Modern in the Country

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March 15, 2013
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  Eric and Melinda purchased a 10-acre plot in rural Yelm, Washington, with visions of a new home on the range. There would be vineyards, gardens, an orchard, bees and chickens—typical country fodder—but they would showcase their design sensibility with a not-so-typical modern abode. Enlisting Matthew Coates of Coates Design, they ended up with a modern home that, while striking, is still a natural fit in the country location. Photo by Lara Swimmer.

    Eric and Melinda purchased a 10-acre plot in rural Yelm, Washington, with visions of a new home on the range. There would be vineyards, gardens, an orchard, bees and chickens—typical country fodder—but they would showcase their design sensibility with a not-so-typical modern abode. Enlisting Matthew Coates of Coates Design, they ended up with a modern home that, while striking, is still a natural fit in the country location. Photo by Lara Swimmer.

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  A rain chain (kusari doi) provides an attractive alternative to the traditional rain spout.
    A rain chain (kusari doi) provides an attractive alternative to the traditional rain spout.
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  A walkway off the back of the house makes the transition from indoors to out seamless.
    A walkway off the back of the house makes the transition from indoors to out seamless.
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  Approaching the house one is able to see through to the backyard.
    Approaching the house one is able to see through to the backyard.
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  A view into the private courtyard off the living room and office.
    A view into the private courtyard off the living room and office.
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  Built-in storage in the hallway also makes use of the birch paneling seen overhead. A built-in bench and LED lighting make for a nice nook.
    Built-in storage in the hallway also makes use of the birch paneling seen overhead. A built-in bench and LED lighting make for a nice nook.
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  A view of the kitchen looking towards the front of the house.
    A view of the kitchen looking towards the front of the house.
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  Sunlight bathes the interior of the house (and one of the couple’s Labradors).
    Sunlight bathes the interior of the house (and one of the couple’s Labradors).
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  A clean and simple bathroom with a view.
    A clean and simple bathroom with a view.
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  The dogs of the house enjoy the courtyard off the private home office.
    The dogs of the house enjoy the courtyard off the private home office.
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  Radiant heat warm up the polished concrete floors.
    Radiant heat warm up the polished concrete floors.
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