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Friday, November 7, 2014

Is it possible to live in 86 SF?

This is proof that you can live in a small space if it is designed well. An architectural firm in France took advantage of every inch or this case millimeter. 

People are complaining in Seattle about Micro-housing in Seattle being too small. Well, with those units being 180-300 sf they are palatial in comparison to this place.

Kitoko Studio

Kitoko Studio

Below is a link to the video. 

Smallest apartment ever

A link to the work of this firm

Kitoko Studio

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fine-tuned Craftsman

This home was remodeled and expanded back in 2005. The end result was a project that missed the mark in terms of some of the design proportions, detail and color choices. In addition, the project suffered from poor execution on the part of the builder. There was water intrusion which required significant re-siding, flashing and repair. 

Keever and Associates was hired to fix the problems and  KSA was brought on to help the owner make some good design decisions on the exterior. 

Design Approach - Our process involved studying the proportions of the house to try to               re-proportion some of the details to give them some weight. In addition,  provide more variety in terms of siding that would give an otherwise flat facade some depth and interest. The end result is a fine tuned craftsman. 
Existing house - Leaking decks, windows and siding

Existing House - Before makeover

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Moore Residence -1 - Progress

This project started as a repair of a fire damaged second floor. The client wanted to do some additional work to update the look and the energy performance of the house. Through the course of the design process we began to explore design changes to the interior as well. The result was a complete transformation of the interior and exterior of the house and hardly recognizable to the old one. 

Design Approach - Given the visual clutter on the exterior our approach was to "reduce and define" the exterior to bring more clarity to the form. The first being the primary triangular sweeping roof and the secondary volume being a cube the intersects and wraps. 

Existing East elevation -shingled, angled, faux mansard roof???

Existing East elevation - more of the same

Existing West elevation- good light but some awkward transitions.
Existing West elevation - dark upstairs with a shed roof. 

Progress Photos - Moore Residence 8.19.14

The siding is a rainscreen with 5/4 x 4 old growth clear western red cedar. The owner was a builder and had access to some old growth cedar from an old friend. The stuff is beautiful.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Site specific design - The Seattle Bike?

In architecture we talk about projects being "site specific", meaning that the design reflects the uniqueness of the site and location. We look at things like views, sun orientation, neighborhood context among other things to inform our design decisions. Can this idea be translated to product design? Well, some designers in Seattle recently won a competition to design a bike specially designed for Seattle streets. It has an electric assist to help with the steep Seattle hills, turn signals, a handlebar that doubles as a bike lock, phone charger. Pretty cool. Take a look.

Here is the article from the Seattle Times.Seattle Bike

Several people I used to work with now are at Teague the design firm that was responsible for this innovative product. Way to go!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Modern Bathroom Design - Karl Schmidt Architecture, PLLC

Contemporary Bathroom by Karl Schmidt Architecture and Thomas+Fragnoli Construction

Contemporary Spaces by Karl Schmidt Architecture and Thomas +Fragnoli Construction

Contemporary Bathroom by Karl Schmidt Architecture, and Thomas + Fragnoli Construction

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Now that is a cool door.

Basic door technology has remained relatively the same for centuries—barring honorable mentions for stained glass doors, beaded curtain doors, and those door plungers that prevent slamming—but Austrian designer Klemens Torggler may be the missing link for the evolution of the entrance.
Torggler has designed a door that, according to his website, "opens up new applications for the door." It uses rotating squares to move the door sideways without tracks, completely eliminating the two to four square feet generally occupied by the swinging path of a conventional door. And it looks fabulous to boot:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rainscreen siding. What is that?

As a follow up to a previous post on the MP residence I wanted to provide an additional like to explain the reasons behind using a rainscreen siding installation. This link is to the GreenBuilding Advisor and is also a great site for green building in general. 

Rainscreens explained by Green Building Advisor

Madison Park residence. Open joint rainscreen

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The end of the 60watt bulb?


Starting Jan1 2014 the 60 watt bulb will no longer be made. The Type "A" screw on base that has been the standard for residential lighting has finally come to an end. Here is a good article on what your options are now. 

The Department of Energy has stated that the cost of energy will double over the next 10 years! If you live in an older home  you might want to consider making upgrades to windows, heating, lighting, insulation, etc. 

Happy New Year!

MP House #7 - Rainscreen Siding

Rainscreen Siding

The siding on this house was a combination of pre-stained western red cedar and hardi-panel. Rainscreen siding is becoming more common now and in the future some form of rainscreen will eventually be how all siding will be installed ( It is already code in Canada) The rainscreen version on this house was an open rainscreen meaning that the joints were open. What exactly is rainscreen siding? 

For a more in-depth explanation on rainscreen siding, take a look at this article written by Kyle Keever in the Journal of Light Construction. His company Synapse Construction installed the rainscreen siding on this house and others that I have designed. 

Below are some photos of the black stained cedar and hardi panel. 

Battons installed over Vaproshield WRB. Studio was
built on top of existing garage

Front of house. Black cedar open rainscreen. Flat panels are
primed hardi panel that will be painted. 

North side of house and more of the 'service side". Most penetrations
were directed to this side of the house. Transition between hardi panel
and cedar siding is flashed essentially creating a flashed area so any
penetration through the hardi will shed water properly. 

New stairwell from back deck up to studio. Vaproshield
installation in progress.

Cedar open rainscreen on upper half of house. Hardi panel
on lower have on the South side. 

Vaproshield installation on lower half of South Elevation. 

Installation of Cedar open rainscreen on studio/garage