Queen Anne Home

Queen Anne Home

Architect
allied8
Location
Seattle, WA, USA | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
Rafael Soldi
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
WindowsAndersen Windows
100 series
ChandelierKichler
Moorgate™ 7 Light Linear Chandelier Black
Stools, Bench, Pillows, Rug, Interior LightingWest Elm
Capiz Round ChandelierLoose Large ShadeWhite
Wood doorsFranks Lumber
Interior Lighting: Large Bell Single Light 12" Tall Bathroom Sconce with Multiple Shade OptionsInnovations Lighting
Dining Table and ChairsKasala

Product Spec Sheet
Windows
100 series by Andersen Windows
Chandelier
Moorgate™ 7 Light Linear Chandelier Black by Kichler
Stools, Bench, Pillows, Rug, Interior Lighting
Capiz Round ChandelierLoose Large ShadeWhite by West Elm
Wood doors
Interior Lighting: Large Bell Single Light 12" Tall Bathroom Sconce with Multiple Shade Options
Dining Table and Chairs
by Kasala

Queen Anne Home

allied8 as Architects

When a young family with two kids bought a home in poor shape on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill, one of the first steps in the design process was to consider what elements of the original house could be salvaged, reused, or saved, in an effort to link the new project to the past.  Considerations included reusing parts of the  foundation, reclaiming old structural beams, or even transplanting big shrubs.  But given the condition of the existing structure and the desire to regrade the existing slope to increase the accessibility of the yard,  it was determined that not much could be repurposed in a substantial way.  This gave the clients and design team the freedom to reimagine the whole site.  

photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi

The client loved modern detailing, but also wanted the house to fit formally with the traditionally residential neighborhood.  In early design iterations, Allied8 considered a flat roof with a roof deck in order to maximize outdoor spaces and views, but the clients opted to prioritize their connection to the backyard, not wanting two outdoor spaces competing for their attention.  The gable roof is  contextual and also supported the installation of a big array of solar panels.  Maximizing the grade changes afforded by the sloped site, the three-level house has an open floor plan at the main level including  kitchen, dining, and living, a bedroom level upstairs including primary bedroom and bathroom, and two bedrooms that share a second bathroom. The downstairs area includes a guest room with bathroom, a laundry room, and a media room with wet bar, wine storage and pinball machines. A stacked straight-run stair functions as the spine of all circulation. Given that the house is three stories, being able to move easily from floor to floor (especially with small kids) was paramount. The open stair provides both a separation of spaces and a connection across.  

photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi

Outside, the team added a detached garage accessed from the adjacent alley. The slope was a big challenge, as the grade of the alley is much lower than the front street. In addition, the slope changes dramatically across the short leg of the narrow property, complicating the creation of a single-level backyard.  Due to the grade and location of the garage, the family primarily arrives at and leaves the house from the lowest floor, crossing the yard. Accordingly, the team worked to design a hardscape that works with the change in grade to provide a nice flow from the main level to the back yard. The team worked in section to understand the changes in grades across the site, and carefully considered how retaining walls can impact a budget. The result is a set of terracing retaining walls, both in the back and in the front–the house design starts at the edge of the sidewalk. Allied8 split the site design so that there are two primary levels: a turf playfield area where the kids can play, and a patio area where the grown ups gather. 

photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi

Another site consideration was the collection of stormwater across the site. The team opted for it to be collected at the lowest corner of the yard and pumped into a big biocell at the south side of the house. This biocell doesn’t make a visual statement, but it is a sophisticated system. The exterior backyard pavers are permeable, as is the turf assembly, and the team installed solar panels along the south side of the gable roof.

Team:
General Contractor: Arlo Day, AMA Construction
Engineer: Ross Baharmast, RB Engineers 

photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi
photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi
photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi
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Material Used :
Facade cladding:  4” lap fiber-cement siding
Flooring: Solid white oak stained -- 5" wide
Doors: Exterior Multi-slide doors: La Cantina (wood frame/aluminum clad).  Other exterior doors: Wood doors from Franks Lumber. 
Windows: Andersen 100 series  
Roofing:  Architectural composite roof tile  

Interior furniture: 
Primary Bedroom - Bed & Chaise: Restoration Hardware
Dining Table and Chairs -  purchased through Kasala
stools at counter: West Elm
Living Room:
Couches: Room and Board
Coffee Table: Custom
bench, pillows and rug:West Elm

Interior Lighting
Primary Bath above the bathtub:
West Elm
Capiz Round ChandelierLoose Large ShadeWhite
#8990186

Bathroom Bar Lights
Lithonia Lighting Traditional Square Single Light 24" Wide Integrated LED Bathroom Bar Light - 3000K
Model: FMVCSL 24IN MVOLT 30K 90CRI KR M6
Color/Finish: Chrome

Powder room Light
Innovations Lighting Large Bell Single Light 12" Tall Bathroom Sconce with Multiple Shade Options
Model: 203-BBB-G72
Color/Finish: Black / Brushed Brass / Clear

Backyard Step Lights: 
WAC Lighting LEDme 5" Wide LED Step and Wall Light with Clear Lens - 120 Volt
Model: WL-LED100-C-BK
Color/Finish: Black

Dining Room Chandelier
Kichler Moorgate 7 Light 48" Wide Linear Chandelier
Model: 44082BK
Color/Finish: Black

Lighting for indoor Stairs
WAC Lighting LEDme 5" Wide LED Step and Wall Light with Clear Lens - 120 Volt
Model: WL-LED100-C-WT
Color/Finish: White

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