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 Judge, mentioning one of the home’s unusual features: 500 square feet of detached flexible space perfect for a home office, guest room, studio, or suite for an owner’s parents or teens. “Our lives, as we move into this century, will need more spaces like this,” the Judge predicted.”.
“In designing the home, he began with its relationship to the land, a gently sloping acre-and-a-half lot offering territorial views.”
“Most important, Norway Hills would emphasize the interior and exterior spaces created by the houses, the land, and the experience of living there. The front door, street facades, and superfluous trim and detail required to give the houses status were not important”