IDIBC_Shine2014_forCalendar

Garret Cord Werner Selected as Judge for IDIBC Awards

study

GCW Pocket Doors Featured on Houzz

masterbath

Water and the Home

Lake Washington Shores

Garret Cord Werner Recognized at the 16th Annual Northwest Design Awards

Larson Bay

New Renderings from Garret Cord Werner

Garret Cord Werner

Garret Cord Werner Sponsors Modernism Week 2014

Cabo Retreat Living Space

GCW Project Spotlight – The Cabo Retreat

Update your home with GCW

GCW – Looking for a new home?

Master Bath of Lake Washington Shores Home

GCW Project Spotlight – Lake Washington Shores Home

solar-film-roof-thum

Green Technology

inawards

IN Awards 2012

logo_drafts

New Website

twitter-bird-light-bgs

Twitter

Garret Cord Werner Selected as Judge for IDIBC Awards

Garret Cord Werner has been selected as judge for the the 2014 IDIBC awards. The Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC) Awards of Excellence is an annual event celebrating excellence in Interior Design throughout the province of British Columbia. Winners will be presented at the annual Shine Awards of Excellence Gala, held on September 26th, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The Gala will host more than 400 design, media and industry guests.

Visit the IDIBC site under the awards section in order to check for details on the event as they develop.

IDIBC website

 

GCW Pocket Doors Featured on Houzz

GCW is featured on houzz for our use of recessed detailing on pocket doors.

 

Houzz contributer Erik Reinholdt says:

“By choosing a full height sliding door here, the architect has maximized the opening and minimized the perception that it’s a door opening when the pocket door is fully open. Recessing the track is a clean, modern aesthetic, but it demands a high-quality track that won’t deflect under load or require future replacement.”

Click here to read the rest of their article entitled ‘The Secret to Pocket Doors’ Success”

Water and the Home

Water is a powerful element in a designer’s repertoire. The ways in which water interacts with architecture can be, at once, dynamic and contemplative. In our work, we strive for this push and pull, form and formless. To use water effectively is to tap into a human attraction to it. In a room, it becomes a point of reflection. Its sound as it passes through a space has the ability to quiet the mind. In this sense, there is a connection between water and the feeling of home. For this reason, we push ourselves to find new ways to work with water in our designs.

Should a site be located near a body of water, we bring that element into the design. We aim towards a seamless transition from nature to the indoors. Water elements can draw attention to grand views of a lake or hint at a quiet moment by a stream.

If a site does not possess its own water, we continue to develop the idea of nature transitioning into the home. A poured concrete wall may pass through a window and become the edge of a stone bath. From the home, we perceive no distinction between indoors and outdoors. In our work, the architecture must flow between both. Water is one of the most effective tools in achieving this aesthetic in our work.

Garret Cord Werner Recognized at the 16th Annual Northwest Design Awards

We are pleased to announce that Garret Cord Werner has been recognized at the 16th Annual Seattle Design Center Awards for our work on the Lake Washington Shores Residence. The Seattle Design Center hosts the Northwest Design Awards each year in order to recognize outstanding interior design in the Pacific Northwest.

Please visit our  website  to explore the award winning design in detail. Visit the Seattle Design Center website to view our work as well as work from other award recipients.

Lake Washington Shores Residence

Northwest Design Awards

Thank you to everyone who participated and to the Seattle Design Center for hosting the awards.

New Renderings from Garret Cord Werner

Here at GCW we have been working on improving the quality of our renderings. With rendering our work, it is always a balance of creating detailed and accurate representations of the project without expending excessive amounts of time. That being said, renderings are a very powerful tool in communicating our ideas and for that reason, we place them in high regard. Please visit our website under the New Work section and view our beautiful new renderings.

Garret Cord Werner New Work

Larson Bay

Garret Cord Werner Sponsors Modernism Week 2014

Garret Cord Werner Architects is proud to announce that we are sponsoring Modernism Week 2014.

See our full page feature in Modernism Week’s program:

Modernism Week 2014 Online Program

Modernism Week is a festival held in Palm Springs, California highlighting modern design in the fields of architecture, art fashion and culture. It aims to highlight modern mid-century design while also illuminating contemporary thinking in these fields. This eleven day event includes everything from home tours and lectures, to live music and vintage fashion. Modernism Week offers scholarships for students perusing college degrees in architecture and design as well as funds to preservation societies whose efforts maintain iconic modern architecture.  As purveyors and fans of modern design we are excited about our involvement in this vibrant and exciting design festival.

Garret Cord Werner

GCW Project Spotlight – The Cabo Retreat

Summer is almost upon us.  The warm sands and exotic landscapes of more tropical locals beckon to us like a hot meal on one of Seattle’s famously drizzly days.  And today, though earlier this week was sunny and vibrant, today the weather of the Northwest has taken a more gloomy turn.  It seems appropriate to brighten our current view with a look at one of our latest additions to the project page on our website.  The condo is ideally located in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and delightfully brings the relaxing and laid back atmosphere of the city and beaches into the residence.  The use of more naturalistic materials keeps the space in line with local architecture and landscape, while the simplified traditional motifs seen in the cabinetry inset panels and fabrics calls to the rich cultural traditions and heritage of the area.  Special consideration in the arrangement of the space allows for the fluidity between the outdoors and indoors as seen in the kitchen with it’s floating cabinet piece or the linear flow of the main living area drawing one onto the balcony.  With a home like this, one might never make it to the beach.

GCW – Looking for a new home?

What was old is cool and new again, and remodeling an older home in a desirable area has become a more and more appealing endeavor to many people, especially in areas where property values are still relatively high despite the difficult economy.  But beware! Many homeowners are naive on how to go about selecting an aged property for updating, as well as how complex and pricey the updates can become if you’ve selected a poor property to start with.  Here’s some suggestions for selecting an older home to update:

  • Take an architect or interior designer with you to review potential properties before buying.  Most real estate agents and brokers make a commission off the final selling price of the home.  You also do not want to be investing in a home that will not payoff later, no matter how many updates you do.  Take a unbiased party with construction knowledge with you, they will be able to look at the home for what it really is and tell you where you’re going to get into trouble – and how much it’s going to cost you to fix it!  Architects and designers, such as GCW, will not charge you for the visit as we understand that our assistance in your home selection process will not only save you from headaches and budget busters later, but us as well!
  • Be aware of site constraints.  Many older homes were not built with the same zoning and code issues that we face today.  In fact, many are exempt assuming  the original structure of the home is not altered.  If you plan on expanding a property in order to fit our modern lifestyle, have an architect or designer do a site evaluation before buying to ensure you do not face any challenging site restrictions.  GCW is more than happy to help any of our clients with this process, as this affects our ability to make your dream home come true.
  • Look for good bones.  Now, everyone hears this all the time, but what does it really mean?  Homes that have had multiple small remodels done can spell disaster when you want to do a full update.  As a buyer, you have no idea who did those remodels and whether or not they were done to the correct standards.  There has been lots of evidence over the years that show inexperienced re modelers can make mistakes that create inconveniences and structural issues down the road.  GCW has the experience and capabilities to evaluate the craftsmanship of the work already done to a property and confirm its integrity.

Follow these helpful hints and you and your soon to be renovated home are set up for success!  Though your home buying process may lengthen with taking these extra steps, you will save time, money, and most importantly your sanity in the future.  Take a look at this fantastic home renovation done by Garret Cord Werner.  This mid-century modern home has been revitalized and updated to work with our contemporary lifestyle.  Think you have a home that deserves a second life?  Or want to save one of the classics in your neighborhood?  Contact us at our offices, we would be more than happy to help you out.

Update your home with GCW

Notoriously dark and closed off, GCW opened up the floor plan of this rambler creating a light and welcoming space.

GCW Project Spotlight – Lake Washington Shores Home

As recently discussed by design magazine Wallpaper*, architecture has a wide spectrum of influence over those who experience it.  Certain spaces in particular, such as architect John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein House, have inspired artists of all mediums with its vast sloping angular forms, the main floor projecting over the cliffs of LA – thrusting the observer into a deceptive peril created by the vanishing edge and floor to ceiling windows stretching across the façade.   Often seen utilized as the backdrop in many film productions, it is no surprise that artist Xavier Veilhan also envisioned this Hollywood architectural classic as the stage for his most recent sculptural work.  Veilhan’s installation within the Sheats-Goldstein House bring the viewer into historical moments between the architect and his work, as other pieces mimic some of the home’s massing in smaller playful dialogues, enriching the experience and relationship one has with the architecture and its forms.

Moments like this do not solely exist in the movies though, nor only in Hollywood.  The exploration of the play between the architectonic interiors of Garret Cord Werner and the sculpted forms of Julie Speidel, came together in a seamless moment within one of the more intimate spaces of the Lake Washington Shores home.  Being almost directly on the water, the house calls for similar moments of indistinct boundaries between interior and exterior spaces.  Residents of Western Washington understand and appreciate the relationship between themselves and the natural landscape within which they reside, seeking both exposure and refuge from the elements within their habitat.  In the master bath of the Lake Washington Shores home, Garret Cord Werner created a relaxing environment that conceals bathers from public view while exposing them simultaneously to the outside.  The rectilinear massing of the sunken bathtub continues through and outside the building envelope, accentuated by the multiple sculptures of Julie Speidel.  Garret Cord Werner uses these sculptures to assist in blurring the line between the interior and exterior, utilizing materials and language seen throughout the interiors, but abstracting the forms to take on a fluidity and curvature seen in the natural landscape.

Lake Washington Shores Home Master Bathroom

The sculpture of Julie Speidel acts as a focal point and helps the spacial transition in this indoor-outdoor master bathroom designed by Garret Cord Werner.

Green Technology

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) is becoming more seamless into building design. Here is a standing seam film option which we like. Imagine one of our projects like the one below with this system in place.

IN Awards 2012

IIDA

INAwards

presents

Best in Show Residential

Garret Cord Werner Architects and Interior Designers Wins INawards first place IN Home INAwards 2012 from IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter

10.23.2012 Garret Cord Werner, Awards

Garret Cord Werner received first place for their interior design of the Lake Washington Shores Home at Monday’s INAwards held at ACT Theater in Seattle, WA. Presented by the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter. The team was awarded for their design excellence and innovation in the Design IN Home category.   Building upon the Pacific Northwest rich natural setting and materials, this 6,800 square foot home was designed for entertaining and displaying the clients extensive northwest art collection. The home merges the exterior and interior spaces to provide a seamless environment with the northwest landscape.

New Website

To our valued customers and viewers on the web, Garret Cord Werner, LLC has recently updated our website and we ask you to take a look around and enjoy our updated imagery and videos. If you happen to notice any issues with the website, please let us know via email. You can contact our design intern on the web at anna@garretcordwerner.com regarding any questions or concerns. Thank you very much and have a nice day.

Twitter

Garret Cord Werner is now on Twitter. Follow us for design related updates @GCW_design and we will be sure to return the favor!