2: Living, Kitchen, Dining

Second Floor

The beautiful flooring throughout this level is tongue and groove tigerwood finished with Swedish oil. 

Twice as hard as oak, this iridescent wood is grown and harvested in Central American by indigenous workers and is rated as one of the greenest wood products in the world.

The fir beams support the 2 ½” thick tongue and grove fir ceiling above it. The beams were milled in Oregon.

French doors open on to a natural cedar deck and, and with the large windows, connect the entire second level to the natural environment outside.

The modest deck is eminently functional given it's proximity to the dining island, and also allows more light into the first floor garden room.

The deck looks out over the greenbelt, a meadow, the Cascades and the City skyline, depending on the time of year.

A thick, wide, clear cedar rail fronts the deck and is great for refreshments or dining and can easily accommodate six people.
Open Kitchen

The center of the home is the open cooking and dining island, capable of seating 4 people or more.

The Swedish radiant heat cook top, and separate convection oven are more energy efficient, faster, controllable and hotter than gas.

The counter tops are custom made from a wonderful high end and very green product called Paperstone.

More expensive than granite and nearly as heavy, it has the luster and feel of soapstone but the tensile strength and durability of steel.

We’ll never use granite again.


The solid cherry cabinets, drawers, and large pantry are all self-closing, and have wood interiors.

There are broad slat cherry wood blinds where needed for privacy.  

Rethinking the Dining Room

The kitchen leads to more options for public and private areas, depending on the needs of the owner.

One end provides a private nook for a library or for watching television, or as a home or family office.

Again, the modern home should be flexible.

The opposite end of the room overlooks the greenbelt and meadow, with wonderful seasonal views of Downtown Seattle and beyond.

With a custom buffet with a Paperstone top it makes a great dining room, or could be used entirely as a den.


The powder room flooring material is Marmoleum, a linseed oil product from the middle of last century that’s recently found new life with designers as a beautiful, rugged and very green product.

Laundry and Utility

The large laundry room has a utility sink, cherry storage cabinets, room for ironing, and a chandelier in honor of the humble chore of laundry.

It also houses the electrical panel and a hot water heater/storage closet.

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