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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It's a common challenge with vaulted ceilings. Do you have more photos of the kitchen and a photo of the flat lights you saw? Try http://www.lightingdirect.com for fast sorting of what's available if you need a link.
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Here is the kitchen at our Lake Forest Park project. We used pendants over the island, and for general lighting, we used surface mounted MR-16 spot fixtures that provide excellent work light. Check out BRUCK lighting.


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Debra Gunderson
As a REALTOR, most of my clients want hardwood flooring throughout the main living space, including the kitchen. I have had vinyl, wood and tile flooring and I have to say, I hate tile flooring for the reasons that some have listed. It is almost a 100% guarantee that if you drop something glass on tile, it will shatter into a million pieces. Standing on it making a large meal for several hours is a back-and-leg killer, even with stress mats. Way too cold in our Oklahoma winters since most of our homes are on slabs. Wood is much easier on the back, as well, and more forgiving when you drop something breakable. However, when searching for our flooring solution to replace carpet in our living room and old vinyl in our kitchen/DR many years ago, I was introduced to Armstrong Next Generation vinyl. We chose the Rustic Elm Plank that has a 20 year wear warranty. Eight years later, it is still looking great, and stands up to people in and out of our pool out back and a crazy Lab "forever-puppy". Everyone asks where we got our wood floors from, and I tell them it is actually vinyl. Never thought I would get vinyl floors again, but in a kitchen, it is a good compromise, and very budget friendly. Also, have dropped many a dish or glass on it and many times they bounce back up off the floor because of the cushion in the vinyl, unbroken. For us, it was a good compromise.
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We have used hardwood kitchen floors is just about every project, including my own house!

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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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Transitional Designs
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.
July 21, 2014 at 11:32am   
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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.

July 20, 2014 at 5:52pm     
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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.
July 20, 2014 at 5:44pm     
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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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Cancork Floor Inc.
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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Guest Picks: Tactile Treasures for the Home

Celebrate the beautifully imperfect with accessories, serveware and throws made of earthy materials, many by hand Full Story
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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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