-present madrona tree. The circulation between spaces is fluid, creating graceful dialogues.
Advanced technologies were implemented throughout including prefab modular construction including:
1. Built Green standards using sustainable materials
2. A modest footprint allowed for minimal site disturbance, preserved trees and maintained abundant green space undisturbed. A bio-retention garden was added to harvest rainwater and control storm run-off
3. Strategically placed fenestration in all rooms frame dynamic western views of mountain, sea and sky, maximizing daylight and eliminating the use of artificial lighting during the day
4. Energy efficient building envelope, smart appliances, LED light fixtures and a solar array exceed code requirements
Walking through the house, one continuously realizes spatial experiences created by methodical design decisions. These decisions were defined by the site’s distinctive attributes to form a responsive and dynamic environment, which stimulates the human spirit. The proper balance of architectural elements formed by natural materials allows the house to connect with the landscape while maintaining an intimate habitat.