From brand-new construction to sleek renovations, the Seattle Modern Architecture and Design Society will be providing a look into seven Seattle homes the last weekend in April.
The seventh annual self-guided tour includes homes from West Seattle to Ballard to Redmond, and gives participants a chance to speak with not just architects, but the owners, too—giving a glimpse into day-to-day life in the homes and buildings. It’s like going to open houses for fun, but enhanced.
The tour is Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but here’s a sneak peek at the homes. If you’re into it, you can buy tickets here for $40 or $35 with the code CURBED18. (They jump to $50 day-of.)
Here’s a preview of a few standouts.
3511 Ashworth Avenue North by Cast Architecture
This modern cottage in Fremont, designed by Cast Architecture, was built as a renovation and addition to a 1912 home for clients who wanted a modern home, but wanted to be “good neighbors” to the small, mostly older homes around them. The result is a minimalist home that takes the basic silhouette of an older home—peaked roof and all—but maintains clean lines and utilitarian spaces. The stellar bathroom tile was handmade in Morocco by Popham Design.
4004 Whitman Avenue North by Robert Hutchison Architecture
This detached accessory dwelling unit, or DADU, in Fremont is 799 square feet—close to the current maximum size for an ADU in Seattle. The open, airy space has two stories, but a bookshelf-lined cathedral ceiling in a corner of the first floor gives the second floor more of a loft aesthetic.
4010 Whitman Avenue North by Robert Hutchison Architecture
Built next door to the DADU, a 450-square-foot art studio replaced a rat-infested garage. Cantilevered concrete and wood creates plenty of space while still using the original garage foundation.
8023 26th Avenue Northwest by Alcova Architecture
Built in 2015, this four-bedroom modern house in Ballard seeks to make an efficient use of space, both indoor and outdoor. The garage doubles as a main-level deck. The front door drops down to a front patio-deck hybrid. The roof deck features a bioretention cell to process rainwater and solar fenestration for a smaller carbon footprint.
Inside, the design makes interesting use of open staircases, maintaining connections between common areas.
2154 94th Avenue Northeast in Clyde Hill by Build Urban
Unlike many of the Seattle projects, which make efficient use of the small space, this Clyde Hill project takes up plenty of space, with five bedrooms in more than 7,000 square feet. It maintains connections to the wooded exterior outside with natural materials, including a stone fireplace and plenty of exposed wood. Plenty of outdoor deck space includes an expansive terrace above and an atrium below.
This article has been corrected to reflect the correct spelling of “Hutchison” and the correct 2018 ticket price.