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Collection by Sarah Akkoush

Two Very Different Styles, a Gabled Studio and Modern Box, Marry at a Seattle Home

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The versatile dwelling boasts a self-contained art studio for one of its residents.

In Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Heliotrope Architects and Dovetail General Contractors teamed up to create a spacious 3,953-square-foot residence with simple forms and defined functions. Their clients, an engineer and artist, wanted the interior to be anchored by an open studio and stick to a minimal, clean aesthetic. They emphasized a light-filled interior with a strong connection between the workspace and the rest of the home. In thinking about the exterior presentation, the design team wanted the front of the home to make a modern statement, while still fitting into a neighborhood of mostly older Seattle bungalows.

The cedar-clad front facade features one of the home’s defining design elements: a cantilevered gable that appears to…
The front exterior entryway features expansive windows and door by Quantum, which lead into the dining and living area…
Bordering the dining room is an entry courtyard and a partially open bookcase wall, custom designed and fabricated in…
The main living area is one of the owners’ favorite aspects of the home. A Malm fireplace, Eames lounge chair and…
The kitchen, framed by Loewen windows, features walnut butcher block countertops, custom made by Dovetail, a Hansgrohe…
Executing subtle design details, even in transitional spaces, was one of the great successes of the collaborative…
The double-height artist studio showcases custom pieces by Dovetail, like a metal handrail and maple work tables, as…
The owners were passionately involved in every aspect of the design, and pushed the team to make choices they normally…
The custom cedar tub, fabricated by Dovetail, elegantly fits into the master bathroom.
The two volumes converge at an exterior courtyard. On the gabled side, skylights bring light into the artist studio; on…
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