AIA Home of Distinction

AIA Home of Distinction: Inside a View Ridge Midcentury Makeover

After a decade and a half of dealing with drafty windows and one too many system failures, a Seattle couple made the move to update their cherished View Ridge home

ROOM UNINTERRUPTED: Architect Allan Farkas opened up the cramped floor plan by removing a central stone fireplace and creating a “wedge” feature that organizes the main floor into zones; it now houses a number of important items including a gas fireplace

Jennifer Pinto

AIA Home of Distinction: Inside a Wooded Whidbey Island Residence

A couple of Seattle artists find work-life balance among the trees in this forest retreat on Whidbey Island

“V” FORMATION: Architect Tom Lenchek of Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects used floor-to-ceiling windows and a polycarbonate clerestory on the back…

Jennifer Pinto

AIA Home of Distinction: This Queen Anne Remodel Honors the Home’s Historic Past

A Seattle couple treats their Queen Anne house to a modern makeover honoring its Prairie School past

DETAIL ORIENTED: Architect David DiMarco used the original drawins for this 1912 Queen Anne house as a resource when working…

Jennifer Pinto

AIA Home of Distinction: Inside a Sublime San Juan Island Retreat

A couple’s San Juan Island campsite turns into the home of their dreams—30 years in the making

LITTLE BOXES: Paul and Bonnie Bunning wanted their house to be an art piece, says principal designer Geoff Prentiss. That meant from the outside as well as within. The house, a series of cascading boxes, is wrapped in cypress boards preserved in the Japan

Chelsea Lin

AIA Home of Distinction: The DADU with Puget Sound Views That Makes Compact Living Feel Spacious

When an unsightly garage brought her down, a Sunset Hill woman built it up

For the ground level of the DADU, project designer Theresa Freeman of SHKS Architects recommended concrete floors to withstand everything from a pingpong game to boat-building; white rock was mixed with the concrete to lighten the appearance before polish

Jennifer Pinto

AIA Home of Distinction: A Seattle Architect Takes On the Tiny-Home Challenge

In a Seattle tiny house village, two shelters work together to offer more than just a place to call home

The two-unit Parabay Home, located in Nickelsville Georgetown, is designed for a family with kids in one unit and adults in the other; facing glass windows keep everyone in view of each other. The space between the units creates a semi-private “yard.”

Nia Martin

This Urban Farmhouse in the Central District Comes With Spectacular Views

A couple rebuilds a 1940s house into an easy-to-live-in urban farmhouse.

An extensive backyard garden is part of Leslie (left) and Jessica Bower’s new house which was built on the foundation of the original 1949 structure.

Niki Stojnic

This Floating Home on Lake Union is a Primo House Party Boat

A floating home on Lake Union provides everyday peace and a place to entertain.

Docked in the Eastlake neighborhood, the first floor of this floating home houses the master bed and bath, with the communal spaces just above, and roof access via sliding ladder.

Nia Martin

This Modern Backyard ‘Cabin’ is an Urban Oasis in Green Lake

Good things really do come in small packages.

Concrete floors line the kitchen/living area in this 620-square-foot detatched accessory dwelling unit (DADU) that looks out onto its own private yard.

Niki Stojnic

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