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.

Business Description
BEST OF HOUZZ 2014 and 2013.....

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

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
Location:
Seattle, WA US 
Contact:
Nils Finne 
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808 Howell Street 6th Floor,
Seattle, Washington,
United States, 98101 
License #:
WA 4112; CA 17570 
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Very nicely designed space.
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Thanks so much for your interest in our Port Ludlow house. Unfortunately, all the landscaping was handled directly by my clients, so I cannot give you any plant information.
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I love the design. I like to a deck n master bedroom to our existing home in Napa. The home is two years old and we would like to change the front facade and add a master bedroom with a deck. Connect with me Salcedo_robert@yahoo.com. Attached are some fotos of my home made landscape. We are open to ideas.
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Thanks so much for your email and your interest in my work. Unfortunately, we are just swamped with new work at the moment, so I will not be able to help you.
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We like the screen for separation of the bathroom from the living room space. Can you tell us where it is from?
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I designed the wood screen and it was custom-made for this project.
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Hi,
Thanks for your question about the master bath at our Dorffel Renovation. The back wall of the shower is tiled with Ann Sacks Metro Glass tile using three different sizes. The glass door next to the shower is the toilet compartment, Shower and toilet compartment use starphire low-iron glass.
April 15, 2014 at 12:18pm   
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leemiller
Ann Sacks tile maybe? Maybe?
April 13, 2014 at 6:22pm   
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Ann Sacks tile is beautiful, but you will not save money with Ann Sacks. How about United Tile?
April 13, 2014 at 6:31pm   
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Hi,
Thanks for your question about our Magnolia Renovation. The pendant lights are BRUCK Kane low voltage halogen pendants, and they are hung from custom steel brackets that I designed.
April 6, 2014 at 10:59am   
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Hi,
Thanks for your question about our a Eagle Harbor Cabin.
The interior ceiling height slopes from about ten feet to about fourteen feet. I believe the roof slope is about 2-1/2" in 12".
April 6, 2014 at 10:57am   
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What's that gutter detail like? Is the rafter tail notched to receive the gutter? Any issues with rot? It's a very nice way to dress up a necessary evil.
April 5, 2014 at 11:35pm   
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The roof was the only part of the house that we did not touch. It had a built-in gutter detail.
April 6, 2014 at 6:42am   
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Here is a more organic coffee table, the MYK soft leather coffee table that I recently designed......It would be great in your space!

April 5, 2014 at 5:26pm        Thanked by southport
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Spectrum Skyworks Skylights & Canopies
Great ridgelite skylight
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My overhang is only nine inches (by necessity) and does not pose a problem in terms of appearance or comfortable seating. The counter height stools fit well and the backs graze the top of the counter. The counter is well supported as the base it is on is finish grade ply and the contractor installed corbels as well.
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12" should be fine.
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porter paint velvet white
April 4, 2014 at 11:34pm   
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Benjamin Moore Pashmina.
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ASVInteriors
Nowadays, high end designers are always trying to make their doors as tall as possible
Given the choice, I go for higher doors

April 5, 2014 at 12:47am      Thanked by leiladjemal
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I vote for 220cm.
April 5, 2014 at 4:52pm      Thanked by leiladjemal
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Karin Madgwick
What are the floors in the rest of your home?
April 5, 2014 at 3:54am   
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I would make the wood floor as light and blonde as possible. The grey sofas will be a sharp contrast.
April 5, 2014 at 4:46pm   
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Dytecture
At least 36 inches but 42 would be a more comfortable distance.
April 5, 2014 at 5:44am   
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I would go with 42".
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Premier Countertops & More
Eased! You have to be careful with full bullnose near a sink. Water will follow the natural surface and depending on the overhang, that water can wrap around to the cabinets and damage the finish over time.
April 5, 2014 at 8:45am      Thanked by Priscilla Yohann
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I suggest an eased edge. We typically do a mitre detail which allows use to make the counter appear 2" thick, which is a very nice detail.
April 5, 2014 at 4:37pm   
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maryathome
thank you
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We use a combination of lighting, with lights on either side of the mirror and a recessed accent light in the ceiling. I have attached a photo of a bath I designed with a custom steel mirror frame.

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Austin Bluffs Lighting
You can most likely use LED replacement bulbs. You will want to be educated on the Kelvin temperatures and CRI. I would suggest locating a professional Lighting resource in your area and get advise hands on. American Lighting Association can help up locate a showroom in your area.
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There are replacement LED bulbs now for virtually any type of socket. Use 2700K or 3000K LED.
April 5, 2014 at 4:28pm   
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Dytecture
Cabinet finishes first as there are usually fewer choices compared with tiles and wall paint color.
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I agree. Start by selecting your cabinets, then the counters, then the tile.
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Houzz has international audiences.
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I think HOUZZ just opened an office in Australia.....
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What type of wood are the floors?
April 3, 2014 at 6:34pm   
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Since it is a cabin, we used a locally-sourced low-grade Michigan white maple for the floors.
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How many bedrooms/bathrooms are in the Eagle Harbor cabin?
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There is a bunk room with two bunk beds, and there is a master bedroom. There is only one bath, but it is multi-functional with separate small "rooms" for shower, toilet and vanity areas.
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Hi,
Thanks for your question about the cabinet pulls at our Port Ludlow project.
We use the brushed nickel "Tab Pulls" available from Doug Mockett & Co.
See: http://www.mockett.com/drawer-pulls-knobs-door-handles/metal/dp3-series.html
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danieBOB
For just my husband and me a bar area is fine. But we use our dining room regularly - game nights, parties, family dinners, etc. and we made sure the dining room would fit our huge table. I wouldn't give that up for extra storage, especially if the only other place to eat is a bar area.
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A dining room is essential for my clients.
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I would not use glass block due to the aesthetics. Stay with clear or satin etch glass. Here is the new custom front door at our Lake Forest Park mid century renovation.

March 30, 2014 at 5:12pm        Thanked by dbond_2
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HI -- Glass block is really not right for this style house . Double doors or a single door with a textured (reeded) glass side window would be suitable . You could have it look like double doors with just one working door and one dummy door , both with matching hardware for the look. Crestviewdoors.com
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I design many kitchens, and we typically have a 27" or 30" double wall oven, and then we place the microwave in the cabinet above the over, often with "flipper" doors. We usually have a 36" cooktop, either gas or induction electric.
March 29, 2014 at 6:41pm   
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@ Sophie Wheeler I have designed many kitchens with the microwave above the double oven, typically at the same height as upper cabinets. Here is a photo from my own kitchen, with exactly this arrangement. I assure you I have never been in the hospital, and my kitchen was given an award by TRENDS Magazine as one of the top 25 American kitchens!


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Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC.
I love my Thermador, 30" double ovens with warming drawer below. The 48" cooktop is separate with long double drawers below. It works perfect!
March 29, 2014 at 8:26pm   
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halbraswell
Just did Google search and discovered Bosch and some other brands DO make wall ovens that open sideways like a MW. A little pricey like wall ovens tend to be and haven't seen these in a big box store, but if I'm getting a wall oven I would go this route.
March 29, 2014 at 8:45pm   
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Comwest Construction
I will use the framed, since it looks like you are trying to save money.
March 29, 2014 at 2:36pm   
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If you are using a fiberglass insert, then I would use a framed shower door.
For a custom tiled shower, we typically use frameless.
March 29, 2014 at 6:50pm   
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If you hire an architect or designer, give them clear direction, including a budget, and let them do their job. If you want to do it yourself, then that is a different route.
March 29, 2014 at 6:37pm        Thanked by Jennifer Hogan
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You can check though Ideabooks for tips on hiring a pro, and Pros for designers in your area. Their ideabooks and commentary can give you an idea of their strengths. I will not address the magnitude of your request,as that should be dealt with in the opening conversation with any designer you decide to interview, along with your decided budget and time frame. Do keep in mind that guiding a process that will take several years to complete lends itself to an ongoing relationship with a designer, so that changes in needs and material options may remain current. Your designer should be able to give you a realistic idea of how much you may expect to accomplish from the consult itself, prior to your meeting. Best of luck.
March 29, 2014 at 6:48pm        Thanked by Jennifer Hogan
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I am not thinking about changing the footprint of the house.

The kitchen was remodeled prior to us purchasing the house, but it has a tiered breakfast bar and allows space for a small kitchen table. I like a big flat surface for baking. Thinking about changing it to a big island that serves a dual purpose and allows seating for 8 instead of 3 at the breakfast bar and 3 at the kitchen table. Not moving the sink or the stove/oven. Am thinking about moving the refrigerator and a cabinet so that the fridge and stove have a bit of counter space between them.

The master bath was also remodeled prior to us purchasing the home. It works but could be better and it bothers me that they added a wall that splits the glass block window in two. One row is behind the wall and one row in the laundry room and the rest is in the master bath.

Also need help placing furniture in a 26' x 13' living room without it looking like a bowling alley, but most designs for long living rooms seem to be oriented with the couch along the longest wall. This would orient the couch facing the opening to the kitchen which is also long and narrow (12'x18'). The televison has to go on the short wall. If I take away the breakfast bar and place a long island will it look funny with these two side by side long narrow rooms. If we are changing the kitchen it may change how the livingroom should be furnished. Don't want to buy furniture based on what it is like today and have to replace it in 2 or 3 years when we change the kitchen.

I hope a designer can look at the space and know that this will look right or stupid. They may have a great idea for adding something round or two shorter pieces that break things up but are still functional. I have to be frugal as I don't have that many years before retirement. I will need to weigh the benefit of each change against the cost. I need to have a grand plan and then tackle the tasks one at a time. I need someone to give me general advice and help so that I can make the decisions on what changes are able to be made and what I will have live with. Where can I reasonably save money doing something myself and where do I need to hire a contractor?

I didn't always think this way, but it sucks getting old and realizing that the income stream is going to dry up.

This will be my last home and won't be sold till I die or go to a nursing home, so the value it adds to the home doesn't really matter much. It is much more about how well it functions.
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Hi,
Thanks for your question about the cast glass raised eating counter at our Lake Forest Park project. The glass is 1" thick kiln-formed Starphire glass, and the glass counter is 42" above the finish floor. The glass is about 18" wide and about 7-ft. long.
March 28, 2014 at 10:49am        Thanked by Habib for Architecture and Engineering
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I love Mazama House & Port Ludlow House design. What's the cost to build those homes? If interiors take up lots of cost, is there a way to reduce the cost? We are looking at a land in Washington County, UT. Thank you for sharing pictures of your design. They are beautiful.
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Thanks for your kind words about my work. The construction cost of our projects typically ranges between $350-$550 per square foot.
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The floor has a clear finish. Since the project is a cabin, we used a lower grade maple floor, and there is quite a bit of variability in the maple pieces.
March 27, 2014 at 10:06pm   
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Nyoil Theideal
Outstanding!
I'm sure the client found that to be a wonderful surprise at a lower price point.
Thanks for taking the time to share.
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Thanks so much for your kind words about our Lake Forest Park project !
March 25, 2014 at 10:31pm     
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