A SUMMER 2021 UPDATE FROM US


COLUMBIA CITY ABBEY APARTMENTS IS COMPLETE

Six years in the making, this project is an exciting milestone for us. After being vacant for seven years, our goal was to revive the Abbey into 14 beautiful apartments and 2 small commercial spaces. The abbey was first completed in 1923, and we were able to save the majority of the original structure. Each home within highlights historic architectural moments–dramatically exposed rafters, rounded windows, interesting nooks and exposed brick. No two homes are the same! More photos from this project here.


THE 'FOUNDATION' IS LAID

On Orcas Island, our contractor, C.A. Reed, finessed a series of steel beams into place on a steep hillside ridge. Given that the ridge was firm bedrock, we collaborated with our engineers to develop an innovative foundation system that didn’t use any concrete. We instead anchored the steel frame directly to the bedrock in 6 locations. It’s slowly beginning to look like a home! The dog is certainly settling in. Click here to see the project renderings.

Our team on this project includes Fullscope Northwest, Dibble Engineers, and Geotest.


FRESH BATHROOMS AT BRIGHTON PLAYFIELD

We worked with Seattle Parks & Recreation to renovate the existing restroom building at Brighton Playfield in the South end of Seattle. Landscape Architect, DA Hogan, designed the surrounding landscape, playfield and exercise equipment areas. The original restroom building was built in 1923 as an office and was remodeled by Gordon Walker in 1970. We added some 2021 into the mix with the help of Swenson Say Faget’s bomber steel frame!


CENTRAL AREA DUPLEX

We worked with a client developing the underutilized backyard of his existing craftsman in the Central Area into a modern duplex. Door #1 goes to the studio apartment, which in turn opens up to the backside of the lot with some greenery, and door #2 opens up to a two-bedroom, two-story apartment with large windows and lots of light. This small development serves as a powerful option as we look for ways to build small, affordable dwellings in the center of town. This modest 18’x21’ footprint would not have accommodated two townhomes-we found a way to create two dwellings despite the space restrictions.


FAUNTLEROY REMODEL

This project was completed last year, and we were excited to finally go visit, to see the home being lived in. The homeowners’ kids took breaks from their at-home learning for the very important job of livening the space for us.


WE'VE EXPANDED OUR GLOBAL REACH

2020 taught us–like so many others–that remote work with our team felt really intuitive. It also allowed our staff to evolve and move to other regions in the world, while staying connected to us! We’re proud and excited to share that Architectural Designer Matías Bervejillo is working with us from Uruguay, and Office Manager & Drafter Jessica Aceves is working with us from California. We’re really lucky to have them on our team!

A SPRING 2021 UPDATE FROM US

Somehow, it's already spring, and we're diving into a full and busy year. In an effort not to let the day-to-day simply rush by, we decided to pause and take down a few notes. Below is what we've been up to and are eager to share.


GROUNDBREAKING

Corvidae, a co-op project in collaboration with our friends at Frolic, is breaking ground in the next few months.

It's also ground breaking: This project includes ten co-op residences of varying sizes that lower the barrier to homeownership, providing people a chance to break the cycle of paying rent every month. Sign up for the Frolic newsletter if you'd like to stay in the loop on this project.

COMMUNITY

Allied8 has been working with a group of Black community activists and Black homeowners in the Central Area to pin point areas in the Seattle Municipal code that adversely affect Black Legacy Homeowners, a new term we hope to add to the Seattle Municipal code in 2021. We are in active discussions with the Office of Planning & Community Development and the Office of Housing regarding these policy changes.

Affordable housing advocate Ruby Holland (below) joined us in creating the Central Area Anti-Displacement Project, finding creative ways homeowners can leverage the value of their property to generate extra income to offset rising property taxes. For more on Ruby's work, check out this piece in Crosscut.

THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS ARE BOOMING

Barbara had the chance to visit the San Juan Islands to meet with a homeowner hoping to add a garage with a dwelling unit above to their single-family lot with this unbeatable view.

SAN JUAN ISLAND LIBRARY

Congratulations to the San Juan Island Library District! After working with SJIL and Fivedot through 2019 and 2020 on a land feasibility, SJIL closed on a wonderful piece of land in the center of Friday Harbor. This will be home to their future library and community center.

NEW TECH

In a project on Orcas Island, we’re working to salvage as much of the existing history and grit of the barn shown below. We decided to apply 3D material scanning to inventory the materials and enable ourselves to design accurately with what we have. The barn will become a multipurpose space and serve partly as a wine cellar.

IN THE PRESS

We were thrilled to receive a feature in Azure Magazine on our work with Grayscale Design Studio for Northwest Harvest - a food justice organization and community market that has worked incredibly hard during the pandemic to help connect food to those experiencing food insecurity in our State.


Thanks for following along! Don't hesitate to ask any questions or follow up with us.

- Stefan, Barbara, Jessica, Matías, and Leah