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 [...]
An Imaginative Outlook Seattle Times: February 1999 "This home is an example of imagination overcoming constraints." "Because the owners are a young family who like to entertain informally, the main floor is mostly one large living/dinning/cooking area finished in simple materials, such as stained concrete floors and a sealed concrete kitchen counter. There are four bedrooms and 2 ½ baths. The judges particularly liked the home’s rear glass façade, and found the main floor’s open space very pleasing."
Northwestern Modern Creative us of inexpensive materials open spaces shape a new Seattle house. Fine Homebuilding Magazine: March 2000 "It was a familiar scenario: Young professional couple wants a stylish home with four bedrooms, garage, home office, great view of local scenery and low price tag. Sounds like the recipe for every other spec house, doesn’t it? Usually, the house ends up looking like every other spec house, too. But this house was different." "They bought their small lot in Kirkland, Washington, from their future next-door neighbor. As part of the purchase agreement, the seller required a strict rear-yard setback so that the new house couldn’t block his view." "The house touches all the setback lines. The street setback established [...]
Flexible floor plan keeps the options in spec house The Seattle Times: August 13, 2000 "The House: Most architect-designed homes are built for a specific client who has well-defined needs. This “spec” house, in a popular west Kirkland neighborhood, was not. As a result, its architect faced a challenge: How to design a one-of-a-kind custom house, tailored to sire, that would meet the needs of an unknown buyer." "The result is a two-story home, that orients rooms around a central core so they flow easily, capturing light and views of lake Washington. Strong design elements – fir cabinets and trim, custom black-steel fixtures, opaque glass, and many built-ins – tie everything together."
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."
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."
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."
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 [...]
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.”
Middle-Class Dreams Seattle Post-Intelligencer: December 27,2005 "Seattle Architects Make Brave Attempts at Designing Affordable Homes"