*Each day this week we are going to be featuring homes from the 2016 Seattle Modern Home tour, which took place this weekend. Next in line? The CLTHouse.
This house is definitely not the largest around town - in fact, it's only 1,500 square feet. But that doesn't stop it from comfortably housing a family of four! Susan Jones of Atelier Jones is the architect behind CLTHouse, designed to recall a PNW beach cabin.
Even cooler? The site of the house was once a beach itself, sitting under nine feet of water back in 1916 before the water levels were lowered for the building of the Ship Canal connecting lake to sea.
Like the other homes we've previewed CLTHouse packs a lot of environmental punch; it's rated Built Green 5-star and inspired by inspired by PassivHaus detailing. How many of you have been wondering what the "CLT" stands for? Don't worry, most laymen wouldn't know the phrase cross-laminated-timber. If you did, we're impressed.
CLT is a new material for the Pacific Northwest, made from sustainably harvested regional timber is exposed in the interior of the home as raw, and whitewashed. The experience is supposed to belay a "new Northwest beach cabin"; think a constructed, yet raw, visceral experience of nature. Ok enviro-nerds, we haven't forgotten about you. The CLT panels are routed using CNC technology, meant to evoke the pine knots of the interior of the house.
Oh, did we forget to mention the roof deck? That's pretty swell too. Enjoy!