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An Elevator for Ease of Living

March 7th, 2018 Posted in Aging in Place | No Comments »

These clients felt very rooted to their location: a rural home where they had raised their children.

However, a below-grade garage with a two-story house above meant they were continually climbing stairs. Bringing in groceries required carrying heavy bags upstairs from the garage to the main floor. Doing laundry required a trip downstairs from the top floor to the main floor with an awkward laundry basket in hand, and then back up again with the baskets of clean laundry.

It was not a safe or comfortable design for aging in place.

The solution was a private, three-story elevator … and as it turns out, the best location opens into the master bath on the top floor.  It’s a little unconventional, but it precisely suits our clients’ needs, and it provides an elegant solution for enjoying their retirement in a home they cherish.



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Approaching the Finish Line

December 21st, 2017 Posted in New Home, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Approaching the Finish Line

The new home has really come together in the last couple of weeks! Our final snapshots were taken as many items were being finished, but before everything was completed and cleaned. So please pardon the flurry of activity that you’ll see in these photos.

Below is the finished kitchen, with its Oregon maple slab at the bar side. The pendant lights illuminate its natural beauty. The appliances are set, and the kitchen is ready for its first food prep and entertaining event!

The Douglas fir front door is finally installed and its sidelights revealed. (To avoid damage, we purposely delayed installation until the last days of construction.) Here, our fine carpenter is installing the hardware. Our clients plan to fill the round window above the door with a wreath for the holidays.

The powder room is complete. Its wallpaper, sconces, copper vessel sink, and dark cabinet and fixtures make for a dramatic setting.

The guest bath has rich-textured wallpaper, a quartz countertop, and a cultured marble shower enclosure.

The guest suite has a bay window facing the cascades, a corner gas fireplace, and vaulted ceilings. The carpet—still protected in this photo—is surrounded by a perimeter of oak hardwood flooring.

The kitchenette in the guest suite is nearly complete, with cherry cabinets, a tile countertop, and splash.

Wallpaper, mosaic glass backsplash tile, and a copper vessel sink at the master bath work together to warm the space.

Our clients have moved in to part of the house as we complete the master suite and final details. The next photos will be taken next year when we professionally document the project. Thanks for following the progress!

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Finishes Have Arrived!

December 6th, 2017 Posted in New Home, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Finishes Have Arrived!

We are excited to see final finishes being put in place throughout the new home. Many are covered and protected after installation, but we’ve found a few we can show off here.

The kitchen backsplash tile looks great with the counters, and it echoes the linear look of the Great Room fireplace opposite it. Here you can see the cooktop, pot filler, and hood. Notice that the hood has an integrated warming shelf.

The Great Room fireplace has really come together, though there are still a few items on the To-Do List: the gas fireplace awaits its finished glass face, and cabinets await doors that will be installed in the next few days. The Douglas Fir mantel is protected here.

The Copper kitchen sink is installed with Caesarstone “Buttermilk” quartz countertops. The edge of the Oregon maple island top can barely be seen here, above the backsplash tile.

The Den fireplace is now complete, with its Douglas Fir mantel and new hearth extension. Wall sconces are on the way.

In the Master Bedroom, the fireplace stone is in place. The gas fireplace’s finished front will be installed soon. On the floor beside the fireplace, you can see some of the hardwood flooring that will border the room.

Wallpaper abounds throughout the home. Below is a view of the wallpaper accent wall in the Master Bedroom, looking through to the Master Bath beyond.

Here is a view of the wallpaper accent wall in the Guest Suite. Again, you can see the hardwood flooring bordering the room; carpet will be installed in the center of the room. Notice the combination of stained windows and painted trim.

In the Guest Bath, all of the finishes are in place. Once the faucets are installed, this will be the first finished room of the house!

The Douglas Fir front door has been lacquered, and it is gorgeous! We love its design and details. It has is a beautiful stained glass light, protected here.

Stained Douglas Fir doors throughout the house are paired with painted trim and satin nickel egg-shaped knobs and arched rosettes.

At the covered back porch, paver installation is complete and the gas fire pit is in position. Once installation is complete, flames will rise from a bed of fire glass in the center of the fire pit. S’mores are calling!

And lastly, the paver walkway and steps to the front door have been built. Landscaping will follow in the spring.

We will continue to provide updates as things come together!

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Innovative Remodel Allows Aging in Place

November 30th, 2017 Posted in Aging in Place | Comments Off on Innovative Remodel Allows Aging in Place

The main driver behind this whole-house remodel was a desire to “age in place.” Our clients had a comfortable three-story home near family and friends, and they wanted to stay in their home as long as possible. However, they worried about the safety of climbing stairs as they became older, especially with a laundry basket in their hands.

Part of the innovative solution was to turn a small master bath on the top floor into space for an elevator. A three-story addition then provided room for a beautiful new master bath with a walk-in shower and separate Jacuzzi tub.

On the main floor, the addition includes a new laundry room, a new sunroom, an extended deck, and an expanded kitchen with a walk-in pantry.

The remodel also gave the homeowners an opportunity to update elements that had become outdated, such as flooring and cabinets. The new kitchen is both very functional and gorgeous, with custom maple cabinets and polished quartz countertops. A new custom handrail in the entry is safer and a work of fine craftsmanship.

The result is a safe, beautiful home where the homeowners can enjoy their retirement!

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New House Enters “Home” Stretch

November 22nd, 2017 Posted in Lodge Inspired Open Concept, New Home | Comments Off on New House Enters “Home” Stretch

This custom home is heading into the “home” stretch, so to speak, with final finishes being installed daily. We haven’t posted photos in a while, so we have some catching up to do!

First, the exterior: paint and siding are complete, along with windows and trim.

The beautiful Douglas Fir front door with its stained glass has yet to be hung, and plywood is still protecting the Fir sidelights, but one can begin to get a feel for the home’s entrance. A paver walkway will be built this week, and the column bases will be clad in stone. The circular window over the front door brings light into the Entry Hall and Great Room.

The covered back porch awaits installation of concrete pavers and the fire pit, which is sounding appealing about now as we head into winter! The 16’ sliding door at right will allow the Great Room to fully open onto the porch in good weather. The Breakfast nook is at the center of the photo below, and doors to the Den are at left, beyond.

The Den and its picture windows face a beautiful panoramic view of the Cascade range. The full masonry fireplace chimney is being finished here, and is now about ready to be fired up for the first time.

Inside, the Den fireplace is nearly complete – in the photo below, the upper half is still wet from construction. Only the hearth extension near the floor is left to be installed. This is a “Rumford” fireplace design. (Click here for a great history lesson!) The hemlock ceiling and the Douglas Fir beams are already warming up the room. Cherry paneling on all the walls will begin soon, along with library cabinets and shelves. A wood mantel and wall sconces will be mounted on the fireplace face.

Looking east from the Den (a.k.a. A Room with a View), this room features large beams and a tongue and groove ceiling.

The Great Room fireplace is taking shape nicely, its chimney slipping deftly between the heavy timber trusses. A wood mantel has been installed (protected for the meantime) and a TV will be mounted above. The gas fireplace is linear and wide, and ductwork distributes its heat into the room. This is the first photo we’ve posted of the glazed cabinets used in the Great Room and Kitchen: they are truly a work of art!

Below is a sneak peak of the Oregon Maple slab countertop for the kitchen island. The incredible beauty of the figured maple is bound to become the centerpiece of the home. The edge facing guests at the island will be the “live edge” shown at the bottom of the photo below. Anyone will be happy to belly up to this bar!

The Master Bedroom is mostly trimmed and awaits flooring, wallpaper, and light fixtures. The reading nook at the corner of the room will enjoy natural light from three side, and is sure to become a favorite spot.

Cherry cabinets, quartz countertops, wallpaper, and floor tile have been installed in the Master Bathroom. Plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and custom mirrors are on the way!

We are grateful for all the craftspeople – both subcontractors and our own carpenters – as well as the vendors who are working so well to bring this project to completion.

Stay tuned as we head to the finish line!






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