Nonsuch Cottage, Graham and Treena Kerr's Modern Monticello

"NONSUCH COTTAGE"
Designs Team: Dan Nelson, Principal Architect
Dave Pelletier, Project Architect, Graham Kerr
Interior Design: Graham and Treena Kerr
Landscape Architect: Roger Hill, Stanwood Wa.
Photographer: Steve Keating

The Kerr residence is set into the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range overlooking the Skagit Valley.

The Kerrs wanted to find a way to "live within reason" in their personal residence. They are avid sailors and enjoy the careful design elements that make relatively small spaces both comfortable and reasonable. They discovered that by living aboard a yacht, there is a limit to the accumulation of "stuff", and requested a house design based on yacht principals.

The overall length and width of their residence is based on a yacht they once lived on for two years.
Once the primary dimensions were established, the main living spaces were oriented toward the views to the west. All storage and wardrobe compartments are located opposite the appropriate living space, and wherever possible everything is built into the structure, such as beds, dining table and seating. The total living space is approximately 1400 square feet and provision has been made for wheel chair access throughout.

The Kerr residence was featured in the September 2001 issue of Seattle Homes and Lifestyle magazine and won a Merit Award for design excellence from the Northwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2001 as well. The Kerr Residence is featured in Loft Publications " 100 Eco Tips from 100 Eco Architects", edited by Marta Serrat.
It is here that Graham started his first kitchen garden that was featured in his most recent book "Growing At The Speed Of Life".

In the British tradition of naming one's home, the Kerr's have named theirs "Nonsuch Cottage", after the Nonsuch sailboat that the Kerr's used to own.
View of "Nonsuch Cottage" from road, overlooking Skagit Valley.
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“brown wood wall...maybe could use brick that looks like wood for low maintenance” — angelbostick
Viiew deck that overlooks Skagit Valley
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“Very nice” — gheidebrink
Entry, with western red cedar siding and galvanized steel column.
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“posts” — 24ruby
View from kitchen looking toward living room.
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Kitchen. Designed by Graham.
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“Small kitchen - sink under window” — sbwd
“Good staircase for the crows nest study” — hillarysgarden
Spiral stair detail.
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“stairs” — richardlward
Dining nook.
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“love this dining area!” — newbyt
Dining nook.
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Bath with views overlooking Skagit Valley.
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“Graham & Tina Kerr's bathroom” — Deb B.
Exterior entry.
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“+++curve roof + siding” — jcm1012
Detail of Graham's roof top study and sun deck.
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“roof top room” — jcm1012
Main floor plan.
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“NONSUCH COTTAGE. SKAGIT VALLEY ARCH.” — lalaloohoo
Upper level plan. Grahams study and roof deck.
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View from valley.
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