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chuckanut drive residence, bellingham, wash.

architectural interiors / merit

chuckanut drive residence, bellingham, wash.

architectural interiors / merit

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    Dark red paneling in the dining area provides a punch of vibrant color.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    The architects continued the home's textured ceiling outside to form an exterior soffit.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    Floor-to-ceiling wood windows maximize water views from the living room.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    The kitchen feels expansive, thanks to well-placed windows and a warm, modern material palette.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    Another look at the ceiling’s seamless flow from inside to outside.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    The well-choreographed view from the den through the dining room and kitchen.

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    The Miller|Hull Partnership

    The project’s floor plans.

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    The Miller|Hull Partnership

    Conceptual drawings of the project’s elevations.

the miller|hull partnership, seattle

Architect Bob Hull, FAIA, and his staff judiciously deployed wood detailing inside this Bellingham, Wash., home. Mindful of the client's budget, as well as the aesthetic risks in using too much of one material, they interspersed poured concrete and drywall with a palette of maple, cedar, and Douglas fir. “We tried to detail the house in a simple, not extravagant, way,” Hull says.

The project's honey-colored ceilings consist of exposed plywood, roof joists, and skip sheathing. Red and yellow tongue-and-groove paneling echoes the home's exterior siding. And metal-clad wood windows serve to strengthen the link between indoors and out.

“The warmth of the wood palette is great,” said a judge. “The interiors are amazing—beautifully detailed.”

principal in charge / design partner: Bob Hull, FAIA, The Miller|Hull Partnership;
project architect: Jed Edeler, AIA, The Miller|Hull Partnership;
general contractor: Emerald Builders, Bellingham, Wash.;
structural engineer: Perbix Bykonen, Seattle;
project size: 1,400 square feet;
construction cost: Withheld;
photography: Benjamin Benschneider.

product specs
bathroom fittings: Kohler Co.; cooktop, refrigerator: Viking Range Corp.; doors: Quantum Windows & Doors, Simpson Door Co.; exterior siding: T&G Woodware; roofing: AEP Span; windows: Sierra Pacific Windows