Asian Twist

An Asian inspired remodel created serene spaces in a small home. Shoji screens, platform dining and natural stained wood are a nod to the East, while concrete counters, recycled glass tiles and a gas fireplace are totally modern. Laser cut slate leaves embedded in the concrete floor show details in unexpected places.
A helical stair spirals 12' up to the second floor. It takes up minimum floor space and adds a sculptural element. Climbing up the stair, the eye passes over the Japanese style dining room, the river rock floor in the entry nook, the piano niche in the living room and the Shoji screens hiding an entertainment center.
A sun-tube, strategically placed in the roof, centered on the stair, brings an abundance of natural light into the center of the house. The second floor bedrooms take advantage of this light source through glass block walls, some of which have been sand blasted for privacy. A private deck on the second floor has slate floors and a view of the treetops.
For indoor air quality, concrete floors do not trap dirt and the radiant heating does not stir up dust. A generous mudroom creates a place to shed dirty shoes and isolates the garage from the house.

Green Features:
Concrete floors
Radiant heat
Gas only fireplace
Concrete counters
Recycled Glass tiles
Natural light
Insulated windows
Mudroom

Year Built: 2002
Construction: Michael Meyer Fine Woodworking http://www.mmfww.com/
Staging: dalusso design
Double helix stair
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A mirror reflects a view of the helix stair. A concrete floor with radiant heating is finished in natural tones acid wash. Laser cut leaves from slate, embedded in the floor, seem 'blown in' through the front door. A raised platform behind shoji screens offer japanese style seating at a 'sunken' table.
“Circular stair” — leelaw
Double helix stair
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A helix stair rests on a wood platform. A concrete floor with radiant heating is finished in natural tones acid wash. Laser cut leaves from slate, embedded in the floor, seem 'blown in' through the front door. A raised platform behind shoji screens offer japanese style seating at a 'sunken' table.
“stair1” — As Haq
Piano niche
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View from stair of the living room and piano niche. A concrete floor with radiant heating is finished in natural tones acid wash. Laser cut leaves from slate, embedded in the floor, seem 'blown in' through the front door. A raised platform behind shoji screens offer japanese style seating at a 'sunken' table.
“grey rug” — whosinki
Concrete floor
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A concrete floor with radiant heating is finished in natural tones acid wash. Laser cut leaves from slate, embedded in the floor, seem 'blown in' through the front door. A raised platform behind shoji screens offer japanese style seating at a 'sunken' table.
“simple details” — Karen Gilmore
Concrete floor
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A concrete floor with radiant heating is finished in natural tones acid wash. Laser cut leaves from slate, embedded in the floor, seem 'blown in' through the front door. A raised platform behind shoji screens offer japanese style seating at a 'sunken' table.
“I love the sliding doors.” — Allison Gamblin
Shoji screen
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The dining is separated from the entry with shoji screens.
“Partition wall” — doorahh1995
Double helix stair
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Looking up through a helical stair to a sun tube centered in the ceiling. A concrete floor with radiant heating is finished in natural tones acid wash. Laser cut leaves from slate, embedded in the floor, seem 'blown in' through the front door. A raised platform behind shoji screens offer japanese style seating at a 'sunken' table.
“Stair case” — karenberrigan
Window seat
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A small bedroom with built-in wardrobe and window seat. A french door acts as a window above the seat and provides access to a balcony.
“upstair sala” — mreyesjr27
Glass block wall
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Round walls circle a helix stair. Glass blocks allow light to enter from a sun tube centered over the stair. Some glass blocks are sand blasted for privacy.
“the wood frame/molding of entryway” — siusato125
Double helix stair
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Looking down through a helical stair from the second floor. A concrete floor with radiant heating is finished in natural tones acid wash. Laser cut leaves from slate, embedded in the floor, seem 'blown in' through the front door. A raised platform behind shoji screens offer japanese style seating at a 'sunken' table.
“The design” — gpmacaraig
Shoji screen
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Shoji screens hide an entertainment center. A raised hearth stretches across the room and hides added drawers. A concrete floor with radiant heating is finished in natural tones acid wash. Laser cut leaves from slate, embedded in the floor, seem 'blown in' through the front door. A raised platform behind shoji screens offer japanese style seating at a 'sunken' table.
“slate tile” — meswann
Double helix stair
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A concrete floor with radiant heating is finished in natural tones acid wash. Laser cut leaves from slate, embedded in the floor, seem 'blown in' through the front door. A raised platform behind shoji screens offer japanese style seating at a 'sunken' table.
“Wood (quarter sawn?) stairs and concrete radiant heat floor..” — reneereid
Double helix stair
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“can we move stairs?” — Faina Kaplan
Concrete floor
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Coming in from the back yard, a concrete floor with slate leaves installed to look as if they've just blown in...
“Concrete floor with inlayed leaves” — Ginny Millard
Second floor deck
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Outdoor balcony on second floor with a view of the trees. Slate floor
“Balcón Asiatico” — alejabotta
Asian Twist
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“beam ends” — susanstander
Glass block wall
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On the second floor, a curved wall follows the shape of the spiral stair. Light from a sun tunnel centered over the stair illuminates the room behind the glass block.
“Curved window” — foothills
Cocrete counter
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Maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances (dishwasher behind maple face). Concrete floor, concrete counters and splash made from glass pieces in concrete.
“Cabinet finishes, upper door inserts, back-splash color” — villagecat
Piano niche
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A special nook was created for the piano
“set up” — bobbie777
Asian inspired
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“Bilder” — nicicole
Glass block wall
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On the second floor, a curved wall follows the shape of the spiral stair. Light from a sun tunnel centered over the stair illuminates the room behind the glass block.
“More bathroom glass tile” — lynnglover
Window seat
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Childs bedroom with built in closets flanking a window seat. A set of french doors above the window lead out to a small balcony.
“another idea for closets that are not built in but have a drawer at bottom, hanging room at top and” — uschi0762
Shoji screen
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photo by Paul Keller Media
“Like the stairs but nit suitable when we're old.” — jpab29
Balcony
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photo by Paul Keller Media
“Balcón!!!!!” — alejabotta
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