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This 800 square foot, 2-bedroom cottage was built as an accessory structure to an existing residence. The cottage has its own carport and private entry (at right). Sustainable features include passive solar orientation, radiant in-floor heating, enhanced insulation, high-performance windows and structural framing and trim milled from existing fir trees.
Inside, the cottage features a large living-dining area with quartersawn red oak floors and fir trim.
A full kitchen features Shaker-style maple cabinets, bullnosed laminate counters and decorative backsplash tile.
A new 1,000 square foot home office was added above the existing 3-car garage of this waterfront home. Features include a timber-framed entry, great room, bedroom, kitchenette and full bath. The existing garage doors were replaced with new carriage house-styled doors and cedar trellis.
On the second floor, patio doors lead from the dining area to a second-floor deck which provides views of Rich Passage and passing ferries.
A timber-framed entry porch marks the private entrance to the home office.
Inside, the stair to the home office is marked by a large window and George Nelson lamp at the landing. A small kitchenette with sink, microwave and under-counter refrigerator, looks out onto the back yard.
In the dining area, patio doors lead onto a deck with views of Rich passage and passing ferries. Built-in cabinets are located in the knee walls below the skylights. Low-voltage pendant fixtures illuminate the dining table.
A small bathroom includes painted wood cabinets topped by a laminate counter and recycled glass backsplash, a generous tiled shower, porcelain ceramic floor tiles and a built-in linen closet.
The garage of this waterfront home was remodeled to create a second-floor 1,000 square foot home office. 3D computer modeling was used to test the impact of different design scenarios in order to ensure that the new addition would blend in seamlessly with the existing home.
The new office addition utilizes the same materials, roof forms and detailing as the existing home. Windows were oriented to capture a framed view of the Seattle skyline and the Space Needle. Sustainable features include: hybrid insulation, high-performance windows, ductless mini-split heat pump and locally-sourced and recycled finish materials.
Inside, a new walnut-clad stair provides access to the second-story office.
In the office space, clear cherry millwork provides storage for books, files and a wine cooler. Above, low-voltage cable lights illuminate the work area.
Stainless steel barn door hardware tops the clear fir door to the full bath. At right, a clear cherry built-in bookcase separates the stair from the office area. Low-voltage pendant fixtures illuminate the stair landing.
In the bathroom, a hung bamboo vanity is topped with Sea Grass limestone, a glazed undermount sink and satin nickel faucet.
Built on a narrow city lot, the detached garage of this home contains a 780 square foot accessory unit with its own private entry.
The accessory unit contains a spacious living-dining area, skylit full kitchen, bedroom and full bath. Windows were carefully located in both structures to maintain privacy while providing long views on- and off-site.
Sustainable features in the dwelling unit include high-performance windows, enhanced insulation, ductless mini-split heat pump, bamboo flooring and recycled materials.
The existing boathouse of this waterfront residence was completely rebuilt. The gable roof was replaced by a flat roof, providing a waterproof deck for entertaining. Additional improvements included new windows and siding and a new overhead door above the existing marine railway.
A new stone-paved patio and flower bed were created at the bulkhead, along with a terraced rockery wall with native vegetation.
Access to the roof deck is provided by a timber-framed "bridge", accessible from the new stairway down to the bulkhead.