Northwest Style


This is an architectural style unique to our area, and one to which we are particularly drawn. It is an architecture “of our place”. Here in the Pacific Northwest we live in a landscape that is rich with large trees, waters all around, an abundance of views and ever-changing light. Homes that embrace this world blur the distinction between inside and out, and celebrate their simple structural elements (think big wood beams!). They feature expansive windows, palettes of natural materials (fir trim, natural tile & stone, glass), and soft neutral colours. Our local, beloved mid-century architect predecessors developed this hybridized version of mid-century modernism: Paul Kirk, Gene Zema, Wendell Lovett to name a few. We salute their considerable creative skills, and relish every opportunity to continue this Northwest tradition. For more interesting history, and how it informs our design approach, read our Mid-Century blog series !

Northwest Mid-Century Classic

We were honored once again to work on another Paul Kirk house remodel this last year – this one in the Innis Arden neighborhood just north of Seattle. The mid-century …

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Bainbridge Island Farmhouse

Fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home on their family’s land, our clients have recently moved in to their new home in the woods, surrounded by tall firs, fern …

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Daring Downsize

This is a full remodel of a modest rambler in Edmonds that we transformed into a Japanese-influenced retirement retreat. The design incorporates aging-in-place and universal design strategies such as no …

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Mid-Century Sanctuary

Remodeling this 50’s rambler entailed refreshing the main floor, plus an addition of a 2nd story Master Suite; all designed in a minimalist aesthetic to heighten the lush, retreat-like experience …

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Blue Ridge Lookout

This is a whole house  remodel of a classic 60’s rambler, capitalizing on the best of its mid-century roots. Our remodel enhances this much-loved style by clarifying the structural elements, …

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San Juan Islands Residence

This new home in the San Juan Islands sits on a lovely rural property with low-bank waterfront. The architecture responds to the site: one approaches through the trees to the …

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Hyak Hideaway

It’s been a dream coming. Raised playing in the mountains, this young family bought a property in Hyak, Washington, in the mountains. The house is for playing and year round …

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Yarrow Creek Rambler

Given the old-growth beauty of this Bellevue property our remodel focus was to open the house to connect with the exterior as much as possible, and to open up the …

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Respectful Remodel of a Paul Kirk Classic

We were honored to work on another classic Northwest home: a mid-century residence by the renowned Paul Kirk. This home was built in 1957 with over 3,000 sq ft, including …

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Mid-Century Makeover

This was a typical, tired old ‘daylight-basement’ rambler that enjoys lovely private territorial views. Capitalizing on the classic modern lines of this 60’s structure, our remodel pares the house down …

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River Run House

This whole-house makeover of a typical Northwest rambler has opened the home to the outside through vistas, courtyards, and large connecting open spaces. The owners hailed from Montana and wanted …

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Thornton Creek Retreat

For this property, which backs onto the Thornton Creek greenbelt in Seattle, we added a new kitchen wing as well as arbors and decks to create outdoor living rooms and …

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Kitsap Lodge in the Woods

Our client had been camping on his property for a year before he came to us wanting to build a lodge-style home. We had some other ideas for this wooded …

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