Paul Kirk is arguably one of the most renowned Pacific Northwest architects who not only defied the conventions of the time but also defied the style that would soon become the accepted norm in the region. Sweeping windows practicality and the clean aesthetics of midcentury style defined his homes.
Orientation of along with sun protection on windows top-notch insulation thanks to the wooden frame skylights that bring in sunshine only in colder winter months and an attractive vegetal roof help in cutting back the heating and cooling needs of the home drastically.
Designed by Jamison Architects the renovation sought to increase the living space indoors give the home a more cheerful ambiance and to open up the new master suite on the second level to the distant ocean view. The lower level of the revamped duplex now houses the living area along with the kitchen and dining space.
It was Lane Williams Architects who transformed this 1960s midcentury home into a contemporary family residence by expanding the living area adding an additional bedroom and breaking up the visual of dark Western Red Cedar in the living area with a white-painted drywall.
This sparkling contemporary addition opens up towards the rear yard thanks to the use of large glass windows and its simple wooden structure seems both modern and elegant. On the inside the conventional presence of walls and doors is done away with and it is large shelves wooden partitions and décor that delineate and define spaces.
Custom cabinetry specially crafted window seats in the bedrooms and living space luxurious country-style bathrooms and a kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances strike that elusive balance between cozy cabin style and modern functionality. A hint of color roaring fireplaces and mesmerizing views complete this hypnotic retreat.
With a design that incorporates passive heating and cooling techniques top-notch insulation custom LED lighting and a gray water management system the house also aims to keep its carbon footprint as low as possible.