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BENJAMIN BENSCHNEIDER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

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Nautical And Nice

Ben lounges on the oak gangway just inside the front door. Floor-to-ceiling glass provides views on either side. "The idea is so that you feel outside as you move from the earthbound part of the house to the floating boat-like portion of the house," says architect Colin Brandt. The drop panel over the dining table is sustainable jatoba wood. The table and chairs, designed by Mat Griesse, are also jatoba.