Modern glass and steel home perched hillside

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Perched on a hilltop in a suburban neighborhood of Bellevue, Washington, DeForest Architects designed this ground-up remodel to take full advantage of light and views while maintaining privacy from close-in neighbors. Transplants from Scotland by way of the east coast, these empty nesters loved the location of their home and its great views… but not the wasted space and dark awkward rooms. They boldly chose to downsize their existing home, making it friendlier for simplifying life and welcoming family from near and far. Timeless materials like oak, walnut, glass and steel combine with modern details to frame simple volumes filled with natural light.

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 Photos: © Benjamin Benschneider


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Name Withheld

It looks very Japanese, very mid-century modern, and very ugly. Bad colors, bad art…the whole thing makes me slightly nauseous. There are some clean lines and nice windows. But it looks like it was made to be an Aikea showcase. The whole thing looks cheap and forgettable. I hope they didn’t waste too much money on this.


Clearly “Name Withheld” who posted 24-Feb has no perspective or appreciation for modern architecture and design. Clean, minimalist lines with fresh furniture and art finishes compliment the open design of the house. While I may have selected other accents, I can certainly appreciate the thought and vision that went into this project. Natural light and interesting lines make this modern house an insightful demonstration of clean design. And, for the record, It’s spelled IKEA.


Ikea showcase? Methinks not.

Gayle Frisch

Name Withheld, you don’t have to buy or live in it. Nothing about it looks cheap. Scathing words for a beautiful home. “Slightly nauseous”? Do you possibly have something personal against the designer, architect, or builder?