Sunday, November 24, 2002 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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AIA Open House

Harmony, high quality in a new neighborhood

Seattle Times staff reporter

The house: It's one of five, each designed by a different architect, that constitute a new neighborhood called Colman Park Estates in Seattle's Mount Baker neighborhood. The goal is to create five harmonious but individual high-quality houses.

This house, the first to be built, could be termed a "modified traditional." A tall rectangle, it has a straightforward floor plan: four bedrooms on the top floor; living, dining, kitchen and adjacent family room on the main level; plus a two-car garage and generous play room on the bottom floor.

The architect: Mary Johnston of Johnston Architects. "In every detail, we tried to modify from the traditional, so in every choice between ornate and simple, we chose simple," she explains. Examples: The living and dining rooms are flooded with light from 6-foot-tall windows which are dark aluminum trimmed in fir, a wood repeated in the simple band of fir used as the red-brick fireplace mantel, and also on the wide horizontal fir stair rails.

Finishings throughout are spare in design, and colors are rich and sometimes unexpected. Example: The master bedroom is painted a warm gray. "We wanted a place where a real family could feel comfortable, in a house that had some surprises but was highly functional," Johnston says.

The contractor: JRJ Development.

Judges' comments: "Nice-sized home with good finish applications, given the budget. The density and feel of the home should fit well in this neighborhood."

The size: 3,292 square feet on a 3,822-square-foot lot.

Project cost: $720,000. Sales price is $1.2 million. (Includes all labor, materials, building-permit fees, sales tax and architect, contractor and/or consultant fees. Excludes land cost.)

Tour hours: Noon to 4 p.m. today only.

Address: 1920 33rd Ave. S., Seattle.

Driving directions: From I-5 north or south take I-90 going east. Take Rainier Avenue South exit. Turn left off Rainier onto South Walker Street. (It will become South Dose Terrace). Turn left on 33rd Avenue South.

The Seattle Times/AIA Open House program began in 1954. All licensed architects are encouraged to submit their residential work for consideration. Nominees are reviewed by the Seattle Chapter, AIA Open House committee. Call 206-448-4938.


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