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AIA Homes: Opening up to Zen-like simplicity
 
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The deep roof overhang shelters this Magnolia home from south-facing sun while allowing plentiful natural light. Exterior materials include concrete, metal and wood.
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The owners wanted an eco-friendly home and used many recycled materials to give it a minimalist Zen-like ambience. Seen here is one corner of the living room.
Architect: David Vandervort of David Vandervort Architects

Builder: Brian DeYoung of Stonewood Builders

Construction cost/size: $320,000/1,765 square feet

The intent: This house is the result of many years of saving and planning following a fire that destroyed the original tiny cottage occupying this lot on the east side of Magnolia, in Seattle. The resulting new house is, by design, very Zen-like in its restraint. For example, there are few interior walls. No designated master suite was created; there's no garage, either. But special features abound: there are soaring walls of glass in the living room, a combination bedroom/study loft and a studied use of durable, eco-friendly materials, including stair treads made of compressed sunflower seeds. Below the two-story main home is a ground-floor apartment for the owners' adult son.

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