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A loft-inspired bachelor pad has amazing views on the Seattle waterfront

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This waterfront bachelor pad was designed by Heliotrope Architects, tucked into a small urban property along Portage Bay, a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. The dwelling was created to live like a studio loft for a bachelor who appreciates privacy. Centrally located in the city and sitting directly on the water, the dock provides a convenient spot to park a float plane.

Concealed from the street, the 2,500 square foot structure is a protective shell of zinc and aluminum – a refined version of the maritime industrial sheds found throughout the waterfronts of Seattle.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Heliotrope Architects CONTRACTOR ESMB, Inc. FURNISHINGS Inform Interiors
ARCHITECTURAL METALS Company K + Decorative Metal Arts LANDSCAPE Jonathan Morley of the Berger Partnership

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Water-side, the dwelling becomes more transparent, with prospect-views over the houseboats of Portage Bay, the University of Washington, and the Cascade Mountains. Living, cooking, and sleeping all occur in one volume distributed over two-floor levels, sized and shaped to envelop the occupant in a protective refuge.

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An interior palette of cedar, walnut, flagstone, blackened steel, and marble stands in contrast to the machine-like character of the exterior.

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What We Love: This waterfront bachelor pad offers a sleek and sophisticated home for its owner to enjoy living and entertaining. Large windows frame spectacular waterfront views while bathing the interiors with natural light. The heavy use of wood brings warmth into this otherwise modern dwelling, making it feel comfortable and inviting. We are especially loving the large outdoor patio and the dock for a float plane!

Tell Us: What design details do you find most appealing and why in the Comments below. We love reading your feedback!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other inspiring home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the state of Washington: Waterfront retreat built for entertaining on the San Juan Islands and Waterfront shelter has amazing beach-chic lifestyle on Whidbey Island.

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The kitchen is small and streamlined with equipment paired down to the essentials.

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Site constraints, and the modest needs of a bachelor, generated a one-bedroom residence smaller in size and lower in height than the house it replaced.

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Bathing happens in a below-grade spa or a master bath with a Japanese-style hinoki tub overlooking the lake

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PHOTOGRAPHER Aaron Leitz

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