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Twelve Houzz Tours

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Twelve Houzz Tours is an ongoing project to curate various featured articles written about Designs Northwest Architects by Houzz contributing writers.

Introduction by Becky Harris, Houzz Contributor

It was an eye-catching fire pole in a home that first made me take note of Designs Northwest Architects. But after interviewing Dan Nelson for the first time, I realized there was so much more going on beyond this playful element.

Principles of the firm such as careful site placement that works with the landscape and the elements, a commitment to sustainable design and thoughtful attention to creating low-maintenance and resilient architecture were crucial components of every project. They create beautiful homes that use the sun and the wind for energy, homes that can stand up to major events like wildfires, mudslides and tsunamis and homes that are full of multi-functioning spaces, that take advantage of all the views and the light and even provide outdoor gathering spaces protected from strong daily winds. 

And it’s not only about all of these environmental and structural considerations. The firm has designed everything from a garage that matches the historic charm of a Sears kit house to remodel that transformed the ugliest beach house on the island into a stunning modern showplace, from a charming farmhouse that looks like it’s been evolving in a meadow for over a century to a float house inspired by the industrial history of its surroundings. Looked at together it’s hard to believe the work all came out of one firm, and it’s been a pleasure to learn from every Designs Northwest home I’ve had the pleasure of touring.  

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Books

Floating Houses: Living over the water -  Lake Union Float Home

Printed in 2018, Instituto Monsa de ediciones 

Waterside Homes –  Tsunami House

Printed in 2014, ILUS BOOKS Illusion Illustrated

The Cedar Book volume 7 ” AT ONE WITH NATURE” – Tsunami House

Sarah Rowland editor
Printed in 2014, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

“150 BEST SUSTAINABLE HOUSE IDEAS” – Thomas Eco House

Claudia Martinez Alonso editorial coordinator
Printed in 2013, by Harper Design and Loft Publications

“ECO Living” – Thomas Eco House

Chris van Ufflen editorial office
Printed in 2013, Braun Publishing AG

“1000 TIPS by 100 ECO ARCHITECTS” – Thomas Eco House and Lake Union Float Home

Marta Serrats editor
Printed in 2012, Loft Publications


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Awards & Recognition

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Best in American Living Award - Twin Lakes Landing
Affordable Multifamily Category,
National Association of Home Builders, 2018

Pyramid Award - Twin Lakes Landing
Associated Builders and Contractors of
Western Washington, 2018

Merit Award - Cope Gillet Theatre
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2016

Citation Award – Camano Island Library
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2016

Citation Award – Kirtley Cole
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2016

Citation Award – Twin Lakes Landing
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2016

Merit Award – Brammer Chapel, Trinity Lutheran College
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2014

Merit Award – Saratoga Hill House
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2014

Merit Award – Possession Sound Remodel
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2014

Honor Award – Tsunami House
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2013

Citation Award – Ten Broeck Farm
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2013

Honorable Mention – Samish Island Residence
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2010

Citation Award – Lake Union Float Home
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2009

Merit Award – Everpark
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2004

Golden Nugget Award – Fawn Leap Farm
Master Builders Association, 2002

Merit Award – Nonsuch Cottage
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2002

Citation Award – Camano Gateway
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2000

Citation Award – Anderson Residence
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 2000

Award of Merit – Beach Drive Residence
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 1999

Honorable Mention – Bath of the Year – Vowels Residence
Seattle Homes and Lifestyle Magazine, 1999

Award of Merit – Monroe Residence
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 1998

Citation Award – Stanwood Riverfront Park
American Institute of Architects,
Northwest Washington Chapter, 1996