Situated in a semi-arid conifer forest in eastern Washington, the house is essentially a collection of attached wood boxes springing from three stone piers that bridge the natural undulations of a hill. Designed for a family, the house is purposefully informal in its layout and in its use of interior finishes. Inside, the spaces are open and interconnected. The kitchen, dining and living rooms are essentially one big space with floor-to-ceiling windows; bedrooms are clustered in a less-open portion of the house. A small, detached wood-clad box serves as a home office and is the one concession to privacy.
Designed for a family that wanted to enjoy the experience of the natural setting in all seasons, the house is purposefully open to the surrounding landscape. The casual lifestyle is picked up in the informal layout of the house and in its use of natural and understated interior finishes.
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AIA Spokane 2004 Summer Party flyer
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Olson, Sheri. “Into the woods.” Western Interiors and Design, May 2003, 44-53. Print.
Woo, Youngmin. “Ridge House, Washington.” Haute, July 2003, 97-102. Print.
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