Category Archives: They Got it Right

They Got It Right…Los Angeles, CA

The Getty Center: I’m thinking about light. I love the ways that these structures “play” with the light. The site on top of the hill overlooking Los Angeles is phenomenal and it catches every ray of  glorious southern California sunlight and then, this center “knows” what to do with it! Textures, outlines, shadows, outlooks, they all come together in a visual tour de force. Click on the thumbnails to see the full size, it’s worth it! Los Angeles, CA, USA, Contemporary, 1995

Snohomish Arbor with Glass Flourish

They Got it Right…Snohomish, WA

Well integrated design, materials and craftsmanship make this remodel and addition to a 1910 home outstanding. In chatting with the owner he said that the home had been a rental when they purchased it three years ago and at that time it showed a  bit of deferred maintenance. He related that his wife would design any projects and he would make them happen. The results show that they make a powerful  team. Click on the thumbnail  photos for the full view. Snohomish, WA, USA

They Got It Right…Edison, WA

Splendid garden in Edison Wa

Edison WA garden

Of splendour in the grass

“Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower” …Wordsworth

As I was driving into Edison, this home caught my eye. The owners reported that when the purchased this home (from the granddaughter heiress to the Hoover vacuum fortune) the property had been all cow pasture.

The home and the garden look so well together it would seem as if it was a long-established garden, but that can’t be the case because the owners are rather youthful. Chalk it up to good design and plenty of hard work. The quality of the plantings and the stewardship of this property is truly top-notch.  What a wonderful introduction to Edison! Edison WA, USA

They Got It Right…Green Lake, Seattle, WA

Neighboring homes that work well togather.

Neighboring homes that work well together.

I was drawn to these homes because they look attractive sitting next to each other.

Neighboring homes that work well togather.

In chatting with the owner of this home, he mentioned that when he purchased the home it was in need of some repair and he had to compete against a number of other buyers.  The owner had already restored a 1918 bungalow so he knew some of the challenges;  however,  part of his motivation was that the other buyers were builders who might not do as sensitive a restoration.  How fortuitous for the home and the neighborhood that he prevailed! Green Lake, Seattle, WA, USA

They Got it Right…

Phinney Ridge Contemporary Home

Phinney Ridge contemporary home

It’s not an easy feat making a contemporary home fit in with an established neighborhood, it’s even more challenging when the home is of significant size; that’s why I was so thrilled to find this home which excels at these tasks and more with such aplomb.

The roof lines, the bay windows, the breaking up of the massing, all help give this home  interesting surfaces. Equally interesting is the way that this home interacts with the ground plane. The stone work and garden in front leads you visually in an uninterrupted sweep towards the entryway. Notice the shallow round planters at the lower right, which reinforce the horizontal elements. Then, as your eye reaches the home you meet a couple of low steps and the most remarkable deck/porch combination. What an inviting way to enter a home.

The attention to detail here is impressive. The owner reported that on this home they replicated the pattern of the shingle work of the home that had been on the lot previously. (That home had been beyond repair.)  Notice the shingles just below the eaves. Particularly attractive are the dual level posts on the deck. I enjoy how they both frame the entryway and match the size of the balusters on the rest of the porch and on the balcony. The neatly tucked away downspouts on the gutters of the porch add to the pulled together look.

The attention to detail here is impressive.

The attention to detail here is impressive. The owner reported that on this home they replicated the pattern of the shingle work of the home that had been on the lot previously. (That home had been beyond repair.) Notice the shingles just below the eaves.

Particularly attractive are the dual level posts on the deck. I enjoy how they both frame the entryway and match the size of the balusters on the rest of the porch and on the balcony. The neatly tucked away downspouts on the gutters of the porch add to the pulled together look.