Fieldhouse

Inspired by early 20th-century national parks buildings, Hoedemaker Pfeiffer set out to create a secluded, yet playful retreat to enhance Their clients’ vacation home on Whidbey Island. taking advantage of Pacific Northwest materials and sensibilities, The Fieldhouse is designed as a place for sport and recreation.

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Sited on a 1.2 acre, heavily forested property, this home in the Portland area feels enveloped by the landscape. The exterior blends traditional stucco in two different shades as well as vertical red cedar. Wide overhangs protect the siding while also creating strong horizontal lines in contrast to the vertical cedar. A reflecting pool near the front entrance pulls in light and sets a spa-like tone even before you step inside.

Wildwood: A Forested Home in the City

Heart of the city. Heart of the forest. This sylvan retreat in Portland, Oregon, is close to everything, but feels a world apart. With a clean, contemporary style and warm, inviting spaces, this custom home nurtures a family’s connection to one another, and the outdoors.

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A cantilevered staircase with glass railing sits against interior/exterior envelope of Amber Rose flame cut stone contrasting with cold rolled blackened steel fireplace. Gregorious|Pineo Battista dining table; Holly Hunt chairs; blown/cast glass Trinh Nguyen artwork. Photo © Derek Reeves

Sustainable Dream Home

This couple’s dream to build a very sustainable, yet elegant contemporary hillside home wrapped in rich, warm horizontal cut stone that would also embrace its expansive views of Lake Washington and the Cascades became an award-winning reality when Stuart Silk Architects came on board.

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Spaced vertical mahogany boards create a screen framing metal clad wood Sierra Pacific windows.

River House

After decades spent dreaming of building a house on his Vancouver property by the Columbia River, Gary Miller and his wife Dell Ann Dyar, overcame complex permitting laws, density requirements, and BNSF Railroad permit, to build a modern home along the wooded river’s edge designed by Carmel architect Erik Dyar of DYAR Architecture.

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Refined Rusticity

Respecting and augmenting the original architect’s vision were top priorities for a striking Black Butte Ranch renovation, where natural materials, a stunning site, and classic Northwest language with a modern twist merge to create a family’s perfect legacy vacation home.

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A pair of 1930s Murano glass chandeliers from 1st Dibs, purchased before the project broke ground, add sparkle and panache to the sleek kitchen design. Lacanche range features a granite backsplash (Patagonia polished) from Pental Surfaces of Portland, which glows dramatically from complex backlighting. Double islands feature an MPP detail - laminated striated soft Douglas fir. Clean-lined Oregon white oak cabinetry by Heritage Woodcraft. A step-down area that looks out on pond via Reynaers windows features U-shaped bar. Artwork by Portland’s Andy Luce.

Once Upon A Pond

After 15 years spent living in a traditional home on a 26-acre farm-like property in Silver Creek Falls, Oregon, this couple found Bend architect Eric Meglasson of Meglasson Architect and Portland interior designer Holly Freres of JHL Design to collaborate on designing an ultra-modern home surrounded by nature on the shores of a beloved pond.

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Modernized Ranch

Torn between purchasing a new home and staying in the location they loved, a Portland couple settled on a bright, modern renovation of their midcentury ranch by Richard Brown Architect and Introspecs that retained a sense of comfort and warmth.

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Gig Harbor Classic

A client with a desire for a classic East Coast aesthetic modernized in the Pacific Northwest achieved her vision thanks to a major renovation by Marianne Simon Design and Ripple Design Studio.

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Indoor-outdoor fabrics from Architex and Christopher Farr Cloth are durable choices for the kitchen banquette, while artwork by Mia Farrington and Jennifer Gauthier brings visual interest to a nook located off the kitchen. Counter stool and dining chairs by Crate & Barrel and custom upholstered by Village Interiors.

Creekside Modern

Working collaboratively, a visionary client and NB Design group partnered to create this supremely serene escape, completely transforming a ranch-style home nestled in nature into a zen-like retreat for an active family of five.

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California Dreaming

California dreaming, Northwest soul. This midcentury home on Mercer Island had great bones and an outstanding location, but felt closed-off inside. A thoughtful remodel from Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape and Treebird Construction mingled the best of California modernism with a distinctly Northwest attention to craft to bring up the curtains and let the light back in.

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Color-impregnated curly maple herringbone entry flooring by Provenza Floors. Kush Rugs; Kelly Wearstler black Souffle chairs; Barcelona Couch from Design Within Reach.

Modern Compound

Spectacular things happened when these homeowners, armed with a clear vision of the ultra-modern home they wanted to create, teamed with Shannon Ponciano of Ponciano Design and Craig Moody of Northwest Classic Homes for the third time to create a home like no other.

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Hunziker’s U-shaped Coraggio mohair sofa nestles before stately Fleetwood windows facing lake on Lapchi rug.

Mercer Island Refuge

When award-winning architect Brett Baba of Graham Baba Architects of Seattle teamed with revered “AD 100” Seattle interior designer Terry Hunziker, who has thrice remodeled what began as a humble 1960s lakeside cabin, the home’s simple roots soared to princely status.

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The original arched steel windows and sconces remain intact in the vaulted ceiling living room with expansive city views and 5,558 sq. ft. of terraces. Custom cold rolled steel firebox pops amidst a newly designed and constructed chimney.

The Envoy

By teaming the Garrison Hullinger Interior Design aesthetic with Olson & Jones Construction know-how, a perfect union was formed to modernize the 5,026 sq. ft. two-story penthouse atop the 1929 Envoy Apartment Building – Portland’s tallest high-rise of its day, which still stands like a sentinel overlooking NW 23rd and Burnside.

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A super-steep, relatively small site brought challenges, but also opportunity. Instead of building out, this home went up to fit just over 3,000 square feet on a city lot. Terraced walkways, patios, and staircases knit the home into the landscape, and the offset cantilevered form creates plenty of opportunities for rooftop outdoor space.

Sky Box

Steep site? No sweat. Lane Williams Architects and Shapiro Ryan Design transformed a difficult parcel in Seattle’s Madison Valley into a fresh, stylish hideaway. This custom-built modern home uses cantilevered forms, creative outdoor space, and clever shifts in perspective to take maximum advantage of every vertiginous inch.

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Island Blues

Color? Check. This custom contemporary home on Bainbridge Island pairs vibrant hues with floor-to-ceiling windows for a natural antidote to the Northwest’s sometimes-gloomy climate. Clean lines, an open layout, and strong connections to the gorgeous island landscape make this the perfect perch for an active family.

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A mix of materials, colors, and textures gives this kitchen a dynamic feel and echoes the rich natural world of the Oregon Coast. Quartz countertops are used in two different thicknesses and colors. The large-format porcelain floor tiles have a warm, stone-like finish. Custom walnut cabinetry is grain-matched for extra interest.

Sea Worthy

Some think best in in the shower. For Larry Helmke, inspiration struck on a plane. Armed with the seed of an idea, Larry and his wife Judy Helmke partnered with Mountainwood Homes to construct a dream coastal retreat on the Oregon Coast complete with naturalistic forms, captivating textures, and an intricately detailed interior.

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Schoener coded each kitchen cabinetry element to create this unique traditional design, from wood species to finish and custom LED interior drawer lighting.

Broadmoor Traditional

After years of working together designing various homes, the team of Bellevue interior designer Linda Schoener of Schoener Interiors, the homeowner herself, and Seattle architect Eric Koch of Partners Architectural Design Group, has begun to age like fine wine – with each iteration of the family’s latest home becoming more elegantly understated and livable.

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CABINETRY A standout in the mostly white kitchen, the mid-tone gray hue from Benjamin Moore on the cabinets is augmented by the gold in the hardware. COUNTERS + LIGHTING White Space chose Pental Quartz countertops with a subtle, yet warm veining to add interest but keep the kitchen’s clean, uncluttered aesthetic.

West Seattle Vibe

White Space Design Group’s collaborative process led to a design honoring the character of a craftsman-style West Seattle bungalow with a comfortable, yet sophisticated vibe that celebrates the clients’ vision and personality.

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Tree House

Taking cues from Puget Sound’s remarkable landscape, this custom-built sylvan retreat on Burien’s waterfront represents a collaboration between artistic homeowners and an all-star design team. Bold colors, fearless contrasts, and a layout inspired by the land combine to create a luminous space that appears to levitate among the trees.

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The board and batten exterior creates an intentional architectural detail – a shadow line that looks as if one plane is floating in front of the other, since the return of the batten is unseen. An Ebony and Cape Cod gray stain by Sikkens products adds definition.
Photography © Jeremy Bittermann

Piercing The Light

Inspired by a hillside site overlooking the Cascade Range, Willamette River and Portland’s downtown, Allied Works Architecture created a modern masterpiece whose geometry splays open like five fingers of a hand to bring in light from above and views of the terraced landscape below from three stepback walls of soaring windows.

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