Explore The 2023 Tour Homes
Showcasing Amazing Examples of PNW Modern Architecture Today!
cover image: 2023 Tour home by Space Lab Design / Julie Mannell Photography
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This home started out as a humble lake cottage, built in the 1950’s on the east side of Lake Sammamish. It was then added to in the 90’s and has been remodeled few times thereafter.
The big gestures of 2020 remodel is an addition of a new prominent entry and breakfast nook, as well as a vertical extension of the dining room with mostly glazed walls. The garage façade was articulated with a slight projection of the upper story bedroom, and an L-shaped awning over the garage doors, as well as a new composition of windows.
Major improvements to the interior’s flow included, the removal of centrally located posts in the living room and kitchen, reconfiguration of the living room focal wall and enhanced flow into the kitchen. The addition of a mudroom helped mitigate the transition from the garage to the main living space as well as create additional storage. The kitchen was significantly improved with a raised ceiling, new functional cabinetry, an extension of the daylit breakfast nook, and a beautiful waterfall slab kitchen island!
Upstairs, the Western part of the house reconfigured to include an expanded rec room – or “Hawk’s Nest”. Outfitted with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, plush leather recliners and a generous kitchenette.
The interior finishes and elements are inspired by Scandinavian design aesthetic. New white oak engineered floors complement gloss white and matte light oak cabinetry, with a concrete-look quartz and tile hard surfaces. Light fixtures, white and seemingly understated, bring a subtle dynamic element to the spaces generously illuminated by natural light.
In addition, an outdoor kitchen was added in 2022 with a shade structure that compliments the house.
images: Julie Mannell Photography
Situated on the east edge of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the project site is an original lot of record that was subdivided from a larger lot that included the neighboring home. The resulting lot, at 3,060 square feet, was subject to additional land use constraints such as an eighteen foot height limit and restrictions on structure depth. These limitations are further compounded by taller homes to the south and west, a major arterial to the east, and topographic drop across the site. With few opportunities for the home to orient spaces outward, the design turns inward and upward.
The home, designed for an avid sailor, seeks to be compact and efficient like a well-crafted sailboat. It is organized around the idea of a “light box.” This is expressed by a clerestory and light well that expand the spatial volume, engage the sky, and bring landscape into the center of the home. As one light box pushes up the other pushes down to create a dynamic exchange of interior and exterior environments that fill the primary living spaces with daylight and intimacy. Through special opportunities in the zoning code, the clerestory breaks the boundaries of the reduced height limit to introduce spatial variation.
While the upper level is configured for daylight and social interaction, the lower level office, guest room, and covered outdoor kitchen engage the private garden. This exterior space is excavated into the site and enclosed by a fence and landscaped edge that buffers from the road to the east.
Even though the home is small in scale, it seeks to exert a presence on the corner site. It claims its territory with a low concrete wall and fence. The siding is ebony stained board on board cedar which vary in spacing and width to create a robust and textured façade for the muted light of the Pacific Northwest. This cladding is used in the landscaped light box to provide a cohesive return of the home’s exterior to its interior.
A note from the architect: Designed for an avid sailor, Light Box seeks to be compact and efficient like a well-crafted sailboat. This is expressed by a clerestory and light well that expand the spatial volume, engage the sky, and bring landscape into the center of the home.
images: Lara Swimmer
Inspired by the views of Seattle’s Elliott Bay, Architect John Cashman and Creative Director/Designer Heather Cashman envisioned an industrial modern home with an ode to Seattle’s shipping and industrial history. The partners, who designed the home for their own family of four, were also inspired by places they love to travel like Amsterdam, Spain, France, and Portugal. As artists and creatives, they wanted their home aesthetic to inspire creativity, exude cheerfulness and to display a vast collection of art and photography.
The Cashman’s required tons of natural light to counter the dark winters in the Pacific Northwest, covered outdoor space to optimize the temperate climate, and an open floor plan for entertaining friends and family. The upper floor is wrapped in zinc and cantilevers over the main floor’s outdoor space which gives the exterior a stacked shipping container feel. The windows on the main floor spread from floor to ceiling, with giant sliders allowing maximum view and connection to the outside.
images: Andrew Giammarco
This mid-century modern inspired home is located on a corner lot, allowing an abundance of natural light to flood through the extra-large windows. The home was positioned on the property to specifically take advantage of the outdoor views, allowing the outer and inner elements to combine. The home is layered with warm tones, taking their influence from nature, allowing the interior to promote a calm and nurturing environment.
The distinct floorplan of the home promotes a mindful space. It features a large open concept kitchen, great room and dining room that emphasizes the ease of flow from each area to the next. Having functional, purposeful rooms increases the ease of everyday living. The primary suite, located on the main floor, reflects a feeling of relaxation and peace. The utilitarian walk-in pantry complete with sink and beverage fridge, has easy access to the garage, and is a great addition to any social gathering giving hosts a space to prep meals, store dishes and keep extra beverages chilled.
This home combines ideas of practicality and serene interior design, with its unique layout, warm color palette and exceptional use of materials.
images courtesy MN Custom Homes
Nestled in the heart of Clyde Hill, this architectural masterpiece combines sleek design with luxurious features, creating an oasis of elegance and comfort. Designed and built by Lochwood-Lozier, this home exudes sophistication and offers a truly unique living experience.
As you approach the property, you’ll be greeted by a meticulously landscaped front yard, with a charming pathway leading to the grand entrance. The exterior features a combination of cedar, steel, and natural stone, showcasing the home’s modern aesthetic.
Inside, the home boasts multiple entertainment spaces, including covered decks on all three levels. For those seeking relaxation, the spa-like master suite awaits on the upper level, complete with a luxurious ensuite bathroom featuring a soaking tub, a walk-in rain shower, and dual vanities. Additional bedrooms and guest suites offer ample space for family and friends.
The backyard is an entertainer’s dream, featuring a large patio area with a built-in barbecue, a sport court, mini golf, and lush greenery, creating a private retreat for outdoor gatherings and relaxation.
Join us on the tour of this extraordinary home and immerse yourself in its sleek modern design, luxurious amenities, and peaceful surroundings. Whether you appreciate architectural brilliance or simply crave a stylish and comfortable living space, this home is sure to captivate your imagination and inspire your sense of refined living.
images: Michael Walmsley Photography
The concept for this home was designed with comfort and style in mind. At the first glance, the clean and sophisticated contrasting white and black materials on the exterior of the home will catch your eye. The slanted shed roofs create unique angles which complement the flat roofs and give a fresh twist on the elevations. Walking in through the front double doors is a dramatic experience due to the tall ceilings in the foyer and big boxy window above the door. There are many windows surrounding the exterior of this modern northwest house plan to ensure a light and airy interior during all seasons of the year.
The spacious 3-car garage can be found on the lower level, along with a bedroom, which is ideal for guests or can be used as a home office. Going into the kitchen you will see plentiful counter space and cabinets, optimal for large kitchen appliances. You will also find a sizable prep island in the center with an eating bar. Enjoy the convenient open floor concept which allows you to move freely between the main living areas.
Upstairs, discover 4 bedrooms, each having their own full bathroom and a favorable amount of closet space. The largest bedroom is reserved for the homeowner and includes a 5-fixture bathroom and a grand walk-in closet. On this floor you will also find a laundry with a generous amount of space for a washer and dryer, sink, and cabinets for storage.
The whole family will enjoy the large recreation room on the 3rd floor, as well as the sizable wrap-around rooftop deck with plenty of space to entertain. It is a perfect place for family and friends to enjoy great territorial views of the Pacific Northwest. With double sliding doors on either side of the rooftop, you will have easy accessibility to the kitchenette and full bathroom. There is an additional media/ bonus room with a walk-in closet for storage on the level as well. The cherry on top to this already perfect plan is the elevator that goes between all 3 stories of the home for optimal comfort and luxury.
images courtesy Urban Design Inc.
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