Modern design, shou sugi ban siding, and time-honored techniques meld seamlessly in Mai Kai House, a 3,000-square-foot custom home designed to replace an older structure on a lot located a stone’s throw from the Fauntleroy ferry dock in West Seattle. Designer Sakshi Uomoto of Seattle Cedar Homes worked with the client to create a contemporary home that is inspired by Japanese vernacular elements. This influence is apparent in the crisp horizontal lines of the facade and the creation of courtyard-like interstitial spaces. Together, these elements help create a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor areas.
The new home design maintains the footprint and the basement of the original home. From the outset, the project had two main objectives; to design a home that blended in with the landscape and to create a space that was never stagnant in its quality. A screened patio and strategically placed skylights help to create ever-changing patterns of light and shade. A 30-foot lift-and slide door on the main level extends the open floor plan of the interior and opens onto a deck overlooking the water.
This urban infill lot came with a host of environmental control restrictions. Factors that needed to be addressed included landslide risk, wetlands mitigation, marine exposure and a creek. The client was drawn to Lindal Cedar Homes because of the company’s prefab approach to custom home design.. He turned to Sakshi and Lindal’s team of experienced drafters and engineers to create a design concept that met all local zoning codes and restrictions.
The muted materials palette includes a combination of clear and charred shou sugi ban cedar siding, metal posts and concrete tiles. For the shou sugi ban cedar wood-charring process, Sakshi worked with longtime Lindal partner Jeff Lisson of Westrend Exteriors.
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