Sound House: This home in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood offers views of Puget Sound, for a family rivaling the Bradys

For nearly two decades, Brandon Ebel dreamed of building a resort in a modern style of steel and concrete.

He found a steep double lot in Magnolia with a plateau offering a satisfying 360-degree view of Seattle, but he faced a conundrum: how to fit a contemporary 5,500-square-foot home into a well-established neighborhood of traditional sticks, mostly smaller. build houses?

Enter Aimee O’Carroll and Jon Gentry, co-founders of GO’C, a Seattle-based company that prides itself on finding opportunity under duress.

GO’C, a former AIA Northwest Emerging Firm award winner, has captured worldwide attention for “wa_sauna”, a small floating sauna anchored in public waters below the Seattle skyline.

Gentry is a utilitarian from North Carolina with an impulse to defy norms, and O’Carroll a native Londoner with an appreciation for European modernism.

“Our styles complement each other, and I think you can find examples of both in this project,” says O’Carroll.

Sound House is so-called because of its view of Puget Sound, but also because it’s home to a recently mixed family of eight in a rowdy Brady Bunch meets Partridge Family fashion.

In 2017, Ebel, founder of Tooth & Nail Records and father of three, got engaged to “New York Times” bestselling novelist (and former “Seattle” magazine contributor) Sarah Jio, mother of three.

Natural warmth is derived from the use of warm woods and the patina of concrete and steel, creating an elegant and refined structure.

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None of their houses could accommodate the new family and the idea of ​​Sound House – where everyone plays a musical instrument – ​​was born.

The six Ebel children have it better than the six Bradys, who were crammed unceremoniously into two bedrooms. Each Ebel has an 80-square-foot single room clustered around a common area with desks.

Evident here and throughout the grounds is the concept of many large common areas to encourage family interaction, interspersed with terraces, garden rooms and other smaller nooks for occasional privacy.

No beachhead has been taken unawares in this campaign, including the extension of the children’s playroom on the roof of the existing garage.

It is an imperfect society. Older kids were calling dibs on the south facing rooms (Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!).

Natural warmth is derived from the use of warm woods and the patina of concrete and steel, creating an elegant and refined structure.

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The house appears as two levels from street level, but in practice serves four, counting the basement cut into the rear slope and a well-attended 1,300 square foot rooftop entertainment area and garden. , who provide herbs and more for Sarah’s Foodie. kitchen.

The home’s final height is four feet below code and lower than its neighbor, Gentry notes. Its defining feature may be its protruding cantilevered master chamber, which looks ready to glide above the sound or somersault back into the lap pool below.

“We liked the architectural gesture of reaching out above the pool and outdoor dining area. It kind of becomes that nice moment,” Gentry notes.

The pool level includes a games room and a media room. As visitors ascend the stairs to the ground floor, a cuckoo window provides a glimpse of the utilitarian wine cellar.

Cathy Conner’s burnished Venetian wall texture softens the open concept living-dining-kitchen complex and provides a dignified backdrop for the art. Conner has an appetite for complexity. For fun, the former pastry chef once baked a cake that required 20 pages of instructions. She now produces entirely inedible but totally delicious frostings.

The library has a cozy and comfortable space for contemplation.

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“She’s an amazing plaster artist,” says Gentry. “We were like, ‘OK, we have to stop somewhere, but we’d love it if we could keep going up the stairs in the master bedroom too.'”

A perforated metal staircase leading to the roof garden crowns an inviting “light monitor,” a skylight that showers the interior with sunlight. The staircase and balustrade are the work of Alpine Welding, headquartered in Twisp, population 1,200, which bills itself as the capital of the Methow Valley and is, albeit unlikely, a nascent enclave of metal artists. His team traveled west for several week-long sessions at Sound House.

The large kitchen provides ample space to cook for family and friends.

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Alpine showed off their full line, making a brass basin (or “vessel” in polished society) in the wet room.

“We also wanted them to install brass foot pedals to run the hot and cold water, like you might see in a dentist’s office, but Sarah said ‘no,'” says Gentry.

But for the most part, the Ebels said yes, encouraging artistic expression on the more than $5 million project, including the library fireplace, where Alpine assembled rustic metal plates with roller marks. of the manufacturing process.

The brass basin adds elegance to the bathroom.

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“It was one of those things where we said ‘Whoa,’ maybe that’s too much, but we loved the way it happened,” adds Gentry, noting that the painting hanging on the above the fireplace inspired Sarah’s latest novel.

There will definitely be plenty of twists and turns coming to Sound House. Stay tuned to find out if Eight is Enough.

The living space connects to outdoor terraces and roof gardens.

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