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Our award-winning residential designs are places where people want to be. We explore your dream home ideas, then we get to work. First, we’ll examine the site’s relationship to its surroundings. We’ll take advantage of views while maximizing light and space, indoors and out. Employing innovative and sustainable building techniques, we’ll create unique and efficient spaces. Our meticulous attention to detail will ensure your space suits your lifestyle today and beyond as we incorporate universal design elements.


Size, Location 2,000 sq. ft, Whidbey Island, WA New Home Brief Develop a modest, light, and airy one-level island home for retired professionals, maximizing views in each room, incorporating solar and using universal design principles for aging in place Features Strong visual connection between interior spaces maximize the feeling of light and space Front entry opens to an engaging “great room”–kitchen, living room, hearth, and dining space Generous outdoor spaces, including a poured-concrete patio and bench connecting to the great room Sauna, private deck, and an outdoor shower complete the master bedroom suite A well-appointed shared home office Energy Efficiency The carefully sited garage takes full advantage of solar exposure with solar panels. The large overhang shades the great room in the summer while allowing the maximum sun penetration in the winter months. The well-insulated concrete slab-on-grade foundation includes hydronic heating tubes, allowing for a wonderfully uniform and efficient heating system.

Photographs © Mike Hipple


This AIA FutureShack People’s Choice-winning design is a two-bedroom residence with an accessory dwelling unit on the main floor. Both units are designed with accessibility in mind, using principles of universal design. The home utilizes advanced building techniques and sustainable building products. The foundations are insulated concrete forms to reduce waste and minimize the amount of concrete. To minimize the use of lumber and maximize insulation values, walls and roofs are structural insulated panels. The triple-glazed windows are low-E coated, creating an energy-efficient envelope that minimizes heat loss and solar gain. Appliances are Energy Star-rated, plumbing fixtures are low-flow, and finishes have low amounts of volatile organic compounds. Storm water from the butterfly roof is captured in a cistern and used for site irrigation (with plans for interior gray water use when allowed by code). There is also a vertical utility chase for future solar hot water, and photovoltaic panels on the rooftop. Photos by Jim Houston & Mike Penney.

Photos © Jim Houston & Mike Penney.

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Size, Location 1,500 sq. ft., Vashon Island Design Brief: Crete an affordable home with typical features of a Japanese residence, and prioritize energy efficiency. Photos © Jenn Reidel

Photos © Jenn Reidel


Size, Location ±1,000 sq. ft. with ±280 sq. ft. basement garage, Cannon Beach, Oregon New Home Design Brief Create a cozy, coastal, two-bedroom vacation cabin that can be passed down from generation to generation. Features The tower, reminiscent of a coastal lighthouse, offers a 300° view and captures the breeze on summer nights Custom storage and seating features include reading nooks, benches built into the front porch railing, and a built-in couch that doubles as a bed Refined nautical design details throughout A wraparound shelf in the main room was designed to house the client’s beer bottle collection. Energy Efficiency The house meets Oregon State’s strict codes for energy efficiency, plus structural codes for the high ocean winds. Photographs by Studio TJP

Photographs © Studio TJP


Size, Location ± 1,020 sq. ft, Seattle, Washington New Home Design Brief: Design a lakeside cabana that doubles as a guest house, referencing the main house–designed by noted Seattle architect Arthur Loveless (and remodeled by Studio TJP). Features: A paved path leads to a private Lake Washington dock and beach Patio dining by the outdoor fireplace and hot tub A cozy great room featuring a stone fireplace Dining area adjacent to an efficient kitchenette A dreamy sleeping loft and bath Energy Efficiency Manufactured off-site, the walls and roofs are made of Structural Insulated Panels and were delivered to the site by barge once the foundation was complete. Structural Insulated Panels are highly energy efficient because they have no internal studs, therefore eliminating thermal bridging. Photographs by Andrew Buchanan


This house was built on the site of the owner’s family home. The new home was designed to last a lifetime: the main floor has level access for accessibility, including a guest suite that could easily function as the master suite should the need arise. With a gracious entry and main stair, the home welcomes you with a view of the water and mountains to the west. The classic detailing is reminiscent of old Cape Cod homes. The original fireplace mantel was salvaged from the previous house, and now features prominently in the master bedroom. All the main floor rooms have tall windows to allow the maximum amount of light while allowing generous wall space for art. Photos © Lani Doely, Howard L. Miller


This West Seattle home, named AIA Seattle “Home of the Month” for January 2000, is located along the northern portion of the site, with all the living spaces stretched out along the southern side to maximize the southern exposure. Ancillary spaces, (bathroom, stair, and laundry) are located along the northern side. The family room is at the back of the house overlooking wooded Schmitz Park. Situating the house on the northern side of the site creates a large side yard to the south. The site slopes up to the west so that the side yard is above the front yard. A one-car garage is located in the basement of the main house, facing the street at the lower level. A wide curving stairway and landscaping leads up to the main entry and terraced garden. The design is influenced by the Craftsman tradition and Scandinavian forms. Striking exterior features include heavy timber brackets supporting four-foot-wide overhangs at the gable ends and porch roofs and a timber band that runs around the house at the sill level of the upper-floor windows. This band and the use of board-and-batten siding over cedar shingles were intended to reduce the scale of the building, creating continuity at the garage entrance and a homey and welcoming feeling in the entry courtyard. Photos © Howard L. Miller, Lani Doely, Larry Johnson, TJP


This three-bedroom home is located within a madrona wood on Maury Island, overlooking Puget Sound’s East Passage. The Craftsman-inspired home achieves its intended informality with a large covered porch leading to a south-facing deck. Fine wood detailing graces this family home’s interior. The home is centered around a large combined kitchen, dining, and living area that includes a masonry wood-fired stove and pizza oven. A sunny children’s wing is also located on the main floor. The entire second floor is devoted to a master suite that includes a desk alcove above the entry, and a bathroom with a clawfoot tub overlooking Puget Sound. Photos © Lani Johnson


This home’s vertical orientation was inspired by the client’s wish to retain as many trees as possible on the site. The large overhangs protect the home from the Seattle rains. Numerous bays allow various rooms to reach out to the surrounding landscape. The trellised deck screens direct light and creates an exterior room. The Craftsman-style detailing keeps the scale of the house appropriate for the small lot and connects it to the landscape. It also helps integrate the house into an older neighborhood. The stair to the upper floor is located just inside the front entry door, bringing the Craftsman style of the exterior inside and welcoming you to this new urban home. Photos © Lani Doely


Size, location 2,950 sq. ft., Cascade Mountain Foothills. Design brief: Desing a residnece to with a three-story tower reminiscent of the old fire lookout towers. Features: Separate buidings for the House, kennel, and a detached garage with guest room. The buildings are connected by a covered breezeway, forming a three-sided courtyard open to the south. All main living areas, including the living room, dining room, kitchen, and master bedroom suite, are located on the first floor. The “farmhouse” kitchen features an AGA stove. Heat for all three buildings is radiant hydronic. The owners/contractors for the project provided framing labor, installed all mechanical and electrical systems, and applied all exterior and interior finishes. Photos © Larry Johnson


All main living spaces and the master suite are located on the main floor for greater accessibility and oriented toward the stunning views. The form of the house is reminiscent of the “Butterfly” houses of the Arts and Crafts movement. A centrally located entry separates the more public areas from the master suite. The great room, located to the right of the entry, functions as the heart of the home, reflecting the client’s close family ties. Two additional guest bedrooms for family and friends are located on the lower floor, also oriented toward the views. Photos © Lani Doely


The owners of this Whidbey Island home desired a house that reflected their talents and contained many individual touches. Planned as their retirement home, we completed the basic timberframe house several years ago, allowing the owners time to finish the interior themselves. The house is nestled in a wooded site, and is oriented to the south and west for views and sunlight. With trellised patios and generous porches, the home brings the inside out into the beautifully landscaped site. The two-story living room, open to a study above, gives the home a spacious, airy feeling. Photos © Larry E. Johnson, Howard L. Miller, Lani Johnson, Client


The owners of this house came to us with a beautiful lot fronting on Beaver Lake to the west. The existing house was demolished and a new timberframe home was built in its place. With an open floor plan and a soaring two-story living room, the timberframe is evident throughout the home. The central stair with simple but elegant detailing is open to all levels of the house. The kitchen is the heart of this home and has generous work surfaces and an efficient work flow. A built-in nook adjacent to the kitchen is a favorite of the family as a place to be close to the action and to enjoy the peace of the lake and woods right outside. Photos © Marco Prozzo, Howard L. Miller


This timberframe home is made from redwood timbers from the owner’s own trees and enjoys sweeping views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Although the home is nestled among evergreens, tall ceilings and lots of strategically-placed windows maximize the natural light. The mountainous site was all stone, so no basement was possible, but the anthropomorphic foundation vents display a flair for whimsy. With ‘great room’ living, two studies, three bed rooms, three baths, and a two-car garage, this house looks and feels bigger than it is. Photos © Howard Miller


The Northwest Craftsman tradition influences this vacation and retirement home. Built on the site of an old farmhouse, this 1,670-square-foot home’s simple form fits well within its rural Skagit Valley farmland setting. The home celebrates craftsmanship and the richness of wood; the timberframe and cabinets were made from recycled Douglas fir. The kitchen, living, and dining areas are on the main floor, facing water views and centered around a massive stone fireplace. The main floor also includes the master bedroom and a bathroom. Behind the fireplace, a stair leads to a loft, second bedroom, and a second bathroom. A balcony with a small wood-burning stove is situated over the entry on the northern side of the house, providing a quiet place to enjoy the idyllic long summer evenings of the Northwest, and spectacular sunsets over the nearby San Juan Islands. Featured in: Timberframe, Tedd Benson, The Taunton Press, 1999, pp. 32-37. “More Small Houses,” Fine Homebuilding, The Taunton Press, 1998, pp. 140-145. “A Compact Timber-Frame Farmhouse,” Fine Homebuilding, November 1996, pp. 98-103. Photos © Lani Doely, TJP, Larry Johnson


We designed this house to reflect our clients’ desire for a simplified lifestyle. The approximately 1,800-square-foot home is a fraction the size of the owners’ previous house. The home is efficient, open, and informal, with the master bedroom on the main floor. The second floor contains guest accommodations and a small study. The house was oriented toward views of nearby Deer Lake. Notable features of the timberframe include an innovative design that eliminates all rafters, exposed timber-framed diagonal bracing, and king post roof trusses. Photos © Lani Doely


The design of this home is influenced by Northwest Craftsman tradition. The exterior is rustic, in keeping with the rural nature of the site. The interior features a dramatic two-story living space with exposed timberframe and a stone Russian fireplace. The program included design of a bedroom wing for the owners’ school-aged children that could be used as a bed and breakfast after the children moved away from home. Photos © Lani Johnson, William Hegy

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