Thursday, September 29, 2011

Final Pics

Ok, unless something newsworthy happens (e.g., a product fails or something blows up), this will probably be my last blog post. It's been fun! PB hired photographer Mel Curtis to take some nice photos of the final result, which you can view in a web album here. This one's my favorite, but do click through to see all of them:

Our house has recently gotten some great blog coverage, such at Contemporist, ArchDaily, Dezeen, HomeDSGN, and a few others; they're also great places to see our final photographs laid out in one page, and read people's snarky comments. I hope my blog helps you in a future project, or at least convince you that it's possible to build affordable modern!


  1. Great finish Aseem and thanks again for taking the time to write this all down and provide lessons learned :-)

  2. Do you have stranded bamboo floors? We're about to install them in our house and I'm trying to find a way to reface our old pine stairs with something that matches the bamboo. It looks like your stairs match exactly. Do you have a source for the treads and risers that you can share?

    Love your house, it turned out great!

  3. CM-Seattle: thanks!
    Brian: The treads and risers are the same material as our floors:

  4. Amazing place. A lot of great information

  5. That is an excellent design solution for the limitations of the building lot. I love the big forward cube it must feel very light inside.

    Have you considered a circular dining table? It might be a nice transition between the two room axis and open the flow from the stairs to the kitchen a bit. It would also echo your light fixture.

  6. Thanks Aseem. Your blog has been an inspiration. My PB house in Wallingford will be done in a few months and I have learnt a lot from you. Love love love the house. You did great!

  7. Thanks, everyone!

    Steve, a circular table would be pretty, but would have two problems. One, the space for the table is much wider than it is long. Two, we wanted an extendable table; ours can expand to fit around 10 people.

  8. Great work. I am an architect to be and I am admired your passion to make this baby to life. I hope you would continue to blog. One question i have is your budget. You have mention you want to keep it under 1 mil. how are you doing on that?

  9. Hi Bill, good question. We definitely made it under 1 mil, well under. I avoided doing a finances post because my wife didn't want our house cost splashed across the screens of our family and friends, but I figure if the details are buried in a comment only the diehard will find it.:) So here goes.

    Our house ended up about 2620 finished sq ft (not including utility room & garage). If you include hard costs, GC fee, and WA state 10% sales tax, we ended up at $192 per finished sq ft. Include architectural design, permits, consultants (structural, geotech), and other soft costs, we end up at $225.

    But what if I wanted to sell tomorrow? Then I'd also want to recover financing and carrying costs (loan fees, interest during construction), landscaping, and blinds. Then we're talking $240 per sq ft. But almost no one includes this last category of costs; people buying existing houses also have loan fees, and sometimes need window coverings, but these aren't reported in the total house price.

    There's a lot of variation in what people include in per-sq-foot numbers, so I tried to be explicit.

    Hope that helps!

    1. Hi Aseem!
      $240 per sq ft., does it include cost of land, or not?

  10. Then I'd also want to recover financing and carrying costs.Love love love the house. You did great!

  11. Love your 4 panel sliding doors off the kitchen. May I ask if they are 12 or 16 feet? Your home is such an inspiration!

  12. Wonderfully crisp and always interesting!


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