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The latest grouparchitect news, events, discussions, tips and design in the Pacific NW.
10
Jul

Phinney Ridge Completion

This project for Phinney Ridge Prefab was the first of the option series, a line of prefabricated modular homes, built in Seattle by Method Homes. This option home series was customized to meet the owner’s needs for a three bedroom plus den, three and a half bath home. Built on a tight urban lot, this […]

3
Jul

Plateau 120 Rendering Update

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Plateau 120 is in the midst of design development, there have been a few schematic changes since our last update on the multifamily project. Plateau 120 is a 92-unit apartment building containing 18 affordable housing units and over 14,425 sq ft of retail / office space at the ground level.Adjacent to 228th Avenue and a […]

26
Jun

LIV Apartments – Aerial Photos – June

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The LIV Apartments have applied the final exterior finishes including Hardi and cedar plank siding with metal panel and brick veneer siding as well. The rest of the roof gardens have been implemented and the main entrance has now been completed and tenants have moved into the building. The roof gardens contain, open community deck […]

19
Jun

Clyde Hill Remodel Completion

This project was a custom remodel to an existing home in Clyde Hill.  The original home was a traditional brick house with a similar shingled, pitched roof.  The home’s interior and exterior was completely revamped. A new courtyard and water feature adorn the remodeled vaulted entry and window wall.  The large cantilevering entrance provides coverage […]

16
Jun

LIV-Construction Update-June

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The LIV Apartments is almost ready to welcome new occupants this July!  The majority of the remaining project’s amenity spaces and landscaping have been completed, including the planters, pavement designs, roof decks, lounges, and many other features.The accent siding at the gateway entrance has been completed and landscaping is underway. The main walking path to […]

12
Jun

Architectural Record Napkin Contest

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The Architectural Record holds an annual napkin sketch contest for architects and designers around the world. This small contest exhibits the bridge between art and architecture. Our office partook in the contest this week and came up with a few illustrations with just a pen and 5×5 cocktail napkins. The napkin sketch has always been a […]

5
Jun

SheKnows Blog – May 2015

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One of our projects was recently mentioned in a lifestyle article.  SheKnows is an entertainment blog with a section dedicated towards architectural design that identifies notable projects and ideas. This particular article addressed the effectiveness of utilizing landscape to increase a home’s curb appeal. The project mentioned in the article was a new single family […]

29
May

LIV Apartments – Aerial Photos – May

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The LIV Apartment is complete with the exterior framing and sheathing, the final exterior finishes will be applied during these next few weeks. We are excited and working hard to finish the West Building in preparation of new tenants in the month of July. The construction teams will continue to work on the remaining buildings.The outdoor […]

26
May

LIV Apartments – Construction Update Mid May 2015

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The West Building of the LIV Apartments is ready for occupants in July which is right around the corner. The construction team has been putting the final touches on the West Building’s units and amenity spaces. Construction will continue on the East, West, and South buildings. The vast majority of the exterior for the North, […]

15
May

Capitol Hill Apartments – Construction Update – April

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Our Capitol Hill Apartment complex has made a lot of progress since our last update.  Our design team was able to go down to the site to witness the construction process and document the project’s progress over a couple weeks.The foundation work is complete and the lower level is beginning to take form.  The foundation walls […]

8
May

Northwest Green Home Tour 2015 Recap

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One of Grouparchitect’s Option Series prefab homes was in the 2015 NW Green Home Tour. Our project was a prefab single family home located in Phinney Ridge. The design was in collaboration with Method Homes and Heartwood Builders. The tour was a success with about 300 attendees just at our location. In celebration, some of our […]

30
Apr

LIV Apartments – Construction Update Mid April 2015

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The LIV Apartments is an ongoing multi-family project in Bellevue. This month the landscape components are starting to take form. The main plaza has corten steel planters lining the pedestrian path towards the main entry. The corten steel planters are a reoccurring element throughout the public gathering areas.The upper deck can be accessed from the […]

24
Apr

LIV Apartment – Aerial Photos – April

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We have made a lot of progress at the LIV Apartment construction site. The exterior of the East Building is near completion. The East Building has the windows installed and is currently being wrapped with a weather protective membrane. The construction team will begin installing the concrete pavers and landscape to the roof decks, which […]

16
Apr

Elford Kitchen Remodel

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Our Elford Remodel project has been a series of incremental exterior and interior renovations.  The most recent phase, a kitchen remodel, has recently been completed.  The house is located in the Broadview neighborhood in northwest Seattle with a beautiful view overlooking the Puget Sound.The breakfast nook allows views on all three sides while maximizing natural light.  […]

9
Apr

Northwest Green Home Tour 2015

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Join us this year on the Northwest Green Home Tour. Our Phinney Ridge Prefab House built in collaboration with Method Homes and Heartwood Builders will be featured on the Sunday tour. The tour is free but you will need to signup online to gain access to the houses on the tour. For more info visit: […]

3
Apr

Phinney Ridge Prefab – On Site Construction

construction, Custom home, in progress, Method Homes, Modular, Phinney Ridge, Prefab, Project Update, Residential, Seattle | Comments Off on Phinney Ridge Prefab – On Site Construction

The Phinney Ridge pre-fab home has seen a lot of changes over the past 2 months. Since our last update the rest of the fiber cement boards were placed on the front façade of the home. Construction of the front porch has begun, the framing, roof, and railings are in place. The driveway and retaining walls […]

27
Mar

Phinney Ridge Modular Construction Time Lapse

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The prefab collaboration with Method homes was pieced together in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle. This Option series house was custom built over the last few months and it was erected in the month of January 2015. We have documented the process of this prefabricated home in our previous blog posts. The time lapse […]

13
Mar

LIV Apartments – Aerial Photos – March

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Construction has been moving along during the month of March, the exterior framing of the East Building has been completed.  All the windows on the westerly buildings have been installed and the construction team is continuing to wrap the building with the weather protective membrane and continue installation of the building’s cladding systems.Due to the […]

6
Mar

LIV Apartments – Construction Update Mid March 2015

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The exterior shells of the North, South, East and West buildings were completed.  As you can see in the image above, the North Building’s building wrap is being applied against the sheathing.  It will soon look similar to the South Building, shown on the right, with the exterior finishes installed and painted. The corten steel […]

13
Feb

Best of Houzz – Customer Satisfaction

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We are honored to be awarded “Best of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction. Houzz is a leading platform for home remodeling and design. Grouparchitect was chosen by the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. This Customer Satisfaction honor was determined by a variety of factors, including the […]