Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Project: Davis Residence
Architects: Miller Hull
Location: Bellingham, Washington, USA
Area: 1,400 sqft
Photographs by: Benjamin Benschneider

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Davis Residence by Miller Hull

The Davis Residence is a 1,400 square feet home located in a densely wooded area on a cliff with a stellar view of the San Juan Islands. It is actually located in Bellingham, Washington, USA where it tries its best to blend in with the natural environment that surrounds it.
Miller Hull has designed the Davis Residence with an abundant use of wood throughout the interior as well as the exterior, creating a warm ambiance and a strong connection to its surroundings.

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

This 1400 sq. ft main house and guest house/garage is located on a heavily wooded cliff site with views of the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The plan orients to major views south down the coast line and west out to the islands while being careful to stay outside of the drip line of the dominant Doug fir trees. Large overhangs protect glazing and provide shelter.

The concept marries a long gently sloping roof form containing the kitchen, entry and studio with a vertical tower containing the living room and master bedroom above.

The roof forms express their timber construction with exposed joist, 1×4 skip sheathing and plywood diaphragms. The high performance wood fir windows provide thermal breaks while being strong enough for the mullions to be of minimal dimension. Wood T&G paneling is stained in bold transparent colors.

Miller Hull

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

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Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

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Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Project: Brook Bay Residence
Architects: SKL Architects
Location: Mercer Island, Washington, USA
Area: 4,400 sqft
Photographs by: Benjamin Benschneider

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Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects

The Brook Bay Residence that we’ve featured today is a contemporary 4,400 square feet dwelling designed by Rick Sundberg of SKL Architects. It is nestled into a hillside on Mercer Island, right across Lake Washington from Seattle.
Its L-shaped design achieves the owners’ desire for privacy from the neighboring houses. The entire design of the Brook Bay Residence emphasizes intimacy, craft, materiality and a strong connection to the outdoors.

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Nestled into a Mercer Island hillside, this intimate two-story residence emphasizes craft, materiality and the connection to the outdoors. A clear demarcation of public and private spaces is reflected both in the design and choice of materials, with the entertaining spaces clad, inside and out, in copper panels, blackened steel, and concrete, while the private master suite—with its exterior wood siding and interior wood floors, lower ceiling height and light-colored walls—exudes a more intimate feel. To make the most of the views toward Lake Washington and Seward Park, the upper floors were designed to contain the main sleeping and living areas, with the support spaces contained on the ground level below.

Rick Sundberg collaborated with local craftspeople to create some of the home’s compelling details, including the entry and interior doors, blackened steel staircase, glass and metal chandelier, interior copper panels, and a dining table of wood, steel and concrete.

SKL Architects

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

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Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

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Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Project: Tumble Creek Cabin
Architects: Coates Design Architects
Location: Cle Elum, Washington, USA
Area: 41,450 sq ft (site), 3,835 sq ft (building)
Photographs by: Lara Swimmer

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Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects

The Tumble Creek Cabin is a recent project by Coates Design Architects, a studio already featured on our site for their Dorsey Residence project, located in the small town of Cle Elum, about a 90-minute drive east of Seattle, Washington.
This contemporary cabin is surrounded by a lush natural environment and although it is designed with entertaining in mind, the Tumble Creek Cabin is a “net-zero” home as described by the architects. It is designed to have an ultimately low impact on the environment.

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

This vacation home designed to be “net-zero” lies in a historic mining area in Washington State’s Cascade Mountains. The climate is extremely cold and snowy in the winter months and scorching in the summer. Situated in a master-planned resort community, the house blends sustainable modern architecture with reclaimed rustic materials. Repeat clients Ed and Joanne Ellis first hired Coates Design Architects for their home and primary residence on Bainbridge Island—the first LEED Platinum residence in Washington. They worked again with Coates Design who brought the same modern and sustainable design sensibilities to this vacation home intended to be a legacy piece for their extended family.

The extreme weather conditions challenged the design team to create a comfortable environment without the use of traditional energy consumptive cooling and heating systems. The team sited the building to take advantage of passive solar strategies and created an abundance of sloped roof to support a 10 kWh PV Solar Panel array. This system is designed to provide all of the electricity required by the home and is engineered to include a Tesla Powerwall. The Powerwall will store extra electricity and will maintain functionality during power outages as well as a vehicle charging station for the owners’ electric cars.

Coates Design Architects

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

An entry vestibule and mud room conserves energy and creates an elegant entry into the main living space. This self-contained room serves double duty as a special place to welcome visitors and an air lock to keep the outdoor elements contained. Wintertime’s chilly drafts and summer’s excessive heat are kept at bay with this simple solution. Dramatic cantilevered roof planes utilize passive solar strategies by barring the summer sun & heat yet inviting in the winter sunshine. These broad overhangs also create covered outdoor space, much coveted in this climate, and a sheltered entry experience.

Vaulted ceilings in the main living and dining area are supported by exposed steel and wood structural elements, and floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the landscape beyond. A large board formed concrete chimney commands attention as the focal point of the main living area. This solid mass, along with areas of concrete floor, serve also as a thermal heat sink to help maintain a stable and comfortable temperature inside. There are two primary bedroom suites and a bunk room in the main house to accommodate family members. A separate bunk house has space for recreation and an additional bedroom suite. The two-car garage features an electric vehicle charging station, a wine cellar, and plenty of storage.

Coates Design Architects

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES:

  • High-performance rain screen building envelope with continuous exterior insulation
  • Over insulated roof beyond required Washington State Energy code minimums
  • Radiant floor heating and Energy Recovery Ventilation System
  • 10 kWh PV Solar Panel array, engineered for Tesla Powerwall battery backup system
  • Use of rustic materials, including stone, Cor-ten steel, and reclaimed barn wood with modern detailing
  • Exposed steel and wood structure throughout the main spaces
  • Radiant Heat
  • Heating and ventilation system can be monitored and adjusted remotely
  • Massive board-formed concrete fireplace
  • LED lighting
  • Energy efficient aluminum-clad wood windows and doors
  • Electric car charging station

Coates Design Architects

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

Tumble Creek Cabin by Coates Design Architects in Washington, USA

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Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Project: Phinney Residence
Architects: Elemental Architecture
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Area: 2,510 sq ft
Photographs by: Mel Curtis

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Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture

The Phinney Residence is a modern dwelling completed by Elemental Architecture in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood.
This modern family home is placed on a very challenging lot, under 2,000 square feet in area. The size of the lot dictated the design and instead of a small outdoor space, this home has a beautiful rooftop deck that overlooks Puget Sound.

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

This 2510 sqf single family home located in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood. This home was designed for a young family on a small in-fill lot. The lot was very challenging just over 2000 sft with a access easement covering a portion of the southwest corner.

This created a situation where the building footprint covered the majority of the yard, so it was essential to capture outdoor space on the structure. This led to the reverse floor plan (living on the third level), allowing the main spaces to easily access outdoor space, light and view.

The homeowners created a welcoming contrast by their choices in furniture and wall coverings. To maintain a visual connection to the street we designed the stair to the main living level to be transparent so you can see and feel the activity. The upper level opens to a West facing deck and exterior stair leading to a view roofdeck which overlooks Ballard and the Puget Sound.

Elemental Architecture

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

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Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

Phinney Residence by Elemental Architecture in Seattle, Washington

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