Like the house’s kitchen, the Wood Block Residence master bath “treats the casework as a block that can define programmatic spaces,” says architect Lisa Chadbourne. White lacquer cabinets describe a hook shape in plan, separating the bath from the master bedroom and enfolding a dressing room that is open to the bathing area. A toilet compartment serves as the boundary between the bath and the house’s public areas. With doors opening on both sides, it doubles as a powder room. “It’s not a large house, so sharing the powder with the master is an efficient way to handle them,” she explains.

The cedar-paneled ceiling flows uninterrupted from the kitchen, broken here by a skylight large enough to afford a view of the Pacific Northwest’s “drama of changing cloudscape,” Chadbourne says. Below the ceiling plane, Chadbourne and partner Daren Doss, AIA, maximized reflected light with a white-on-white palette of acrylic cement floors, acrylic cement plaster walls, lacquered cabinets, and stone-composite counters.

project credits:

project: Wood Block Residence, Mercer Island, Wash.

architect: Chadbourne + Doss Architects, Seattle

general contractor: Constantly Building, Seattle

structural engineer: Swenson Say Fagét, Seattle


cabinets: Boloni; countertops: Caesarstone; flooring: Milestone; paints/stains: Cabot, Sherwin-Williams; plumbing fitings: Vola; plumbing fixtures: Duravit, Hastings, Newform; skylights/roof windows: Crystalite

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