Dezeen's Dan Howarth takes a closer look at five Washington state projects that exemplify residential design at its finest.

As part of the site's series that spotlights houses from different U.S. states, the mix includes work from Olson Kundig Architects, Gary Gladwish, Tom Kundig, Balance Associates, and SHED.

[For the Pierre House,] Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects used dynamite, chippers and saws to bore through the huge boulders of a rocky outcrop on a North American island to make room for the raw concrete house.

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