Sharp, yet simple, exterior lines welcome guests to Quadrant Homes’ Ray Meadows neighborhood outside Seattle. Located just miles away from scenic parks, shopping centers, and the Microsoft Millennium Campus, the 27-home community in Bellevue, Wash., is also sited near generous open green space. By utilizing zipper lots, the builder exposed many of the homes to the landscape and provided outdoor living spaces with either a private side yard or enhanced driveway area.
Although the surrounding area is overwhelmed with traditional-style homes, the architecture firm Dahlin Group Architecture Planning designed the two-story dwellings, starting at 2,750 square feet, with contemporary touches, including the exterior corrugated metal siding, board-form concrete manufactured stone, and stained siding.
The long, narrow first-floor plan includes a combined open kitchen, dining, and great room with warm wood hues throughout. A first-level study, or bedroom, offers a multigenerational option. High ceilings and large window openings were purposefully added to allow abundant natural light to flow through the home on even the gloomiest Seattle day.
On the second floor, the movement of light continues from the spacious backside master bedroom to the master bath through an interior window. Two additional bedrooms are housed in the front, and an optional loft or fourth bedroom sits near the light-filled stairway with built-in work areas.
According to the builder, “this plan and community resonated with buyers who were intrigued by the different take on design, low-maintenance yards, and its stellar location."
Architect/Designer: Dahlin Group Architecture Planning
Builder: Quadrant Homes
Size: 2,751 square feet
Cost: $1.1 million to $1.39 million