OF ALL THE PHOTOS of all the projects of an entire professional lifetime, the front and back covers of the impressively hefty new monograph “Jim Olson: Building•Nature•Art” feature images of the breathtaking Tofino Beach House in British Columbia: a remote retreat the illustrious architect brilliantly nestled amid, and atop, its sensitive, forested seaside site. Mind you: When we say, “all the projects of an entire professional lifetime,” we mean nearly 300 of them over nearly 60 years — local, national and global, as residentially reverential as the stunningly efficient City Cabin in Seattle and as publicly, enviably commercial as the majestic-yet-intimate JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa. Which means: The Tofino Beach House is a very special place. It’s also very Jim Olson. True to his work, and the across-the-board philosophy that shapes it, this glorious 2,500-square-foot getaway on the western side of Vancouver Island, … [Read more...] about Jim Olson’s Tofino Beach House is one for the books
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BLACK DIAMOND — At a time when Seattle-area homebuyers are purchasing smaller homes on less land, Garrette Custom Homes is bucking that trend by giving homebuyers a little elbow room at its newest development, Lawson Hills Estates. Located in south King County’s Black Diamond community — not far from where the average home price has topped $1 million and buyers often find themselves bidding against many others for the same house — Lawson Hills Estates offers 16 lots on plots that measure up to 10,000 square feet. Prices start in the $500,000s for one- and two-story homes with three or four bedrooms and up to 3.5 baths. They will have up to 3,000 square feet or more of living space. “It’s a good opportunity for somebody to get a nice home on a large homesite in south King County,” says Shane Elliott, sales manager for Garrette Custom Homes. “Lawson Hills Estates offers a country feel while still being close to town.” Presales … [Read more...] about Builder offers custom designs on spacious lots
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Tom Daykin Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 5:09 p.m. UTC Jul 20, 2018 This isn't your great-great-grandfather's office building — even though it will be constructed with a frame fashioned mainly from wood, instead of concrete and steel. The unusual seven-story building planned for downtown Milwaukee's riverfront would feature laminated timber: layers of wood pressed together to create columns, beams and other building frame components. It's a new twist on old building materials that were largely abandoned after the first steel frame skyscrapers began rising in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "It kind of went away for 100 years. Now it's coming back," said Milwaukee architect Jason Korb. The wood frame office building, planned for the site of the demolished former Renaissance Book Shop, would be the first of its kind in Milwaukee — and among a relative handful of such buildings throughout the U.S. 'Better connected … [Read more...] about Unusual Milwaukee office building to use timber, not concrete or steel, for frame
Oh, Canada! Here in Seattle, we’ve always loved you, our neighbor to the north — but we used to find you a little comical, it’s true. Your ways were so quaint: your maple syrup, your Mounties, your funny pronunciation of just a few words. Most-likely-to-be-visited Vancouver didn’t have what you’d call an urbane feel — time-travel back just a decade, and aside from the dubious nightclubs of Granville and some dowdy pubs, the streets rolled up long before midnight. Excepting a handful of outliers, restaurants were not your forte. We didn’t make fun of you. You’re so nice, how could we? But we felt a bit superior, more worldly. We may have referred to you, privately, as America’s Hat. Today, the shoe is so far on the other foot, we don’t even have a shoe. You have your kindness, your progressiveness, your handsome (and kind, and progressive) prime minister. We have … now is not the time. But you are the place, now, that we … [Read more...] about Vancouver’s new seafood restaurants make the city even better