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We’ve got some big news. A while back we started designing up the BUILD Case Study House. Since then, we obtained the building permit, secured the 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 blank lots becoming increasingly difficult to find, we designed the house to fit on those difficult and undesirable sites with critical areas and stringent setbacks (basically, the only affordable 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 1,550 square feet with a 590 square foot 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 simple, modern, and low-maintenance. The siding is a combination of cement board panels and horizontal T&G knotty stained cedar. The windows are aluminum and the roof is standing seam metal that wraps down the ends of the structure.

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