Above the fireplace, a Shou Sugi Ban panel made from charred cedar has been wire brushed to reveal even more of its grain. “In this house, we’re not doing high gloss finishes; we’re really expressing the character of the material,” says architect Regan McClellan.

Rock of Ages

Squeezed between Washington’s Chuckanut Bay and a steep ferny incline, a home made entirely from cast concrete rises and surprises with its warmth and natural feel.

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Designer and project manager Nate Ewan used Oregon juniper wood for some of the exterior siding. Tough as nails, juniper grows so well in Eastern Oregon that it’s considered a nuisance. Worse, the tree’s deep roots and high water needs, 30 to 70 gallons a day, mean it’s slowly draining the water table in an already dry climate.

Desert Light

A new home in Oregon’s High Desert is both a nod to mid-century design and a thoughtful reflection of its surroundings. Knotted juniper siding and rough-hewn accessories complete the look.

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The Guggenheims selected Ann Sacks Savoy textured bronze field tiles to reflect the Dutch Colonial period. The walnut stools are from CB2. Three banks of Milgard Essence series windows from Portland Millwork add light and a view of backyard/street.

Going Dutch

When a couple with contemporary taste finds a house in Portland’s Grant Park neighborhood but it’s a 1925 Dutch Colonial, they turn to Jeff and Jenny Guggenheim to freshen it up.

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In keeping with a fundamentally classic style, interior designer Jenny Baines used symmetrical structures and arrangements throughout the home.

Home on the Water's Edge

On a waterfront site in Lake Oswego, a family builds a home with entertainment spaces on multiple levels. Now, there’s a seamless flow between the house and water, and visitors come by car and boat.

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“The concept for the stone and adjacent walls follows the idea of making surfaces warm, tactile, and connected to nature outside, in tradition of Wabi-Sabi aesthetics of things imperfect and impermanent,” explains interior designer Maryika Byskiniewicz of Spaces.

Mountain Chic

A Seattle design team transforms a dark, oversized lodge in Cle Elum, Washington into an elegant proportion of light, materials and connection to its woodland setting.

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Homeowner Michaela Spaeth wanted to see a “happy” yellow color inside the central cabinet, and SieMatic had just introduced a signature yellow lacquer accent color that matches her KitchenAid perfectly.

Modern White

When a German family living in the Northwest decides to remodel their outdated suburban kitchen, they look to Europe for inspiration and to Seattle designer Cathleen Summers for guidance.

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Viewed from the street, architect Tim Eddy’s Southeast Portland home almost appears to float above the ground. Fusing contemporary style with cutting edge sustainability features and alluding to a few traditional touches, Tim designed his home to create the kind of life he and his wife, Joyce Bell, wanted to live. From the entryway to the rooftop terrace and viewbox reading room, the Eddys  home is filled with delightful spaces for real life: working, cooking, reading, entertaining, relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.

Forward Thinking

Portland architect Tim Eddy designs a modern new home with an expansive glass envelope that blurs the lines between inside and out, and incorporates leading sustainability features.

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Parefeuille terra cotta tile flooring stretches beyond entry to dining room. To keep with Tuscan home traditions, no baseboards were used.

A Tuscan Story

A Seattle architecture and design team transforms a newish house in the Northwest back into a “centuries old” Tuscan home centered around a hearth room.

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Garret Cord Werner refurbished the once electrified exterior lamps to glow again with gas.

Grand Duchess

Nearly 100 years after the Northwest entrepreneur Sam Hill built his grand mansion in Seattle, another successful businessman and his wife embark on a bold remodel of the stately home.

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The countertops are made of one-centimeter thick Silestone quartzite. Thin and delicate, the design creates the appearance of a floating white plane, almost weightless, atop a grounding base of graphite grey cabinets. The countertops are sealed with a suede finish to provide a stain-proof, smudge-proof surface. High gloss graphite grey laminate panels are used around the perimeter to clad the fridge, freezer and tall pantry cabinets.

Warm + Modern

When a family moves to Seattle, they find a house in the water, but not the contemporary kitchen on their wish list. Enter Cathleen Summers, who designs their new kitchen with sleek German cabinetry.

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Rohl sink faucets in polished nickel reflect a classic, traditionalist aesthetic that matches the cabinet hardware. Stainless steel appliances echo the same tones, including a professional Wolf range and built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator. A lighting fixture from Troy Lighting with thick, industrial glass shades under-scores the service kitchen aesthetic.

Nod to the Past

A kitchen designer with the Neil Kelly helps a family update a dim, cramped kitchen without being able to change the layout due to the 1896 home’s historical property designation.

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Owned by a Seattle couple with eclectic tastes and a willingness to push established boundaries, this home is a treasure trove of unique design concepts and striking juxtapositions.

Soak Up the Sun

A family with eclectic taste hires Seattle’s RHO Architects and designer Janice Viekman to design a contemporary lakefront home to showcase both the lake and their unique art collection.

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What began as a 1940s Cape Cod remodel became one of the most cutting-edge new homes on Lake Washington thanks to Stuart Silk Architects and Amy Baker Interior Design’s harmonious marriage of traditional and contemporary styles.

Life on the Cove

Seattle architect Stuart Silk and interior designer Amy Baker transform a 1940s Cape Cod cottage on Lake Washington into an open and light-filled masterpiece.

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Doug Rasar and Rod Knipper worked with Josh and James Sevigny of Artisan, Inc. to turn a very utilitarian garage area into the colorful Hawaiian style cabana, tying it to the main estate by facing a concrete block wall with the same Oklahoma quarried limestone found on the home’s facade. Mammoth Douglas fir logs are wrapped in hemp rope; Jeld-Wen bi-folding doors close off the cabana in winter. Peter Millet bronze statue.

A Place in the Sun

A grand estate in Washington wine country travels back in time and to the Pacific Islands when Seattle interior designer Doug Rasar oversees its monumental renovation.

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Scott Edwards Architecture designed this 6,500 square foot home in Portland’s West Hills to capture and frame its incredible views of downtown Portland and Mt. St. Helens.

Something to See

A Portland couple with no intention of moving finds an empty lot with incredible views of downtown Portland and Mt. St. Helens and builds a 6,500 square feet stunner to frame those views.

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A restful palette of whites, greens, blues, grays, and browns mirrors the colors that define the Pacific Northwest landscape. As new parents to a daughter and a puppy, the Virdens wanted an open, functional, uncluttered layout where kids and dogs could comfortably play without sacrificing an 
adult space for socializing and relaxing. All of the furniture in the living room can be easily cleaned or wiped, including the Eames chair. Even the arched floor lamp was chosen to make the space more comfortable for the real needs of living; its low angle minimizes glare while watching television, making it possible to kick back with a movie without plunging the house into darkness.

West Hills Cool

Frances Virden and her husband were just starting their family when they bought their new house, so child-friendly fabrics and furniture were a must, but so was a crisp, modern mid-century vibe.

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A composite of all the elements in the redesign, the breakfast area weds dark wood, the trees, a light and airy feel and a practical eating area for the Lake Oswego family. Facing the kitchen, the eating area is also close to the living and dining rooms and shares many of the same shapes and tones to provide fluid cohesion throughout the home’s public areas.

Tree House

A Lake Oswego home leaves its dark interior behind and is transformed into a warm and light-filled space.

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The dining area is found in the open communal area, with views out to the spacious backyard, which includes a large patio. Walnut bar cabinetry ties to the adjacent kitchen and includes a moon shadow (gray back painted) backsplash relating to the custom table with concrete skim coat, beverage cooler, wine rack and open glass shelving. Glass pendant chandelier features LED glass bulbs that do not block the view.

The Perfect Plan

A Lake Oswego family builds a house with ample gathering space for multiple generations.

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The exterior of this LEED-Platinum Certified custom home is primarily sanded concrete, which creates a uniform, finely textured finish. Sanded concrete is also used throughout the landscaping, including stairs and landings. Cedar wood cladding adds warmth as well as a direct connection to the home’s surroundings. These planks were milled from trees grown within 50 miles in sustainably managed forests.

Rising Above

Architect Jan Fillinger and builder Stephen Aiguier create an Oregon home that is a standard bearer in sustainability.

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The north end of the Pavilion House cantilevers over a reflecting pool and a lush paradise garden for spring and summer viewing enjoyment. Landscape architecture by Charles Anderson.

Pavilion House

Olson Kundig transforms a post-modern house on Lake Washington into a glass-walled, teak-ceilinged masterpiece.

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