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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“Front View Element - Line Principle - Proportion Color Scheme - Neutral Era - Modern” — alexlenaghen
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“Too modern?” — lgschram
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“Blueeee” — Shrija Reddy
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“and railing too!” — lauraleary
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“For edward and Lisa.” — aquafert
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“Like this with the use of other material - wood and steel.” — miranda71
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“Ok” — ellecoholic
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“Modular Home Living Quarters” — lola1631
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“Chair” — lvivianne
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“Stairs” — dough08
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“Back wall... Look for acoustic panels” — sstrafel
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“concrete wall” — Thomas & Milliken Millwork
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“Cabinents” — tulllake
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“Tokonoma formed by storage.” — allerleirauh
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“Love window” — animberg
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“Pretty nook” — animberg
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“I like the green tile” — wierlv1
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“Great for northwest view” — piedmontdrive
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photo by Art Grice
“parged concrete?” — thelews
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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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“Colors and painting” — bob_son
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“Bed” — akolivier
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“play room” — parker2020hotmail
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“handrail” — tjurdana
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“Use of paintings” — bob_son
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“stairs” — Thomas & Milliken Millwork
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“interesting fireplace installed in console” — jtrevisiol
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“This height of fireplace is what I want, only with glass over. S.” — Evans Design
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“Pretty sink and cabinet for a powder room. Really like the cutout for towels” — animberg
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“concrete walls” — dkobus
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“drawer materials” — lauraleary
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“wall mounted oven” — elgoodgal
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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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“Lights” — Helen Ferens
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“The colors used” — bob_son
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“bed pulls down” — gaylewellscuttsisland
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“Hide a bed” — elisa60
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“.” — tijuanamigo
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“This railing is too busy. It needs to be simple.” — Evans Design
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“The lineup” — bob_son
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“The color” — bob_son
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“Wendake kitchen? but warm it up! S.” — Evans Design
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“.” — tijuanamigo
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