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Environmentally Conscious Home Showcases Beautiful Craftsmanship

Elliot Bay House, located on a narrow site that faces Puget Sound on the west coast of Seattle, Washington was designed by Nils Finne of to embrace Eco friendly features without compromising the fine craftsmanship his firm is known for. The environmentally conscious waterfront home is designed with such unique features as a reflective pool fed by a 10ft waterfall of rain collected water that lands next to what appears to be a floating basalt boulder and that is just one of the many fine craftsmanship details used throughout the home.

The hovering basalt boulders are actually mounted onto stainless steel stands submerged below the water’s surface.

The south facing side of Elliot Bay House has energizing views of Puget Sound and the Olympia Mountains while the north facing side and its reflective pool offer a more Zen like atmosphere.

The facade of the home is covered in red cedar with two different profiles and two different stains. Sustainable and energy efficient Elliot Bay House is insulated 40% more than required by code and the home has been pre-wired for photovoltaic roof panels. There is also an electric car charging station in the garage.

A custom gate greets guests upon arrival. The rusted steel design was cut with a water jet and the voids abstractly represent the strokes from an ink brush.

Once inside the home a wall mounted wardrobe of FSC beech wood continues the craftsmanship within its custom CNC milled oceanic pattern called “Imaginary Landscape”.

Just around the corner from the entrance the living room features a exposed wood beams and walls of glazing that expose the panoramic views of Puget Sound. It also boasts a FINNE designed area rug.

Radiant hydronic heat systems used throughout offer the homeowner lower operating temperatures with a higher comfort factor and the Gypcrete radiant tubes radiate it up from the floor.

The fireplace continues the theme of natural products within its rusted plate steel and concrete facade.

The large expanses of glass provide natural daylight and ventilation while the generous roof overhangs create sunshade and rain protection. The windows also have built in shading to protect from UV rays.

As with the entry wardrobe, the kitchen features FSC certified beech wood cabinetry with sections of “Imaginary Landscape” custom CNC milled into it.

All the lighting used throughout is LED and the plumbing fixtures are all water conserving.

The craftsmanship within the mill-work is exemplary.

The stairwell features the same attention to detail as the cabinetry and showcases the same ink brush pattern as the entry gate – only in reverse.

Each tread is a solid slab of wood mounted onto a steel plate that is subsequently bolted onto the steel stringers.

The handrail is jointed into one continuous section of wood that curves as the stairs change direction.

Upstairs the master suite is wrapped on 3 sides with glass and projects out over the lower volume.

The master ensuite features book-matched drawers with the wood’s natural grain traveling upward from the bottom drawer through to the top drawer.

A second bathroom leaves the wood cabinetry behind in favor of a stainless steel vanity positioned in front of a frosted window and in order to hang a mirror above the sink, FINNE Architects cleverly hung it from the ceiling.


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We’ve previously featured a FINNE cabin style wood house, a luxury wooden house as well as a lake cabin design and they are all gorgeous.

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