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Standing Tall: A Modern Seattle Remodel

A modernist Seattle remodel—a risky speculation home—is a testament to integrity and intention.

Seattle architect David Vandervort designed a house that complements—but doesn’t overwhelm—its corner site in the city’s historic Magnolia neighborhood.
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This deck off the stair core offers a stunning view of the shipping canal below. The decking is made from recycled rubber.
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The kitchen cabinets are crafted from FSC-certified, formaldehyde-free wood. Open shelving helps keep the room spacious and
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A nod to lighthouses and tugboats—vestiges of the working canal it overlooks—the home makes elegant and efficient use of a triangular lot.
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Solar panels provide 15 to 20 percent of the home’s electricity needs.
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A dropped ceiling provides a sense of enclosure in the entryway, while taller ceilings and clerestory windows open up the living room.
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Owner Richard Angino and son, Michael, stand in front of the "eco-roof," planted with native flowers.
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Richard’s favorite room is his office at the top of the stair tower.
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Clerestory windows in the living room bring Seattle’s weak northern light deep into the room; the home remains bright even on overcast days.
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Richard built a modular playhouse for Michael, who can move the boards to suit his needs.
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The master bath is clean and uncluttered, keeping with the home’s modernist design.
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Architect David Vandervort (standing, left) found the perfect buyers for his eco-home in Richard, Charmaine and Michael Angino.
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