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Mid-sized minimalist slate floor kitchen/dining room combo photo in Seattle

North Bay ResidenceModern Dining Room, Seattle

Photographer: Jay Goodrich

This 2800 sf single-family home was completed in 2009. The clients desired an intimate, yet dynamic family residence that reflected the beauty of the site and the lifestyle of the San Juan Islands. The house was built to be both a place to gather for large dinners with friends and family as well as a cozy home for the couple when they are there alone.

The project is located on a stunning, but cripplingly-restricted site overlooking Griffin Bay on San Juan Island. The most practical area to build was exactly where three beautiful old growth trees had already chosen to live. A prior architect, in a prior design, had proposed chopping them down and building right in the middle of the site. From our perspective, the trees were an important essence of the site and respectfully had to be preserved. As a result we squeezed the programmatic requirements, kept the clients on a square foot restriction and pressed tight against property setbacks.

The delineate concept is a stone wall that sweeps from the parking to the entry, through the house and out the other side, terminating in a hook that nestles the master shower. This is the symbolic and functional shield between the public road and the private living spaces of the home owners. All the primary living spaces and the master suite are on the water side, the remaining rooms are tucked into the hill on the road side of the wall.

Off-setting the solid massing of the stone walls is a pavilion which grabs the views and the light to the south, east and west. Built in a position to be hammered by the winter storms the pavilion, while light and airy in appearance and feeling, is constructed of glass, steel, stout wood timbers and doors with a stone roof and a slate floor. The glass pavilion is anchored by two concrete panel chimneys; the windows are steel framed and the exterior skin is of powder coated steel sheathing.

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This photo has 9 questions
randalbuckendorf wrote:Nov 23, 2014
  • randalbuckendorf
    amazing home. Did you need to add a moment frame? Anchorage is very seismically active and it is likely to be needed. Also love the slate from Oregon tile. They are a great source.
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    Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects
    Thank you! The pavilion does actually have a moment frame; it is a wood and steel frame construction. We have a structural engineer on all our projects, and they ensure every structure we build accounts for seismic activity normal for its site.
runowicki wrote:Apr 20, 2013
Kimberly Higgins wrote:Jan 7, 2013
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    Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects
    Thanks for the question. That is a custom sculpture made by Seattle artist Nancy Mee: http://www.dennisevans.net , which is illuminated by the standard recessed and track lights above.
  • aiott
    Where did you purchase the dining room table from?
abbymoserfilms wrote:Nov 16, 2018
Lina Kamenev wrote:Sep 6, 2018
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    Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects

    Hi there, thanks for the question (and the compliments). Unfortunately we don't have the answer -- our clients commissioned the artist directly and we don't have the details about how that went.

ruth7373 wrote:Jun 18, 2016
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    Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects

    Copy/pasted from my answer to the first part:
    That is indeed Brazilian black slate used for the flooring here. As far as I know, this wasn't treated differently from a typical slate tile installation -- it would be finished with a matte sealer. It may be either the lighting here or the smoothness of the slate's surface that's causing the sheen look. It may be worth talking to your contractor if you're trying to replicate the end result here.

ruth7373 wrote:Jun 18, 2016
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    Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects

    That is indeed Brazilian black slate used for the flooring here. As far as I know, this wasn't treated differently from a typical slate tile installation -- it would be finished with a matte sealer. It may be either the lighting here or the smoothness of the slate's surface that's causing the sheen look. It may be worth talking to your contractor if you're trying to replicate the end result here.

donnastec wrote:Apr 5, 2013

What Houzz contributors are saying:

pangaea
Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR added this to At Home With Art: Suspended Sculptures Heighten the PossibilitiesSep 10, 2014

A Nancy Mee sculpture lit by recessed lights adds interest above this dining table.Tell us: Have you placed a suspended sculpture in your home? As always, we love to have you share your own pictures in the Comments section.

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yash kia added this to My ideasMay 1, 2019

outdoor or poolside bar use of similar wooden fire place

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Marco Ugas added this to Marco's ideasApr 13, 2019

Like ability to open dining space to outside

jazger
jazger added this to Ranch RemodelApr 2, 2019

Big pavers in and out. And look, soapstone!

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