Ample Light and All the Amenities
This home ticks off a number of the buyers’ must-haves beyond just ample space for all, including tall volumes, skylights, and a 16-foot-wide, 8-foot-tall glass slider to let in lots of light. Two of the skylights are operable, helping to create cross-ventilation with the windows while pulling hot air up and out. “We rarely turn on the lights in the kitchen/main living space, even in winter,” the homeowner says.
The slider leads to a fully covered patio, which also includes skylights to keep the seating area bright.
Rather than having a TV in the main living area, the house incorporates a separate media room, painted darker than the rest of the bright white interior for the cozy feel of a theater. By planning ahead, the design team was able to include a dedicated server closet in the media room that houses the family’s digital movie collection. The closet also ensures future buyers can convert the media room into an additional bedroom.
The couple sought a relaxing experience for the primary bathroom, achieved with misters in the ceiling and a built-in bench; unlike a steam shower, the misters can be used for hot or cold therapy.
On the exterior, the three areas of the house were intentionally distinguished with different cladding—blue shiplap siding and gray 4-inch-wide board-and batten siding on the sides and wood in the center; cedar soffits add additional character and tie the wood look into the whole house for a Northwest Contemporary feel. A crossing roof structure allows for the 15-foot interior ceilings without adding too much height to the overall exterior appearance.
The final element of the wish list was a multi-functional garage. The three bays hold two cars and the wife’s stained-glass studio, while an extra-deep footprint provides room to store the husband’s woodworking equipment.