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A Home in Seattle for a Family to Share

b9 architects designed a custom house in Seattle, Washington that also comes with a second, or accessory, dwelling for a tenant or a family member. The Family Share project features a 1330 square foot primary house, for a mother and son, with the additional 795 square foot apartment underneath.

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Originally on this plot of land was a 1930s house that was deconstructed by RE Store, who salvaged everything they could for use in other design applications. The new footprint is much smaller, giving the home plenty of outdoor space.

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The new house focused on sustainability, like using high-performance glazing, solar preheat for domestic hot water needs, in-floor radiant heating, and a green roof created by the owner. The exterior is also clad in reclaimed fir car decking from Windfall Lumbar.

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In the kitchen, they installed a frosted lexan pantry that lets light flow through.

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Finishes were kept simple – bright white walls, maple cabinetry, and polished concrete floors.

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Reclaimed fir becomes the exterior of one of the bathrooms.

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The bathroom is hidden when the door is closed.

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A wood and steel staircase connects the open main floor to the upstairs bedrooms and open library.

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Photos by b9 architects and Ed Sozinho.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.