Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina Home, Lake Washington Residence, New Property USA, Architecture

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Contemporary Family Dwelling, WA, USA – design by SkB Architects

Sep 22, 2017

Modern Oasis – New House in Medina

Design: SkB Architects

Location: Medina, Eastside, King County, Washington, USA

Contemporary Medina House

Photographs below by Lara Swimmer.

The clients discovered this house, which was built in the early 1990s, while looking for a place in which to raise their family.

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

They were drawn to the site’s natural landscape and its western views to Lake Washington. The original 3,800-square-foot house was an unusually austere interpretation of minimalist modern architecture—dark and inwardly focused.

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

The updated design evokes a gallery-like aesthetic, with the interiors spotlighting the owner’s art collection and substituting light filled interior for what was previously dark.

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

The focal point for the home is the primary living space which opens the house to the site, extending from the front of the house to the back and out to the pool.

Inside, white walls contrast with dark wood and steel floors. The original sunken living room was preserved as a nod to the past and to serve as a cozy sitting area.

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

A beeswax-coated wall conceals the stair and creates a nuanced backdrop for art while helping to anchor the central gathering space.

Medina House in Washington interior

Medina House in Washington interior

The kitchen was opened up to more directly connect it to adjacent living spaces and includes the addition of a floating island. A wall of glass opposite the island directs focus to the outdoors and towards the breakfast/family area.

Medina House in Washington interior

Medina House in Washington interior

A new pantry, powder room, and laundry area were added off of the kitchen. From the buckshot flooring to the granite countertops, the juxtaposition of organic and inorganic materials creates an atmosphere of minimalist elegance and a celebration of natural materials. The remodel also included a renovation of the master suite.

Photographs below by Mark Woods.

Modern Oasis Medina residence Washington

All windows, roofing, and finishes were updated during the remodel. Indoor/outdoor connections were reinforced by inserting large, fixed windows into the main level windows to emphasize axes through the house and to orient views to key focal points in the landscape.

Modern Oasis Medina residence Washington

Concealed doors were installed next to the windows creating access to key areas of the yard, while limiting visual intrusions into the otherwise abstracted space.

Modern Oasis Medina residence Washington

On the exterior, existing architectural forms were abstracted by removing embellishments and refinishing the house in white stucco resulting in a simple modernist composition.

Modern Oasis Medina residence Washington

Modern Oasis Medina – Building Information

SkB Architects design team
Kyle Gaffney, co-principal designer
Shannon Gaffney, co-principal designer

Project credits
SkB Architects (architecture, interior design)
Dovetail General Contractors (contractor)
Allworth Design (landscape architects)

Specialty fabricators/materials
Susan Zoccola (beeswax feature wall); LV Wood Floors (oak flooring, espresso); Pental (Chroma Quartz countertops); Tuva (carpet); Delta Light (Light Boxy lights); Maya Romanoff (Cosmic Celadon wall coverings)

Modern Oasis Medina residence Washington

Photography: Lara Swimmer, Mark Woods

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington images / information from SkB Architects

Location: Medina, Washington, USA

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