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."
LIGHT TOUCH Rhodes brings in light and banishes the cookie-cutter blueprint Seattle Magazine/Northwest Home: January 2008 Best of Home "Rhodes transformed an existing 1954 foundation into marvelous Magnolia Gardens, a quick-to-sell spec residence." "The Glade comprises three new homes on neighboring Magnolia lots and 19,000 square feet of gardens, rocks, streams, and pools. This in-progress residence on Puget Sound features two wings linked by a central dining hall. The mix of natural tones and materials makes for a warmly inviting kitchen in the Magnolia Gardens home." "If a recent project, Magnolia Gardens, is any indication, local homebuyers approve of his function-oriented design. The modern, utilitarian spec house—which has wide, sweeping overhangs that allow the owners to use outdoor spaces in [...]
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.”
Seamless Addition The new second floor looks right at home. Sunset Magazine: September 2004 “When architect Tim Rhodes was hired to renovate a cramped 1950’s rambler on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill, he faced a common problem: How do you add a second floor without it looking like an addition? His solution was to redesign the façade.” “Working with the owners, Rhodes needed to integrate the second story with the existing brick-faced ground floor and avoid a top-heavy look.”. "To minimize the appearance of the home’s height, Rhodes separated the first and second stories with horizontal bands of green paint. The colors are similar in tone but different enough to be read as two layers. “The series of horizontal bands visually [...]
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."
AIA Open House Contractor casts his dreams in stone The Seattle Times: January 13,2003 "The house: Set along one of the prettiest streets in Magnolia, this house has stone-and-stucco exterior designed to blend with its neighbors." "The owners: Several things about the house particularly please them: the workable traffic patterns, the “surprise” way some rooms are hidden from view, and the materials."
Light Fantastic Honest and Smart, This Gamble Paid Off Seattle Times/ American Institute of Architects:February 2002 AIA Home of the Year Seattle Times/ American Institute of Architects:August 2000 AIA Home of the Month "Given the go-ahead by builder, Rhodes so successfully turned his pavilion concept into a three-bedroom Bothell-area house that it sold twice. Even before it was completed, it went to a young family. The second time it sold a panel of judges, becoming what may be the first spec house ever to win The Seattle Times/ American Institute of Architects Home of the Year award in its 47-year history." " “What’s really appealing is this is a very intelligent spec house, especially with the additional space,” said the [...]
SPEC, BUT SPECIAL Seattle Times Magazine: February 2001 "The Intent: “Most people live in houses built from ‘kit’ plans detailed by the builder,” observes Tim Rhodes. But he wondered: Could a for-sale house be “as complex and fulfilling a project as a house designed around a kitchen table with a family who will live in the spaces?” He decided the answer was a challenging yes." "Convinced that stock floor plans aren’t a good fit for how families really live, Rhodes decided this 3,0000 square-foot home wouldn’t have a strictly delineated living room, family room, entertainment room and den but rather flowing main-floor spaces set apart by elevation."