Project: Olympia Prairie Home
Architect: Coates Design
Location: Yelm, Washington, USA
Area: 2,200 sf
Photo by: Swimmer Lara
Olympia Prairie House by Coates Design
The task of the designer is to build a modern house that is budget-minded and livable and respected in its rural environment. The Yelm residence is a contemporary rural home: using a combination of simple, cost-effective methods to create a warm and comfortable space through clean lines and precise design. A minimalist palette of wood and plastered exterior materials siding with metal panel accents helps highlight the beauty of the 10 hectares of land where the house is located. The walls of the concrete masonry unit (CMU) frame the entrance and a flat roof plane hovering above the ground to project ground into the prairie style landscape. The house reflects the informal lifestyle and the client’s relationship with the environment. He is a graphic designer who works from home; His hobbies include sewing, craft projects, and gardening.
The house is 2,200 square feet in size and is L-shaped, allowing the master suite and office to be separated from rooms, craft rooms and garages. Centrally located are open living areas, kitchens and dining rooms. These rooms create a core space with expansive glass walls that connect the owner visually and physically to the landscape. A private view of the foothills and tree-covered wetlands is offered through a transparent core, along with deer and deer sightings near the back porch. Designed with radiant floor heating, heat recovery technology, and natural ventilation, the simplicity of the organization of the floor plan creates a warm and intimate interior environment. A stone masonry fireplace coupled with a copper-stained birch ceiling also adds material warmth. Circulation through space is enlivened by a built-in storage bench, acting as a visual break and adding color to appear. Efficient planning and repetition of elements throughout the house help reduce costs, producing modern homes at economical prices that complement their natural environment.
Project descriptions and photos provided by Coates Design