FINNE Architects

(206) 467-2880
www.FINNE.com

Services Provided
Architecture, Sustainable Design, Furniture Design, Lighting Design, Site Planning, Interior Design

Areas Served
Based in Seattle, we work on projects all over the US.

Typical Job Cost
$500,000 - $5,000,000
The construction costs of our projects range from $325-$550 per square foot.


Business Description
BEST OF HOUZZ 2014 and 2013

Internationally recognized and based in Seattle, we design modern, highly crafted, sustainable custom homes as well as furniture, lighting, and hardware!
We have completed over 50 residential projects, both new construction and renovations. For an introduction to the firm, here is the FINNE video:
http://youtu.be/IUVNKfXb1n4

We believe strongly in "smart sustainable" design and belong to the US Green Building Council. Our projects are all designed to qualify for LEED certification.

Our typical scope of services often includes interior design and some custom furnishings, light fixtures or cabinets. Nils Finne has designed over 75 custom furniture and lighting pieces. The custom work contributes to the idea of "Crafted Modernism," which is present in all FINNE projects. A client recently remarked that visitors to his house immediately start touching everything, the wood surfaces, the stone, and the steel. Sometimes we actually see with our hands, we touch a piece and somehow connect to its maker.

Certification and Awards
BEST OF HOUZZ 2014
BEST OF HOUZZ 2013
2012 TRENDS Top 50 American Kitchen
2012 NW Design Award: Lake Forest Park
2012 NW Design Award: Fall City Renovation
2012 NW Design Award: SKLI Max Light
2011 Americas Awards: Lake Forest Park
2011 Marvin Architect Award
Eagle Harbor
Seattle Architect with International Awards
Best of Houzz 2013 & 2014
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808 Howell Street 6th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101 
License #:
WA 4112; CA 17570 
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Hi,
Thanks for your question about our Lake Forest Park renovation. This project is featured in a new book called Houses for All Regions by the American Institute of Architects.
The kitchen width is about 16-feet, including the hall space.
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Thanks so much for your kind words about my work! I was not familiar with Ruhlmann, so I spent five minutes browsing his work this morning. Very fun! I have attached photos of the ROA table, a small coffee table that I designed 7-8 years ago...... The table now strikes me as very Ruhlmann-esque!
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My final design project was designed around Ruhlmann, he created amazing furnishings in many exotic woods. There is a gentleman in NYC Pollaro who is carrying on his work. Beautiful work as is your piece here.
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Hi,
Thanks for your question about our Fall City Renovation.
The miniature halogen pendants hanging over the custom "table" island are CLAREO low voltage halogen pendants with diffusing filters from BRUCK lighting.
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British humor and murder mysteries are the best!
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I love how everyone's mood seems to lift instantly when the sunshine comes out, the fact that we don't have guaranteed summer sunshine means than when we do, we really make the most of it! It definitely gives me a little extra spring in my step :)
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Your choices are too limited!
Here is the stair we just finished at our Elliott Bay House, with steel stair structure, floating wood treads, Waterjet-cut steel railing and custom milled wood top rail.

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Noura Homes
Hi Daniel, you can find the image in Noura's ideal book "Ideas for entry&railings" :)
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Each railing is perfect in each of the settings provided.
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I recommend hardwood flooring.
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Danze & Davis Architects, Inc.
There is nothing wrong with bamboo or porcelain tiles, but hardwood flooring will always be timeless. Nevertheless, it is your home and your opinion (and decision) about your home is what's important.
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Bamboo requires very specific indoor controls. It is climate sensitive (very tight control on humidity and indoor temperature). It also has a history of 'off-gassing' because as much as 30% of the product is 'binder' aka: glue. Most companies use formaldehyde based adhesives. Urea formaldehyde is the worst. The USA/Canada still allow phenol-formaldehyde (a "not so bad" version) as widely used adhesive. Europe is not too keen on anything that has formaldehyde in it...even the phenol - f. Roughly 10% of the bamboo industry do not use these forms of adhesive....which means you need to pay a premium to access those higher end products.

Hardwoods have specific indoor requirements as well - but not quite as strict as bamboo. Ceramic tile has very few limitations. Depending on where you live and over what surface you are looking to install and the capabilities of your heating/cooling system (you MUST HAVE a Humidity control for wood/bamboo) you may be down to 1 choice.
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Hi,
Thanks for your questions about our Mazama guest house/ garage.
The maximum ceiling height on the second level is about 10-feet. The minimum ceiling height is about 7'-5". The stair Is located along the back edge of the plan. Sorry, but as a matter of office policy, I do not post drawings of our projects on the internet. I hope you understand.
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As a Norwegian, I have been involved with design my entire life and I have been told my work is distinctly Scandinavian. It is not something I think about! But I would say my approach is to strive for elemental simplicity with natural materials and enormous amounts of natural light. In addition, I believe in the intrinsic value of craft and the beauty of patterns found in nature.

FINNE Kitchen Seattle
Eagle Harbor Cabin
Custom Wood Cabinet Panels
STEN glass tables
Lake Forest Park Renovation
Port Ludlow House
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Craftsmanship.
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I would tend to stay with maple. However, if you are planning a dark stain I would not use maple. Why not cherry?
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It depends on how you (or your contractor) order them.
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Will double check-assumed cabinet manufacturer was shipping it in stained.
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I would expect your pricing to be around $40K-$50K.
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$70k is insane. And they actually gave you that price with a straight face??

They should be ashamed. Someone is making several boat payments at your expense.
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Yeah; Sounds like he's too busy or doesn't want the project, really.
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Congrats!! looks absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!
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Great post, Laura! One material missing from your post is glass, which also can be quite tactile. Here is my SKLI pendant light, using hundreds of fused glass rods to make a texture reminiscent of wrinkled silk....
SKLI Pendant Light

Another of my favorites is wool, especially Nepalese wool which I uses to explore texture and organic patterns in my VEGG rug:
VEGG custom rug
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Imperfection is one of my favorite qualities in just about everything. Perfection is too much stress to maintain. My recent line of mini ceramic flower vases explore imperfection and natural lines - all available in my Etsy shop through my website :)
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Hi,
Thanks for your question about our Ipswich House. We are eager to present professional photos of this project soon, but for now, we are using my construction photos.
The roof is supported by a perimeter steel ring beam, which is in turn supported on steel posts embedded in the exterior wall. The photo above shows a section of the steel perimeter beam cantilevered our from the wall, so it looks like it is unsupported. But trust me, there are supports!
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That's genius.......I can only see the structural engineers looking at each other and saying - he wants to do what???
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A floor plan would be useful in order to really understand the space. At first glance, there appears to be a great amount of floor space, which would suggest changing the configuration to a counter with an island or a U-shape. Also, some full height cabinets would be useful.
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I really like your cabinets and the shape of the back of the seating bench behind table.
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grey looks great!
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Thank you very much!
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Looks good! It complements the interior stone very well.
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ok what is your budget.......i dont want to show you things if they are out of your range its going to be $$
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Hi,
Thanks for your question about the front door at our CS Reading Room project. I designed the custom front door, which was beautifully made by Quantum Windows and Doors in Everett, WA. The door is quartersawn sapele, with alternating panels of clear and satin-etch glass.

Here is a similar door from our Deschutes House:

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Hi,
Thanks for your question about our Mazama guest house/ garage project.
The soffit material is 1x4 stained red cedar tongue and groove.
Here are some construction photos of the main house:

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HI Nils...Same question, different cabin. What is the pitch of this shed?
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Hi Mark,
You are moving around our projects! The pitch on this one is 1-1/2" in 12."
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Hi Mark,
The roof pitch is about 1" in 12"....
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Ha. Thanks for the prompt reply. We are building a cabin here: www.kelownalakefront.co and looking for a 2:12 to satisfy the locals. I will email your office if you do work in BC.
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Absolutely love this design! Can you tell me what is the maximum interior ceiling height? Thank you.
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This thread does point out that there are many, many professionals in a typical HOUZZ search. Among the top-ranked firms, half are paid positions ("sponsored") and half are "organic" positions, ranked highly by a complicated HOUZZ algorithm.
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what specific things do you need help with? some designers specify in certain designs or certain levels
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Hi,
Thanks for your question about our Eagle Harbor Cabin project.
I am not at all sure about the hypothetical sale price of this cabin, since the cabin is located on Lake Superior, in a remote part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I can tell you that my clients love the cabin and will probably not sell for many, many years!
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Hi,
Thanks for your question about the kitchen at our Port Ludlow project . Unfortunately, the kitchen detail photos had some lighting problems so we were not able to use them.
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