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Warm and Modern: A Washington Family Builds a Contemporary Home with Comfort in Mind

Magazine article Sunset

Warm and Modern: A Washington Family Builds a Contemporary Home with Comfort in Mind

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What makes the Kaneko family's house such a successful home? "The spaces are large enough to be flexible but small enough to be comfortable," explains Lane Williams, the Seattle architect who designed the home for Steve and Gail Kaneko and their two kids, 7-year-old Maya and 4-year-old Ian.

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The open plan for the living, dining, and kitchen areas promotes easy circulation and a feeling of spaciousness. Each space still feels distinct: The deep, coffered ceiling in the dining room and the level change between the living and dining areas create separate zones and noise buffers.

Flexibility is key. Gail can be working in the kitchen while Ian draws at the table. "The living room is not just a place for adult conversation," Williams adds. "It is a place to watch TV and read the newspaper. And there is room for the kids' toys."

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The simple, clean, cubist lines and warm white walls of the home are countered with natural materials, including mahogany cabinetry and bamboo floors. The muted palette continues upstairs in the master suite, which has a book-lined entertainment and sitting area.

DESIGN Lane Williams Architects, Seattle (www. …

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