A SUMMER 2021 UPDATE FROM US
COLUMBIA CITY ABBEY APARTMENTS IS COMPLETESix 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 LAIDOn 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 PLAYFIELDWe 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 DUPLEXWe 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 REMODELThis 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 REACH2020 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.