Glass Cottage: Construction Is In Full Swing!

Glass Cottage, situated in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, is gradually growing into a modern, alluring home. In the past few months, framing and drywall installation were completed, and windows and new roof were installed. The project is now in full-swing construction mode, with finishes and details left to implement. We're so excited to see how this house is shaping up to be a beautiful, contemporary home with better functionality and open sight lines.

The back of the house is looking closer and closer to the proposed rendering! 

The addition features contemporary exterior with brick siding, an overhang shed roof and an at-grade covered patio space.

Floor-to-ceiling glass glazing along west facade floods the interior space with natural light throughout the day. 

Shed roof above the new living room adds volume and space, while skylights and sliding glass doors in the kitchen and dining area let in extra natural light.

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The current unfinished basement will be finished out to include a guest bedroom, a new laundry and powder room adjacent to the garage, and a large play area and family room.  

Much more to come on the progress with this home, stay tuned!

Rooftop Oasis: 6 Designs that Bring the Outdoors In

1.     Extend the outdoor spaces

Extend living space with outdoor features like decks, patios or balconies can quickly connect the indoors and outdoors. To improve the outdoor connection of the View Ridge house, we added a balcony to the existing first floor and a roof deck on the additional second floor. Not only will these additional outdoor spaces provide extra areas for gathering and outdoor dining, but they will also provide the family an exclusive outdoor view of Mount Rainier. 

2.     Add large or floor-to-ceiling windows

Windows bring the outdoors in by maximizing views and light. By adding a floor-to-ceiling window next to the relocated staircase, a flood of natural light will be brought into the entire house. Large and wide windows are also used in the new office and master suite to brighten up the interior space. A room filled with sunlight and vitamin D can make you feel positive, but most importantly, these windows will greatly benefit the overall energy efficiency of the house by reducing operating costs.   

4.    Give the workspace a view

Incorporating outdoor elements in your office can help keep the creative juice flowing. To take full advantage of the spectacular Mount Rainier view, we moved the existing office space upstairs and added an around-the-corner windows next by the work desk. In addition to lightening up the interior space, the windows will make the office and the roof deck feel more interconnected.

3.     Use doors to blend the indoors and out

Proper use of sliding glass doors can create immediate outdoor connection and let in extra natural light. We added a sliding glass door to open the living room right up to the balcony and let the breeze in. The sliding door will not only offer the living room visual and spatial continuity with the outdoors, it will also help lightening up the entire floor by bringing in more natural light.

5.     Take down unnecessary walls

When placed in improper locations, walls can cut off the outdoor connection of your home by limiting views and natural light. To maximize the flow of natural light, we tore down the full-height wall at the rear of the existing living room, allowing the living room to smoothly connect to the dining room, into the kitchen and out to the back yard. The removal of the wall also creates a seamless flow from the front to the back of the house.

6.     Use planters as decors

Incorporating nature in home’s décors with planters is another budget-friendly way to bring the outdoors inside. To give the overall design an organic touch, we decorated the additional roof deck and balcony with some wood panel planters. The color green is shown to reduce anxiety, while being around plants is believed to improve memory and productivity. If you are looking for some functional decorations, try adding some house plants to give your home a fresh look!