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Striking modern refuge surrounded by ancient cedars on Bainbridge Island

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This striking modern refuge was designed by Coates Design Seattle Architects, located on Bainbridge Island, Washington. An honest expression of materials and structure defines this 1,500 square foot house both indoors and out. Concrete-block bearing walls, exposed beams, roof decking, and a stained concrete floor are all revealed in the home’s open interior.

Generous window openings, along with surfaces that extend outdoors, blend the interior with the exterior, allowing the occupants to feel that they are always at home amidst the ancient cedars that surround the home. Sustainability was a prerequisite for this design; not just as a guide for materials and equipment, but also as a guide for the form of the house itself.

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Design Features:
Hydronic radiant floor heating
Reconstituted concrete countertops
Zero-VOC paint
High-durability, low maintenance materials
Site-milled cedar siding

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Above: The roof is standing seam metal roof, with a 1:12 pitch. The insulation is 6″ of rigid on top of the cardecking and below the roofing.

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Above: The kitchen cabinets are stained – clear maple. The island dimensions are roughly 52″ x 30″. The counter stools were sourced from Ikea. The windows are a commercial storefront product – made by Kawneer.

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What We Love: This striking modern refuge offers a beautiful mix of materials to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere. An inviting landscape of ancient cedars provides privacy to this home while also adding to the overall appeal of the exterior facade. Large windows flood the interiors with natural light while also helping to blur indoor-outdoor boundaries. Overall we are loving the aesthetics of this home, modern yet welcoming.

Tell Us: What details in the design of this home do you find most appealing and why in the Comments below, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Have a look at a couple of our favorite home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Coates Design Architects: 

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Above: The flooring is a stained (and sealed) concrete slab — simple, durable and is aesthetically pleasing. It was a hard trowel process. The stone is called a ground face block, any local masonry manufacturer can supply it. On the ceiling, the material is Douglas Fir.

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Above: This is a 16″ thick block wall. 

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Above: The unique coffee table was found at a salvage yard!

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Photos: Matthew Coates

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5 months ago

what is the reason for using “site milled” cedar siding as opposed to having the ceder milled at a lumber mill and shipped to the site?