How You Can Have More in Less Part III Creating thoughtful, efficient, comfortable smaller space is a process. An example from our practice is the best way to illustrate the ideas and thought that can go into creating smaller homes. We were approached by a discerning builder and his family to design a river-front cabin for four families in limited space. The building we designed has common living areas, bathrooms (some compartmentalized with separate shower/toilet rooms and common vanities with multiple sinks) a shared kitchen with multiple preparation areas and work areas, a central entry that doubles as a hall for storing coats, shoes, and gear, and four bedrooms sleeping up to twelve. The bedrooms feature private spaces for [...]
Small Houses Big Spaces Part II Tiny houses are not small and small houses are not tiny. The tiny house movement, while illustrating a sought-after trend toward living with less encompasses single spaces in which all functions are combined. Living, dining, cooking, working at home happen together, usually in one largely undifferentiated room. All or most of the tiny house shares the same space and the same scale. Smaller houses do not mean the creation of one room in which different functions are combined, sharing the same room dimensions, ceiling heights, views or relationship between the interior and outdoor environment. Creating good small homes means carefully separating the important activities of a residence into mutually supporting spaces differentiated in [...]
How You Can Have More in Less Part I “Sustainable” is Nonsense and Smaller is “Green” Your grandparents grew up and raised your parents in a house about a third of the size of yours. They raised a family of four in it. According to the National Association of Homebuilders the average American family of 2.6 persons today lives in at least 2,687 square feet or 1,033 square feet per person. Our grandparents raised larger families in just 983 square feet (245 square feet per family member) and I grew up in an average house of 1,500 square feet in the 1970s. The most easily quantifiable reason to live in a smaller home is its inherent efficiency. Small [...]
LIGHTHOUSE A Point Roberts family home emphasizes fresh air and natural light Seattle Magazine: January 2017 "When Rhodes’ Point Roberts clients bought an open, south-facing property (just shy of 1.5 acres) in Point Roberts with a water view and a scattering of mature maple trees, they were clear about one requirement for the future house: It would need to capture every scrap of daylight, even in winter. “Light all day long as much as possible really helps the mind and body feel good,” says the owners. The couple had previously lived in a rental in the woods and were ready to emerge from the gloom." "Seattle architect Tim Rhodes, of Rhodes Architecture + Light, responded to their needs with a [...]
Every room is a family room in this light and bright Medina home. A new home is designed with built-in fun for three generations - especially the youngest one. The Seattle Times: June 2016 By: Sandy Deneau Dunham Pacific NW magazine associate editor "The Clients, live with their three young children and Chiang’s mother in a striking, light-filled new home in Medina where every room is a family room, because every decision decided with architect Tim Rhodes and project architect Josh Meharry of Rhodes Architecture + Light was based on family." "They chose their woodsy, tiered half-acre lot (originally with a 1961 house) so their kids could “get into good schools and walk to a playground down the street,” The [...]
Northwest Living Transformed by Design The Seattle Times: September 2008 "Stocked with the tried and -true, a garden grows prolific and personal." "The strongest design element in the client’s front garden is a circular patio, round pond and water rill, inspired by the water feature at the entry to the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Silvery hellebores and a ‘Bloodgood’ maple are growing alongside the walkway."
Rhodes Architecture + Light Named One of Seattle’s 50 Top Architects by Northwest Home, Nov/Dec 2006
Rhodes Architecture + Light Northwest Home + Garden: Nov/Dec 2006 Top 50 Architects "Rhodes is known for his intelligent and distinctly Northwest designs. A recently completed favorite of Rhodes is Magnolia Gardens, a four-bedroom home with views of Elliot Bay and West Seattle that utilizes the foundation of a house built in the early 1950’s. “I think it set a new standard for speculative residences,” says Rhodes. “One of my goals in the past 10 years had been to experiment with houses built for sale, with the intention of challenging other builders and architect to construct well-designed, texturally rich dwellings, despite the fact that they’re speculative. Since most new houses are developed and are not custom residences, the potential to [...]
Middle-Class Dreams Seattle Post-Intelligencer: December 27,2005 "Seattle Architects Make Brave Attempts at Designing Affordable Homes"
Deep Within, This was a Farmhouse The Rhodes' turned a cramped Seattle cottage into a family farmhouse Cottage Living: November 2005 "We realized that, deep within, this was sort of a farmhouse," says Tim. And treating it that way provided solutions for making it even better." “Looking closely at the existing structure of any house you’re thinking of changing. Pull the best out of it-but don’t think you have to slavishly follow any one style. A house can keep traditional elements and still have new and more playful characteristics.”
Farmhouse Revisited Architect Tim Rhodes makes a West Seattle home with an historic pedigree his own. Northwest Home + Garden: Fall 2003 "Rhodes never planned on buying the sorely neglected white clapboard farmhouse he was hired to remodel, which was originally built by REI founder Lloyd Anderson in 1932" "The idea was to keep the warm, homespun soul of the farmhouse, but add a sophisticated ambience as well as take advantage of the spectacular view." "Much has changed since Lloyd and Mary Anderson bought this half acre West Seattle lot perched on a hillside overlooking Blake Island and the Olympic Mountains."