Magazine article Sunset

"Keep, Exploit, Capitalize on the Brick." (House Remodeling)

Magazine article Sunset

"Keep, Exploit, Capitalize on the Brick." (House Remodeling)

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While not the most commonly used material in the West, brick was the material for many Northwest tract houses built in the 1930s and '40s. Nancy and Hal Tobie's house on Seattle's Queen Anne hill was one such dwelling. When they decided to remodel, the devised a fairly straightforward program: modernize, provide more space, maximize the view, but keep and capitalize on the brick.

Architect James Cutler of Bainbridge Island exploited the brick both for its rich texture and its weight. Cantilevered expanses of the material define the dramatic two-story stepped window, the focal point of a second-story addition.

Steel beams reach from the sloping edge of the roof across the tops of the four columns of glass that make up the front window. On the two shortest columns, the used bricks that continue over to the roof edge act as dead weight, counterbalancing the cantilevered beams and the bricks they support. The uppermost beam spans the top windows and comes to rest on a steel post that runs up the two-story glass corner. …

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