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West Ferry Studio

West Ferry Studio

To provide a small, multi/function studio/guest space on a limited budget.

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Santa Rosa Remodel

Santa Rosa Remodel

- To keep the original modern look and feel of the home. - Use light colored, natural materials on the interior to keep it clean, uncluttered, and bright. - Provide a low maintenance, retirement home. - Create an inviting outside environment.

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big/little narragansett beach house

big/little narragansett beach house

As a professional carpenter doing renovations in the Providence RI area I occasionally look for investment projects to either rent or turn over after renovating.  When we approached this abused...

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Davis Prairie

Davis Prairie

Davis Prairie is a home designed for the long dry heat of central California. Located in one of the flattest parts of the state, surrounded by farmland, this Prairie-style adaptation comfortably fits...

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A Light

A Light

The goal of this project was to create a sustainable home that went well beyond the finishes. We wanted the house; to embody the principles of green design in both the Form and the Function, to have...

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Passive Garden House

Passive Garden House

Nestled into the hillside in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this compact 1,100 square foot dwelling draws from traditional techniques and design, while integrating a more contemporary aesthetic and...

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The Wedge House

The Wedge House

The Wedge House was designed to be slid onto the narrow leg of an L-shaped lot, with frontage on two streets, in an established suburban neighborhood in Palo Alto, California. Our clients, who...

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Santa Ynez House

Santa Ynez House

Our clients, former gallery owners and serious art collectors, wanted to build a small studio and an energy-efficient house in the country that would also function as their private gallery. The house...

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Montana Cookhouse

Montana Cookhouse

The Cookhouse is the main residence for a family on a working ranch in rural Montana. The project is the most recent addition to a renovated and reconstructed homestead. The basic program was...

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Carlton Project

Carlton Project

Designed to reduce energy consumption by 80% of a code built house, this project was the dream of owner Steve Carlton.  His principles of comfort, efficiency, and material use drove his decisions...

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Bens Barn

Ben's Barn

When the owner's bought this property in West Kennebunk, ME, it was home to a dilapidated farmhouse. They could not restore it, so they dismantled it, saving what wood they could, including the...

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Pontiac Lookout Cottage

Pontiac Lookout Cottage

PROJECT GOALS To overcome the challenges of a very constrained site. To respect the history of the site and the original octagonal structure. To take full advantage of the views of the Straits of...

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Cousins River Residence

Cousins River Residence

A wooded bluff above the Cousins River estuary is the location for a high performance home in southern Maine. Sited in a clearing, to take advantage of solar gain, the south facing windows illuminate...

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Little House on the Ferry

Little House on the Ferry

Little House on the Ferry is seasonal guesthouse comprised of three micro cabins connected by a web of outdoor decks on Vinalhaven, an island off the coast of Maine in Penobscot Bay. The design is...

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Madrona Whole House Remodel

Madrona Whole House Remodel

The project scope for this 1918 home in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle was a main floor remodel that included the front entry, living room, kitchen, dining room and new office space for this...

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Capital Hill Whole House Green Remodel

Capital Hill Whole House Green Remodel

This 1906 gem in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle underwent a whole house remodel to showcase the excellent bones and rich character of this historic home. The original home was dark, with...

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American Revival

American Revival

A new simple pebble dark stucco city home consisting solely of shuttered French doors. The airy plan provides spaciousness in a limited long fronted site. The plan capitalizes on light and privacy...

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House of Moving Walls

House of Moving Walls

A small split level foyer addition using a palette of existing materials is constructed to imply walls that have been translated. In the final form, the inferred shifting exposes the inviting nature...

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Whimsy on the Creek

Whimsy on the Creek

PROJECT DESCRIPTION I designed and built this home for my wife and small children after spending the past twenty years doing so for clients. This is a French-inspired cottage with carefully...

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Anas New Home

Ana's New Home

Our goal was to re-invent this typical post-war ranch house as a high performance, energy efficient, PHPP modeled, passive solar home that lives swell, inspires, suits the environment, and performs...

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Raising a little cabin on Whispering Bay.

Raising a little cabin on Whispering Bay.

After getting divorced I bought a 20 X 28 foot cabin on a little lake in Central Minnesota. I bought a little backhoe and dumptruck and spent the summer working with my then 13 year old son and 15...

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Hidden Valley Residence

Hidden Valley Residence

The mission & environment. The owners' request was for a single story, low maintenance, FireWise, energy efficient home utilizing passive solar strategies. The house needed to be zoned in a...

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Woodhaven: Old Wood on the New

Woodhaven: Old Wood on the New

(see Charlotte's 'What I would like my house to be" for full listing) -As sustainable as possible -Build mostly with reclaimed wood, little, if any, sheetrock. -Energy efficient -Passive solar -Radiant floor heat -Geothermal -Function over aesthetics -Built to last 200+ years -Use local craftspeople and subcontractors -Siting: house should fit into the land and have a view of the farm -Main living area on one level and handicapped accessible -Plenty of access to outdoors -A "gathering" kitchen–a social place -A "welcoming" home–room to entertain and have lots of guests -An "inviting" entrance -Space for favorite furniture -Big view porch–with room for 20+ people to gather.

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Beauchesne Residence - Whole House Remodel

Beauchesne Residence - Whole House Remodel

Make the home open, light, and inviting inside and out without making major structural changes. Create a strong connection between the interior and exterior and be able to take advantage of the view. Make the kitchen and guest bath/laundry space more functional and attractive.

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San Juan Remodel

San Juan Remodel

- update look to contemporary cabin- -limit major remodeling work (moving doors, windows, walls) - tie exterior aesthetics to newly-built weaving studio - add better drive & entry, and add connection to studio uphill - keep overall costs in check

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Hanna Park

Hanna Park

- strong sense of privacy and security - openness toward the outdoors and Puget Sound - views of both the Olympics and the Sound - environmentally friendly & nontoxic materials - efficient and clever use of space including hidden elements for greater privacy

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Camano Island Remodel

Camano Island Remodel

- provide both additional entertaining space and a private master retreat - while maintaining the unique 1970's northwest contemporary, add a second floor and vastly upgrade the house -update and upgrade the existing spaces

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