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Living room - mid-sized modern open concept slate floor living room idea in Seattle with a concrete fireplace, gray walls and a standard fireplace

North Bay ResidenceModern Living 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.

Living room - mid-sized modern open concept slate floor living room idea in Seattle with a concrete fireplace, gray walls and a standard fireplace —  Houzz
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Joey Scontrino wrote:Dec 3, 2015
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    Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects

    The actual construction was figured out on-site, so I unfortunately don't have a lot of information -- Ravenhill Construction, who built the home, might know what the final application ended up being. However, there was most likely hardware put in place, or clips cast into the panels, to hold the weight of the concrete.

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Alicia Siegel wrote:Feb 23, 2014
kimelaine wrote:Jan 9, 2013
  • Sebastian Villa
    Hi Vincent, these look great, amazing job. How do you attach the panels in the back, nd did you use a pigment/color?

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    VC Studio Inc.
    Hello sebastrance,

    We did not do the project in the photo above.

    There are a number of ways to attach panels and three dimensional pieces. Which method to use will depend on things like size, shape, thickness, and the desired look.
    Often straps are cast in and fastened to the framing. One of our favorite methods is to cast a cleat into the piece.

    The concrete above looks like it could have some Black Oxide in it but it could just be the lighting.
    Today you can have almost any color with concrete. Bright red, deep blue, titanium white, to jet black. Any fabricator can order pigments that match to Benjamin Moore's standard palette.

    I'll attach a couple of pictures of a fireplace that was secured with straps. The color is the natural grey of Portland Cement.

    Vincent Cathcart
    VC Studio Inc.
Castle Bespoke Flooring wrote:Apr 1, 2018
  • waldbaum1

    where can I find the answers or info on this fireplace?

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    Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects

    Under the photo, you should see the name of the project (North Bay Residence) with a link "More Info" next to it. Click More Info. You should be able to see questions that others have asked along with our answers, many of which are about the fireplace.

kmschaefer628 wrote:Jun 26, 2017
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    Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects

    It looks like it's about 3' across for the opening. Since it was figured out partially onsite, the actual dimensions may be slightly different. But we love the result -- it makes a stunning focal point and visual anchor.

  • kmschaefer628
    I couldn't agree more. I love the proportions, it all looks very cohesive. Very well done! It's gorgeous!
Teri McBride wrote:Nov 4, 2017
marionannette wrote:Feb 23, 2014
jackedup123456 wrote:Nov 19, 2014
Alan Treanor wrote:Aug 9, 2014
augbo wrote:May 15, 2014
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    Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects

    This fireplace is approximately 5' wide -- and it's actually concrete panels rather than stone, cast on site and lifted into place.

ana nardi wrote:Apr 11, 2014
Susanne Kelley Design wrote:Jan 6, 2014
Karen Creel wrote:Apr 11, 2019

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    Eric Reinholdt, Architect added this to Design Workshop: 10 Surprising Twists on Window TrimFeb 10, 2014

    1. Ultrathin TrimIn a space dominated by the view, this steel window system has been designed to get out of the way. Note the dark tone of the frame, which recedes, and the narrow sight lines. The idea is supported by the trim surrounding the window, which is equally minimal. It’s just enough to conceal the fastening of the windows to the structure but no more. The trim complements the interior palette, which oscillates between the cool steel, stone and concrete, and the warm Douglas fir, and highlights the thickness of the wall plane.

    What Houzzers are commenting on:

    Dee Rivas added this to UTAH SKI CABIN3 days ago

    Glass on both sides of fireplace

    Jenna Kvasnovsky added this to Bed room IdeasMay 14, 2019

    I really like the coffe table and the fireplace.

    Marybeth Carlberg added this to HaganMay 13, 2019

    don't like all way to floor windows

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