Sean Meyers

Seattle Passive House Respects The Environment

Seattle Passive House Respects The Environment

Passive House in Ballard treats the environment with respect

Rade and Eli Trimceski didn’t set out to save the planet when they commissioned their new home in Ballard, but the planet sent its regards anyway. Designed and built by First Lamp Architects of Seattle, the project was named the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) National Home of the Year in 2020.  Billed as “the…

Seattle's Former Columbia Congregational Church and Allied8: A Match Made in Heaven

Seattle’s Former Columbia Congregational Church and Allied8: A Match Made in Heaven

The former Columbia Congregational Church was in disrepair before architectural firm Allied8 came to the rescue

The Columbia Congregational Church was harshly thrust into an uncertain future in the secular world.   It was founded in 1891, two years before the Columbia City neighborhood. The densely forested site was ringed by marshlands and served as the gateway to the untamed Rainier Valley. At the time, it was a common practice to donate…

Home Life: A Wrinkle in Time

Home Life: A Wrinkle in Time

If only this Magnolia home could talk

The Bacon family had spent six months slogging to unimpressive open houses around Seattle when, in October 2017, they finally stumbled on a hillside gem in Magnolia. It was designed by a prolific architect who loved the home so much that he spent the last 55 years of his life there.  Lisa Bacon knew their budget…

Sound House: This home in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood offers views of Puget Sound, for a family to rival the Bradys

Sound House: This home in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood offers views of Puget Sound, for a family to rival the Bradys

Spectacular views and melodic notes define this home

For nearly two decades, Brandon Ebel dreamed of building a compound in a modern steel and concrete style.  He found a steep double lot in Magnolia with a plateau featuring a satisfying 360-degree view of Seattle, but he faced a conundrum: How to integrate a contemporary 5,500-square foot house into a well-established neighborhood of traditional,…

The Music Man

The Music Man

Kevin Sur’s Artist Home creates a culture of trust by elevating musicians and connecting audiences

Kevin Sur slunk to town looking for a rock to slip under, but instead found his place in the sun.  In 2003, he was a down-on-his-luck guitarist and songwriter who had invested seven years building up the punk band Luckie Strike, so named as a bowling reference.  Bonded by social rejection and the compulsion to…

This Home Wasn’t Rebuilt in a Day

This Home Wasn’t Rebuilt in a Day

Bainbridge Island home called ‘the world’s most sustainable remodel’

The home’s previous maze of small rooms was transformed into an open great room.

'The Golden House' An Eye to The Future, a Nod to The Past

‘The Golden House’ An Eye to The Future, a Nod to The Past

Ambitious renovation meshes modern amenities with midcentury charm

The “Golden House” was named for its stunning views and former life as a senior living facility.

AIA Home of Distinction: Harmony with History

AIA Home of Distinction: Harmony with History

A creative remodel of an historic capitol hill condo results in a peaceful and intimate setting where old-world luxury meets a book lover’s retreat

Imagine owning enough books to fill Portland’s famous Powell’s Books and having to boil down your collection to a single 12-foot shelf. That was just one of many personal and technical challenges facing Carol Grossmeyer in her long quest to find a forever home. Grossmeyer and her husband grew Milwaukee-based Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops, founded…

Hiking Tips from a Peak Performer

Hiking Tips from a Peak Performer

Eighty-six-year-old David Birkner has an unparalleled passion for hiking and climbing

David Birkner has been a Wharton economics student, a naval officer stationed at Pearl Harbor, a travel agent, a freelance writer, a pioneering environmental activist, an outdoor guide, an elementary school teacher and a successful entrepreneur. But mostly, the 86-year-old walks – on all five continents, from the southernmost tip of South America to North Africa to…

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