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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“Architect to consider and use of windows” — ccseattle
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“uo” — bhaynijoan
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“Too much concrete!” — Moger Mehrhof Architects
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“concrete wall for shade turquoise wall (could be orange)” — halloweeny
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“railing” — David Rainbird
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“Copper panels” — tinagieber
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“compound look” — halloweeny
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“Design” — nickthagr8
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“View” — mrsjellybeans
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“Love this chair!” — smgeiser
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“Floor” — pattyfalconer
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“Cast concrete wall” — mcjaana
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“Cenent backsplash induction” — lp34500
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“Idée” — jessloulou
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“build ins and bed platform” — Louise Conroy
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“Large Windows” — Cox Novak Construction Inc
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“Pretty nook” — animberg
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“Trellis” — rkturrill
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“Might be three stories but it's not very wide. Good for narrow lot space.” — Shannon McLin
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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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“Esquinero” — Karen Lora Kessie
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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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“Console” — jyotimotha
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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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“playroom wall” — fairhood
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“Baby” — Roxy Tomlinson
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“Murphy Bed idea is great!” — otey3822
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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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“The color” — bob_son
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“Backsplash” — elanae
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