Collection by Kelly Dawson

A Bungalow Outshines Seattle’s Infamous Weather


One couple’s 1,900-square-foot residence finds harmony with a view.

A single-story, dark bungalow once claimed this corner of land on the edge of Portage Bay in Seattle and always reflected the seasons. If it was cold, the two residents shivered. But if it was warm, the pair was too hot. After living with the pros and cons for 15 years, the couple decided they wanted a modern hideaway that was just right. “They desired a home that was open, light-filled, and private, as well as oriented toward the water and city views,” architect Robert Hutchison says. Privacy was perhaps Hutchison’s biggest concern, since his clients sought to finance their Goldilocks dream with help from an adjoining in-law guest house that would be open to renters. So, he and his eponymous firm found a calm, minimal balance. The second-floor living areas overlook the landscape. And thanks to a custom fireplace and wide sliding glass doors, an uncomfortable temperature is no longer a concern.

“The house turns its back to the street while opening up to the views to the northeast through a large glazed corner...
“A series of stepped concrete site walls lead you gradually up to a covered exterior entry, which opens onto a...
A Bensen Radius dining table and Hudson chairs by Emeco stand between the kitchen and the living room.
“The primary architectural strategy was to connect the exterior entry, primary interior living spaces, and exterior...
Broom stacking chairs by Philippe Starck face Caesarstone countertops in the kitchen.
Custom bleached-white oak flooring covers the floors, including on the staircase to the property’s second floor.
A Risom Lounge Chair by Knoll faces a BoConcept bed.
A Hansgrohe Raindance shower head is mounted behind the glass in the master bathroom.
“Through the thoughtful consideration of how spaces are used, how they obtain natural light, how they obtain natural...
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