GCW Project Spotlight – The Cabo Retreat
GCW Project Spotlight – The Cabo Retreat
08, June 2013
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?
11, May 2013
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.
GCW Project Spotlight – Lake Washington Shores Home
03, May 2013
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.
GCW Architecture Historic Inspiration
19, April 2013
Singleton Residence – Bel Air 1960, Architect Richard Neutra
Photography Julius Shulman
Henry Shingleton, chairman of Teledybe Corporation, Wanted an expansive house with terraces on both sides in views of the valley, the mountains, and Lake Hollywood, the shape of which was echoed in the reflecting pool at the edge of the living room. Framed by a pronounced spider leg, Shulman’s photography of that corner has been reproduced numerous times. “Oriented to an expansive site in the Santa Monica Mountains, including a distant view of the ocean, this Neutra Design exemplifies what had become a representation of his mature skills the genuine essence of Neutra, and how the universal aspect of his design is transmitted as one. Note the stepping-stones in the pool, thence into an through the house as far as the opposite entrance.” –Julius Shulman
12, April 2013
Architect Peter Zumthor
His work is the perfect example of modern refined architecture. The use of light, atmosphere, and meticulous quality in material selections is always present in his projects. Form follows atmosphere is his perspective on architecture. We too adopt these ideals as the basis for our designs.
05, April 2013
Rain as Art
Turn rain into an artistic expression. Install rain sculptures that can use the rain in inventive ways allowing you to enjoy your environment even on the grayest of days: side yard splash block sculptures, entry-way water features, and rain gardens used as gallery space.
03, April 2013
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.
GCW Architecture Inspiration of the Week
Piet Boon-The Netherlands www.pietboon.nl Admiration, awakening and enthusiasm are a few things that come to mind when we look at Piet Boon’s work. His team’s flawless, effortless approach to architecture and everyday objects motivates us to create alluring spaces and one of a kind furnishing for our clients. Piet Boon excels in modern simplicity.
25, March 2013
Wallerpaper* Magazine Sentosa House by Nicholas Burn, Singapore
In our quest for inspiration we came across the Sentosa House by Nicholas Burn. This home is a great example of linking the outdoors with the indoors in a seamless manner. The clever play of materials with natural light is a muse within itself.
IN Awards 2012
23, October 2012
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.
11, May 2012