Trailblazing design studio William/Kaven Architecture transforms a busy corner of Northwest Portland with an extraordinary four-story modern home wrapped in exquisite terracotta tiles with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, impeccable landscaping, and a burbling water feature to drown out traffic noise, all immaculately constructed by iBuildPdx of Portland.

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Kristi Linsenmayer selected architects Dan Wickline and Brian Watzin of Prentiss + Balance + Wickline, alongside interior designer Emily Knudsen and Marble Construction, to help create her home in Ketchikan, Alaska. It cantilevers over the edge of its site to make the most of the surroundings. The shiplap cedar on the exterior of the home was milled locally and finished with Benjamin Moore Arborcoat, in black, while wraparound Koble VistaLuxe Windows further connect the interior to the outdoors.

A Dream Come True

With the help of a talented team, a Seattle pediatric dentist creates her dream home in Ketchikan, Alaska, as a place to settle in by the water and appreciate everything it has to offer, from relaxing sunset vistas to nighttime whale songs.

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By teaming with Cellar Ridge Construction of McMinnville, Seattle architect Nahoko Ueda was introduced to such trusted Oregon vendors as Portland Millwork, supplier of Andersen/Weiland Lift and Slide pocket doors and Western Window Systems, and Parr Lumber supplier of the emblematic horizontal cedar siding. An airy carport breaks up the mass of glass and steel, its roof deck now housing a hot tub providing a 360-degree view of the rolling Eola Hills.

Eola Hills

High on a hill above the Eola Hills wine country on one side with views of majestic mountain ranges and downtown Salem on the other, rises an 8,000 sq.ft. home designed by Ueda Design Studio and built by Cellar Ridge Construction of McMinnville whose simple, elegant lines echo Seattle architect Nahoko Ueda’s Japanese heritage.

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To adhere to the height restrictions, Telford + Brown dug into a bench on the hillside creating a linear, topically correct architectural design that opens every room to spectacular views of the Gorge, ranging from Mt. Adams to the north and Mt. Hood to the south. Easy Lock Standing Seam metal roofs in Charcoal from Taylor Metal in Salem, OR. Nakamoto Forestry charred Shou Sugi Ban Gendai Alkyd Oil Black siding.

Modern Simplicity

The combined talents, vision, and skills of Telford + Brown Studio Architecture and John Bloomster Construction, coupled with the passionate participation of the homeowners, served to bring this Mosier, Oregon, modern Pacific Northwest style home, which is perfectly nestled upon a ridge overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, vividly to life.

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Grounded, organic sensibilities are reflected in the gardens and massing of the house. Natural stones from Marenakos Rock Center crop up against the split-levelled house trimmed in Blackened Cedar Open Rainscreen Siding from LS Cedar. E&H Construction created the clear cedar sliding screen on site. Chin designed the solid maple topped dining table left with kitchen and living room beyond. At right, up a half-story, is a guest bedroom.

City Sanctuary

Magic happened when a talented architecturally trained designer Chris Chin of Vizit Studio and his wife Mandy purchased a triangular plot of land on a busy corner of one of Seattle’s iconic neighborhoods and hired Tim Hossner of rho Architects to co-design a very private Zen-like oasis expertly built by Brent Heath of E&H Construction.

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An alcove under the stairs overlooks a shade garden and is the perfect spot for the homeowners’ piano. A colorful series of paintings by Jaq Cartier complements a sculpture by Annie Morris.

The Perfect Perch

McClellan Architects and NB Design Group team up with DLH inc to craft a home that captures everything this Kirkland site has to offer, from sweeping Lake Washington views in every room, to elegant and peaceful moments sown throughout the interior.

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At the stove alcove, a Wolf range sits beneath a tiled hood with a Vent-A-Hood insert. The sink is from Shaws and the faucet from Rohl. The tile throughout is the Cloe Tile in White by Bedrosians. Visual Comfort pendants hang over the new island, which is a family hub of cooking and conversation, with Sea Pearl quartzite counters and vintage stools.

Renaissance English

Thanks to Kat Lawton Interiors, this new kitchen for a Tudor home on Mercer Island has an old soul, all while combining fluid function, durable materials, and an abundance of storage.

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The main floor rooms felt small, cramped, and dark in true Craftsman style. A large pass-through was opened from the kitchen to the dining area, realizing almost three times more counter space and bar seating suitable for entertaining.

Queen Anne Craftsman

This quintessential Seattle Craftsman on Queen Anne was well cared for over its 100 years. What it lacked were livability and a bit more stylish drama. Design-Build firm, The Pavilion Company took it in hand, combining the homeowners’ contemporary aesthetic with modern finishes while honoring the best of the original home.

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Sound House

Against all odds, including challenging site conditions, this stunning modern home in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, designed by architects GO’C and built by Thomas Fragnoli Construction, surpassed owners Brandon Ebel and Sarah Jio’s imaginings.

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In the living room, Freres combined an Italian leather sofa and a Seal Chair, both from Design Within Reach, with a custom Calacatta marble-and-brass coffee table, atop a Wool Loloi rug. The vibrant painting is “Leaving Madagascar” by Paton Miller from Butters Gallery. “I saw this piece and it sort-of took my breath away,” says Freres. “It brings so much story and conversation.”

Shelter House

Inside and out, this beach retreat in Arch Cape, Oregon, evokes a sense of calm and belonging in the landscape, thanks to impeccable attention to detail from JHL Design.

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Loom House

Loom House is the first-ever renovated residence in the world to be awarded full Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, a demanding sustainable program that Charlie Hellstern Interior Design, The Miller Hull Partnership, Clark Construction, and Anne James Landscape Architect worked flawlessly together to achieve its stringent demands.

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Five Peaks Lookout

Three Portland outfits – Scott Edwards Architecture, iBuildPdx, and Shapiro/Didway – join up to design and build a modern wine country home in Yamhill, Oregon, which celebrates its agricultural setting, merging the interior and the exterior in ways both dramatic and detailed.

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In the kitchen, cabinets by United Wholesale are painted a vibrant teal, and grounded with black accents, via the black pearl granite counters, Hudson Valley Lighting, stove hood, and fireplace surround. Rowland carried the patterned Ann Sacks tile to the ceiling, and specified reclaimed wood shelves to suspend over the windows, so everyday items are easily accessed. A large island covered in Upper Spectrum Maple White quartz cedes into a comfortable, custom seating area in front of the fireplace. Mafi wood flooring by Greenhome Solutions brings character.

Color Story

When a Seattle-area couple move to more acreage in Duvall, Washington, they tap Rebecca Rowland Interiors, alongside contractor Lakeville Homes, to transform their run-of-the-mill Saltbox into something much more personal: a home bursting with vibrant color, bold pattern mixing, and reflective of their favorite pastimes.

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Custom banquette by Superior Cabinets features Thibaut fabric from The Dixon Group. Benjamin Moore Snowfall White walls with Balboa Mist millwork echo painted upper kitchen cabinets. Bistro style Pottery Barn chairs grace white painted Gat Creek (Designer Furniture Galleries) dining table. The Light Factory fixture provides touch of whimsy.

Bungalow Glow Up

When the characterless, laminated kitchen cabinetry from a 1980s remodel of this 1927 Craftsman Bungalow in Seattle’s charming Maple Leaf neighborhood began to yellow and peel, this couple, with three lively children and a dog, knew it was time to update the one room where everyone loves to congregate – The Kitchen.

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From Seattle Design Center: Regency style John Pomp sideboard from Trammel Gagne ties to Carlisle Wallcovering on credenza from Jennifer West. Arteriors oval glass crystal chandelier echoes Powell & Donnell table base. Silk starburst Turabi rug pattern radiates from center of table.

Glam Touch

The bonds of trust created between the new owners of this Lake Washington waterfront home, NB Design Group, and Schultz Miller contractors fueled the successful transformation of this 6,000 sq. ft. home that features elements of sophistication reminiscent of Hollywood Regency Art Deco glam mixed with unexpected, playful touches.

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The living room is a light-filled sanctuary, thanks to tall windows and glass doors to the exterior deck, and an interior scheme by designer Colleen Knowles. The chic seating area has a J Redmond sectional and accent chair, the latter from Inform Interiors, around the Donghia coffee table. The Tufenkian Rug is from Driscoll Robbins. The dining room furniture is by McGuire, with statement-making Melt Pendants by Tom Dixon, also from Inform Interiors.

Light-Filled Haven

Colleen Knowles Interior Design leads an interior refresh on a sharply contemporary home on Mercer Island, Washington, swapping out bland finishes in favor of iconic modern furnishings, a soothing color palette, and sculptural forms, in order to create a chic personal haven for the new owners.

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Existing agricultural buildings inspired architect Kirsten Ring Murray to create a steeply pitched metal roof. Horizontal torched spruce siding resembles weathered barnwood. Steel pivot entry door plays off utility room at left, its patina changing with exposure to elements. Island Gardens Company landscaping features a trio of willows creating symmetry with tree at left. Small evergreen Douglas Iris, heather, and creeping thyme are ground cover. Deer fence posts are small steel I-beams.

A Storied Past

An architectural jewel designed by Olson Kundig’s Kirsten Ring Murray that’s perched over the ever-changing San Juan Islands’ waters of False Bay gets a recent makeover by the San Francisco interior design firm of Geremia Design that specializes in art curation.

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The exterior is covered in T1-11 plywood with randomly spaced battens, and the roof is standing seam metal. The exterior storage, enclosed entry, and interior pantry walls are all wrapped in the same material for continuity from inside to out.

Buck Mountain

A compact cabin on Orcas Island, designed by Heliotrope Architects and built by Tye Contracting, maximizes a steep slope and connects to an array of views, from sweeping vistas of the archipelago, to close-ups of the madrone forest.

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Clean lines and loft-inspired colors and fixtures ground and define the kitchen in what otherwise might have felt like a cavernous space. Contemporary lighting from Kelly Wearstler’s architectural Nodes line is used throughout the home, including a statement chandelier over the kitchen island. Glossa and Kestenbaum’s skill with space planning resulted in high-functioning spaces for enthusiastic home cooks and entertainers. Sleek cabinetry frame Wolf appliances and a concealed Vent-A-Hood. The oversized island features a built-in walnut cutting board from Cross Cut Woodworks and a dramatic waterfall countertop of PentalQuartz.

City Outlook

A stalwart urbanite strikes a balance between her city style and a new appreciation for the space and calm of a West Seattle oasis with sweeping views. The perfect marriage of metropolitan minimalism softened with natural materials and textures results from a collaboration between designers Kathleen Glossa and Tamar Kestenbaum.

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Lightening Up

The Landon’s kitchen went from dreary to cheery with some expert re-arranging and a new color palette. Situated within a sweeping rural landscape, including views of the Cascade Mountains, designer Charla Ray created an inviting hub for the Landon’s love of cooking and gathering. Casual bar and eat-in-kitchen seating welcome guests to linger. The singular hanging chandelier by Feiss is lightweight with an open silhouette so as not to obscure the view. Adding a second Sub-Zero refrigerator gives guests access to all the refreshments they need without navigating through the prep fridge.

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