The Dorsey Residence was designed to maximize its footprint through the use of vertical space. From the outside, the home is an anonymous, austere, monumental concrete facade anchored deep into the hillside on a waterfront property. Much of the home is hidden behind the two-story concrete face. Upon entering, an entirely different experience is revealed on the inside: warm, light, and open.

The back facade of the home is comprised mostly of glazing, illuminating the interior with natural light and offering spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and the water. The main living area opens out onto a large deck that cantilevers from the home’s structure, providing a seamless connection from inside to out.

The kitchen invites guests to sit at a beautifully crafted bar designed with caramelized bamboo, gloss laminate, and a three-way mitre corner. The refrigerator, wine cooler, and washer and dryer are visually hidden within the custom built cabinetry. The stairway is lit by a large skylight above, and is made of customized blackened steel and wood that was milled from a tree previously located on the property.

An 18-inch concrete wall forms two sides of the building’s exterior, providing a poignant counterpoint to the warm wooden and copper “box” form that rests at a slight angle. The exterior concrete wall and exposed concrete within the home reduce energy costs by serving as a thermal mass that naturally cools the home in the summer and holds warmth in the winter.
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“Love this design” — karlee2
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“materials” — ldgfmm
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“Concrete Home” — yermanos
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“Cool concrete wall.” — Will Franklin
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“railing” — David Rainbird
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“House numbers” — melissazim
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“doble altura , diseño industrial” — Cesar Tavera
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“cubrir ventanas” — Marcela Rdz L
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“View” — mrsjellybeans
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“Viewpoint” — payaltalreja
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“stairs - want open railing like this for the bottom half of stairs, also want open space between eac” — jeeperskeepers
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“The whole kitchen has a great aesthetic.” — jessicasalam
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“Induction cooktop on black granite” — abrookma
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“concrete wall” — sbenjes
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“build ins and bed platform” — Louise Conroy
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“9/14/14” — denise345
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“Reveal @ drywall” — Princeton Design Collaborative
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“Trellis” — rkturrill
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“Could you imagine this as a safe house for homeless teens?” — Alex Gedstad
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“View” — mrsjellybeans
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“Long vanity” — Evans Design
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“Do you like the door and trim detail? or too sparse?” — Evans Design
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“bed and storage on walls” — meretirement
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“Cor de parede e arandela” — Maici Silverio
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“Colors and painting” — bob_son
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“why not this & next for smaller office” — 20hazel09
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“murphy bed folded up” — otey3822
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“Murphy bed? Basement?” — amedunn
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“Cement wall” — donuserid
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“Stairs, metal and wood” — mbell_2014
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“Use of paintings” — bob_son
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“stairs” — Thomas & Milliken Millwork
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“Exterior style, interior wood, fireplace wall.” — kimback
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“window” — Candice Wilson
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“Fireplace” — mrsjellybeans
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“Counter with storage cubby” — sbrill480
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“Cack wall concrete” — monalill
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“drawer materials” — lauraleary
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“wall mounted oven” — elgoodgal
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“Shuttering” — jyotimotha
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“Love the finishes in this kitchen” — kelleyclarke
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“Drawers” — kmichaelk
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“I love the staircase and the open window on the top of room.” — mattcantstop
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“The grey stone” — bob_son
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“this style would work well with our room?” — crystalab
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“The colors used” — bob_son
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“Lit mural” — stau
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“Baby” — Roxy Tomlinson
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“Cama” — marcemunoz
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“Shutering” — jyotimotha
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“This railing is too busy. It needs to be simple.” — Evans Design
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“Stairway rail” — 98serra
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“The lineup” — bob_son
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“Design” — kelpmonkey
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“Petit comptoir” — stau
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