AIA Seattle Home of Distinction: Gabled Elegance

A trip to Germany influenced the design of this Issaquah gem

Tall, angular, elegant and earthy, the Grunewald residence in Issaquah is a sanctuary where a modern-day Abraham Lincoln might have been comfortable hanging his hat. Lincoln didn’t mix metaphors, and neither does Adams Architecture. Led by life partners Anne C.and John H. Adams, the Seattle firm functions best when paired with homeowners whose goals accommodate…

Photo by Alex Crook, Design by Wilk Design Workshop

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.


This Queen Anne Dream Deck is an Intimate Backyard Sanctuary

When their old deck had to go, this Seattle family went bigger and better.

Large planters subtly divide the deck space, creating different areas such as a place to relax and entertain around a fire.


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.


Take in the Views From This Stunning Issaquah House on the Hill

A family relocates to a contemporary jewel box built into a sloping site with beautiful views.

When a couple with two teenagers moved from Chicago to Seattle to build a new house in the Issaquah Highlands, they sought out architect Ryan Stephenson for his modern, minimalist approach to design. They asked for a home with lots of natural light, plenty of open and usable space and a clean, unobstructed flow. They…


Ramshackle Wallingford Bungalow Gets a Stylish Overhaul

Twin sisters choose a simpler life in the city and get a major upgrade when they downsize.

An eye-catching island is the statement piece of the kitchen/dining/living space in this Wallingford bungalow. Remodeled by J.A.S. Design Build for retired sisters Mary Speckart and Melinda Lloyd, the pair wanted to downsize from their two separate reside


Living In a Shipping Container Could Actually Be Pretty Sweet, Thanks to Bellevue Student

A design group upcycles a shipping container into a tiny, but chic, living space.

The shipping container home imagines outdoor living possibilities.


Now This is How You Do a Backyard in Seattle

A remodel turns a backyard from lackluster into the life of the party.

Previously enclosed, the outside covered deck now blends seamlessly into the overall backyard design.


Seattle Designers Find ‘Power’ in Different Ways

The Seattle Design Festival explores "power" through fashion, architecture and more.

Luly Yang rocks the runway.


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.


Lake Forest Park Couple Shows How Gorgeous Slow, DIY Remodels Can Be

Mid-century modern meets Japanese design in this open-plan kitchen and dining space.

Black walls link the kitchen and dining room, referencing the charred wood finishing technique found on Japanese structures


Seattle’s Parents of the Year Turn Garage Into Cool Playhouse for Kids

An active Seattle family encourages creative and athletic play by transforming a garage into a multipurpose gym-style pavilion.

Sure beats a pillow fort.

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