A long-time residential architect specializing in Pacific NorthWest Contemporary design. While I'm now retired, I still do a lot of low-cost consulting about updating and redoing of existing homes for owners who want to maintain the basic character yet bring the home into the 21st Century. Our own Mercer Island home is an example of what I do and how I do it as shown on my updated multilinked jgWebSite(s). (Click to open)
I thoroughly understand the rainy NorthWest climate and other localized considerations we home designers all must take into account. Eastern and mid-Western styles- many with wide white trim- are usually out of place here on the West Coast. A more expansive connection with nature than that glimpsed through smaller "stock" windows is needed to enjoy what's outside and to bring a feeling of spaciousness to the interior. My personal hallmark of "NorthWest Architecture"- Island or otherwise- is exposed natural wood framing with lots of job-built "stopped-in" windows bringing in the outside view and/or garden. The resulting effect is akin to that of our modern cars with the building envelope being either solid or transparent. This is in contrast to the usual ordinary building practice of framing a big box with cut-out openings limited by the sizes of often expensive and usually overly complicated stock windows.