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We’ve got some big news. A while back we started designing the BUILD Case Study House. Since then, we obtained the building permit, secured financing, and we’re happy to announce that we break ground this week. Now that it’s *real* we thought this would be a good time to share some information about it.

WHAT: The BUILD case study house is a 3 bedroom home with 2.5 baths, a 2 car garage, a loft, and rooftop deck.

WHY: We started the project because we kept encountering people who wanted the same thing in a home: a modestly sized structure of modern aesthetics for a reasonable cost. We’ve been designing and building cost-effective modernism for over a decade now and we felt like it was time to take the bull by the horns.

WHERE: Near the city. With available lots becoming increasingly difficult to find, we designed the house to fit on a challenging site with designated critical areas and stringent setbacks (basically, the only type of lots left in town).

HOW: The BUILD Case Study House is a tidy 52’ long by 23’ wide box. It is two stories tall with a maximum height of 30’. The total conditioned area is 2000 square feet with a 630 square foot shop/garage and a 460 square foot roof deck. The house meets all the requirements of the International Residential Code (IRC) as well as the Seattle Municipal Code and the Seattle Amendments to the IRC.

WHEN: We start excavation this week and we’ll be keeping you posted on the project via the BUILDblog. We plan to be complete with the house in seven months.

EXTERIOR DESIGN: The shell is designed to be elegant, modern, and low-maintenance. The primary siding is the standing seam metal that wraps down the front of the structure, while the remaining siding is a combination of cement board panels and horizontal T&G stained cedar. The windows are our trusted thermally-broken, commercial quality, aluminum.

INTERIOR DESIGN: The interior is designed to be open, relatively flexible, and light-filled. Operable windows allow for cross ventilation and natural cooling.

VARIATIONS: We incorporated some playful variables into the skin of the house, including the option for colored panels, curved standing seam metal corners, as well as a ribbon scheme.

That about covers the initial introduction to the project. Stay tuned for more …

Cheers from TeamBUILD