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Courtyard HouseMidcentury Exterior, Seattle

Contractor: Prestige Residential Construction; Interior Design: NB Design Group; Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

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ciro20 wrote:August 14, 2013
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    DeForest Architects
    It is a product called channel glass--u-shaped pieces of glass set back to back with a translucent fill for insulation.
  • gildaarantes
    Maravilhosa arquitetura, tanto externa quanto interna, parabéns ao projetista !
Mike Young wrote:July 2, 2014
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    Hi Ebony Kleinman,

    Ipe is a very durable and strong wood. In fencing application Ipe excels in any aspect. The longevity of Ipe is of about 75 years with proper maintenance, and is very mold, rot, and termite resistant. Using an application of penetrating oil like Ipe Oil, will prevent the wood from graying out for about a year or so and highlight the brown tones of Ipe. Otherwise, Ipe will naturally patina to a silver hue.

    Ipe is versatile and a great all natural option for exterior projects

  • Talmage Dangerfield

    Thank you for the information about the fence. It looks like it would be a very strong wood, and it looks very nice. I never realized that staining it could keep the wood from graying out over the years. I always knew that it kept it from eroding due to water damage though.

tompkins72 wrote:September 21, 2015
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    DeForest Architects

    We used Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Translucent deck and siding stain. I don't recall the specific color as that is often decided in the field from among several samples. I will say that we found that finish to require more maintenance than we'd hoped.

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    California Fence Company

    Nice view. Look great. Thanks for sharing

olivia1950 wrote:October 16, 2014
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    DeForest Architects
    If you mean the vertical white bands, those are actually 'channel glass'--insulated glass sandwiches that substitute for windows. Expensive but beautiful. We had to work with the manufacturer and a testing agency to be sure they met the energy code here in Washington. DA
foxinsocks23 wrote:August 14, 2013
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    DeForest Architects
    Yes, the upper roof is standing seam metal. The green roof has a continuous membrane below planted trays. I believe it is a TPO membrane.
rosildafaria wrote:August 14, 2013

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    Laura Gaskill added this to Great Home Project: Commission a New Fence or GateJanuary 11, 2017

    Check before you build: From underground utilities to tricky property lines, you don’t want to be blindsided by any unforeseen issues, so be sure to check before you begin work.Check local building codes and apply for a permit if necessary.Check with your homeowners association, if you have one. There may be specific guidelines on color choice, height or materials.Find out where your property line is. Hire a surveyor to map it out for you if you are unsure.Be sure there are no underground utility lines in the way. To check this, call 811 — a free service that exists in every state.

    Matthew Ankeny added this to 7 Questions to Help You Pick the Right Front-Yard FenceJune 2, 2014

    Preliminary QuestionsThe first four questions consider the particulars of your situation and what design elements are already in place. 1. What do you want from your fence design? If the fence’s function is to define the property line, keep in children or animals, or be an aesthetic complement to the house, then the best choice may be a lower fence that is both functional and can connect visually with the entire house. If you’re looking for privacy, a higher fence is needed — 6 feet is the typical height for a privacy fence. A privacy fence will have a less direct visual connection with the house and usually engages more with the second story.Hreno also asks, “Is [the fence] intended to be a strong visual, or should it disappear? Does it have a dual purpose, or should it be an art object?” Considering your overall aspirations will help narrow your fence options from the start. Also research local regulations before you begin your fence design. Know height restrictions and where, legally, the fence can be set.Shown: A horizontal board-on-board privacy fence blocks the home’s first-floor view but connects visually and stylistically with the second story.See more photos of privacy fences

    John Hill added this to Keep Your Big Windows — and Save Birds TooNovember 6, 2013

    Different Types of GlassThis house has translucent channel glass incorporated into its front elevation, while still allowing views through narrow vision-glass panes on the side and clerestories above.

    Becky Harris added this to Houzz Tour: Dream Views Wow on Seattle's Lake WashingtonAugust 4, 2013

    The house sits between Lake Washington and a narrow street, so DeForest had to choreograph a balance between privacy along the street and opening up to the views. On the public side he created a series of screens that give the exterior interest and rhythm, while also providing privacy. A fence at the ground level provides a first layer of privacy from the street, while a wall of glass opens the house to the courtyard; at the bedroom level, a ribbon of channel glass is modulated by periodic windows to afford views of the hillside from the upper hall, and a large sheltering roof ties it all together.

    What Houzzers are commenting on:

    betsclif added this to outdoors5 days ago

    dark details with white elements

    vacationear added this to Modern garage ShilohJanuary 19, 2020

    Fence down left side of garage to rear of property.

    ejensen717 added this to 2018 Beach House 1318 E CliffJanuary 2, 2020

    Horizontal fence without gaps (natural gray rather stained?)

    teambell added this to 2 story Mid Century designsDecember 28, 2019

    can do a privacy barrier to the street and still save the views!

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