Coates Design - Island Residence on Bainbridge Island, WA Print
Tuesday, 21 July 2009 07:35

Coates_island_16“Collaborative and Enlightening” describes the 3-year effort by Coates Design's Matthew and Ruth Coates in designing and building their first home. Located on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle Washington, the architect couple’s endeavor was a true team effort that included design, contracting, and labor toward the finished product. The couple’s sweat-equity is evident in the home’s site-milled siding, movable casework, and concrete countertops.

Coates_island_13Coates_island_15An honest expression of materials and structure defines the house both inside and out. Concrete-block bearing walls, exposed beams, roof decking, and a stained concrete floor are all revealed in the home’s open interior. Generous window openings, along with surfaces that extend outdoors, blend the inside with the outside and allow the occupants to feel that they are at home amid the surrounding ninety year-old cedars.
Coates_island_02Coates_island_06Coates_island_06aSustainability was a prerequisite for the couple; not just as a guide for materials and equipment, but also as a form-giver. The site sensitive house is oriented to make use of passive solar design, and its thick masonry walls function as thermal collectors to help stabilize temperatures. Water and energy efficient appliances, a light dimming system, and hydronic heating are some of the sustainable features of the house. Most notably, perhaps, is that all of the exterior siding and trim for the house was milled and dried on location (by the owners themselves); the existing trees never left the site.
Coates_island_04Coates_island_04aProject Details:

Name: Island Residence
Size: 2,100 SF + Garage
Architect: Coates Design
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA



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